Lunchtime’s staple meal, the combination plate, was born when the famed Earl of Sandwich settled down and married the Duchess of Soup. Witness this historic pairing in all its royal glory with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches and casual fare at Muntean’s Soups.
Owned and operated by George Muntean Sr., Muntean’s is a haven for fresh diner fare and tasty soups that have garnered praise from CBS Sacramento. The red-carpet walker of Muntean’s menu is its homemade soup ($3.95/cup, $4.95/bowl), which is available in different varieties each week and ranges from beef chili to romanian mulligatoni. Sandwich options ($7.95–$9.25) abound as well, including meaty and vegetarian choices, each shuffled together to order and grilled to crispy perfection instead of placed inside a toaster that’s then heated up in a microwave. Riding a tandem bike of deliciousness, soup and sandwiches encapsulate Muntean’s Big Deal combination plate ($8.95) and pedal off into the sunset holding hands.
Muntean’s dining room is a cozy respite from the wild hustle of the day, featuring a scatter of intimate tables, a mural of Sacramento, and a view of all the soupy action at the counter. Selection dilemmas are easily solved thanks to George Sr.’s generous offering of soup samples, helping narrow down the monstrous menu to something manageably molar-friendly.