Neighborhood eats in East Sacramento
If you're like me, there are times when travelling more than four minutes to a restaurant is just unacceptable. For me, that means a focus on East Sac (bounded roughly by the American River on the north and east, Highway 50 on the south, and Biz-80 on the west). Here are my favorite neighborhood joints:
- Thai Palace (J St at 32nd). Solid every time. Portions a bit small but small price to pay.
- La Fiesta Taqueria (1105 Alhambra). Just moved in within the last year or so. Dollar for dollar, the best food in East Sac (in my humble opinion). Try the shrimp cocktail!
- Three Sisters (Folsom and 51st) - Love the carnitas. A bit pricey but worth it from time to time.
- Tupelo Cafe (Elvas, just north of H St) - Great coffee and espresso. Try the Kerouac. Show your support because Starbucks is moving in next door. Free wireless, too!
- Giovanni's Pizza (Folsom at around 56th or so) - Again, solid pizza every time.
- Sellands (H St and 53rd) - For gourmet take out and wine tasting. The price can add up quickly, though.
Two places I frequent often but the food is not that great:
- Napolitos (H and Elvas) - Sort of a tex-mex place. Really friendly people and outdoor tables. Food is not bad but not great.
- The Wienery (Elvas just north of H) - I love everything about this place except the dogs themselves. They're bland and uninteresting. But, again, friendly people and a neighborhood hang-out. Root beer comes in frosted mugs.
Any others? Or really bad places to avoid?
Thanks for starting the thread. I'm going to try the Thai place you mentioned -- I've been going to Thai Basil on J Street and I'm not crazy about it.
I live around E. Sacramento but I think the eating options are pretty limited there so I generally go elsewhere.
For a quick dinner near home, I agree that Three Sisters on Folsom is a decent choice (even though it feels kind of like a Chili's inside). I always get the chicken mole and I think it's pretty good.
I went to the Pasty Shack on J Street for the first time pretty recently and enjoyed it. For those who've never had a pasty, it's a big Welsh pastry shell surrounding a hearty filling of potatoes, carrots, onions and meat. The chicken pasty was much better than the meat one, in my opinion. It's a little dull on its own, but makes a nice takeout dinner when paired with some lightly dressed greens.
For freezes and ice cream, I like Merlino's and Burr's on Folsom. The chocolate chewy cookies at Phillipp's Bakery on Folsom are excellent.
I would avoid Andiamo.
This is a bit beyond your boundaries, but I had a good meal once at Taste of Thai on Broadway, about a block from Tower. I don't remember too many details, but the fried rice (crab, I think) was very good.