New summer restaurants are opening around Sacramento, California
Sacramento is hot, and so is its food scene.
At least 35 restaurants opened in the Sacramento area in August, far more than usual in any given month. The Sacramento Bee counted 21 new ones in July, for example, and 15 in June.
Part of this growth can be attributed to the Sky River Casino, which is opening in Elk Grove along with several restaurants. But restaurants opened from Davis to El Dorado Hills in August, and suburbs such as Gold River, Fair Oaks and Sloughhouse all got new options.
32 Brews Street (1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove): One of many restaurants and bars to open in the new Sky River Casino this month, 32 Brews Street offers sports bar bites in addition to 32 California beers and wines on tap. Eventually, the casino plans to house 17 restaurants.
Almighty Food Co. (4355 Downtown Blvd, Suite 114, El Dorado Hills): The brand new El Dorado Hills Town Center restaurant from Milestone Restaurant & Bar and owners of Mom & Pop Chicken Shop, Almighty’s 100% gluten-free menu includes canned mushroom quesadillas, avocado bagels and Cuban sandwiches with a North Carolina influence.
Deli Beach Hut (9425 Jackson Road, Sacramento): Surf and sandwiches abound at this island-themed deli, which opened its 23rd location Aug. 15 at the Cordova Golf Course.
Bibi’s Mexican Grill (2220 Gold Springs Court, Suite 102, Gold River): A popular taco truck that has been popping up in South Sacramento and Rancho Cordova over the past two years, Bibi’s first brick-and-mortar concept features quesabirria tacos, loaded shrimp burritos and enchiladas. chicken that fans love.
Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails (6401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento): This new Greenhaven restaurant has a menu that spans the Caribbean, from Puerto Rican sandwiches called tripletas to Trinidadian flatbreads called doubles to Jamaican jerk chicken wings.
Brickland Bistro (3301 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento): The menu changes daily at this Italian replacement for 33rd Street Bistro, but diners can always expect a few pastas, a few pizzas, and a few plates like charred chicken with stone fruit chutney over pearl barley risotto.
Butcher’s Burgers (1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove): The patties are made from a mixture of homemade ground beef (or a mixture of vegetables for meat lovers) and served with seasoned fries at the Sky River Casino’s burger restaurant.
CA 99 Hot Chicken (1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove): Nashville-style chicken sandwiches, chicken tenderloins, and sides like coleslaw are on the menu at this Sky River Casino food court stand.
Cocomilk Cafe (6519 Savings Place, Suite 225, Sacramento): A Lao dessert cafe with some savory options, Cocomilk has introduced sweets such as “golden grams” (mung bean puree and coconut boiled in egg yolks and syrup) to the Little Saigon district in the south of Sacramento.
Cluck ‘N Cone (1485 Eureka Road, Roseville): Fried chicken pieces come in waffle cones with six different flavor combinations — hot honey, for example, or chunks of pineapple — at Lauren Garcia’s new concept, which opened Aug. 27.
Dave’s Hot Chicken (3409 Arden Way, Sacramento): Started as a pop-up parking lot in Los Angeles in 2017, this Nashville-style hot chicken phenomenon now boasts over 70 locations and a slew of celebrity investors. It opened on August 5 at Arden Arcade.
Doughbot (2030 10th St., Sacramento): Alison Clevenger, the former executive pastry chef of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and Selland Family Restaurants, now bakes inventive donuts and other baked goods at this Southside Park bakery that opened Aug. 2.
Double Shot Coffee Bar (3381 Bass Lake Road, Suite 100, El Dorado Hills): The new café at the Sienna Ridge Mall serves paninis, quiches, breakfast sandwiches and assorted pastries alongside its assortment of coffee drinks.
Frankie’s Pizza (200K St., Sacramento): Father-daughter team Frank and Marissa Bell opened their 4,000-square-foot Old Sacramento pizzeria with salad bar where 2 Grand Saloon had been on August 10.
Halal fresh wok (8136 Gerber Road, Sacramento): Indian, Pakistani, Fijian and Afghan dishes are on the menu at this South Sacramento restaurant, which replaced Fresh Wok Express but kept part of the Chinese restaurant’s name.
Good eats Deli (4884 San Juan Ave, Fair Oaks): You’ll find lamb breakfast wraps, wasabi chicken breast sandwiches or Reubens with homemade red sauerkraut among the “good foods” at this delicatessen.
