15 places to eat in Sacramento on a rainy weekend

If you have to stay indoors during a rainy weekend, why not eat somewhere tasty?

Check out 15 places in Sacramento that'll get you through the wet weekend with a happy stomach (in no particular rank or order).

$= under $10

$$= $10- $30

$$$= $30- $50

$$$$= $50 & up

Spoiler Alert: there's nothing on this list over $$ 

  1. Kiki's Chicken Place  ($) You know the old saying, never judge a book by its cover? That applies to this fried chicken gem. Known for their chicken tender combos and Chicken and Waffles, which come with an in-house maple bacon butter, Kiki's chicken is perfectly seasoned and crispy but never dry. The prices are light on your wallet- you can get a full meal for about $10.
  2. Oak Park Brewing Company ($$) A vibrant addition to revitalization efforts in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, the brewery and eatery offers local, seasonal and sustainable food to pair with a carefully crafted beer. Make sure to check out their weekend brunch where you can order the 'Salmon Cake Benny', the company's take on traditional eggs benedict. The brunch menu also offers a Michelada made with their own Rope Swing Cream Ale and Preservation bloody mary mix.
  3. Shoki Ramen House ($) Because who doesn't like a big bowl of fresh, hot ramen on a rainy day? Shoki's ramen uses all fresh and natural ingredients and even boasts gluten free broth, as well as whole wheat organic ramen and shirataki yam (the no carb miracle) ramen.
  4. Kru ($$) The Japanese restaurant makes regular appearances on local 'best restaurant' lists, but with a new location, there's even more of an incentive to visit. Known for impeccable and creative presentation matched with quality, fresh dishes, the restaurant recently made a move from J Street in Midtown to Folsom Street in East Sacramento. Make sure to try their fresh sashimi and a Sunshine Roll if you just want a bite of sushi.
  5. Sol Cubano ($$) A taste of Cuba in North Highlands. Cuban food is rare in the Sacramento area but at Sol Cubano you can select from traditional pastries, dishes and coffee (cigars not included).
  6. Luigi's ($$) An old establishment that never gets old. Serving up pizza pies since 1953, the authentic restaurant still has the original menu up on their wall. Although the prices have changed, the taste hasn't. If you're a fan of thin crust pizza, this is the spot for you.
  7. The Red Rabbit ($$) Enjoy one of the eatery's signature cocktails with a brick-walled setting, perfect for date night. The cocktails are made from scratch- everything from the syrup to the fresh-squeezed juices. The menu is seasonal and local with dishes ranging from Togarashi Seared Ahi for dinner to a Peach Panzanella salad for lunch.
  8. Bacon and Butter ($$) Sacramento's brunch gem. Falling in line with the Capitol City's farm-to-fork style, the eatery picks out their ingredients from local farmer's markets. Although the menu can vary, The Kitchen Sink staple is a must-try for pork lovers. Be sure to make reservations for a group or to come early, Bacon and Butter is buzzing on the weekends.
  9. El Novillero ($$) Who says you have to pick between quality and quantity? The South Sacramento Mexican restaurant has been in business for nearly 50 years and hopefully they stick around for 50 more. Don't be shocked when the plate hits the table- each dish can feed two. If you like it cheesy, order La Bandera Mexican. The dish features a beef enchilada topped with red enchilada sauce, a chicken enchilada topped with sour cream, and a chile verde enchilada drenched in verde sauce. It's served with rice, beans and fresh avocado.
  10. Mother ($$) You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy vegetarian cuisine. Skeptical meat lovers will be pleasantly surprised. The eatery features a Chicken Fried Mushroom Po' Boy and Harissa Broccoli.
  11. South ($$) Fried chicken lovers rejoice. If you're craving the traditional flavors of the South but don't want to buy a plane ticket, just head to this little eatery by Southside Park. The menu features everything from fried green tomatoes to fried catfish and a seafood gumbo. Order their staple Petey's Fried Chicken with Mac n' Cheese and Kale Greens, and don't forget the buttermilk biscuit. 
  12. Happy Garden ($) Although not exactly located in Sacramento, this Elk Grove joint is unlike any other mom-and-pop Chinese food restaurant because it features a full blown bar. The food is great and the bar features specials all week and is open until 1:00 a.m. The restaurant has $1 barbeque oysters on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. until they're gone.
  13. Tank House ($$) This Midtown location features an in-house smoker and serves up barbeque favorites like brisket and ribs. Pair your food with a cocktail or beer to wash down your hearty meal. Try their Dirty Tots, tater tots covered in cheese sauce and pulled pork, topped with Tangy BBQ Sauce.
  14. Fanny Ann's Saloon ($$) If you're craving a burger, check out this Old Sacramento establishment. Although known for their burgers, you can also order a hot dog or sandwich or order a smaller bite such as their World Famous Buffalo Wings or Zuchs and Shrooms. The restaurant is named after the Fanny Ann steamboat and features some of the original 19th century boat's possessions.
  15. Juno's Kitchen & Delicatessen ($$) If you're craving a gourmet-like sandwich for a less-than-gourmet price, this is the spot. For about $11 you can pick from delicious options like the Smoked Trout sandwich or the Membrillo sandwich with Manchego cheese. This tiny little deli is a well-kept Sacramento secret that you should explore.

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