The return report!
We went to Sacramento and had a great day at Sacramento Vintage Ford buying goodies for our classic ’64 truck. After that we headed to Andy Nguyen’s on Broadway for lunch..and discovered it has become a vegetarian restaurant! OH NO!!! It DID win the award for best "Fake Meat" in Sacto, but that is just NOT what we wanted.
We ended up at Ford’s Hamburgers…and they are just as good as ever! For dinner we went to Frank Fat’s restaurant. It is either not as good as it used to be…or my memory created a better meal than actually once existed. Just not that great. The best thing was the Banana Cream Pie! That ROCKED!!![:D]
For our first breakfast we went to Freeport Bakery. Same thing there…it just wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be. We loved visiting the farmer’s market and then went to the state fair, where we at 2nd breakfast of corn dog on a stick!!! YUM!!!
Once home we were back on tomato salad and roasted salmon. Works for me!
Fat City in Old Town! Also run by the Fat family (The "Brennan’s of Sacto).
I also love Biba’s. It is a little pricier, not really "Roadfood", but it’s fantastic Italian food. The woman who owns it used to have her own cooking show. The Zuppa Inglese is calling me even now…
A few places in Sacramento that you may wish to consider are:
Pancake Circus (Broadway and 21st Street) – Take one step inside and you’ll swear this place got stuck in the 1950’s to early 60’s. Food is good, but not great. It is one of the places that, to me, makes Sacramento Sacramento. Phone number: (916) 452-3322
Cornerstone Cafe (24th and J Streets) – One of the more popular Sunday breakfast places in the city. Go early or else you will be waiting for a LOOOOOOOONG time. Once I went there with a friend and was told the wait would be 45 minutes. ‘Nuff said. However, once inside the Cornerstone has some marvelous breakfast eats. Their potato platter is my favorite. Phone number: (916) 441-0948
Fox and Goose (10th and R Streets) – This is the other popular Sunday breakfast place. Again, go early or you’ll be waiting (though not as long as at Cornerstone) Housed in a former paint factory, this is the only place in Sacramento that I’m aware of where one can order an omelet w/ bangers, or a Welsh Rarebit omelet. They also have excellent vegetarian options. Their website is: http://www.foxandgoose.com. Phone number: (916) 443-8825
Ford’s Real Hamburgers (Sutterville Rd. near Freeport Blvd.) – This eatery located near Sacramento City College is one of four places that the locals consider to have the best burger in the city (the other three are listed below). If you’re REALLY hungry, try their ONE POUND burger and their skin-on fries. Phone number: (916) 452-6979
Nationwide Meats (H Street between 19th and 20th Streets) – Nationwide offers what they call the French Steakburger. They don’t serve fries per se as they serve what I call potato planks. Huge planks of french-fried potatoes served wrapped in a napkin. Phone number: (916) 444-3286
The Squeeze Inn (Fruitridge Road and 79th Street) – Ask for a "Squeeze with Cheese" and you’ll get a Squeezeburger with a cheese "skirt". The cheese is placed on the burger so that the edges melt and fries up nice and crisp on the griddle. They make their fries from freshly cut potatoes. It’s called "The Squeeze Inn" for a reason as they have very few places to sit inside the place to enjoy your meal. Phone number: (916) 386-8599
Jim-Denny’s – (12th Street between H and I Streets) – This long time favorite has been in its current location since the Second World War, but was established earlier than that (1935). Their cheeseburgers are a favorite in this cramped, historic eating place (their are only ten stools at the counter). Unfortunately, Jim-Denny’s is closed on the weekends. Phone number: (916) 443-9655
This list is by no means complete. If anyone else has any corrections to the above, please feel free to do so. I hope you enjoy you’re trip to Sacramento!
How about Fanny Annie’s (I think that’s what it’s called) in Old Sac for a burger with peanut butter on top? No, really. Try it!
I am taking my husband to Sacramento for his birthday (so we can buy supplies for our ’64 Ford Truck!) and I have promised to take him to the great food places in Sacramento. I plan on taking him to Merlino’s for the orange ice, to Vic’s over on 8th St. in Land Park for ice cream, to Frank Fat’s for banana cream pie, maybe to Freeport Bakery for breakfast pastries, and to the Sunday morning market under the freeway around 8th at X and W (?) Any other suggestions for "authentic places"? I am also wondering if there are any great breakfast diners left in the downtown area that would be open on Sunday. [:D]
Weekend in Sacramento
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