Funky or otherwise and not in any order. What do all of these favorites have in common? All local. All fresh. All mainstays in the Sacramento dining scene for many, many years. And at the very, very top of my Top Ten!
1. Sunflower Drive-in 10344 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Old Town Fair Oaks
The best...I do mean best...nut burgers! This vegetarian landmark is home to the famous Fair Oaks chickens, which wander totally range free. They know they are safe here!
2. Tres Hermanas 2416 K Street
Steaming plates of Chili Colorado. Oh, yeah, the house-made cilantro salad dressing. Yes, there really are tres (three) sisters.
3. Wiener Works 5207 Madison Avenue
What do you think? The "dogs", of course. However, the biggest, best(est), baddest order of fries on the planet. Large...how about two pounds of fresh cut spuds!
4. Biba Restaurant 2801 Capitol Avenue
Lasagna Verdi alla Bolognese, 10 layers of house-made pasta laced with a Bolognese meat ragu and creamy bechamel sauce (Thursday and Friday only). Followed by Zuccotto Fiorentino. Chocolate coated, dome shaped, rum scented pound cake filled with whipped cream, chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. I don't know how they construct these things, but trust me it's a labor of love.
5. Bodhi Bowl 6511 Savings Place
So glad I finally marked this off my bucket list. We enjoyed spring rolls, papaya salad, tofu and veggies and more. Veggie- and vegan-heads rejoice. For the very enlightened!
6. Nopalitos Cafe 5530 H Street
They are only open Monday-Friday, breakfast and lunch. Sadly for us, but works for the owners. It's all good, but the tamale in a bowl for lunch....OMG! I order mine with chile verde.
7. Giò Chả Đức Hương Sandwiches 6825 Stockton Boulevard
Locals and out-of-towners flock to their Bánh mì made with their French baguettes and pate.
8. Waterboy 2000 Capitol Avenue
Waterboy Deluxe Burger. It's been a local fave for years.
9. Pitts Stop Restaurant 6610 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Don't judge a dive by its cover. Five-star hole-in-the-wall. Five-star made from scratch breakfast! You'll leave with a happy tummy and (hopefully) a few new friends. This small-time diner has been feeding locals since 1979. They must be doing something right.
10. Goodie Tuchews 1015 L Street
It's all about the cookies! All 19 varieties. My personal favorites the Snickerdoodle and the Chocolate Chip with MaMacadamiauts. Terry's been baking these bad boys for more than 30 years. And on those warm summer days, how about an ice cream sandwich? Vanilla ice cream from local Gunther's wedged between any two cookies. Yumm.....EEEEEE!