As fall quickly approaches, the city of Sacramento eagerly awaits the many appealing and enjoyable happenings it has to offer. The first-ever Captain’s Run will be bringing all sixteen captains together in Sacramento from September 25th through the 28th and will be nothing less than sensational.
Sacramento's food scene is booming more than ever with new restaurants popping up and are receiving great recognition throughout the culinary world. Sacramento's first Michelin Star has been awarded to the famed restaurant The Kitchen. You will definitely have to get reservations many months in advance so book them early when you come back next year in 2020.
Three Sacramento restaurants were also given the Michelin's Guide's Bib Gourmand award for affordable restaurants where the customer can order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for less than $40. The three restaurants that were given this award are Canon, Mother and Frank Fat's. Having eaten at all four of these magnificent restaurants, I can tell you that all are very pleasing in their own unique way.
There are plenty of other restaurants that are unequivocally great places to eat. Some of my favorites in no particular order are Binchoyaki, Hot Italian Pizza, South, Ella, El Novillero, Kru and The Waterboy.
Any beer lovers out there? Well, there's never been a better time to visit Sacramento and discover some of the 50 plus local breweries in and around the city. There are also numerous great taprooms that definitely showcase the steady evolving craft beer scene throughout the state.
With too many to mention and not enough time for those to visit them all, here are some of my go-to spots. Local breweries in the downtown region I recommend are Bike Dog, Oak Park Brewery, Urban Roots, Device and Alaro.
If you have additional time on your visit and are willing to take a drive, then try these must-see breweries that are not too far from the outskirts of Sacramento. Breweries such as Berryessa Brewing, Knee Deep, Auburn Alehouse, MoonRaker, Moska, New Glory and Claimstake are all worth the small drive to beer bliss.
Those visiting the capital of California for the first time are most definitely in for a fascinating culinary and craft beer experience. I strongly urge all captains to come hungry and thirsty for Sacramento has a little bit of everything to offer. Cheers!
- Paul Carras, Butchers of America