Weekend Food Getaway: Outside Lands

by Harrison Reilly

The annual Outside Lands music festival was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this past weekend and I was lucky enough to attend all three days. In between watching bands like Radiohead, Third Eye Blind and Duran Duran, I was able to try food from vendors across the Bay Area. It was a SacFoodie’s dream!

With help from my lovely sisters, I complied this list of the best food we tried at Outside Lands.

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SacFoodies Picks for the 2016 Summer Olympics

by Brandon Smith

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio are officially underway! There’s nothing like the Olympics and with 10 Sacramento athletes competing, we’re more excited than ever to watch events like track and field, water polo, basketball, rugby, swimming and…actually…all this talk about sports is making me hungry. Let’s switch gears and take a look at a few unique places in town where you can curb your hunger and check out the action!

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Courtesy of HOT Italian Pizza Bar


This Midtown pizza specialist is great for the whole family. Co-founders Andrea Lepore and maestro pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore’s mission was to “create a place where pizza brings people together to celebrate Italy’s new generation of art, music, design, sport, food and wine.” You can catch the games on one of HOT ITALIAN’s jumbo projectors. Salute!

1627 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


This neighborhood hangout is attached to Café Bernardo’s R street location and features the same great menu found at all Café Bernardo locations. Stop by and tune in to one of the TVs at the bar OR in one of their “living rooms” complete with a comfy couch and private flat screen. Did we mention Mondays are all-night happy hour?

R15 at Café Bernardo
1431 R Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Firestone Public House

Firestone was voted Best Sports Bar by Sacramento Magazine in 2015. It has over 22 flat screens available for your viewing pleasure, 60 beers on tap and two outdoor patios. We’re also fans of their seasonally inspired menu.

Firestone Public House
1132 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Flame & Fire

Disclaimer: Flame & Fire does not have any TVs. What they do have, however, is some of the best Brazilian Barbeque in the Sacramento area.

If you’ve never been to an all-you-can-eat Brazilian Barbeque or “Churrascaria,” here’s the drill: The atmosphere is upscale and the portions are large. Chefs with skewers of freshly prepared cuts of beef, chicken, lamb, pork and Brazilian sausages serve you tableside in the Rodizio fashion. The price is fixed and you can enjoy as much meat or various side dishes as you would like. Unfortunately, the full bar is NOT all you can drink.

Flame & Fire
963 Pleasant Grove Blvd
Ste 100
Roseville, CA 95678

If you’ve been out and about watching the Olympics, let us know where in the comments section!

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SacFoodies Weekend Picks

by Harrison Reilly

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Tap Folsom

For the third year in a row, Tap Folsom is returning to the heart of Historic Old Folsom and the event is bigger than ever. The evening will feature 40 top craft breweries, including Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Deschutes Brewery and SacTown Union Brewery.

Along with beer tastings, the event will feature live music and food trucks, including Bacon Mania and Ben’s Huli Huli Chicken.

A $40 general admission ticket includes unlimited beer tastings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you’re a beer aficionado, you don’t want to miss this one. For more info, visit the Tap Folsom website.

Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Historic Old Folsom

905 Sutter Street

Folsom, CA

Off the Grid: Friday Nights @ the Barn

This Friday marks the start of Friday Nights @ The Barn, the third weekly event series in the Sacramento area put on by Off the Grid.

Friends and family are welcome to come enjoy food and music curated by Capital Public Radio in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, right on the waterfront. This event will run every Friday through October, with a rotating lineup of food trucks.

Starting at 5 p.m., this week will feature North Border, New Bite, Gaga’s Rollin Diner, Costa’s Finest, Street Eatz, El Matador, Sophie’s, Luciano’s Scoop and Smoothie Patrol.

We at the SacFoodies office are very excited for this event. Look out for a post about it in the next few weeks! For more information about Friday’s event and the other events around the Sacramento area, visit Off the Grid’s website.

The Barn

985 Riverfront St.

West Sacramento

Midtown Farmers Market

We love the Capitol Mall farmers market and it’s easy to forget the other great farmers markets across Sacramento. One of our favorites is the Midtown Farmers Market that happens every Saturday morning, year round, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This farmers market is located in the heart of midtown on 20th Street in between J and L streets and makes for a great stop on a Saturday morning stroll. Afterwards, stop by the many great restaurants and coffee shops scattered across Midtown.

