Food & Drink in Sacramento

Dinner Detective Sacramento – 47% Off

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

$161.60 $85

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Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

Up to 55% Off Admission to Sacramento Banana Festival 

William Land Park

$10 $5

Two-day festival celebrates the banana’s influence with performance from Velocity Circus Troupe, banana-themed activities & food tastings

Laughs Unlimited – Up to 75% Off Standup

Central Sacramento

$40 $10

Venerable club with alumni such as Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller hosts established and rising comedians

Up to 76% Off Comedy Night at Sacramento Punch Line

Arden-Arcade

$74 $18

Nationally touring comedians, including Comedy Central veterans Mo Mandel and Darryl Lennox, at intimate and historic venue

47% Off Persian Fare at Famous Kabob

Arden - Arcade

$30 $16

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Gold-flecked walls & curling chandeliers evoke complex flavor profile of lamb & chicken kebabs, beef stews & house-made yogurt drinks

Up to 44% Off Mexican Cuisine at Florez Bar & Grill

Southwestern Sacramento

$25 $14

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Classic fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas, plus American and Mexican breakfast served till 3 p.m.

Up to 50% Off Korean and Japanese Cuisine

Sacramento

$20 $10

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Japanese and Korean favorites side by side, from udon noodles and beef teriyaki to Korean barbecue and bi bim noodles

Up to 48% Off Thai Food at Tuk Tuk Restaurant

Raley's Shopping Center

$25 $13

Thai street foods including curry, wok-fried pork with fresh garlic and white pepper, and Thai-style barbecued chicken

$6.99 for Donuts from Danny's Mini Donuts

Old Sacramento

$12 $6.99

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Hot, made-to-order mini donuts with chocolate, powdered sugar, or cinnamon

47% Off at Rico’s Italian Pizza

Sacramento

$30 $16

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Pizzas crowned with fresh cheese, canadian bacon, peppers, olives, and linguiça served alongside hot wings, lasagna, and baked sandwiches

Up to 81% Off Wine Tasting or Barrel Room Tour

Sacramento

$36 $19

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100+ year barn houses the tasting room, where guests sample wine after vineyard tour; Barrel Room tour explains entire winemaking process

40% Off Japanese Dinner at The Izakaya

Mangan Park

$30 $18

Ramen noodles, specialty sushi rolls, and other Japanese favorites

50% Off Mexican Food at Vallejo’s

Multiple Locations

$15 $7.49

(83)

Mexican cuisine served at the business-casual 11th Street location or in the remodeled early-1920s building of the 4th Street location

Half Off Sushi at Ju Hachi by Taka

Central Sacramento

$20 $13

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Classically trained sushi chef devises beef teriyaki, salmon-skin rolls, albacore sashimi with jalapeño, and ponzu

40% Off French Cuisine at Bistro Michel

Downtown

$50 $30

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Chefs craft elevated cuisine using fresh, local ingredients and French cooking techniques, such as duck liver mousseline and trout almondine

Half Off American Food and Pie at Marie Callender's

Sacramento

$20 $10

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Sample the pies that have made the restaurant famous since the 1940s, paired with American comfort food such as pot pies and burgers

Up to 50% Off at Andy Nguyen's Vegetarian Restaurant

Curtis Park

$20 $10

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Vegetarian cuisine with Vietnamese and Chinese influences includes a soy "beef" bistro burger and rice-noodle dishes with organic mushrooms

45% Off Pizzeria Cuisine at Fat Duck's Pizza

Valley Hi / North Laguna

$20 $11

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Oven-baked sandwiches, chicken wings & pastas share menu space with massive pizzas topped with ingredients such as cured pork or pineapple

Half Off Indian Cuisine at Bombay Bar & Grill

Midtown

$20 $10

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Restaurant rated by Zagat uses an approachable amount of spices to make its seasonal Indian cuisine appealing to a broad range of palates

Half Off Upscale American Cuisine at Formoli's

East Sacramento

$20 $10

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Classic American dishes with an upscale twist, such as pulled pork braised in citrus and ale or chorizo burgers topped with red-pepper aioli

