Featured: Inside Sacramento – Midtown-Sutter
A bustling bistro blossomed to life on the edge of Midtown in the summer of 2015, delivered by Sacramento’s leading restaurateur in a space he knows intimately well. Randy Paragary, wife Stacy and executive chef Kurt Spataro spent more than a year remodeling the corner of 28th and N streets for the third time since 1975. Four decades ago, the Sacramento restaurant was a fern bar called Lord Beaverbrook’s. A remodel in 1983 brought the namesake Paragary’s to 28th Street, which gave way to the current chic new environment of a French-inspired bistro, with intricate black and white encaustic concrete tile floors, simple tables and sleek banquettes that manage to be both quaint and contemporarily cool. The light and airy interiors open to Paragary’s renowned patio with waterfalls, 60-year-old olive trees and a fireplace. Spataro brings his precise touch to a menu that delivers California twists on French classics. The croque monsieur sandwich served on toasted brioche with gruyere and Niman Ranch ham is completed by an inspired béchamel sauce. Mary’s chicken liver mousse comes with an onion confit and marsala sauce. The wood oven–roasted mussels served with lemon, olive oil, shallots, garlic, herbs and grilled bread are delicious. Their weekend brunch is one of the city’s best. Forty years and counting, Paragary’s thrives.