601 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sandra Dee and Jeffrey Johnson operate this eponymous eatery, creating Creole dishes from recipes both new and generations old. Appetizers include fried frog legs or gator tail and smoked or fried turkeys are available whole or by the plate. Slow-cooked entrees including links, chicken, tri-tip, pork loin and ribs are served with Dee’s signature barbecue sauce. Oyster, prawn and gator Po-Boys are delicious, as are seasonal dishes like homemade Louisiana gumbo and shrimp creole. Sides include sweet, spicy corn and some of the best greens in town. Save room for red velvet cake and peach cobbler. A full bar serves drinks including Dee’s special lemonade, made with bourbon, triple sec, sweet & sour and housemade simple syrup.
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2114 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
Founded by Sacramento-native twin brothers Jonathan and Matthew Burgess, the Burgess Brother’s Burgers has a smoker out front to let people know that delicious barbecue is available. Many dishes are named in honor of emergency responder issues, such as the smoked and grilled Five Alarm burger or the Rescue Burger with grilled pineapple. Tasty condiments like the First Alarm smoked chipotle sauce can be purchased at the restaurant and other local grocers. Slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, hot links, chicken and steak are available as entrees or sandwiches. The Code 4 Burger is made with a grilled Portabella mushroom, and the chili-bean bowl is made from a family recipe. Desserts include milkshakes in flavors like peach cobbler and sweet potato pie.
1925 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Pull on your boots and sample excellent Texas style barbeque at this hip midtown eatery. Slow smoking and a spicy rub makes the baby back ribs a delight, and burgers, sliced brisket, links and chicken are equally succulent. Tater tots are king, with dishes like brisket and tot hash and “dirty tots” topped with cheese and chopped pork. Southern-style options include buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, coleslaw, mac and cheese and sandwiches made with pulled pork, chopped brisket or smoked turkey. Relax on the outdoor patio with something from the eclectic beer collection or full bar.
Sacramento, CA 95820
Come to MoMo’s for plates or sandwiches of moist and tender chicken, tri-tip and links. The ribs are excellent, and you can sample the meats to pick the one you like best. Classic sides include baked beans, potato salad, cornbread and greens, but MoMo’s also serves up deep-fried cabbage and mac and cheese made with pepper jack. Sauces and rubs are flavorful and lean towards the spicy side, and finish up the meal with sweet potato pie and peach cobbler.
7042 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
Sample Texas-style fare with California sensibilities, featuring fish and meats with labels like grass-fed, free-range, locally sourced, all natural and hormone-free. Everything from the pickled shrimp, tofu tacos and smoked trout and artichoke dip to the crawfish hoagie and signature barbecue sauces are made from scratch. Guests love the corn and crawfish fritters, brisket chili and pasilla pepper stuffed with pulled pork and aioli. A sampler with eight side dishes is available, and bowls with grits, meat, corn and jalapenos are popular entrees.