50% Off Mexican Food at Baja Fresh

RP Sports Compex

$20 $10

(24)

Flame-grilled flavors of never-frozen chicken and steak fill tacos, burritos, and taquitos made to order with farm-fresh ingredients

71% Off Sushi Making & Sake Tasting

Arden - Arcade

$258 $75

One- to two-hour hands-on lesson helmed by expert chef; make traditional and dessert sushi; sake tasting and sushi voucher included

Up to 51% Off Wine and Small Plates

Central Sacramento

$40 $20

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Urban winery pours out glasses of artisan red and white wines that are paired with small artisan plates of seasonal bistro fare

Eggie's Restaurant – Half Off Classic Diner Food

Arden - Arcade

$20 $10

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Since 1977, cooks at this downhome diner have been serving up four-egg omelets for breakfast and sandwiches and burgers for lunch

Up to 50% Off at Sapporo Grill Japanese Steakhouse

Midtown

$20 $10

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Chefs roll maki with smoked salmon and marbled tuna, grill steaks made with USDA prime beef from Nebraska, and fry whole striped bass

Half Off Café Food

Tahoe Park

$20 $10

Grab some friends for beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, and more at a café that also offers plenty of vegan options

43% Off at DJ’s Grill and Deli

Multiple Locations

$15 $8.49

Charbroiled burgers, grilled-chicken sandwiches, and triple-decker clubs served with hot, crispy fries

Up to 50% Off Jamaican Cuisine at Taste of Jamaica

Meadowview

$20 $11

Jerk chicken, goat curry, ackee and salt fish, and vegetarian and vegan dishes that spotlight the bold flavors of Jamaican cuisine

50% Off Deli Food at Tony Baloney’s Submarine Shops

Sacramento

$25 $12.50

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Hot and cold meats pile onto thick hoagie rolls at Italian-American deli that also specializes in traditional spaghetti and meatballs

52% Off at Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

Midtown

$25 $12

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Sip on thai iced tea and coffee before digging into emerald avocado curry, thai spicy fried rice, and mango sticky rice

50% Off at Brookside Restaurant and Bar

Rancho Cordova

$20 $10

(22)

Certified Hereford burgers, steak shepherd’s pie, and weeknight barbecue specials in a dining room built in 1911

Up to 56% Sushi or Karaoke Party

Downtown

$25 $15

Cocktails complement menu of specialty rolls, fresh sashimi, and sushi and fuel karaoke performances in private rooms

50% Off at Pancho's Cocina Mexicana and Grill

Curtis Park

$20 $10

(96)

Pancho himself serves diners heaping combo platters, traditional dishes, and refreshing margaritas

50% Off Ethiopian Cuisine at Habesha Restaurant

Arden - Arcade

$20 $10

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Ethiopian dishes such as beef tips with berbere sauce and vegetarian split-pea stew with garlic and mild herbs

Half Off Indian and Nepalese Dinner at Kathmandu Kitchen

Land Park

$24 $12

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Indian curries and tandoori dishes share menu space with traditional Nepalese momo dumplings, pan-fried noodles, and kadai entrees

50% Off Indian Dinner

Curry Club Downtown

$24 $12

Traditional North Indian food highlights authentic dishes such as tandoori chicken, birayani, korma, and naan

Up to 50% Off Indian Food at Clay Oven

North Sacramento

$30 $15

Homemade vegetarian and meaty Indian dishes at stylish pub and restaurant

$10 for American Breakfast & Lunch at Pancake Circus

Curtis Park

$20 $10

(208)

Breakfast such as pancakes and omelets served all day, plus lunches of hot sandwiches, burgers, and salads

Up to 47% Off Steak Dinners at Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room

North Oak Park

$64 $36

(14)

Diners cook their own filet mignons or veggie-and-tenderloin skewers on a communal grill as they sip craft beers or signature cocktails

Up to 50% Off Taste of the Little City for 1, 2, or 4

Sacramento

$40 $20

Adults sample wine, microbrews, and local cuisine in support of children’s safety and health programs

