Top 5 Restaurant Hot Spots in Sacramento

Although LA traditionally gets most of the attention, Sacramento is the capital of California, and has drawn a number of fantastic restaurants, regardless of the fare you seek. Whether it’s seafood, Asian, Latin American, a great brunch, or a good old fashioned filet, Sacramento has what you’ve been craving. While you’re in Sacramento, be sure and check out some of these restaurant hot spots:

Tapa the World:

One of the best restaurants in midtown Sacramento, Tapa the World offers a unique and fun atmosphere. This is a great place if you’re going out on a date, particularly if you go on the 4th Saturday of the month, when they have live Flamenco music. The dishes run anywhere from $1.50 to $13, so you won’t have to break the bank to eat there, and the food is exquisite. There is also an outdoor patio, but Tapa the World can be crowded, so it’s probably best to make a reservation in advance.

Blue Cue:

Looking for both food and fun? Blue Cue is the place to go. They offer pool, shuffleboard, and televise any number of sports games. There is a full bar and the food is traditional American with pizza, sandwiches and other classic favorites. This is the perfect place to go out on the town with friends, and there is a full bar, so grab dinner and then make an evening of it.

Frank Fats:

Not only does this Chinese restaurant have a great name, but it offers excellent food as well. The restaurant has been around since 1939 and has been voted best Chinese food a total of 14 years and running! The history of the place is incredible, and Frank Fats was once known as the “Third House”, because U.S. Senators and statesmen would come to eat and hash out their legislative disagreements in the back booths. The Honey Walnut Prawns are exquisite, and the Fat’s Lamb Rib Chops are also incredible.

The Pilothouse:

The Pilothouse is one of Sacramento’s premier restaurants, and has the perfect waterside setting for a romantic dinner. The head chef, Julian Vasquez has drawn much acclaim for his cooking, particularly the tasting menu that changes monthly. Dishes are cooked with healthy, grass-fed beef, fresh seafood, lamb, and free range chicken. And, there is even a Champagne Breakfast Buffet that is offered every Sunday from 10am until 2pm.

The Firehouse:

Like The Pilothouse, The Firehouse is a staple in Sacramento, offering some of the finest food around. The original real firehouse (hence the name) was built in 1853, lending a setting and atmosphere that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. There is a tree covered courtyard and an extensive wine list.  They offer a 3 course meal to die for, some of the highlights of which are the Grilled Peach-Seafood Cocktail, the Dungeness Crab Salad, and the Rack of Lamb cooked with lavender honey-herbes and served with garlic mashed potatoes and natural jus.

Now All You Have to do is Choose One

No matter which place you pick you really can’t go wrong, but certainly, if you can, take the opportunity to visit as many of these great restaurants as you have time for. Whether you’re looking for a fine-dining experience or a night out on the town, Sacramento is the place to be.

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