One of the most underrated foodie cities in the United States has to be Sacramento. If you’ve never gotten a chance to visit the city, then you may be interested to know this rapidly developing metropolis is quite a significant hub for business and education on the West Coast. It’s certainly not all work and no play here in Sacramento – it can be a place to discover some of the less talked about restaurants and cafes hidden throughout the states.
Check out some our favorite places to fill up in California’s capital city:
- Localis offers a very relaxed and welcoming experience that makes fine dining feel a little less formal and without veering too far off course. The menu features a rotating selection of new Americana dishes ranging from seafood to pasta and more meaty dishes all with optional wine pairings. If dining a la carte, choose from tasty dishes like their grilled carrot salad, fresh-caught oysters, fire-roasted octopus, leek risotto, or the wild salmon poke.
- The extensive wine and champagne list doesn’t disappoint, either, featuring both local favorites and imports from around the world. And, if you manage to save room for dessert, they have some of the best carrot cake around the city. If you’re looking for a nice casual date spot or just a relaxed gourmet meal, you really can’t go wrong with Localis, and they even take reservations through OpenTable.
- For a more formal evening, Moxie is a great choice if you can get a reservation. The restaurant opens exclusively for dinner and features a lovely wine bar and fine American cuisine. You’ll always be greeted by the owner himself, and the service is impeccable at Moxie. If you’re in the mood for a great starters, be sure to order their crab cakes – they may just be the best you’ve ever had. For something a bit lighter to start off with, the brussel sprout ceasar salad is just the thing to wet your appetite.
- For the main course, a few of their best dishes we recommend include the lobster bisque, the sumptuous lamb, sea bass with Meyer lemon sauce, filet mignon wrapped in flaky phyllo dough, sesame coated grilled salmon, or the classic surf and turf. And don’t skip their mouthwatering desserts; two of their best are the Belgium chocolate mousse cake and raspberry cheesecake.
- Morton’s The Steakhouse
- If you love a good steak as much as we do, then you’ll want to visit Morton’s every time you’re in Sacramento. In the base of the U.S. Bank Tower, Morton’s is the definition of swanky, and their elegant bar scene is great too, serving cocktails and a large wine selection. The entire menu is simply superb from the baked escargot, the lobster cocktail, and ahi tuna appetizers, to the giant porterhouse steak or succulent veal chop.
- Of course, they also have quite a selection of other meats besides beef such as poultry, seafood dishes, and favorite trimmings like creamed spinach and bacon, parmesan and truffle matchstick fries, and bacon and onion macaroni. If you’re a proud carnivore, then you owe it to yourself to have at least one meal at Morton’s when you get the chance.