Midtown Farmers Market

20th Street between J & L

Midtown Sacramento

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Queen Sheba: Ethiopia on Broadway

by Matthew Mora


Sacramento is full of unique surprises, especially when it comes to its restaurant diversity. Take Broadway between 15th and 30th, for example. Cultural cuisines range from Chinese and Indian to Mexican and almost everything in between. Being vegan, I’m always looking for places that support my diet. I find that ethnic restaurants can be the best choice.

One of my favorites is Queen Sheba. Queen Sheba serves Ethiopian food that connects directly to its origins and culture. The dishes are made with traditional ingredients, such as lentils, potatoes and collards. They can also be served family style to be eaten with flat, sourdough bread called Injera.

The food at Queen Sheba is full of flavor that consists of sweet, sour, peppery and earthy hints.  Their dishes are made with a variety of spices such as turmeric, cloves, black cumin, and cinnamon. Many of their options can be served vegan, which is why I’m such a big fan. Not only is the food really tasty, but, as with many of these cultures, the dishes aren’t meat-centric. It’s almost as if they specialize in plant-based diet naturally.

Whether you’re an herbivore or an omnivore, try out Queen Sheba off of 17th and Broadway. I recommend the Vegetarian Combo with the Shiro Wot (which you’ll probably have to share).



Queen Sheba

1704 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: 916-446-1223

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Farm to Office! This week’s farmers’ market finds

by Brandon Smith

This week’s finds feature a bounty of local produce, (not so) mini burgers, a taco salad bowl and some almonds we can’t get enough of.

Beautiful, fresh produce


A couple of “Cowbells” from Krush Burger. These mini burgers are loaded with bacon, onion straws, BBQ sauce and smoked Gouda.


Taco Salad Bowl with carnitas from La Posada


We can’t stop eating these flavored almonds from Winters Fruit Tree! We recommend the sesame flavor but feel free to give any of their 40 flavors a try.

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The Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May through September.

Check back next Thursday for more of our favorite “Farm to Office” finds.


A Night at Morton’s

by Harrison Reilly


Morton’s The Steakhouse is an American institution. Their classic cocktails, choice wine selection and premium steaks have been an upscale dining staple for nearly 40 years. Morton’s Sacramento location recently renovated their dining space to a more modern look while still keeping the vibe classy.

Morton’s recently invited SacFoodies to a wine and dine night to celebrate the newly renovated restaurant. The event featured custom cocktails, a smattering of small bites and a great selection of wine, from Shiraz to Cabernet.


We were greeted with a selection of cocktails: Manhattans, French 75s and Raspberry Cosmopolitans. They were refreshing and tasty, perfect in the middle of a classic Sacramento heat wave.


Next, we got to taste crab cake sliders and delicious petite seared lamb chops. However, the highlight of the evening for me was the freshly cut steak sandwiches, paired with a fresh bun and horseradish. The steak was perfectly cooked and paired nicely with the Cabernet being served. The sandwiches were cut and served to order, allowing us to choose our cooking preparedness preference (I went with medium rare).


If you’re looking for a place for after work cocktails or want to have a classy night out, it’s hard to go wrong with a restaurant as reliable as Morton’s.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

621 Capitol Mall

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Traditional fast food, sort of

by Matthew Mora

Being a vegan, it’s sometimes difficult going out of town and finding a restaurant that has options that fit my diet. Luckily there are places popping up all over that are committed to this alternative way of eating. If you’re near Rohnert Park on the way to the beach and looking for something to eat, go check out Amy’s Drive ThruIMG_0239 copy

Everything at Amy’s is vegetarian or vegan, organic and non-gmo. These qualities are hard to find at most restaurants, especially fast-food, which might give someone piece of mind before gorging. The menu consists of all the things you’ll find at fast-food cafes, such as burgers, fries, and milk shakes. Don’t let the label of vegetarian or vegan force you to abandon the adventure, because everything holds weight with most hamburger joints. Flavor and texture aren’t thrown to the side for something that might seem too healthy to be considered fast-food. Amy’s Drive Thru is yummy, some-what healthy goodness that might change your mind about a veggie burger.

Amy’s Drive Thru
58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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Food Delivery Apps Bring Sac’s Best Food Right to Your Door

by Harrison Reilly

Technology has changed the way we go about our daily lives, making simple tasks as easy as pressing a button. One of those tasks is ordering food. Tech startups have made it easier than ever to get fresh and prepared food delivered straight to your door through apps, websites and around the clock employees. Here are a few of the food delivery options you can use right here in Sacramento:


The first food delivery app to launch in Sacramento, Postmates delivers food from many of the most popular places in Sacramento, usually in under an hour. The app will deliver food from chains such as Chipotle or Panda Express or local restaurants like Petra or The Coconut On T. Similar to Uber and Lyft, users can rate and tip their “Postmate” after receiving their order. Getting lunch at work or a late night snack has never been easier.



