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Magpie is a winner Sacramento sandwiches!

Lori SF Jul 1, 2009 06:49 PM

I rarely report on how good a place is but I thought I would post. I was looking for a great place to make excellent sandwiches for the lunch presentation. I am from SF so had to do some research.

Anyway, Magpie Cafe came through with flying colors. They were formerly a catering company and recently opened this cafe from what the person told me that works there may have been the owner sorry.

I ordered a couple of each or the Tri Tip, Roasted veggie panini, BLT, and turkey sandwiches. Each one had the appropriate bread and as I was told by my clients they were delicious. I had the Tri tip sandwich that was to die for, I went into a happy coma. I grew up on Tri tip being from Santa Barbara and spending time in Santa Maria my father was the king at making it in the 60-70's so I know. They made it exceptionally tender with great flavor. YUM!

Anyway, they do not make the same sandwiches everyday and everything is seasonal so bigger respect there. They gave me some samplers of their baked goods that were heavenly.

The space they are in is in the Historical bread company building and has a great vibe I would like to go back and actually eat in the cafe. I do not know much about the area but felt at home in that hood. I do have to go up to Sac every other month and I will continue to use them for my box lunch resource.

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    redrover Aug 15, 2009 09:33 PM

    A quick second to this, which I found, curiously enough, when I was searching Santa Barbara. My wife, daughter and I stopped at Magpie on our way from the Bay Area to Tahoe and were very satisfied with the sandwiches and salads. It's also a pretty and well-decorated space in a block with a bunch of eateries and bars.

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    1. re: redrover
      tavmark Aug 16, 2009 08:59 AM

      And I'll third it - again from an out of towner. I was in Sac for business two weeks ago and was on my way home. I stopped for lunch before starting the boring drive back and was pleasantly surprised. The ingredients were all very fresh and tasty. I had the fig and proscuttio sandwich that day.

    2. toodie jane Jan 20, 2011 02:10 PM

      OK, how about a location & hours please. Sac is a big place.

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      1. re: toodie jane
        alanbarnes Jan 21, 2011 06:39 AM


        Magpie Cafe
        1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811

      2. toodie jane Jan 21, 2011 07:40 AM

        sounds like a nice place...

        1. Melanie Wong Jun 24, 2011 08:18 PM

          Magpie was the lunch caterer for a meeting I attended in Sacramento today. I had wondered what kind of food would be served to a gathering of advocates for healthy, local food systems, and I have to say that this lunch passed with flying colors. The buffet included a salad of fanciful greens with shaved fennel and watermelon radishes with a cider vinaigrette served on the side, a skin-on potato salad, and a roasted golden beet and kale salad. It was hard to choose from the trays of various sandwiches served on ciabatta bread, and I went for the rare roast beef that tasted like tri-tip to me spread with horseradish aioli and packed with plenty of greenery. For dessert, an assortment of giant cookies. Very happy with the food today.

          Magpie Cafe
          1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2013 01:31 AM

            Last week's meeting of the same group had box lunches supplied by Magpie in gluten-free, vegan, and meated choices. I opted for the vegan lunch as shown below. Roasted eggplant, zucchini and sweet red pepper sandwich on ciabatta was great. The side salad of beet greens and chioggia beets was too oily and lacked enough acidity to balance the intense natural sweetness of the striped beets. But that's a minor quibble . . . I was satisfied with lunch.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              JAB Jun 20, 2013 05:43 PM

              I really enjoyed my lunch at Magpie this past weekend. Management couldn't have been more accomodating. I shared the Tri-Tip Bahn Mi, Smoked Trout, Ice Cream Sandwich, Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich and a few of their nice draft selections.

              1. re: JAB
                Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2013 06:23 PM

                My dad was born and raised in Sacramento. In years past, we used to dread going there to visit because of the less than delicious eating options. But things are changing and the pace has accelerated in the last few years. Last September Sacramento declared itself the farm-to-fork city, and places like Magpie help it earn that title.

              2. re: Melanie Wong
                Aclark Jun 24, 2013 08:44 PM

                I didn't know you've had magpie Melanie. I LOVE that place including some of their catered offerings. They have a new place near the original on R st. called Yellow Bill. Pretty cute huh?

                1. re: Aclark
                  Melanie Wong Jun 24, 2013 10:26 PM

                  Here's the website for Yellow Bill

                  1. re: Aclark
                    JAB Jun 25, 2013 06:16 AM

                    Thanks for the tip on Yellowbill. I'll pass it on to my peeps in the area and then check it out when I'm next in Sac.

              3. Shrinkrap Mar 9, 2014 09:17 PM

                Another thumb's up for Magpie. We also sought it out because of some positive catering experiences.

                Over the last week we have dined in Napa, twice in the Mission, and yesterday at Magpie in Sacto ( the benefit of living in Solano county!) It held it's own.

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                1. re: Shrinkrap
                  Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2014 12:28 AM

                  What did you have at Magpie?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Shrinkrap Mar 12, 2014 11:44 AM

                    I had the crispy pork belly appetizer, which was some of the best pork belly I've eaten. And I almost always pick pork belly when it is on a menu. I had a New York steak as a main, which wasn't nearly as memorable, but I was pretty full by then. I can't remember what husband had to start, but he also had the steak, and he had bread pudding for dessert. He is not a bread pudding fan, but he liked it.

                    1. re: Shrinkrap
                      Shrinkrap Mar 12, 2014 03:32 PM

                      Here is something I found while looking for the recipe;

                      "So I ventured over to Magpie Cafe, my benchmark for greatness in so many ways, and ordered, of all things, a pork belly salad.

                      I watched the line cook in the distance standing over the hot pan, searing a crisp crust onto the oversize rectangles of pork belly that had already been brined and then cooked confit-style over low heat for several hours, then cooled and pressed and cut, and finally, finished with such hearty elegance in a hot pan with a glaze of honey and sweet wine. It turned out to be one of the finest dishes I had ever eaten."

                      Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/16/5495...

                2. Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2014 12:35 AM

                  Lunch for my recent meeting in Sacramento was catered by Magpie again. Our lunch boxes included a choice from three kinds of sandwiches. They were marked with icons: chicken, pear and ham. The pear one was vegetarian. Chicken was, you guessed it, chicken. And few people picked the ham one but me, and I was delighted to find that the sandwich had a variety of salumi. It was kind of a disservice for us to be told it was "ham". I heard the chicken one had too much mayo. The salumi sandwich had some marinated onion relish but no other condiments and that was fine with me. The box also included roast beet salad and a grain salad.

                  As mentioned in last year's posts, Magpie has an affiliate called YellowBill. Our box lunch included an enormous oatmeal raisin cookie from YellowBill. It had just the right amount of crisp:chewy. So big it took me three days to finish it, and it held up well during that time.

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