Enough with the healthy summer eating – even residents of the perpetually sunny state of California forgo their diets in favor of some tasty treats now and again. If you’re in Sacramento this season, we hope you brought your appetite. From sweets that hit the spot to farm-to-fork goodness, you could easily fill a whole day with flavor. We checked in with Sactown Localeur Lauren Madeira for a sampling of the city’s best eats.
Temple Coffee – Midtown
Temple’s a posh coffee spot located near the California State Capitol. The friendly baristas are serving up divine cups of tea and coffee with individual signature froth designs, and they have a beautiful display of freshly baked goods to pair with your beverage. You must try their French press Ethiopian brew or their seasonal nitro cold-shot pour-over. Just follow the 5,000 pennies that tile the floor.
Ettore’s – Arden-Arcade
As soon as you walk in to Ettore’s, you’ll feel like you’ve left the country and are in a bakery in France. You’ll be greeted by cases of stunning cakes, individual desserts and a variety of salads ready to order. Seating is available inside and out, but space is limited as the place is always buzzing with patrons. They cater to Sacramento with their beautiful wedding cakes and sell them by the slice, but I highly recommend their princess torte and tiramisu cake. If you’re just stopping in for coffee, then please grab a few macaroons – and if you’re hungry, don’t miss out on their award-winning burger!
Selland’s Market Cafe – East Sacramento
Ranked among the top sandwich shops in Sacramento, Selland’s is a great stop for lunch. Their menu features a monthly sandwich and pizza special and a “two for $25” option that includes two entrées and a bottle of wine. With its wonderful indoor/outdoor seating nestled in a very friendly neighborhood, Selland’s gave me a stellar first impression. You must try the crab cake benedict, and the mac and cheese is truly amazing.
The Parlor – Arden-Arcade
The Parlor is a very trendy ice cream spot putting an inventive twist on a simple scoop of ice cream. There’s actually nothing simple about this place. I once had a glazed donut filled with Thai Tease ice cream; another time, an apple fritter filled with ice cream. You’ll love the combination and the texture of these frozen treats. Ice cream and baked goods together: the best of both worlds!
La Trattoria Bohemia – East Sacramento
La Trattoria’s menu comes with a kick of authentic Italian and Czech cuisine. It’s quite cozy and very busy, so a reservation is an absolute must! Supporting the community, they stacked the wine list with local vendors. The portions are generous and filled with flavor and the noodles are house-made – I recommend the Czech potato pancakes and the gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce, prosciutto and mushroom. It’s superb!
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. – Midtown
Hook & Ladder is a cool, industrial-style restaurant serving new American cuisine and celebrating the farm-to-fork movement. Every ingredient is locally grown – and it shows in every bite you take. With beautiful presentation and perfected wine pairings, this place is perfect for date night, girls’ night out or work events. It happens to be nestled in a very cool residential downtown neighborhood; it’s not uncommon to see locals walking home from dinner with their families. Go on a Tuesday night for their $40 for two people special, which includes your wine, entrée and dessert. Bon appétit!
Dive Bar – Downtown
This is not your typical dive bar. In fact, it’s a fun play on words. Dive Bar has gorgeous chandeliers and an aquarium that is above the bar that hosts an ongoing aquatic show with live mermaids. You don’t see that every day! Pro tip: Think “smart-casual” when planning your attire.