This past November marked three years [UPDATE since writing this post: now going on five!!!] that we’ve been living in Sacramento which at times is still hard to believe, but it’s starting to feel more and more like home. True, I was slow to accept living here at first and ran off to San Francisco any chance I could but this last year I was singing a different tune… and it’s pretty hard not to admit that this is a great city to raise a family in. Low key vibe, down-to-earth community, so much good food (at the heart of farm-to-fork!), and a whole lot of nature around for those outdoorsy adventures. We’re equally as close to Tahoe as we are wine country–two of my favorite spots–and again, just a quick drive to the Bay. (Can you tell I’m putting the hard sell on for my SF girlfriends who are contemplating a move?)
I still have a number of places I want to eat at and admittedly I don’t get out of my East Sacramento / Midtown bubble too often, but since I’ve had a number of you ask for my Sacramento recommendations I thought I’d share where I spend most of my time eating, drinking and hanging. Plus with the three day weekend coming up and I know so many of you make that drive from the Bay to Tahoe–I thought this might come in handy for any mid-way pit stops.
Where to get your caffeine fix:
Temple – Best coffee in town. I even have Blue Bottle fanatics swear Temple is better. I frequent both the original S location and the newer K location equally. Both can be tricky to find an empty table at but that’s one bonus about being up early with a baby–beating the morning rush.
The Mill – Clean minimalist vibe. The owners Nick and Ilah are just the sweetest and have cultivated such an inviting and low key atmosphere. I used to walk to The Mill from our old Midtown apartment and so this was the first local coffee shop that made me miss my neighborhood spot in New York a whole lot less. I swear once you have a comforting coffee shop you love going to and the barista knows you by name, any city starts to feel like home.
Chocolate Fish – Now that we’ve moved to East Sac, the Folsom location is is my most frequented coffee spot. I love the neighborhood feel and always run into a familiar face.
Camellia Coffee Roasters – Adorable newer spot in the WAL Building (known on the gram for their pink tile). Perfect for grabbing a coffee before browsing through the rest of the building.
Where we eat:
Masullo – This Land Park neighborhood gem is our go-to for low key date nights. While they’re known for their thin crust pizza, I always ask about the pasta special as well. As a pasta lover it never disappoints! Plus their seasonal salads always hit the spot.
One Speed – Our East Sac neighborhood gem. Even if you’re not craving pizza the menu has a little bit of everything… and it’s all good.
Sandwich | Salad:
Juno’s – I pretty much always order the kale salad (and add avocado)… and my guy always orders the sandwich special. We’re regulars and love that we can walk here. Don’t go for atmosphere–go for the food.
Magpie – Magpie has become another regular spot that I gravitate towards when in the mood for a healthy salad / lunch option. Also a big fan of heading here for brunch.
Chando’s (for the tacos)
Fancier Date Night:
Canon – my personal fave in all of Sac!
Allora – sit on the patio
Low-Key Date Night: Binchoyaki (I didn’t want to share this one but I think the secret’s out)… amazing Izakaya (Japanense-grill)
South – When you’re craving fried chicken or mac n’ cheese. Obviously!
Shoki – We’re big ramen fans over here and Shoki is our go-to for takeout (we prefer to take it out over dining in as it’s small and often crowded). Always, always add an egg to your bowl.
Obo + Selland’s – I think everyone in Sacramento is a fan of their takeout options. Selland’s dinner special for two and a bottle of wine for $25–you just can’t beat it. Both are also great for casual, quick lunches and dinners in.
Where to grab a drink:
Block Butcher Bar – When in the mood for a cocktail I love the dark and moody vibe
Photography | Melissa Fuller