Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Goodbye, Sacramento

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to serve the Sacramento vegan community these past eight years by sharing information about vegan options at local restaurants. Now, however, I'm leaving the city. My husband Phil and I will be splitting our time between the San Francisco Bay Area, where we have several family members, and Medellin, Colombia, where our son and his family live.

I will leave this blog online, but I won't be adding any more posts to it. There are so many vegans in Sacramento these days that I know you will all keep each other updated on social media about where to find great vegan food. I've enjoyed getting to know many of you, either in person or through your online presence, and I know I will miss this wonderful community.

I'll be sorry to miss this year's fabulous Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, but as it turns out, Contra Costa County, my new home, will be having their first-ever Vegan Chef Challenge next month too. I'm looking forward to checking out all the vegan food in both Contra Costa County and Medellin, Colombia.

Thank you for following Sacramento Vegan. I've appreciated all your comments, questions, and suggestions. I wish you all the best.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Dubplate Kitchen and Jamaican Cuisine

Have you been to Dubplate Kitchen and Jamaican Cuisine yet? It's a small restaurant tucked away on El Camino Avenue near Watt. When it opened late last year, I noticed that there were a couple of vegan options on the menu, and I've been meaning to try it ever since. Finally, I had lunch there today with my friend Greta.

The vegan options on the menu, which looks like it changes regularly, were the soup of the day -- split pea and pumpkin -- ital stew, and vegan curry chicken. The ital stew made with cauliflower and garbanzo beans sounded good, but both Greta and I wanted the curry chicken.

Great choice! The curry sauce was delicious, and there was a generous serving of vegan chicken, even though we both ordered the small plate. It came with soup, rice and beans, cabbage, and fried plantains, which were especially tasty. I would definitely go back again for this dish.

Dubplate is located at 3419 El Camino Avenue, and their phone number is 916-339-6978. Their website address is https://www.dubplatekitchen.com, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/dubplatekitchen/?epa=SEARCH_BOX. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Solomon's Delicatessen

The long-awaited Solomon’s Delicatessen opened last week in downtown Sacramento. It is named after the founder of the iconic Tower Records, Russ Solomon, and it is housed in the space formerly occupied by Tower Records on K Street.

My husband Phil and I stopped in for lunch on Monday. I was happy to see a few vegan items clearly marked on the menu. The Vegan Portabella Reuben caught my eye – slices of smoked portobello mushroom, shredded vegan cheese, sauerkraut, and sauce, served on rye bread. I enjoyed the mix of flavors, and the horseradish in the sauce gave it a nice little kick. The sandwich was accompanied by bagel chips and a dill pickle spear.

I went back again the next day to try the remaining vegan items. I ordered a bowl of hearty mushroom barley soup, which was very flavorful and will be especially welcome in the fall and winter.

I also asked for an “Everything” bagel after confirming that all the bagels are vegan. The vegan schmear I ordered with it turned out to be an excellent vegan cream cheese.

Solomon’s Delicatessen is located at 730 K Street, and their phone number is 916-857-8200. Their website address is https://www.solomonsdelicatessen.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/solomonsdelicatessen/?ref=br_rs. Currently, they are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but they are planning to be open for dinner beginning this Friday, July 12th.

There is also a Solomon’s Delicatessen in Davis at 500 First Street, Suite 9. Their phone number is 530-792-7015, and they are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Burger Patch

Long before Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco jumped on the Beyond Meat bandwagon, Sacramento area vegans were introduced to the Beyond Burger by the owners of Burger Patch, Phillip and Danea Horn. They held a one-day pop-up event two years ago to gauge local interest in their vegan fast food concept, and later opened a concession stand at the Golden 1 Center. They’ve been working hard the past two years to find a good location for a brick-and-mortar Burger Patch restaurant, and last Saturday, their dream came to fruition.

Burger Patch has been welcomed into the community with open arms. There have been lines out the door and down the block in the days since the restaurant opened near the corner of 23rd and K. I missed the grand opening Saturday, but stopped in for lunch yesterday, and there were probably fifteen or twenty people in front of me. The line moved quickly, though, and after I ordered, the food came out of the kitchen in a matter of minutes.

Everything served at Burger Patch is 100 percent plant-based, so you never have to worry about whether some animal product or another has accidentally found its way into your order. Most people in line yesterday seemed to be there for the delicious burgers, but since I’d had their burger before at the pop-up and at the Golden 1 Center, I opted to try their chick’n sandwich. “The Ranch” consists of grilled chick’n, hickory smoked strips, lettuce, and tomato, served on a toasted bun spread with a ranch sauce. It was really good, and I’ll definitely go back for another. I liked the fries too, listed on the menu as a “Shovel of Spuds.”