Huckleberry’s Breakfast and Lunch (5181 Foothills Blvd., Roseville): A California chain with additional locations in Antelope, North Natomas, and Elk Grove, Huckleberry’s specializes in staple dishes with a light bayou twist, like a sausage omelet topped with Cajun chili.
Jayna Gyro (3101 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento): Owner and Turkey native Yusuf Topal opened three restaurants in the Bay Area (including the original Jayna Gyro at the Emeryville Public Market) before launching his Mediterranean concept in East Sacramento on Aug. 1.
Koi Palace Express (1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove): Sky River Casino’s main Chinese option started as a dim sum operation in Daly City in 1996, and is now rapidly turning into chow mein, Mongolian beef and mapo tofu for players on the go.
Kyng’s BBQ (1600 Fulton Ave, Sacramento): Kyng’s barbecue truck has opened a permanent location for smoked triple-tip salad, pulled pork sandwiches and “pit-tatoes” loaded with three different types of meat.
Lau Oc Viet (5555 Sky Parkway, Suite 243, Sacramento): Lau (stew) and oc (snails) are among the popular dishes at this neon, seafood-focused Vietnamese restaurant in South Sacramento’s Little Saigon neighborhood.
Mochinut (516 2nd St., Davis): The Los Angeles-based mochi donut and Korean hot dog chain added Davis to a recent expansion that includes downtown and southern Sacramento, North Highlands and Roseville.
Mr Burrito Grill (1208 Sacramento Avenue, West Sacramento): Look for weekend pozole, tortas and salchipapa burgers at this drive-in Mexican restaurant, which opened near the Power Inn Road/Folsom Boulevard intersection in Sacramento.
Naija cuisine (7800 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights): The only Nigerian restaurant in Sacramento before it closed earlier this year, Naija Cuisine brought takeout such as goat meat with fufu (pounded yam) or fish and pepper soup to Citrus Heights.
Namaste Sacramandu (1148 Fulton Ave., Suite A, Sacramento): Arden Arcade’s new Nepalese restaurant embraces the impact of Indian and Chinese cuisines on Nepal, with dishes such as spicy chow mein and fish curry with mustard seeds.
Ocean 9 Cajun Sushi and Seafood (9171 Elk Grove Florin Road, Suite 6, Elk Grove): This all-you-can-eat sushi, hibachi grill and seafood boil bar first offered a range of Japanese meats and seafood to customers in its original location in Antioch.
olive garden (3511 N. Freeway Blvd., Sacramento): The Italian-inspired chain restaurant brought its Chicken Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti and famous Breadsticks to the Promenade de Natomas shopping center in late August.
Taqueria of Salo (4445 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento): Soft and crunchy fajitas, chilaquiles and tacos are on the menu at Old Foothill Farms’ new casual Mexican restaurant.
Steakhouse SR Prime (1 Sky River Parkway, Elk Grove): Get your wagyu, tomahawks and filet mignons at this Sky River Casino steakhouse, which also has a robust seafood menu.
Taqueria Mi Familia (5607 Hillsdale Blvd, Sacramento): Menu items at this Foothill Farms taqueria include rellenos fish fillets, bistec encebollado (Puerto Rican-style steak with onions), and crab leg molcajete.
The Slough House Kitchen (12700 Meiss Road, Sloughhouse): An upscale New American restaurant in the small town of Sloughhouse, Sacramento County, this kitchen offers charcuterie boards, pasta bolognese, and braised pork shoulder, among other dishes.
Japanese choux pastry with Tokyo cream (1906 Taylor Road, Suite 110, Roseville): Look for Japanese-inspired soft serve ice cream with flavors like black sesame or matcha, as well as boba drinks, baked goods, and specialty coffees.
Tony’s Tacos (6425 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento): Tony Cordova has expanded to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Southeast Sacramento after years of serving quesabirria tacos from a truck on Stockton Boulevard, allowing party trays and items like pizza birria.
university of beer (1009 E.Bidwell St., Folsom): Beer University’s sixth bar/restaurant (or is it campus?) has dozens of taps and bar bites such as loaded burgers and fries, like most other Nate Yungvanitsait places .
West Coast sourdough (1228 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 100, Roseville): This San Francisco-based local chain brought its sandwiches, soups and salads to the Creekside mall at the end of August.