Tower Cafe.: Nice Cafe with good variety of food.
We just had a drink here but i found this review .A variety of entrees is featured for lunch and dinner, ranging from seafood such as grilled swordfish (plump and flavorful), to spicy Mexican carnitas. For dessert, the bakery provides exceptional cookies, among other mouth-watering cakes and pastries. During lunch, the patio is usually crowded. If you want to sit outside, expect a wait.
Gunthers Ice Cream : Not To Be Missed: Best Ice Cream Anywhere!
Gunthers is without a doubt one of the best ice cream shops anywhere on the planet! While that may seem like an overstatement I have taken many doubters from out of town to this little shop that has been in Sacramento for over 70 years. There reaction almost unanimously is this is amazing ice cream!
Gunther's Ice Cream was established in 1940 in Sacramento by Herman and Iva Gunther. They had a very small store just two blocks from the current location. In 1949, Gunthers moved to its current location at the corner of 3rd Street and Franklin Boulevard in Curtis Park. Incidentally that's just under a mile from where I live! The place became an instant success first in the neighborhood and then throughout all of Sacramento.
However, be aware! This place tends to have long lines on weekends and hot summer nights. Even during the winter months there is a brisk business going on here. The place with its old wooden tables and green interior looks just like an ice cream parlor from the 1940's or 1950's. A treat in itself!
The current owners Rick and Marlena Klopp have owned the store since 1974. They have kept the store almost exactly like it was in the 1940's. They have also kept the same recipes that the Gunthers passed down to them.
Today Gunthers sells their ice cream to over 60 locations in the Sacramento area and many more would love to have it I am sure.
Favorite Dish: There are so many good ice cream flavors at this place. However my favorite is the Swiss Orange Chip. Little pieces of orange chocolate chips surrounded by thick milk chocolate ice cream. Fantastic! A close second is their maple nut. It must be made with maple syrup and the nuts are super fresh. Just about any ice cream, milk shake, or ice cream cake you get there is great. You basically can't go wrong.
Gunthers is open daily from 10am to 10 pm. Credit cards are accepted.
Panagea Two Brews Cafe: Nice Little Bar With Great Selection of Brews
Panagea has only been open for a couple of years now but has proven to be a fair place for food and an outstanding place for beers. It is located across the street from Gunthers Ice Cream, a Sacramento institution in Curtis Park on Franklin Boulevard.
What is great about Panagea is the amazing selection of beers they offer. They literally have hundreds of bottles of different beers available. My favorite are the Chimays. A Chimay White will set you back about $8, not too bad when you consider it is almost $ 4 to buy in a market.
The place also has great atmosphere. It is a very popular with a wide age group. Not long ago we celebrated my sons graduation from college at Panagea. The beers were great and the food was also very good.
The cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10 pm.
Favorite Dish: I love the Chimay White Belgian Beer. As far as the menu is concerned the BBQ chicken sandwich with cheddar cheese and chips is tops. They also have some great breakfasts even though they do not open daily until 11 am.
Zocalo: Great Place for Mexican Food and Drinks
Zocalo has been serving great Mexican food in mid town Sacramento now for eight years. The place has in my opinion earned its reputation because of the good food, great wait staff, and nice bar. It is located in the mid town area of Sacramento, an area rich with restaurants.
I have eaten there at least four times with my last visit being on August 1st. On that day I asked for two orders of chicken enchiladas. One to eat there now and one to take them home. The waitress waited until I was done with my meal to pack in a nice large bag the extra chicken enchiladas, along with a large supply of chips, a free bottle of water (wow), two great sauces, and utensils.
However the Zocalo is also a place to come for drinks and to relax. The place is always crowded in the evenings particularly on weekends. It has definitely become a place for many of the local political leaders to come and have drinks. Two of my favorite drink specials are the Oaxaqueña which consists of Blue Agave blanco tequila, san juan del rio mezcal, Agave and Lime. They also have a great Cadillac which consists of Herencia Mexicana Blanco, Agave, Lime and a grand marnier float.
For dinner, Zocalo serves an excellent Salmón con Mango which is grilled salmon with a fine mango glaze, mango pico de gallo, black beans & spinach salad. Not what you would expect in a Mexican restaurant but oh so good.
Favorite Dish: The chicken enchiladas are excellent. Great sauce and excellent quality white chicken makes these a superb dish (see picture below also taken with taco lunch) Especially the chicken enchilada lunch special. The chile rellenos are also very good and are cooked just well enough that the flavors of the poblano chiles come through nicely. In addition, there salsa sauces are excellent especially the thick dark mole like sauce that is served with chips.
