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Vic’s Ice Cream & Cafe
Featured: Inside Sacramento – Land Park
Family owned since 1947, this Land Park Sacramento restaurant has been the site of postgame celebrations, report card rewards and summertime gab sessions for more than 70 years. Along with the traditional ice cream parlor favorites such as sundaes, shakes, cups and cones in 29 familiar flavors, Vic’s offers an array of American diner classics, including corned beef, tuna and egg salad sandwiches, the Krautdog and Cheezedog, and daily soup specials. The menu shifts with the seasons, but the popular dogs are always available. The Vic’s experience expanded three years ago with Vic’s Café, located next door to the original ice cream shop. The café features an expanded menu with burritos, entrée salads, pulled pork sliders and baked goods, plus beer and coffee beverages, including a classic espresso. The original Vic’s hasn’t changed much since its grand opening in 1947 when current owner Craig Rutledge’s father, Ash, and buddy Vic Zito—for whom the diner is named—banded together to open the ice cream business of their dreams. The counter stools, black-and-white checkered linoleum floor and blue jean uniforms all speak to Vic’s rich history and Land Park legacy. The shop makes its specialty treats available for takeaway to parties and celebrations.