Found: Fab Brunches in Sacramento
By Laura Braden
I love brunch. I heart brunch. Maybe it’s because it’s that golden hour of the day where you can order french toast OR a cheeseburger, and no one raises their eyebrows. Maybe it’s because I love the idea of rolling out of bed, donning the largest sunglasses I can find, and slowly easing into my day over a round of mimosas – recounting the evening before.
I’ve been blessed to live in brunch-centric cities (San Francisco, Washington, DC), and at first glance, you may misunderestimate (as our former President would say) our fair town’s brunch options. But remember, this is a town filled with foodies, and consequently, the brunch options are a-plenty.
My newest fave is OneSpeed (4818 Folsom) in East Sacramento. They’ve been open a few months, but I just discovered the place. The atmosphere was nice enough to take out-of-town guests, but relaxed enough to roll in wearing Uggs with your friends. And the food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
My bfriend ordered the AM Pizza (Applewood Bacon, Potatoes, Fontina, Caramelized Onions, Farm Eggs & Arugula), which was enough food for 3 people, and I had the biscuits and gravy (Cheddar and Bacon Biscuits with Housemade Sausage, Crispy Onions & Country Gravy). I’m from Tennessee so I can testify that they were legit. They were light (as light as biscuits and gravy can be) and not smothered with gravy – so you could actually taste all the amazing flavors.
An added bonus: they serve Two Rivers Cider (see Robin Swanson’s profile/review), and the servers were extremely friendly and fast – not something you’ll find at most Sacramento establishments on a Sunday morning. All around, an A+ plus experience!
Other “regulars” include:
(1500 K Street) The food is tasty, the menu is long (multiple options for french toast, omelets, eggs benedict, etc), the location is clutch, and they have bottomless champagne mimosa’s, coffee and OJ for $4.95.
(1730 L Street) A Sacramento staple, this is actually my least favorite place, but I’m including it because all of my friends love it. Cash only (what is it 1978?) and the portions are huge. They have a great selection of crepes (dessert ones too!) and really good salads and soups.
(1110 Front Street) A good brunch can also be like a good happy hour – “just alright” food will be forgiven when you offer amazing drink specials and have a good vibe. Rio City accomplishes both. It’s right on the river in Old Sac and they have bottomless mimosas (with purchase of an entree), which they serve with a small plate of muffins and fruit.
(1112 Firehouse Alley) When you think of brunch, you don’t typically think of the Back Door Lounge, but if you need a quiet, dark place to recover from the night before (see my previous article on NYE Hangover Cures), this is the right place. Their decor is definitely Reno circa 1965: zero windows and purple/maroon velvet everywhere. But the jukebox is great, staff are friendly, prices are cheap, and they make the best bloody mary’s in town. They serve breakfast (if the “chef” is there) and the breakfast burrito or biscuits and gravy will put you in a food coma – right in time for an afternoon of watching sports. This place is for hardcore brunchies only.
EDITOR’s NOTE: What’d we miss? What are your favorite brunch spots? Let us know by leaving a comment or email girlsonthegrid AT gmail DOT com.