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.

AM Pizza at OneSpeed


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:

Capitol Garage

(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.

Rio City Cafe

(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.

Back Door Lounge

(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.

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  1. Melissa White says

    I just tried the Shady Lady Saloon on 14th and R streets last weekend for brunch. It was really good. Awesome Bloody Marys and they had pretty authentic beignets. The menu has a southern twist. Its a good alternative to Fox and Goose, which is good but always packed. You can also order off the lunch menu.

  2. Joan says

    I love that you posted this! I’m heading up to Sacramento for the weekend and was thinking of a good place to eat Sunday – now I have something to look forward to – The AM Pizza at One Speed looks and sound delicious! Thanks Laura! 🙂

  3. Robin says

    I heart brunch too! Breakfast pizza sounds divine. There’s an excellent hole-in-the-wall bar-turned-brunch-place-in-the-daylight-hours in East Sac that serves a delicious fried rice breakfast. It’s been awhile and I can’t think of the name. Anyone know what I’m talking about?

  4. Lesley Miller says

    Wow, I had no idea that One Speed served brunch. Adding it to my list of places to try! I am also a big Fox & Goose fan.

  5. Paul Mitchell says

    Bistro 33 on K and 16th has awesome hot doughnut holes on Sunday. Really great calorie bomb.

  6. BayGrrl says

    River’s Edge Cafe & Espresso on La Riviera is yummy! I go there once, sometimes twice a month!

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