Sacramento: Seven Places to Eat and Drink

August 9, 2016

Insight Coffee Roasters, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

It only took a stop in one coffee shop for me to wonder why I’d not made Sacramento a higher priority on my California travel list. Things appear to be changing rapidly in this city and that means it is ticking all the boxes of a top food and drink destination.

There are coffee shops that make you want to pull out the laptop and sit a few hours, craft beer lists that represent the state’s growing number of breweries and beyond, happy hours with bites that combine comforting favorites with trendy twists, and vegetarian food that I could easily pick over a meat treat any day of the week. 

I was in Sacramento for 4 days at the end of July to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference. It was a fun few days catching up with old friends and making new ones. The conference did an excellent job of tying in so many of the wonderful foods and food companies that Sac has to offer.

As you would probably expect, as attendees we look forward to being fed some really great food. In collaboration with Sacramento Farm-to-Fork, the conference did not disappoint. 

One thing about this year’s conference that I would consider to be a positive is that lunch was on our own. And if you are like me and need coffee closer to 7 am than 9 am, breakfast was, too. This turned out to be a very good thing. We were able to head out into the city and try some really great food and drinks.

Below are my favorites. I highly recommend adding them to your list if you find yourself in Sacramento.

Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Vegan Raspberry Muffin at Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Nut Burger from Mother, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

LowBrau Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Brat and Duck Fat Fries, LowBrau, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Temple Coffee Roasters | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Temple Coffee Roasters | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free

Corned Beef Tots, de Vere's Irish Pub, Sacramento | Fake Food Free

Firestone Public House Beer Menu, Sacramento | Fake Food Free

Veggie Sandwich, Firestone Public House, Sacramento | Food and Drink Travel | Fake Food Free


To start your day, head over to Temple Coffee Roasters. There a few locations. A group of us went to the 9th street location downtown. Get the Brazil pour over and a vegan raspberry jam muffin.

For lunch, keep it meat-free and grab the outstanding Nut Burger at Mother. I expect the Mushroom Po’Boy was equally as good from the looks of it. For the meat lover, you want to be at LowBrau – a modern beer hall atmosphere, killer craft beer list, loaded brats and duck fat fries. Enough said. 

For an afternoon pick-me-up, Insight Coffee Roasters is the perfect spot. Again, multiple locations in town. I managed to make it to two – the Southside location on 8th and the Capitol location on 10th. The 10th street spot has an especially cool ambiance. 

For Happy Hour, swing in de Vere’s Irish Pub. They have a good variety of craft beers and you must, and I  mean must, get the Corned Beef Tots. It’s large tots laced with corned beef and served with a drizzle of Thousand Island dressing. Go ahead and get the Beer Cheese Nachos, too. You won’t be disappointed.

For dinner, Firestone Public House was a great stop. And that’s not just because they were gracious enough to figure out how to seat about 12 of us and allow us all to pay separately. Their excellent craft beer list outlined the beer, who made it and where it was from. This is such a highlight for a traveling craft beer lover. I also had the BEST veggie sandwich on toasted Russian bread that included a drizzle of balsamic reduction. 

For dessert, sometime during the day swing into About a Bite Bakery and grab some of the Rosemary Salted Caramels to have for dessert later. I wasn’t able to get a photo, but these are the easily the best candy combination I’ve tasted. Deliciously unique.



Disclosure:  I attended IFBC at a blogger rate which means I agreed to publish blog posts about the conference and location. I would have posted about Sac anyway because I was incredibly impressed, but you know, full disclosure and all. 

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  • Jordan A August 9, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The Temple cold brew saved my life one morning! I literally could not wake up and it totally did the trick.

    • Lori August 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I should have tried the cold brew! The pour over was excellent. Such great stuff.

  • Cassie August 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    These places all look so good, Lori! I’m hoping to plan a trip up there this winter. We’ve been wanting to go see the sandhill cranes that winter in the Lodi area, so maybe we’ll stay in Sac.

    Did you do any of the farm tours at the conference? Those looked like a lot of fun.

    • Lori August 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Cassie! You’d enjoy staying there for sure. I didn’t do any farm tours. I get quite a bit of exposure to that kind of thing here in the Central Valley. They did look fun! If I’d have gone, though, I would have missed out on the coffee shops, tots and nut burger stops here! 🙂

  • Jane, The Heritage Cook August 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Damn girl, your eye is remarkable. I can’t believe you find the shots you get. I can be in the same place and never see what you do! I am in awe … 🙂

    • Lori August 9, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      That’s nice of you to say, Jane! I’m trying to focus on seeing more of my surroundings to capture some more interesting shots. I don’t find it easy just yet! 🙂

  • suki August 12, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    🙂 I wish I had more time to explore! I’ll have to head up again some time (when it’s not so darned hot).

    • Lori August 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Yes, definitely planning to go back soon!

  • Tony August 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    For your next visit, here are a few more places to try:

    * Empress Tavern: Same owners as Mother, but not vegetarian. Every bit as delicious. (And you’re right about the mushroom po’boy at Mother – it’s my favorite.)

    * Ella: Go for happy hour and order the gin and tonic, with house made tonic. They sometimes have bone marrow on the happy hour menu. If they do, be sure to order it. If you stick around for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

    * Waterboy: One of the two spots local chefs most often list as their favorite, and for good reason.

    * Kru: the other spot frequented by local chefs. The owner/chef is a true artist in Japanese cuisine.

    * Grange: Located in the Citizen Hotel, it’s the epitome of farm-to-fork. Local seasonal ingredients, artfully prepared.

    • Lori August 15, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Thanks for the tips, Tony! I heard great things about Empress Tavern and Ella, but I wasn’t able to squeeze them in. Next time for sure.