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Places to go and eat in Sacramento

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Places to Go    

Food and Drink

American     |   British   |  Burgers  |   Pizza & Italian
Mexican/Southwest   |  Asian   |  Misc.   |  Outside Sacramento


American

The Kitchen ($$$)

The best of the best!! The Kitchen is the most upscale restaurant in Sacramento and usually takes months to get a reservation unless you know someone or are able to nab a cancellation. I recently went for my birthday and it was AMAZING!!! Everything was delicious, the staff is friendly and helpful, and it’s a memorable experience. There is only one seating per night, so be prepared for a 4 hour, 5-6 course, delight to the tastebuds evening. The menu changes every month and if you want more of a certain dish, just ask. If you ever get a chance to go here, GO! The cost is about $125 per person plus wine.

Hawk’s ($$)

Elegent, upscale restaurant in Granite Bay that I would recommend for a nice date or business meal. To save some money here, make reservations for the Sunday Brunch (the 2nd Sunday of every month) for a $28, 3-course meal. The food is absolutely delicious and the wild mushroom soup was something I still remember as being one of my favorite courses. The Hawks website lists menus and prices.

The Waterboy

I’ve always thought of The Waterboy as an upscale, pricey restaurant that I would only try when I was willing to shell out some dough. I will say that it’s possible to spend a lot of money here, but it’s not necessary to have a delicious meal and an enjoyable experience if you stick with the smaller plates. The Waterboy is known for its Caesar Salad and Sweetbreads, but I also have to recommend the desserts and Carrot-Fennel Soup, if it is available.

Ella ($$)

Ella is another place that I would save for a special occasion or elegant evening out because of the higher prices. The food here is delicious and wonderfully prepared by former New York Chef, Ravin Patel, and the other Ella staff. I can recommend the Pork Chop, which is cooked to perfection. If you want to save a bit of money, keep an eye out for their occasional Prix Fixe menu, which is 3 courses for $35. Reservations can be made easily by calling or using Open Table.

Purple Place Bar & Grill

The Purple Place, located in El Dorado Hills, is newly renovated and a place that everyone in the area must try. Don’t be afraid of the many Harleys parked outside. Those hog riders know good food when they taste it. I primarily visit for breakfast and ALWAYS get the Ooey Gooey Coffeecake. Their El Dorado Omelet is also quite tasty. After a filling meal, walk next-door to the bar and play some table shuffleboard ($5 per hour). It’s a great place for food and fun.

Sutter Street Grill

Within Old Folsom is a wonderful breakfast establishment called Sutter Street Grill. It’s located right on Sutter Street, hence the name. I would recommend getting a biscuit along with your meal because they are the biggest I’ve ever seen. If you have the room, I also highly recommend the cinnamon roll…AS BIG AS YOUR FACE!! It has a great small town feel and the locals flock there every morning. After a filling breakfast, you can walk off the calories along the streets of Old Folsom or along the river.

Tower Cafe

If you like French Toast, visit the Tower Cafe on 15th and Broadway. They have a variety of other items on their breakfast menu that I could also recommend, but I would definitely recommend the Seasonal French Toast if you’re there for breakfast. They’re famous for their French Toast. For lunch or dinner, they also have great Chili Rellanos, salads, and much more. Don’t forget to look at their desserts and perhaps catch a movie next door at the Tower Theatre after your meal.

Cafeteria 15L

As stated in the name, this restaurant is located on the corner of 15th and L Streets in Downtown Sacramento. It is both a restaurant with indoor and patio seating and a prime Happy Hour spot. The Happy Hour prices for food are wonderful for the quantity that you receive. The Trio of Fries is AMAZING and is a nice quanitity for $5, the sliders are delicious, and the Truffle Tater Tots are out of this world.

The restaurant serves a variety of food ranging from Burgers and Salads to Meat and Seafood dishes. The portions can be large for some dishes (like the Chicken and Waffle), but the prices are reasonable for the quantity and the location.

Rubicon Brewing Company

Want some good food and/or beer? Visit Rubicon Brewing Company on Capitol near 20th St. in Midtown Sacramento. I highly recommend the Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. It’s excellent. The atmosphere is also nice and is a great outdoor dining location on a warm day.

