Sacramento’s dining scene got a big boost in worldwide recognition as the Michelin Guide released a California-specific guide in June, awarding a star to The Kitchen, Bib Gourmands to Mother, Canon and Frank Fat’s, and Michelin Plates to 10 other eateries, but beyond those honors, multiple Sacramento foodie favorites also received mention in the Michelin Guide for California.
In the first paragraph of the introduction to Sacramento, Michelin calls out the city’s unique status as the largest agricultural producer in the nation and advises visiting the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival in September to get a full taste of what’s on offer.
Beyond that, Michelin calls out Temple Coffee Roasters for its meticulously roasted brew and Kyoto slow-drip, Freeport Bakery for its cinnamon buns and Ettore’s Bakery & Cafe for European-style pastries, pizzas and sandwiches.
No culinary guide to Sacramento would be complete without mentioning some of the vast array of Mexican food. Lalo’s, El Novillero and Chando’s Cantina all get nods from Michelin in the 2019 guide.
Michelin also recommends Pushkin’s Restaurant for vegan cuisine (where diners can also find a wide range of gluten-free options) and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates for dessert both at its location on L Street as well as on restaurant dessert menus all over town.
The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is called out for its “fresh and farm-y” selection in its new building, and the dining guide’s inspectors picked up on something Sacramento has always done well, if Mark Twain’s calling it the “City of Saloons” is any indication: happy hour. Specifically, Michelin deemed Ruhstaller Brewing Company, The Red Rabbit and Shady Lady Saloon worthy of a stop.