I also had a chocolate “Earth Quake Shake,” made from a blend of cashew, almond, soy, agave, and, of course, chocolate. It was fabulous!

Burger Patch is located at 2301 K Street, and their phone number is 916-750-4200. Their website address is https://www.theburgerpatch.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TheBurgerPatch/. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Monday, March 18, 2019


I could swear that when Allora first opened in East Sacramento last year, I checked the menu and didn’t see anything vegan. Recently, however, I was reading the free Inside newspaper that’s delivered to my mailbox each month, and I found an article about the mother of the chef/owner. She had moved to Sacramento at her son’s request to care for the restaurant’s garden, and the article mentioned that she ate a mostly vegan diet. I figured that if his mom was mostly vegan, the chef must have added some plant-based items to the menu, so I checked again. Sure enough, there are several dishes for vegans at Allora.

I had dinner there with my husband Phil last night, and asked for the vegan menu. It lists vegetarian and vegan items, but the vegan dishes are specifically indicated. I began with grilled focaccia, which is spread with olive tapenade and then topped with a mix of local vegetables, including arugula, asparagus, carrot ribbons, mushrooms, pickled onions, and artichoke hearts. It was very good, and I especially enjoyed the olive tapenade.

For my entrée, I had a tough time choosing between the bucatini and the mushroom risotto, but finally opted for the pasta. The bucatini was tossed with a pea and tarragon pesto, carrots, and asparagus, then topped with a few arugula leaves. I thought it was the perfect spring dish.

Allora is a very stylish and well-appointed restaurant that would be perfect for date night or a special occasion. You should definitely check it out!

Allora is located at 5215 Folsom Boulevard, and their phone number is 916-538-6434. Their website address is https://allorasacramento.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/allorasacramento/. The restaurant serves dinner only, and is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Suzie Burger

I think one of the best things about the new plant-based burgers that are showing up in restaurants these days is that they've made it easier for restaurants that don't usually cater to vegans to offer something we can eat after all. Impossible Burgers are popping up everywhere, and even some fast food restaurants are getting into the act. Carl's Jr. recently began offering a Beyond Burger, which they are promoting heavily in television commercials.

In checking the Impossible Foods website the other day to see which Sacramento restaurants are serving Impossible "meat," I was interested to see that Suzie Burger now offers an Impossible Burger. Back when 33rd Street Bistro and Wildwood Kitchen, which are owned by the same people who own Suzie Burger, first began serving the Impossible Burger, I sent a message to Suzie Burger asking if they had plans to do the same. At the time, they did not because the product was too expensive for their menu. But they're offering it now!

I stopped by Suzie Burger with my husband Phil for lunch the other day. The Impossible Burger doesn't show up on the restaurant's online menu or on the menu posted behind the counter. But it's advertised on a sign by the cash register, shown with nonvegan items like thousand island dressing and what appears to be cheddar or American cheese. But if you tell them you want it vegan-style, they'll substitute vegan mayo and get this -- vegan cheese -- for the nonvegan items.

I gave it a try and it was excellent! Most restaurants in town that do serve the Impossible Burger don't take the extra step of offering vegan cheese, so it was a real treat to have that option. I also like the fact that Suzie Burger is basically a fast food restaurant, so I can pick up my burger and be eating in the comfort of my own home a few minutes later.

Suzie Burger is located at 2820 P Street, and their phone number is 916-455-3500. The website address is https://www.suzieburger.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/suzieburgersac/?epa=SEARCH_BOX. The restaurant is open Sunday through Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

La Venadita

La Venadita has been serving Mexican food in the Oak Park neighborhood for a few years now. Until recently, though, I'd never been there because their menu didn't appear to be very vegan-friendly. That has changed, however, with the addition of an Impossible meat option to a couple of the restaurant's menu items.

I was at La Venadita yesterday for lunch with my husband Phil. I thought about getting the Impossible tacos, but since I was really hungry, I opted for a burrito. It was filled with Impossible meat, black beans, rice, tomatoes, avocado salsa, and cilantro, and I made sure to have them omit the cheese. It was really good, and I will happily go back to La Venadita in the future.

La Venadita is located at 3501 Third Avenue, and their phone number is 916-400-4676. Their website address is http://www.lavenaditasac.com/, and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/lavenaditasac/. The restaurant is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.