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Most Authentically "Sacramentan" Meal?

OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 01:47 PM

I have a friend coming in from out of state, and we are planning to get dinner in Sacramento while he's here. Last time he came this way, we met up in San Francisco. While we were enjoying cocktails and discussing where to eat, he asked me what the most authentically "San Franciscan" meal was, and without hesitation I said "Mission-style burritos", whereupon we headed down to the Mission District and indulged.

So now I'm wondering what Sacramento's counterpart to that would be. What do you consider either a authentic staple or invention of Sacramento?


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  1. susancinsf RE: OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 02:12 PM

    This might sound a bit off the wall, and it isn't an invention, but nevertheless, when I think of Sacramento, I think of home-style Japanese cooking. There was a recent thread on a place in the mid-town or downtown area....

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      susancinsf RE: susancinsf Apr 28, 2014 02:13 PM

      Here is the thread that I was thinking of; years ago, I used to enjoy several similar places in Sacto: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8364...

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        ricepad RE: susancinsf Apr 28, 2014 10:42 PM

        June's is still open. In fact, I just went there on Thursday! Too bad the Market Cafe (Market Club Cafe?) closed a while back…that was classic Sacramento!

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      glbtrtr RE: OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 03:35 PM

      Frank Fat's wedding banquet: beef and onions, walnut shrimp, vegetable fried rice and banana cream pie. Worth a trip to Sacto.

      1. Tripeler RE: OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 04:39 PM

        Is Jim Denny's still open downtown? To me, that is classic Sacramento food.

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          ricepad RE: Tripeler Apr 28, 2014 10:43 PM

          Jim Denny's is still open and packing them in.

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          ricepad RE: OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 10:49 PM

          I can't think of anything that I would consider 'authentically Sacramentan' (but both susancinsf and Tripeler's suggestions are fine - I could never get into Frank Fat's food, tho…), but if you're willing to stretch the geographic boundaries a bit, Hangtown Fry comes to mind. Placerville ("Hangtown") is just up the road a piece and it's about as authentic a dish can get. It's a gold rush era dish, supposedly ordered by a miner who'd hit it big and wanted to splurge on something that was near impossible to get: eggs and oysters.

          Having said that, I have no idea where to get a decent Hangtown Fry.

          1. alarash RE: OffbeatSuburbanite Apr 28, 2014 11:52 PM

            I've been living in Sacramento for the past 2 years, and I'm not sure I am aware of any dish that was invented here.

            The city is fairly clue collar and extremely ethnically diverse, and many international cuisines here are particularly strong. Among those you may not find elsewhere, I can think of good Laotian food (e.g. Vientiane), but all Asian foods are strongly represented here.

            For a little more upscale American food, my favorite is Taylor's kitchen. Magpie is also outstanding. Both of these are worth driving to Sacramento in my opinion.

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              bennyboy1 RE: OffbeatSuburbanite May 5, 2014 01:39 PM

              THE ONE AND ONLY ANSWER IS jIMBOYS TACOS, PREFERABLY AT THE ROSEVILLE AUCTION. Nobody ever made tacos like this before. And yes they are much different at the Auction.

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                ricepad RE: bennyboy1 May 5, 2014 04:41 PM

                Can't argue with that!

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                  Tripeler RE: bennyboy1 May 7, 2014 04:22 PM

                  Actually, I would call Jimboy's Tacos the most authentically "Rosevillean" meal. Truly the greatest Anglo-ized taco ever.

                2. JAB RE: OffbeatSuburbanite May 7, 2014 09:17 AM

                  Isn't Sac known for Pasties?

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                    Tripeler RE: JAB May 7, 2014 04:23 PM

                    Only at certain "Gentlemen's establishments."

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                      JAB RE: Tripeler May 8, 2014 06:53 AM


                  2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: OffbeatSuburbanite May 11, 2014 10:13 PM

                    Sam's Hof Brau!

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                      Tripeler RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L May 12, 2014 12:28 AM

                      Thank you, Tracy, for jogging my memory. As someone born and raised in Sacramento, leaving just before my 23rd birthday, I had many meals in Sam's and other places of that style.

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