I can always count on Magpie for ebulliently fresh, appealing fare. On a warm afternoon last week, I tucked into the kitchen’s dazzling shrimp and crab Louis, one of the loveliest salads I have ever encountered. A bed of carefully arranged lettuce leaves was adorned with yellow tomatoes and intriguingly pickled green beans, then topped with a generous mound of shellfish and embellished with hard boiled eggs and kalamata olives. At $16.95, it may have been the priciest salad I’ve ordered this year, but it was well worth the expense.
Magpie Caterers Market and Café
1409 R Street, Suite 102, Sacramento, (916) 452-7594; www.magpiecaterers.com