Zocalo is open as follows;
Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday: 11am – Midnight
Saturday: 11am – Midnight
Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Mon, Tues, Wed: 11am – 10pm
Jim Denny's: A City Icon for Hamburgers
How does a small diner joint last for 78 years? is it the food? The atmosphere? Well according to the Jim Denny web site is the corner grill that has been slapping out breakfast and lunches in downtown Sacramento. The restaurant is definitely a Sacramento a Sacramento icon and the inside of this diner style place is not much bigger than a bedroom. However the food is something else. Super cheese burgers with up to half a pound of meat and pancakes that are actually the size of hubcaps.
If you plan on sitting down to eat in this tiny place you better arrive very early in the morning or mid afternoon before closing. The place only sits about ten people and you will often find folks standing up inside and eating their food or if it is not too hot taking their food outside on one of the picnic like tables.
Yes and Jim Denny's has been in Sacramento for 78 years. It was first located a few blocks away on 16th Street near the old bus station. However when owner Jim Van Nort got back from World War 2 he moved it to its current location on 12th Street.
Favorite Dish: The three egg omelet with green peppers, onions, sausage and mushrooms for $9.25. A giant omelet that comes with home style potatoes or hash browns.
For lunch, go for the super cheese burger. A half pound of the best ground beef, slowly cooked on the famous grill with cheese, mayo and mustard. This monster burger which barely fits a place will set you back $ 9.75 and it is worth it!
Lucky Cafe: Mixed Luck for Breakfast
The Lucky Cafe is an old diner with counter seats, booths, and tables. The back wall is covered with framed awards -- best of this and best of that. According to the menu, everything is homemade.
Favorite Dish: I am very fond of corned beef hash, so when I saw on the menu, "This is the best corned beef hash you'll ever taste!" I knew what I wanted. I was disappointed. The hash was partly burnt, the poached eggs were watery (use a slotted spoon, guys!), and the packet of strawberry jelly was the consistency of a gummy bear.
The others in my party were very pleased with their breakfasts -- eggs and linguisa, vegetarian scramble with avocado and Swiss cheese, eggs over easy with hash browns and English muffin.
I guess it just wasn't my day.
a Nationwide Chain, however
Welcoming signage and decor that convinced us to step in and enjoy a light late night dinner at 8:50PM. whilst it was no longer full on a Saturday evening and many of the guests were leaving, we were neither rushed nor reminded of the time, rather graciously served a fine meal, which we shared.
This is one of 80 plus outlets for the now listed under Landry's, obviously catering for the above middle (professional corporate) clientelle , with an excellent informative website
my favourite is their What's in season seafood list
On my next visit down to the states, i'll also be trying their steaks
Favorite Dish: Washington Hama Hama* 15.95 for 6
Seafood Cioppino An Assortment of Fresh Fish and Shellfish Steamed in a Tomato Wine
last but not least, the Crust of the SourBread Rolls, were on my almost top of my bread listRelated to:
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Jack's Urban Eats: Good, Quick, Inexpensive Food
This is a simple, stylish diner where one orders food at the counter. It's quick, simple, and very inexpensive and the food is quite good. It is a great place to go for a quick, easy meal and particularly for salads. The salads are large and one can choose the combinations at the counter. The sandwhiches are also good, although we haven't had everything. The prices really are very low for what one gets in quantity and quality.
There are a few in the Sacramento area but the only one we've been to is the one in Midtown Sacramento (the old part of the city just east of Downtown). I also suspect that this is the primary and first one, but I don't know.
For what it is, this place really is great. It's a great place to go with kids, as well. It's also very popular later in the evening.Related to:
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Nationwide Freezer Meats: Great Hamburger Joint
This place is, despite the name, actually a burger joint instead of a meat distributor (which I think it originally was). It is one of the best simple burger places anywhere in the area. The burgers aren't "gourmet" or "fancy" and they are just simple, straightforward burgers, but they are great. The place inside is fairly basic, too, but if you want a good, traditional hamburger this place is a great choice.