Macaroni Grill

Located in Folsom (E. Bidwell), Roseville (Douglas Blvd.) and Elk Grove (Laguna Blvd.), Macaroni Grill and has fabulous Italian food. Be sure to try their rosemary bread, which is part of your dining experience and replaced once you finish a loaf. You can also learn a bit of Italian as you use the restroom.

Mimi’s Cafe

I absolutely love Mimi’s cafe. They’re located next to all the Macaroni Grill’s that I’ve seen. When dining at Mimi’s, you must have either a bowl of steaming hot, cheese-covered French Onion Soup with their tasty bread or a pot pie. Both are fabulous. They also have great muffins, especially Buttermilk Spice. If none of those sound appetizing, there is also a great selection of sandwiches and other dishes. I also enjoy the Cajun atmosphere.

La Bou

La Bou is somewhat of an American Restaurant, but with a Thai twist on some of their dishes. They offer salads (the Chinese Chicken is great), sandwiches, and soups. I primarily come here for Spicy Thai Chicken Soup. It is absolutely delicious and I’m convinced that it will help you recover from a cold quicker than usual. So, the next time you have the sniffles (or not), get a bowl of this soup.

Panera Bread

If you’re familiar with La Bou, which is all over Sacramento, you will truly appreciate Panera Bread. It has a nice selection of soups, sandwiches and panini with a great, comfortable atmosphere. Plus, their bread has a cruchy crust, but is spongy inside. Yum! There is even a comfy leather couch in front of a fireplace to enjoy your morning java along with free Wi-Fi internet access. What could be better?

Jack’s Urban Eats

Jack’s Urban Eats is a great place to get a big salad. You can choose your lettuce and a variety of toppings for a decent price. They also serve sandwiches, meat dishes and much more. I highly recommend their Urban Fries, which are covered in bleu cheese and spicy chili oil and the Chicken Caesar Salad with extra chicken. So tasty! They have four locations around the county including Folsom, Downtown, Loehmann’s Plaza near Sac State and in Natomas.

33rd Street Bistro

This is a good place for breakfast or for sandwiches, calzones and pizza. It has a neat atmosphere and you can see the chefs make your food in an open-air kitchen area. This is also a great place to dine outdoors during the summer.

Bistro 33

An off-shoot of 33rd Street Bistro, Bistro 33 has multiple locations around the greater Sacramento area. However, each location has a slightly different menu. I recommend the sliders, paninis and flat breads. Ask for their bag of donuts as well. It’s like donut holes with dipping sauces. Soooo good! There are locations in El Dorado Hills and Davis.

Cafe Bernardo

If you’re looking for a great salad, visit Cafe Bernardo. Yes, they have other items on the menu (sandwiches, burgers, pizza), but they have some pretty tasty greens. Cafe Bernardo has 4 locations: 28th & Capitol, 15th & R, 10th & K St., and in Davis on 3rd and D St.

The Elephant Bar

The Elephant Bar is a fun place to dine. It has a fun African atmosphere and the food is tasty too. The Elephant Bar has a variety of tasty soups, sandwiches, burgers, salda, and wok food. They also have excellent appetizers that would also serve well as a meal.

Crepeville

Crepeville is a great place for crepes, but they also serve sandwiches and other breakfast and lunch items. They’re open from 7 am to 11 pm and only take cash. I had a California Crepe there and highly recommend it. If you’ve already had dinner, go for a dessert crepe. The cinnamon roll crepe is my recommendation (get it without walnuts if you’re allergic). Crepeville also has a great atmosphere with copper-topped tables and tasty iced tea. There’s also a Crepeville in Davis on 3rd Street.