50% Off Groceries at Kaveri Indian Grocery

Arden - Arcade

$20 $10

(15)

Vast selection of Indian grocery items includes spices, lentils, and Punjabi-style samosas

44% Off Vin12 Wine Event

Multiple Locations

$70 $39

(19)

Sacramento event highlights pinot noir and zinfandel, Santa Clara spotlights pinot noir—both feature 15+ wineries and 40+ wines to sample

Up to 40% Off Pizza and Italian Food at Strings Pizzeria

Rosemont

$14 $8.49

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Casual pizzeria bakes up specialty pies, hearty calzones, and toasty sandwiches

Up to 50% Off Gastropub Food at Stirling Bridges

Carmichael

$40 $20

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British-inspired gastropub serves up burgers, scotch eggs, and brick-oven pizza in dining room with dartboards and pool tables

Up to 58% Off from Bombshell Brownies

Carmichael

$30 $13

Freshly baked brownies come in 13 signature flavors, including rocky road, chocolate raspberry, and caramel

Half Off Russian Cuisine at Firebird Russian Restaurant

Carmichael

$25 $12.50

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Hearty Russian feasts of cheese-stuffed blini, meaty vareniki dumplings, grilled chicken and lamb, and wholesome borsch

Half Off at Samurai Sushi

Rancho Cordova

$20 $10

Japanese and Korean food such as tempura, bibimbap, and udon noodles; sushi rolls with fried shrimp, snow crab, tobiko, and lobster

50% Off Cafe Drinks and Sandwiches at Vice Cafe

Rancho Cordova

$8 $4

Baristas grind beans and brew fragrant coffee drinks as chefs create made-to-order sandwiches in cafe with fresh-baked pastries

50% Wine Tasting at Merlo Family Estate Vineyards

Merlo Family Vineyards at the Old Sugar Mill

$40 $20

After tasting a four-wine flight, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, that includes cellar selections, pairs pick a bottle to take home

Half Off Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Steve's Pizza

Fair Oaks

$20 $10

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Founded by Steve Wilkinson in 1978, this California pizza chain serves up hot pies, Italian pastas, and hearty sandwiches

35% Off at Taka's Sushi

Fair Oaks

$20 $13

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Chef trained by Japan-born sushi expert cocoons deep-fried soft-shell crab in Ziggy rolls and serves up seasonal Spanish mackerel

Up to 54% Off Winery Tour

South El Dorado

$80 $39

(17)

Sample varietals from the barrel and bottle and nibbling on antipasti platters; go home with a bottle of Zinman Reserve

40% Off Coffee and Treats at Java Johnny's

Fair Oaks

$5 $3

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Drive-thru espresso bar's baristas whip up french vanilla and hazelnut lattes and Ghirardelli dark mochas; treats for pups given out, too

Up to 45% Off at Godfather's Pizza in Fair Oaks

Carmichael

$20 $11

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Rich, golden crusts house combos of pepperoni, green peppers & sausage alongside salad bar access & breadsticks

45% for Mexican Cuisine at Carmelita's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Freshly made guacamole, soft tacos stuffed with tender shredded pork, and Angus New York steak and vegetables sizzle in fajita skillets

Up to 50% Off Pub Food at Elk Grove Sports Bar & Grill

Elk Grove

$34 $18

(27)

Classic American pub dishes such as patty melts, chili dogs, fish and chips, and burgers topped with cheddar and bacon

43% Off One Dozen Cupcakes

Elk Grove

$25 $14.25

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One dozen cupcakes in flavors such as vanilla, orange, Snickers, and sweet potato

53% Off at Cheese Steak Restaurant

Elk Grove

$36 $17

(68)

30+ varieties of cheesesteak, from classic to chicken philly cheesesteaks crowned with bacon or roasted chili pepper and salsa

Half Off at 1st Choice Pizza & Curry

Elk Grove

$15 $7.50

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Elk Grove eatery serves up traditional Italian and Indian entrees, salads, appetizers, and desserts

