Where to Eat and Drink in Sacramento
Chilly evenings get a little warmer when you step into small-but-mighty midtown gem Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates. Choose a delectable bite to go with your Oaxacan spicy hot chocolate—made with organic milk from Straus Family Creamery—such as a coffee caramel macaroon or an olive oil bonbon, which are carefully crafted using local olive oil from Yolo Press in Winters, California.
If you need to cool off instead, Gunther’s Ice Cream is the place to be. Its location on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Franklin Boulevard has stood proud since 1949, earning its spot as a Sacramento historic landmark. The old-fashioned scoops are decadently rich and creamy. Try traditional strawberry, butter pecan, or something more adventurous such as Thai tea.
For date night, Mulvaney’s B&L is a must. This 1893 brick firehouse turned restaurant offers a killer wine list along with local, farm-to-fork cuisine such as house-smoked salmon and tortellini en brodo (in broth) with wild mushrooms. The menu changes daily, so you’re always in for a delicious surprise.
Sacramento’s newest food hall, the Bank, is housed in one of the oldest bank structures west of the Mississippi. Patrons can partake in a beer paradise inside the original vault on the first floor. Roughly 68 self-serve beers await, many with local ties such as Track 7, Urban Roots, and Device. Get a taste of the surrounding caffeine scene with a warm drip coffee from Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. When hunger strikes, grab a fresh bowl from Poke Bros. or a burger loaded with bacon, cheese, and a fried egg from Station 8, the spinoff of Sacramento restaurant Station 16.