Melting Pot ($$)

This is a fondue restaurant…all the fondue you can think of. I’ve been for dinner and dessert and would recommend the dessert first (marshmallows, brownie bites, fruit, etc. with chocolate dipping sauce…YUM) You definitely want to go with a big group to save some $$ since it’s on the pricey side or just go for dessert. It’s located downtown near the corner of H and 15th St.
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British

Fox & Goose Pub

Craving some authentic British cuisine? Check out the Fox & Goose Pub, located at 10th & R St. in Downtown Sacramento. Fox & Goose has a variety of dishes ranging from bangers and eggs to Cornish Pasties. You won’t be disappointed. There’s also a plethora of music Wednesday-Saturday nights, Open Mic night on Mondays and Pub Quiz nights on Tuesdays.
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Burgers

Krush Burger

Krush Burger is at the top of my food truck list. Not only are their burgers juicy and flavorful, but their toppings are fresh and unique and their fries and sweet potato tater tots are delicious. I prefer the Philly Burgers with fries, but they have a few other choices of burgers (including seasonal favorites). Check out their website for the full menu. Since Krush Burger is a food truck, they’re not always in the same location, but you can see where they’ll be for lunch on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
**As of January 2013, Krush Burger has a restaurant located at 700 North 10th St (Off of Richards Blvd.)**

Flaming Grill Cafe

If you want to try a burger with a different type of meat, check out Flaming Grill Cafe in Elk Grove, West Sacramento, or in Sacramento’s Country Club Plaza. They offer regular burgers and vegetarian options, but also give you the choice of Yak, Elk, Ostrich, Buffalo, Alligator, Llama, and Wild Boar as well. The guys there are very friendly and helpful as you make your meat selection. Seating is outdoors under a covered patio, so make sure it’s not too much of a scorcher outside.

Nationwide Freezer Meats

Looking for a big, greasy burger? Nationwide Freezer Meats is a hot spot. Nationwide has been serving the Sacramento community for over 40 years and once you taste their burgers, you’ll understand why. Come hungry and definitely have the fries. They’re made of an entire potato cut into pieces. You’ll see what I mean. The hours are a bit sporadic: Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 am – 7 pm; Mondays: 11:30 am -2:30 pm; Fridays: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Murder Burger

Murder Burger, now known as Redrum Burger, is located in Davis and has some of the best burgers and garlic fries around. It’s worth the trip. They also serve ostrich burgers. Be prepared with a big appetite because you can order up to a pound of patty on your burger.

Burgers & Brew

I highly recommend Burgers & Brew. There are a few locations (West Sacramento, Davis, Chico, & 14th and R in Sacramento). You may find it packed at lunch time, but the lines move quickly. The hardest part is finding a table outside and the noise level can be a bit loud inside if the crowds are large. The Mushroom and Onion Cheeseburger with Garlic Curly Fries is delicious. Be prepared to leave with dragon breath after any of their regular or curly garlic fries because they’re potent.

I love the fact that they offer regular, mint, lemon, and cucumber waters in pitchers near the bar for those of us who don’t order sodas or beer. Also, even though the lines can be long when the place is packed, my friends and I are able to get our food, enjoy our meal, visit, and be done in an hour. Plus, the portions are large enough for leftovers.

Willie’s

Willie’s is located both downtown at 2415 16th St and on the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd and Arden. They have awesome burgers (some with multiple patties and chili), onion rings and wonderful chili cheese fries. There is both inside and outdoor bench seating, which provides for a wonderful eating atmosphere. This is THE place to go.

Johnny Rockets

This is a place for great burgers. They’re big, they’re juicy and they’re greasy. This is one of my favorite burger restaurants. Plus, it has jukebox music at each table for 5 cents per song, which the waiters should give you. Located in Arden Fair Mall and Downtown Plaza.

The Squeeze Inn

Located in Roseville, at 1630 K St. in Midtown Sacramento, and at 5301 Power Inn Road, The Squeeze Inn is known for their “Cheese Skirt” Burgers. Known as one of the Best Burger Places in Sacramento and featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”, The Squeeze Inn is a popular place for a greasy burger. The Squeeze Inn also has a location in Galt, Roseville, West Sacramento, and Downtown Sacramento.
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Pizza & Italian

Chicago Fire Pizza

Chicago Fire offers authentic Chicago and New York style pizza. With locations on historic Sutter Street in Folsom, in the Palladio Shopping Center in Folsom, near 24th and J in Midtown Sacramento, and in Roseville, the restaurant also offers a cool atmosphere. I’d highly recommend getting the deep dish Chicago-style pizzas. They’re really good. Don’t miss the dessert pizza. It’s fabulous!

