Picture this: you and your closest friends sitting outside, mimosas in hand, awaiting your Pulled Pork Benedict or Chocolate Banana Waffle while the warm Sacramento breeze blows through your hair. There’s just something about this time of year that makes brunch even more wonderful.
Whether your brunch day is Saturday or Sunday, check out these 13 hotspots and get the most out of brunching as summer meets its end.
The Summer Brunch Essentials:
Weekend Brunch Only
33rd Street Bistro
Since 1995, 33rd Street Bistro has been dishing up Pacific Northwest inspired cuisine. Alongside traditional breakfast fare, they serve lunch and dinner, and offer local micro brews on tap.
Bacon and Butter
In traditional farm to table style, Bacon and Butter prepares everything from scratch with local and seasonal ingredients often purchased from local farmer’s markets. Though it is the only brunch spot on this list without an outdoor patio, Sacramento A-List voted it the best brunch spot in the city; so save it for one of those record-breaking heatwave weekends.
Photo courtesy of Rachel Valley via Bacon and Butter
With locations in Midtown and Roseville, Zocalo serves a Mexican-inspired brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. They offer Mexican breakfast favorites alongside their enchilada and taco lunch specialties.
Both locations, in Land Park and Fair Oaks, serve brunch in American comfort food style and boast the most beautiful patios in Sacramento. Dad’s Kitchen was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri who called the Hot Blonde sandwich “a club sandwich gone wild” — see a video clip from the episode here.
Photo courtesy of Dad’s Kitchen
Orphan Breakfast House
Self-proclaimed as “one of Sacramento’s healthiest breakfast spots” Orphan Breakfast House, an extension of the Naked Coffee family, serves breakfast everyday of the week, turning traditional Latin-inspired breakfast foods into delicious low-fat and low-sodium fare. Keep in mind they are a cash-only establishment!
Rio City Café
Rio City Café is located in a steamship-inspired building right on the Sacramento River. With a dog friendly patio, they invite you to bring your furry friend along to enjoy bottomless mimosas and a farm fresh breakfast, including Crab Eggs Benedict and a Lobster Omelette.
Though they serve lunch and dinner, Evan’s Kitchen is locally famous for their breakfast menu. This chef owned restaurant boasts a warm atmosphere and hearty comfort food with everything from benedicts to chicken fried steak to french toast.
Photo courtesy of Evan’s Kitchen
Roxy Restaurant and Bar
Roxy Restaurant and Bar boasts fresh, made from scratch options (including homemade biscuits and doughnut holes) and jams made in-house. They source from local farms and ranches, and serve only their own Lucky Dog Ranch Beef. Try a traditional mimosa or their Pomosa made with pomegranate juice, paired with their huevos rancheros (shown above in our cover photo) — it’s almost too beautiful to eat!
Firestone Public House
One of the more rambunctious options, Firestone Public House offers breakfast with a side of sports and beer. We suggest you try their Pulled Pork Benedict with a Bacon Bloody Mary.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Fiscus for Firestone Public House
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company
Named after a volunteer group which helped to rebuild the city after the fires of 1850, Hook and Ladder supports local farms, ranches, breweries and wineries. They serve up a delicious weekend brunch as well, representing the bountiful harvest California has to offer.
Striving to evoke the nostalgia and comfort of a home-cooked meal, Cafeteria 15L offers a weekend brunch full of farm to table options, including their Chocolate Banana Waffle and egg skillets on top of homemade tater tots.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Fiscus for Cafeteria 15L
Though originally a lunch and dinner spot, The Porch now offers brunch Friday through Sunday. Inspired by authentic southern cuisine, the menu changes daily as the chefs strive to use organic, seasonal and local ingredients.
Since Earth Day in 1990, Tower Café has been serving a little something from every part of the globe. Try their Famous French Toast or Greek Pita Scramble — or their Jaliscan Hash, an 8 hour roasted pork, topped with poached eggs, red potatoes, peppers, cilantro and hollandaise!