Whether the goal is an indulgent brunch, a great lunch or a supper for the family to enjoy together, Sacramento has one of the largest assortments of menu choices in northern California. Since most reviews are subjective in nature, a completely objective rating can be very difficult. However, there are some eateries that will always stand out as “the place to go” for a meal. These five have stood the test of time for pleasing the customers with dining worth going back for.
Old Town Smokehouse
1100 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Old Town Smokehouse used to be Lazlo’s Gourmet Smoked Fish, however, along with the name change, the food has only gotten better. If you enjoy smoked fish, this place is a must see. The biggest challenge could be figuring out what you want to try first. Between salmon, sturgeon, ahi tuna and prawns, it can be a tough decision. This is a takeout-only establishment, so the fish must be taken to one of the benches or outdoor table areas along the river to enjoy.
2633 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
If one test of a good restaurant is whether or not the locals visit, then Riverside Clubhouse is one to make time for. The Riverside serves breakfast, but don’t fail to make time for a lunch here. Items such as the dungeness crab and artichoke dip give lunch more purpose than to just fuel the engine. The Asian and Hispanic heritage of Sacramento also shines out in some of the lunch and dinner choices, such as in the banh mi-style portobello sandwich or the roasted chicken enchiladas.
2525 Jefferson Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Soups, salads, appetizers and daily specials for lunch make the Club Pheasant a can’t-miss eatery destination. After 75 years of operation, this restaurant has found and held on to the way to do lunches and dinners right. Fried ravioli appetizers to Mama Luisa’s chicken to steamed clams means you should call to make a reservation. Other options include your well-done standards of pasta dishes, chicken, beef, veal and a soul-satisfying pot roast.
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101 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Originally a coffee shop, breakfast and lunch was later added to the menu. And the menu is as varied as the clientele walking through Old Town. Along with house-made biscuits, the rest of the breakfast items really fill your craving for just about anything. For lunch, spend some time making the choice, but rest assured that a return visit is in order to sample each of this locale’s delights. The locals seem to rave about the panini options.
3340 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Roxie Deli is a Sacramento landmark for local foodies. The food and the service is unbeatable, even if it is a bit crowded at times. The Roxie chicken marinara sandwich combines everything everyone loves about chicken marinara and packs it in between two delicious pieces of bread. If you have a hankering for a particular type of sub, browse the specialty sandwiches on the menu and pick one that calls to your taste buds. All are exceptional choices.
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Gar Swaffar is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. His work can be found on Examiner.com.