One Speed

One Speed is the newest hot spot in East Sacramento. Located on Folsom Blvd. near 48th St., One Speed is always busy and there’s a reason why. It’s their food. Known for their pizza, One Speed also serves excellent gnocchi, salads and burgers. They’re closed on Mondays, but are ready to serve you Tues-Fri: 11:30am-10pm; Sat & Sun: 9am-10pm (Sundays close @ 9pm) (Breakfast ’til 1pm).

Biba Restaurant ($$$)

If you’re looking for a fancy place to dine, Biba should definitely be considered. Not only do they have excellent gnocchi (one of my favorite Italian dishes), but their Ossobuco alla Milanese is also quite tasty. I’ve only visited once, but it was a wonderful experience. Plus, Biba herself tends to greet dining customers.

Lucca Restaurant

While not an absolutely authentic Italian restaurant, Lucca has a variety of menu items that fit within the Italian genre. The atmosphere can serve nicely for either a business meal or a nice date. I recommend the Zucchini Chips as an appetizer and the Roasted Chicken Risotto is also excellent. Lucca is located on J St. between 16th and 17th in Downtown Sacramento.

Mamma Susanna’s Ristorante Italiano

If you love gnocchi, look no further! Located in the River Park area on Carlson Drive, Mamma Susanna’s is an Italian gem. The gnocchi with the gorgonzola cheese sauce is A-MAZING!! This is the tastiest gnocchi dish I have ever had. It comes with a salad and focaccia bread as well. They also serve other delicious Italian dishes, but I can’t pull myself away from the gnocchi. The atmosphere is cozy and nicely decorated, the staff is friendly, and this is a good place for a casual dinner to a romantic meal.

Mamma Susanna’s is only open for dinner Mon-Sat and for brunch and lunch on Sunday. Reservations highly recommended.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Even though it’s a chain, BJ’s serves some really good pizza. Their menu includes pasta, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more, but I’ve only ever had their deep dish pizza. The crust is more like a soft french bread than a harder crust. I would also recommend saving room for a Pizookie, which is a dessert cookie. In the Sacramento area, they have locations in Arden, Folsom, Roseville, Elk Grove and Natomas.

Old Spaghetti Factory

Another good place for italian food. It’s located in downtown Sacramento near J and 20th St. Great atmosphere and even has a train caboos inside to dine in.
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Mexican/Southwest

Nopalitos Southwest Cafe

While Nopalitos serves Mexican/Southwest food for lunch, I have only visited for breakfast. However, I can say that they have wonderful food. I highly recommend the Little Cactus Special with green sauce (yes, it contains cactus) as well as their chocolate chip cookies (baked once lunch begins). The cookies are probably the best I’ve tasted, but make sure you get them warm. Nopalitos is always busy, so try to beat the rush. Breakfast is served from 6:30-10:45am and lunch from 11am-2:30pm. They close early and they only accept cash or check.

La Fiesta Taqueria

Located in East Sacramento on Alhambra Blvd., La Fiesta Taqueria is an excellent place for authentic Mexican food. They provide a variety of tasty food choices (especially burritos), unlimited chips and salsa, and tasty horchata.

Cabos Restaurant

Cabos Restaurant is located in both Granite Bay (near the corner of Douglas & Auburn-Folsom-close to Folsom) and in Rocklin (on Lonetree Boulevard). Cabos has a variety of tasty Mexican food at reasonable prices. Definitely check it out if you’re searching for a tasty Mexican dish.

Ernesto’s

Voted “Best of Sacramento” in Sacramento Magazine, Ernesto’s offers a variety of Mexican dishes, at a reasonable price. Ernesto’s is a great place for outdoor summer dining, especially since it’s located downtown (16th & S).

Luis Jr.’s

After years without Luis’ Mexican Restaurant, a new (and smaller) location is open in Old Sacramento. Same great Luis’ food in a new home. I love their flautas!

Zocalo

I truly enjoy the chicken/Guanajuato enchiladas and the carnitas quesadilla at Zocalo. They’re the only dishes I order over and over again. The meat is delicious and they provide chips served with beans and salsa. YUM!

