By Christopher Millard
You don’t eat red meat. Or maybe you just don’t like the taste. Regardless of whether you’re a non-meat eating conscientious objector, or you just don’t like the taste of cow, it’s all good in Sactown. Your options are all laid out in front of you, and we’ll show you the best of those options. Ready, steady, go!
Tower Cafe, International Restaurant and Bakery
Sacramento, CA 95818
Aside from the historic rower theater being a place that every Sacramentoan should go, you can get your alternate beef burgers here. Like the Earth Burger, with its roasted pecans, almonds, walnuts, Gouda cheese, caramelized onions, rice, and lettuce, tomato, onion marmalade, avocado and mayonnaise. Don’t forget the side of cashew curry sauce. Or there’s the East African veggie burger with its falafel style patty, ground seeds, truffles and onion marmalade. Yum!
2431 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
If you’re the type who wants to take away the meat altogether, then Veg Cafe is what it’s all about. They are all vegetarian, a bump a falafel burger that’s recieve it’s more than fair share of praise. This eatery has an Asian and Indian flavor profile, and is the brain child of chef Suleka Sun-Lindley. Sun-Lindley is the owner and operator of Thai Basil, which is located directly underneath Veg Cafe. She is also a student of herbology, and is committed to bringing her patrons a healthy adventurous burger.
1820 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
The Broderick is an old name in Sacto, but its latest incarnation leaves its old “dive bar” tradition behind, to bring you a well conceived menu that goes beyond the traditional burger. If you want something veggie, try the Gorgonzola Mushroom burger. A slight left will take you to the bison and Lamb burgers, and for the the wilder side, try the Wild Boar or Duck burgers. The Broderick is wild west themed, and their beef alternatives follow in kind. And also, didn’t you always want to eat at a road house?
Burgers and Brew
1409 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
This place is history. Located in the Washington Firehouse, Burger and brew touts a 25 burger menu includes a veggie burger and a lamb burger. But the true draw to this joint lies in its atmosphere. The laid back feel is coupled with its connoisseur beer menu, which includes such treats as Pliny and Elder. The menu stacks up, and even the most basic burger can be an adventure in culinary arts. Says what it does, does what it says. Burgers and Brew is not to be missed.
Flaming Grill Cafe
2319 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
Speaking of “not to be missed,” the Flaming Grill will knock your socks of with their exotic meats selection. It changes daily, lending to your spirit of adventure, but here’s a potential preview: alligator venison, elk, buffalo, Wagyu, ostrich, and many more. Also a selection of fish options, like ahi tuna, tilapia and calimari sandwiches, all prepared in a “made to order” style. Chef Jose Silva has never shied away from the adventure of preparing the exotic. In fact, the exotic meats menu is just that.