40% Off Indian and Nepali Cuisine at Kathmandu Kitchen

Kathamandu Kitchen Davis

$20 $12

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Authentic dishes such as free-range tandoori chicken, lamb in a cashew-based curry sauce, and housemade cheese with fresh spinach

Up to 57% Off High Tea 

Davis

$76 $38

(209)

Servers deliver four courses of small tea sandwiches, fruity scones, mini desserts, and fresh berries to groups of tea drinkers

Up to Half Off at On The Rocks

Citrus Heights

$20 $11

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Selection of domestic and craft beers and well and mixed drinks

Mrs. Fields – Up to 42% Off Custom Cookie Cake

Multiple Locations

$29.99 $17.49

Bakers customize peanut butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate-chip cookie cakes with your special message

Up to Half Off Pizza or Sandwiches at Sundance Sandwich

Citrus Heights

$26 $13

(25)

Sandwiches named after celebrities and historical figures served hot or cold, as well as 12 in. specialty pizzas

40% Off at Annie's Breakfast & Steaks

Orangevale

$20 $12

(46)

Old-fashioned omelets and classic steak breakfasts precede later meals of burgers and pork chops in classic American eatery.

The Shorties – Up to 50% Off Improv

Blacktop Comedy

$20 $10

(12)
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Game-style comedy show entertains with impromptu skits in the vein of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Up to 36% Off Peruvian Food at La Huaca Restaurant

Roseville

$25 $15.99

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Six types of fresh ceviche, duck confit in cilantro sauce, and filet mignon cooked with South American brandy

45% Off at Susumu Japanese Steakhouse in Roseville

Roseville

$30 $16.50

(115)

Knife-twirling chefs dazzle diners, flipping teriyaki steak and building active onion volcanoes at tableside grills

50% Off Breakfast and Lunch at Roseville Family Restaurant

Roseville

$12 $6

(18)

Classic American brunch options include omelets, pancakes, deli sandwiches, and burgers

Up to 60% Off Line-Dancing and Drinks

Roseville

$62 $25

Folks get together and line-dance to music in bar with a hoedown feel

Up to 48% Off Cupcakes at Cupcake A La Mode

Roseville

$21 $11

(58)

Decadent cupcakes in flavors such as stuffed french toast, Bella Nutella, chocolate peppermint, and red velvet

Up to 47% Off at Sabores Mexican Cuisine in Roseville

Roseville

$15 $8

Chefs whip up authentic Mexican fare for dinner and lunchtime meals, which range from enchiladas and chimichangas to fried ice-cream dessert

40% Off Frozen Yogurt at TCBY

Multiple Locations

$5 $3

Decadent flavors such as caramel supreme and white-chocolate mousse swirl from self-serve machines before donning fruit or candy toppings

Up to Half Off Indian and Nepalese Cuisine at Namaste Nepal 

Roseville

$25 $12.49

(45)

Indian, Nepalese, Chinese, and Tibetan traditions flavor a menu of curries and tandoor-roasted meat, such as chicken with garlic and basil

Up to 53% Off at Bollywood Chat & Sweets

Roseville

$20 $10

Indian snack wraps, savory samosas, and crisp fish pakora; fragrant masala tea and yogurt lassi

Half Off Mexican Food at Hecho en Mexico

Woodland

$10 $5

Chefs prepare Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a diner setting with a fresh salsa bar

Up to 51% Off an Italian Meal at Sergio's Steak and Seafood

Folsom

$68.85 $39

(128)

A native of southern Italy, his wife, and a Sicilian chef serve tiger prawns in white wine, chicken with prosciutto, and filet mignon

Up to 50% Off Indian Cuisine at India House

Broadstone

$40 $20

(83)

Butter chicken, lamb curry & okra masala from kitchen lauded by Folsom Living & Folsom Telegraph

Half Off at Felipe's Mexican Restaurant

Folsom Local

$20 $10

(30)

Chimichangas, housemade pork tamales, and flautas complement imported beers

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The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.

Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.

