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How Sacramento Turned Into a Great Restaurant City...
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With some frequency, members ask about restaurants in Sacramento. Here's a piece in the NY Times that may be interesting and helpful.

By Ella Quittner

Reporting from Sacramento Dec. 5, 2023

Soaring Bay Area housing prices, a highly diverse community and some of the world’s best produce have been catalysts for the dining scene in California’s capital.

On a recent evening in a dimly lit Japanese restaurant, nearly a dozen diners watched rapt from across the bar as a chef blowtorched a sliver of sturgeon until it was kissed with char. He topped the nigiri with crisped fish skin and a spoonful of caviar.

The quiet veneration from the customers, the practiced flick of the chef’s wrist and the buttery, bouncy pieces of fish might have suggested the meal was unfolding on a side street of Ginza.

The restaurant wasn’t in Tokyo, though. It wasn’t even in New York City or San Francisco — it was in a residential neighborhood of Sacramento, at a restaurant called Kru.

But the real surprise wasn’t the skill with which the sushi chef carved the tender fish, or how he draped it delicately over a quenelle of grains. It was its origin story. The sushi rice had come from Rue & Forsman Ranch, less than 40 miles away, and the sturgeon from even closer.

How Sacramento Turned Into a Great Restaurant City



San Francisco’s Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group has been selected by the National Park Service to operate new food concepts inside the landmark Cliff House beginning in 2024. Hi Neighbor operates the new 7 Adams, The Madrigal, Trestle, The Vault Steakhouse, and The Vault Garden in the city and Mama Oakland in the East Bay.

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