Every lifestyle—omnivore, vegan, raw, paleo, organic, gluten-free and carnivore—can find sustenance at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. The “Co-op,” as fans call the store, was founded as a natural food collective in 1972, a time when organic and natural foods were rare in Sacramento or even in Sacramento restaurants. Today, thousands of members maintain ownership in the co-op, but you don’t have to be an owner to enjoy the bountiful selections found along every aisle.
Classic European delicacies such as steak tartare, sautéed veal sweetbreads, braised lamb shank and simmering bouillabaisse blend with locally sourced ingredients to make The Waterboy a treasured destination on Sacramento’s culinary map. Established in 1996 by homegrown chef and owner Rick Mahan, The Waterboy builds upon the region’s farm-to-fork legacy. Mahan gathers the freshest produce, fish and meats to create masterful dishes worthy of a French countryside bistro or a northern Italian ristorante.
After returning home from a lengthy stay in Indonesia, Temple founder and barista Sean Kohmescher opened the first Temple Coffee house on S Street in 2005. His dream was to create a gathering place, much like the temples he visited in his travels. His vision was simple. Good vibe, great service and exceptionally well-prepared coffee.
Traditional Spanish and Basque tapas, live music and inspired cocktails are a tradition at Tapa the World, founded in 1994 by siblings Conni Levis and Paul Ringstrom. Conni Levis is shown here with executive chef Marcos Murillo and bar manager Chris Callaway. This lively Sacramento restaurant offers a sophisticated assortment of small-plate dishes to be shared and savored.
A 1950s burger joint comes alive within a former “Orbit” -style gas station at the corner of 29th and P streets, complete with a pointed roof that looks like it migrated from Mars, circa 1960. Suzie Burger makes the mash-up of eras work like magic in a setting that can never be duplicated, with outstanding, proudly American food to seal the deal.