The atmosphere outside is nice on a sunny day and it can get pretty loud inside. With the high ceilings, noise carries…if the place is packed, you’re not going to have a nice, quiet meal. I’ve also been here for a baby shower in the adjacent room, which was very nice if you’re looking for a place to hold a party.

Midtown Taqueria

Good Mexican food at a great price. That’s what you’ll find at Midtown Taqueria on J St. and 37th. It’s a small location, but has both indoor and outdoor dining. The portion sizes are large, so be ready for leftovers.

Chipotle

Chipotle is a chain with numerous locations. All of their food is extremely fresh and well-priced. The burritos and burrito bowls are my favorite. The set-up is like a cafeteria line, in which you choose your item and select what goes into it. Delicious and good for the budget-conscious.

Kico’s Mexican Restaurant

Located on Arden Way in a pink building, Kico’s offers authentic Mexican food at good prices. I’d recommend buying a combo to get the most for your money.
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Asian

Chada Thai

I had heard that there were 2 Thai restaurants next to one another on Broadway and that you will either like one or the other. So, I chose Chada Thai to start my investigation. As far as I’m concerned, the determination has been made. Chada Thai is AWESOME!

I’ve visited twice and love the green curry and avocado curry (yes, that’s another green curry, but it’s great). The service is good and staff is friendly as well. I would definitely recommend Chada Thai to my fellow Thai food lovers because it’s delicious and the atmosphere is nice as you gaze out onto Broadway and watch the traffic zoom by.

Thai Palace

If you’re looking for Thai food in East Sacramento/Midtown, this is the place to go. They serve a variety of dishes that are delectable if you’re a Thai food fan and their prices aren’t too expensive. Definitely try a Thai iced tea or iced coffee and don’t be afraid of their tapioca and corn dessert. It’s really good.

Star Ginger

Star Ginger is located in East Sacramento on the corner of Folsom Blvd. & Alhambra. I come to Star Ginger for one thing and one thing only….Spicy Thai Chicken Soup. Star Ginger is related to La Bou, so the Spicy Thai Chicken Soup is quite similar. I also recommend their Samosas, which are superior to many Indian restaurants I’ve been to in town. The Salad Rolls are also good, as well as their Thai Iced Tea.

The Star Ginger parking lot is far too small for its needs, but there’s plenty next door in the old Good Eats lot until something else moves into that space. Overall, I always recommend Star Ginger when asked about eateries in East Sac. It’s excellent!

Arigato Sushi

If you’re looking for a sushi place that is tasty with good prices, Arigato Sushi is for you. Rolls are always 1/2 off, service is good, and there is a wide selection of items to choose from. My favorite roll is the Happy. The fish is fresh and everything is well-prepared.

Arigato Sushi can be pretty busy at night, so I would advise coming in earlier in the evening before all of the crowds. The location in Sacramento is in a small shopping center near Howe Ave & Arden Way. There’s also a location in Roseville.

Taiko Sushi

Taiko Sushi is located in Folsom on Bidwell across from the Old Navy Shopping Center. Taiko has great, well-priced Japanese food. I’d recommend a Tiger roll along with a Bento Box. It’ll fill you up and you’ll leave happy.

Samurai Sushi

Another good Japanese food and suchi eating establishment. This is one of the larger Japanese restaruants I’ve been to. There is a general dining area and a sushi bar, wherever you choose to sit. I would recommend the lunch box, which gives you the most food for your money in the middle of the day. This restaurant also has a variety of sushi and sashimi. For those who like sports, there are multiple large plasma screens adorning the building and they’re always tuned to some sporting event. It’s located off Hwy 50 by taking the Hazel exit. You can see it from the freeway.
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Mikuni Japanese Restaurant

This is a wonderful place to get great sushi and sashimi. It is a bit pricey though. A good place for a nice date. Mikuni has multiple locations: Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, Fair Oaks, & Elk Grove.

Misc.

Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop

Open since 1940, Gunther’s is a Sacramento landmark. All of their ice cream is homemade and soo delicous. They also have fruit freezes, which is frozen slushy juice. I love the orange. If you’re craving ice cream or something cold on a hot day, definitely go to Gunther’s. Even if it’s cooler outside, they have indoor seating as well. Gunther’s ice cream is also sold around the county at a variety of locations, including the Folsom Library Cafe.

Leatherby’s Family Creamery

Looking for a tasty ice cream treat? Try Leatherby’s on Arden Way. Family-owned since 1984, Leatherby’s will provide you with wonderful ice cream at a reasonable price. Some of the top items among my friends are the black and tan and the black and white (my favorite). Leatherby’s also serves food, such as burgers.

Marie’s Donuts

If you’re looking for an excellent, fresh donut, go to Marie’s on Freeport Blvd (Curtis Park/Land Park area). They have a wide variety to choose from, are well-priced, and the staff is friendly. I’m partial to the Chocolate Bar & Round Apple Fritter.

Freeport Bakery

Located in the Land Park area, Freeport Bakery is THE PLACE to go for excellent cakes. The Blackout Cake is my choice. Mmmmm… They also make great pastries.

Costco

Costco isn’t just a place to shop for things in bulk. If you have a Costco card, you can go into the warehouse and eat free food samples for hours. Otherwise, you can go to their food area and get a hotdog and soda for $1.50 or a tasty Chicken Bake for $2.69, among other items. Just make sure the food area is on the outside of the Costco. You’ll need a card otherwise.

Starbucks

Like anywhere else, Starbucks is everywhere. Avoid the drive-thru because you must experience the Starbucks ambience inside. I gravitate towards the Starbucks near J St. and 38th in East Sacramento, Alhambra & N with the big coffee cup on the roof, one on Howe near Fair Oaks and 2 in Folsom. It all depends on my mood. The East Sacramento Starbucks also highlights art by local artists, including my photography on occasion.

Coffee Republic

This coffee shop is located in Folsom. It has a nice outdoor atmosphere and is walking distance to Old Folsom and the walking trails along the river.

Merlino’s Freeze

A Merlino’s Freeze is similar to a slushy or icee. They’re very tasty and come in 4 different flavors. Orange is the original flavor. There are a few Merlino’s stands around the county, including within the Folsom Outlets and in the Roseville Galleria, but the original building is on Folsom Blvd and is now a Mr. Pickles sandwich shop. However, Mr. Pickles still sells Merlino’s.

Jamba Juice

What can you say about Jamba Juice? They can be enjoyed as a meal and they’re very, very tasty. I would recommend the Mango-a-go-go. Jamba Juice is all over the place and have a free Jamba day at all new openings.
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Places to Go

Second Saturday Art Walk

If you happen to be in Sacramento on the 2nd Saturday of a month, head to Midtown & Downtown Sacramento for a chance to see what some local Sacramento artists are creating. Many businesses transform into art galleries and there is also music and street performers to keep you entertained. Most galleries are in the vicinity of K & J St. and the mid-20th Street areas, but there are also some on the outskirts. Visit the above link for a map of all the locations.

Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento gives visitors the feeling that they’ve stepped into the old west. The buildings and shops are historical landmarks. This is a fun place to walk and window shop. You can walk along the river, go to the Train Museum and try on a multitude of hats in the hat shop.

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art museum not only houses some beautiful art, but it’s all held in an old house that has a character of it’s own. It’s easy to spent hours here. It’s located in Downtown Sacramento near 2nd and 0 St. On 10/10/10, The Crocker opened a new, expanded portion of the museum. I will admit that I get a bit lost in there now, but it’s still worth a gander.

Sutter’s Fort

This is an old Swiss Fort that is one of the oldest landmarks in Sacramento. It’s relatively inexpensive to visit and takes you back in time.

McKinley Park

I think this is the most beautiful park in all of the Sacramento area. It’s located near H St. and 33rd St. It has a rose garden to sit and walk in, a pond with water fowl, public swimming pool, tennis courts, large grassy areas for frisbee and other games and a wooden castle for children to climb on. Plus, the McKinley Library is also on the grounds.

