The menu choice of Sacramento restaurants is almost as varied as the choices at some of the California state capital's most eclectic eating spots. Local residents will find restaurants that match their tastes, moods and budgets at any given moment, and Sacramento is fast establishing itself on the culinary map of California.

Starting with cold, fresh ice cream on a hot California summer day might be a good idea, and for that, 1940s-style Gunther's Quality Ice Cream stands out in both quality and presentation. This re-creation of an ice cream parlor of old also has a great Californian cafe menu for lunch, so it is a perfect place to enjoy local cuisine along with that special milkshake or ice cream dessert.

Located a bit off the beaten path in a strip mall, Plan B Restaurant is a Parisian-style option for Sacramento dining enthusiasts who want something they would not expect to find so close to home. The menu includes French onion soup and escargots that would not be out of place in a cafe on the Champs-Elysees.

Sacramento food options from even further afield include Lemon Grass, an Asian restaurant that specializes in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. It has been in business for more than 30 years, and locals flock to it for a taste of the Far East without having to venture far from their homes. It has distinguished itself over the years for perennial favorites like Pad Thai and authentic curries. Fox and Goose, located in an old factory building serves everything from real English fish and chips to Scottish scones, admirably represents the British Isles and its famed pub fare.

Sacramento restaurants truly bring international and local cuisine together, and the city has a selection that includes something for everyone. New restaurants continue to join old favorites as Sacramento continues to grow and prosper.

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