Patio Dining Series: R Street Eats and Drinks (oh- and a Giveaway!)


By now I assume everyone has at least heard about the redevelopment of the R Street corridor, if not yet visited themselves. With new restaurants and hot hangouts like Burger’s & Brew, R15, The Shady Lady and Magpie Caterers Market & Café, the short strip of R Street between 14th and 15th Streets is certainly becoming a draw for midtown regulars and the after-work crowd, alike.

Ideal for Sac’s warm summer nights, this strip is a patio-diner’s haven. Each locale features a decent amount of outdoor sidewalk seating and of course, serves up refreshing beverages to help beat the heat.


I recently visited Magpie Caterers Market & Café to do a menu tasting – my fiancé and I have been looking into them to cater our wedding in November. Our tasting actually consisted of many items that are on the Café’s regular menu and we were extremely impressed. The Farmstead Cheese and Fruit Plate was heavenly – fantastic as a wedding hors d’oeuvre or plate to share over a glass of wine with friends at the café after a long day of work. From the Petaluma Chicken with Sweet Wine and Grapes to the Central Valley Black Rice, Magpie focuses on fresh local ingredients combining to create simply delectable seasonal flavors. Co-owners Ed and Janel took the time to carefully explain the sourcing of ingredients for each dish and one can’t help but appreciate their passion for sustainability.


Following the tasting we grabbed a bottle of Amador County wine from Magpie (yes, all of their wines, beers and even a mighty fine blood orange hard cider are locally sourced, as well) and parked ourselves on the café’s sidewalk patio to enjoy the great weather, discuss a few wedding plans (can’t get away from it!) and enjoy the bustling R Street ambiance.

Since we’re kicking off our Patio Dining series, comment below or on our Facebook page and tell us what your favorite patio dining spot in Sac is to win a Zagat guide! Get your comments in by Tuesday at Noon and we’ll announce the winner that afternoon.

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  • Faine G | May 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Magpie sounds wonderful! Gotta check it out soon.

    Slocum House is pretty darn salubrious for a fine outside meal. I like Mason’s as well.

  • Lesley | May 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Favorite patio dining: toss up between Aioli Bodega Espanol and Thai Basil. Both are quiet and lovely on warm summer nights.

    Thanks for the review. I’ll have to check out Magpie soon!

  • GregoryVincent | May 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I love La Provence in Roseville. About once a month they have great wine dinners. They normally do a 5 course wine paring… Mmmm Yummy. I love everything from Lunch, Dinner, and have even had Thanksgiving and Christmas there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    The Hanger steak is so good…

  • Sherrie | May 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    You must check out the patio at Mulvaney’s B &l.
    It is a summer day must….

    Great food .. wonderful wine list and full bar to boot..


  • JT Long | May 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I have to share the GB love. The Quarry Ponds Group – Hawks, Pizza Antica and Toast – make for wonderful patio dining overlooking the pond for lunch and dinner.

  • Tripp Kuehnis | May 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I love to spend the evening at Tapa The World. From the coolness of the sangria to the friday entertainment, it reminds me of my time in Barcelona. But bring your American Express card, because the tab can rise quickly.