An alternative to Postmates is Caviar. Caviar prides itself on delivering food from local restaurants, offering only what they consider the best restaurants, saying on their App Store page “we have standard pizza and noodle fare, but it’s the best pizza and noodles around.”

With more exotic options to choose from, Caviar is a great way to explore the diverse food selections in Sacramento. It’s not just for meals either, on Caviar you can order cookies from Goodie Tuchews or salami and cheese from Block Butcher Bar. For the Sacramento food lover, this app does wonders.


Amazon Prime Now

For those of you who don’t like grocery shopping, Amazon Prime Now is a dream come true. Available to Amazon Prime members, Amazon Prime Now offers select cities one-hour deliveries for $7.99 and two-hour deliveries for free. Now you can have produce, dairy and snacks delivered straight to your door in the time it takes to watch four episodes of The Office. But Prime Now delivers more than just food; you can also order electronics, toys and household items. Amazon continues to change how we shop for everyday things.


Beers In Sacramento

While not a delivery service, Beers In Sacramento is a useful app for the craft beer lovers in the city. The app provides a convenient pocket guide for the breweries and bars in the greater Sacramento area. It includes a map of breweries, an updating list of beer events, a tip calculator and offers special deals such as credit for Lyft.


With companies constantly innovating, it will be interesting to see what food apps will be developed even a year from now. For now though, there is plenty to choose from for the Sacramento foodie. So tonight, sit back, relax and let the best of Sacramento’s dining scene be delivered right to your door!

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Love Beer? Love Yoga?


If you love beer and yoga, then you need to know about The Beer Yogis. Coming up on July 21st, experienced yoga teachers with a passion for good craft beer will lead a class at Yolo Brewing Company, a SacFoodies favorite.

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Courtesy of Jamie Lefkowitz

Marrying two passions, beer and yoga, The Beer Yogis have embarked on a nationwide, one-month summer tour promoting the benefits of yoga inside some of the country’s major craft breweries. The summer tour spans almost two dozen locations across the country, including breweries in the instructors’ hometowns of Cleveland and Salem, Oregon.

For more information on The Beer Yogis Summer Road Trip, including a full schedule of tour dates and locations, visit And if you head to Yolo Brewing, be sure to try the Orange Blossom Blonde – if you ask us, it’s what summer beer is allll about.

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Coconut’s Fish Café: A Taste of Maui in Midtown


Here at SacFoodies, one of our main goals is to keep you in the know about the latest and greatest things happening in the Sacramento food scene, and today I’m here to dish on Midtown’s newest restaurant, Coconut’s Fish Café.

Some of you Maui lovers may be thinking “Coconut’s Fish Café? That sounds familiar.” Yep, you’re right! Coconut’s was founded on the beautiful island of Maui by Sacramento native Mike Phillips, who wanted to bring an affordable, fresh option to the island. It has been his dream to open a Sacramento location, and now that dream is a delicious reality (much to our benefit).

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Coconut Shrimp

Upon my recent visit to Coconut’s, I was greeted with the Aloha spirit and a cold and refreshing Ace Pineapple Cider (highly recommended). They also have a nice selection of Hawaiian brews on tap, perfect for a warm summer evening.

The menu is plentiful without being overwhelming, and is brimming with island favorites like their famous fish tacos (voted a “perfect taco” by Zagat), fresh salads, mahi mahi and ono dishes, and of course, Hawaiian poke.

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Coconut’s Famous Fish Taco

I sampled many dishes on the menu, and I can honestly say that I’d recommend all of them. The coconut shrimp was super crispy and served with an addictive Thai pineapple chili sauce, and it’s no surprise that the fish tacos are award-winning! (Pro-tip: two diners can easily share the fish tacos, as they’re huge. They even come on two plates!)

Coconut’s cuts all their fish in house daily, and also makes all their own sauces, dressings and marinades from scratch each day. They pride themselves in super fresh and high-quality food at an affordable price. I personally think it fills a hole in our Sacramento dining scene and I strongly recommend you go soon to try it out for yourself.


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Mahi Mahi and Ono Fish and Chips

Coconut’s Fish Cafe

1420 16th St.

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-440-0449

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