Since being back in Sacramento, I’ve made it my mini mission to hit up new restaurants and check out the nightlife. I had spent little time getting to know the new midtown scene before departing for England, but now that I’m back, I’m approaching the city with a new-found zeal. So, a few places that I’ve managed to hit up in the last couple of weeks:
1. Sugar Plum Vegan: 2315 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
I’m happy to say that Sacramento has an honest-to-goodness vegan joint in midtown. I know there are other vegetarian places and many restaurants with a slew of veg options, but this place is straight-up vegan for the hardcore. In addition to the selection of baked goods, there’s an awesome lunch menu including a fantastic BLT (with tempeh bacon) and a delicious-looking butternut squash quesadilla.
2. Capitol Dawg: 1226 20th Street (between Capitol & L), Sacramento, CA 95811
Ugggh. I’m gonna get slammed for this by some but I am not a fan of this place! My co-worker had recommended Capitol Dawg for a delicious and quick bite for lunch but I was far from impressed. I might attribute this to being a vegetarian — options are certainly limited — but the veggie dog and the sweet potato fries were both sub-par. On a positive note, their selection of toppings is crazy long. I felt like an idiot ordering my dog with ketchup and mustard! Who knew that people topped their hot dogs with Parmesan and Tabasco mustard?
Side note: $2 Tuesdays are probably worth going in for: $2 Capitol, Turkey or Veg Dawgs + $2 Bottled Beers + $2 Garlic Fries!
3. Orphan Breakfast House, 3440 C Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
I had been stuck in a breakfast rut before being introduced to Orphan. While I don’t typically go out for breakfast, I do appreciate a place with a solid breakfast menu. Orphan is one such place, and it definitely challenges the ideas of a typical breakfast. With their menu boasting Soy Chorizo Breakfast and Breakfast Tamales, there really is something delicious for everyone on the menu. While my breakfast wasn’t out-of-this-world stellar, the vibe of the place + the creative menu made for an all-around winning experience. I’ve never been for lunch, but I have no doubt that it’s equally tantalizing. As a bonus, I was a big fan of their coffee and their service.
4. Gonul’s J Street Cafe: 3839 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Oh, Gonul’s. Gonul’s is not new for me, but it’s tried and true and deserves a shout out! One of my best friends in Sacramento, H., introduced me to Gonul’s during brunch and I’ve been hooked ever since. Despite the fact that it’s a Turkish restaurant (which is probably best associated with a solid dinner menu), the breakfast menu is out of this world! Incredibly delicious with an amazing staff and a wonderful selection for vegetarians! For anyone interested in going during lunch or dinner, you can expect Gonul’s to bring their A game for that, too. They never fail to impress!
Now that I’m working in midtown, I’ve definitely been trying to branch out more and experience more of the awesome eateries that are sprinkled throughout the area. Next up to review: Lounge on 20, The Mix, DeVere’s and some coffee houses! Any locals have suggestions for places that I need to check out?