California State Capitol

Located on 10th and L Streets, the State Capitol is one of our local treasures. Not enough locals take advantage of the free tours at the Capitol, where you can see wonderful pieces of art, sculptures, and ornate architecture. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours, especially if it’s gloomy outside. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see the Senate or House in session or may catch a glimpse of Arnold walking the halls.

Capitol Rose Garden

This is located on the grounds of the State Capitol on L and 27th St. There are a few war memorials to visit here as well and you can always take a tour of the Capitol. While there, be sure to say hello to a squirrel.

The Crest Theatre

This is one of Sacramento’s independent and foreign film houses. I’ve enjoyed seeing some great films here. It’s got a great atmosphere, has been renovated to it’s old glory and is a fun place to watch a flick.

The Tower Theatre is another great place to catch an independent film. Open since 1938, the interior of the Tower has been magnificently restored and is a wonderful place to watch films not shown in most theatres.

Sacramento Drive-In

This drive-in is located off Hwy. 50 at the Bradshaw exit. It’s a great place to watch a double feature in the summer. Tuesday nights are family night and it only costs about $4 per person. Otherwise, it’s a little over $6 per person. There is always a double feature, even if the marquee doesn’t say there is.

The Discovery Museum

Great fun for the whole family, the Discovery Museum is a separated into 2 locations. The History Museum is way downtown at 101 I St. and the Science & Space Center is on Auburn Boulevard. The Science & Space Museum is dedicated to small children, has some animals, bugs, a NASA area and an ever-changing exhibit area. It also has a picnic area for lunch.

Sacramento River Cats Baseball

Enjoy a day out at the ball field. The Sacramento River Cats are a AAA team that plays in West Sacramento. Games are a fun way to spend time with friends and have some hotdogs. You can get cheap $5 tickets, which put you on a grassy hill above the outfield, so bring your chairs or blankets. Stadium seats are a little more expensive. The highest ticket price is $18.

The Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center is located on the UC Davis campus. It’s a new facility that features well-known speakers, dance companies and musical groups. I have been there once to see a Bach symphony. It is an upscale event that you will want to dress up for.
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Folsom Outlets

Just as good as a big mall, but with low prices, the Folsom Outlets will probably have everything you would ever need when it comes to clothes, housewares, shoes, and other items. It’s one of the best outlet centers around.

Arden Fair Mall

This mall was ranked top in Sacramento by Sacramento Magazine. It’s clean, it’s large, it even has a merry-go-round on the 2nd floor. It’s a top place to shop.

Roseville Galleria

If you really want to get your shopping on, head to Roseville to the Galleria. This mall is MASSIVE and I tend to get lost. However, the Galleria has almost every store you could ever want in one location.

Want to head outside Sacramento? Here are some places elsewhere.

Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

Located in Tahoe, this is a great place for sandwiches and soup. It’s all very tasty and has a wide selection of bread to choose from. They also have a spread of wonderful desserts. All I can say is “Yum”.

Sunnyside Steakhouse & Lodge ($$)

If you’re looking for a great steak or just want a wonderful dining experience, visit Sunnyside on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The interior of the restaurant has a bit of a cabin feel, but can also serve as a romantic dining location. On a nice day, you can also sit outside by the Lake. It’s a beautiful view. Sunnyside is known for their Crispy Zucchini Sticks, so they are a MUST when visiting. All of the other food is excellent as well.

Deva Cafe

Located in Modesto on J St. near 12th, Deva’s is the best place to go for a big salad. I prefer a Caesar, but I bet they’re all good with big chunks of chicken, buttery croutons and a big hunk of bread at an affordable price.

The Cheesecake Kitchen

Anyone that knows me knows that I love cheesecake brownies and bring them to my friends whenever I visit Modesto. The Cheesecake Kitchen is the place to go for these $1.50 morsels of chocolate and cheesecake goodness.

El Rosal
and Damian Restaurant

El Rosal is my absolute favorite place to go for Mexican food. There are multiple locations in Modesto, Riverbank, and Patterson, so you don’t have to travel far to find one. I love their salsa and chips, tacos, tamales, enchiladas…I love everything. Damian Restaurant is owned by the same family.

Any recommendations? Let me know.
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