1230 J Street
Sacramento,
CA
US

Rivers Edge Cafe aims to put a spin on the traditional, Americana-steeped diner by creating a casual neighborhood eatery that serves slightly more imaginative versions of otherwise familiar comfort foods. Tempting diners with the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day, the chefs begin each morning by cooking a number of breakfast staples. Buttermilk pancakes and country fried steak are classics, but they also cook omelets using three farm-fresh eggs and everything from artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to smoked salmon and capers. They even update the traditional side of hash browns by creating a version stuffed with bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. As the sun begins to set, the cafe serves its selection of hearty, home-style dinner entrees, including housemade meatloaf flavored with garlic, onions, and green bell peppers, and penne pasta tossed with crisp vegetables, shrimp, and a balsamic glaze.

Much like its menu, Rivers Edge Cafe's dining room exudes a decidedly casual vibe that is more reminiscent of a bistro than a diner. Gleaming wooden tables and low-backed booths fill the dark floors, which still manage to catch the light streaming through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Tulip-shaped pendant lamps hang above a few of the tables, but, as night falls, the ceiling fans' lights help keep the space illuminated as they lazily spin above patrons' heads and keep guests cool as they sip on one of the available craft beers or wines imported from the future.

8740 La Riviera Dr
Sacramento,
CA
US

For the most part, Gatsby's Diner looks nothing like the Japanese restaurant it replaced. Jazz Age art now covers the walls, and tunes by Cab Calloway and Tommy Dorsey complete a laid-back mood. But founders Chuck Caplener and Jared Nuttall kept one detail from the building's past: the teppanyaki grills in the middle of the dining room. That's where Gatsby's cooks sear the burgers that Sactown Magazine praised as "perfect." What draws out such admiration? Seasoned beef and seasonal fixings such as fire-roasted jalapenos and house-made barbecue sauce.

Back in the kitchen, the culinary team crafts more complex dishes—dishes that hooked the attention of Guy Fieri on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The bone-in pork chops, for instance, take flavor from a vanilla-bean brine before soaking up coffee-bean smoke. And this complexity runs throughout the diner's signature dishes: house-made meatloaf smothered in red-wine mushroom gravy, par-boiled beets sandwiched into sliders. To accompany these riffs on American comfort food, cooks hand-spin three milkshake flavors one at a time in order to keep their embarrassing third arms hidden.

2598 Alta Arden Expy
Sacramento,
CA
US

As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.

In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.

2440 Fulton Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US

After a long courtship punctuated by romantic dinners of Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, Phil Courey and his wife Mariann decided to merge their respective Mediterranean backgrounds to open a restaurant of their own. Named one of the best Greek restaurants in the area by CBS Sacramento, Opa! Opa! keeps its chefs busy dicing, marinating, and grilling succulent meats and fresh veggies for its extensive menu of classic Greek recipes, and goes through 90 gallons of hummus a month. They have also been named Best Greek Restaurant by Sacramento Magazine in 2013, Best Greek by CityVoter in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and Sacramento News & Review named them Best Mediterranean Eats in 2012, as well as Best Greek in 2011 and 2010. The eatery also bolsters celebrations with catering services, where party-size portions of its traditional fare sate partygoers at birthdays, weddings, and shadow-puppet performances of Agamemnon.

5644 J St
Sacramento,
CA
US

Gonul Blum grew up in Turkey amid her family’s spice business and surrounded by delicious, fresh meals. When an injury cut her career as a cardiac-surgery nurse short, she took it as a sign to go back into the family business. After attending the Culinary Institute of America to hone her skills, she started a catering company and eventually opened her own restaurant. Though her establishment evolved and changed locations over the years, it eventually grew to become Vanilla Bean Bistro, where freshness still rules in her family’s tradition, and almost everything is made by hand.

At her current space, Gonul curates a menu that combines childhood Turkish favorites—such as moroccan lamb stew and moussaka—with local ingredients and recipes, such as butternut-squash ravioli and stuffed poblano chilis. She also chose the restaurant’s current venue for its open kitchen and bar; facets which allow her to hold cooking classes and food fights during off-hours.

3260 J St
Sacramento,
CA
US