Favorite Dish: All I've ever eaten here is hambugers and fries, but they have other things on the menu. I get the so-called "French Ground Steak" burger, but I don't know why it's called "French."Related to:
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Gatsby's Diner: Great food and interesting grill setup
When you first walk into Gatsby's you could get that feeling that it is a traditional diner but when you turn to the left and see the hibachi stations, you know you're in for something different. Meals are cooked in front of everyone. But instead of Japanese food it is awesome burgers and sliders. Open Mon-Sat, 11am - 9pm and Sun, 12 noon - 8pm.
Favorite Dish: I had the Fire Burger that I really liked. A burger with beacon, cheese, jalapeno, avocado and chipolte mayo. Very good! The Gatsby burger is also good. Special home made mayo and dijon mustard, cheese.
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Romano's Macaroni Grill: Found Gargage in My Food
Monday, August 6th, I took my elderly mother and my daughter out to dinner to the Macaroni Grill in Elk Grove, CA. We all three ordered the same meal (Shrimp Portofino). I found an old cigarette butt, leaves, dirt and garbage in all three of our meals. I have launched a complaint with the County Health Dept and have also contacted and reported this to Macaroni Grill's corporate office. I received a call from the district office manager and was told that he visited the restaurant and found that a batch of mushrooms had been dropped while they were delivered which is how the garbage got in our food. This is a lie, the mushrooms were cooked in a sauce yet the garbage was not in the sauce but mixed in the meal and the leaves and dirt were dry and brittle. I truly believe that this was done intentionally. Needless to say I will never eat at this restaurant and frankly, do not feel comfortable eating out at all at this point. I have not been satisfactorily been dealt with in this matter either,if you can believe it, I was argued with about how the garbage arrived in my food. I strongly urge no one to eat at this restaurant.
The Broiler: Wonderful Steaks and Great Service
The Broiler Restuarant is an old established eatery. It was moved from it's original location into a nice new building close to the Capitol. Over the years it has catered to many politicians and locals. The service is wonderful, attentive but not overbearing. The restaurant isn't huge but large enough for big parties and yet intimate. There is also a full bar. The dress attire is mostly business casual, white tableclothes but not "stuffy". It's within walking distance of the Capitol building and the Convention Center. They also serve lunch and there is free parking is available in the evenings in an underground garage. You can make reservations.
Favorite Dish: I haven't had anything that isn't good. The steaks are wonderful as is their dinner salad. I had a lamb dish that was excellent.
Fanny Anne's-Old Sacramento: Good Hamburgers
When Old Sacramento first opened Fanny Anne's was one of the "In" places to go. It was owned by a couple of pilots who regularly flew out of Sacramento and they collected all kinds of antique items that they hung from the ceilings, and nailed to the walls or placed wherever they could. The drinks were cheap and the hamburgers good. It still gets busy, especially during the summer months, during tourist season. The hamburgers are much better than the fast food kind and a good value. Fanny Anne's has 3 floors and the basement and there is something to look at on each. Friendly, fast service and very casual.
Favorite Dish: Hamburgers with fries and drinks are all that are served here. They used to make a mean Long Island Iced Tea!
Los Jarritos: Good Inexpensive Mexican Food
Los Jarritos has been in my neighborhood, Curtis Park, as far back as I can remember. The restaurant has been serving good Mexican food for well over twenty years at extremely reasonable prices for lunch and dinner. Two people can have dinner there for as little as $11 with tax without beverages! Much better and even cheaper than going to a fast food place.
Seating in the restaurant is simple; old 50's style tables and not the most comfortable chairs. You order up front and then wait for your order to arrive. There are free chips in little cardboard boxes with a limit of one per person. There is also a salsa bar with a selection of maybe five or six types.
Favorite Dish: Favorite dishes include the # 5 with a choice of taco and tamale with refried or whole beans. The pork tamale is excellent and made right on the premises. The refried beans are about as good as they get in Sacramento.
A second favorite request is # 18 the chicken fajitas. The dish comes with two large chicken fajitas in corn tortilla shell. The tortillas are filled with dark chicken with large amounts of avocado and sour cream. Very tasty!
Los Jarritos also offers vegetarian tacos for the price of $ 1.50 or 3 for $ 3.49. Very tasty!
Aside from dining in, the restaurant also has food to go.
Rudy's Hideaway Lobster House: Great service and value for money
Although a 25 minute drive out of Sacramento, this place is worth the trip. Genuine good friendly service. The Alaskan King crabs where perfect and there was a good portion for a reasonable price - what more can you ask for.
Note - if you are staying at the Marriott at Rancho Cordova this is just a 3 minute drive from the hotel.
Favorite Dish: Alaskan King Crab
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