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.
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.
1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811
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.
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.