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Jul 1, 2009 06:49 PM

Magpie is a winner Sacramento sandwiches!

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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  1. 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

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

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      1. sounds like a nice place...

        1. 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

            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

              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

                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

                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

                    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. 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: Melanie Wong

                    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

                      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."

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