5 Faves: Great Summer Dining

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Summer in Sacramento means fabulous, locally-grown produce. Here are five “farm-to-table” restaurants where you’re sure to find menu items celebrating our region’s sun-ripened fruits and vegetables.

Ella Dining Room & Bar
Try: Wild arugula salad with local peaches, Prosciutto Di Parma and toasted almonds
One of the classiest and most visually exciting restaurants in downtown Sacramento, Ella is a great place to visit for farm-centric cuisine – and delectable, hand-crafted cocktails.
1131 K Street, Sacramento; (916) 443-3772; www.elladiningroomandbar.com

The Waterboy
Try: Summer fruit crostada with vanilla ice cream
A midtown foodie institution, The Waterboy has been serving up Mediterranean-inspired cuisine (crafted from small farm-sourced ingredients) for years. You can’t help but feel good after a meal at this cheery establishment.
2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, (916) 498-9891; www.waterboyrestaurant.com

Ravenous Café
Try: Fried eggplant sandwich with roasted peppers, Manchego cheese and balsamic vinegar
Make the trip to Greenhaven to sample chef/owner Mark Helms’ earthy, very flavorful menu items. This tiny restaurant is serving up some of the finest, most thoughtful food in the area.
7600 Greenhaven Drive (in Riverlake Village), Suite 23, Sacramento, (916) 399-9309; http://ravenouscafe.com

Mulvaney’s Building & Loan
Try: Handmade raviolis stuffed with local greens
Located in a gorgeous old brick building originally used as a firehouse, Mulvaney’s is an enthusiastic proponent of the “eat fresh, eat local” philosophy. Remember to make a reservation – this is one of the hottest spots in town.
1215 19th Street (between L and Capitol Streets), Sacramento; (916) 441-6022; www.culinaryspecialists.com

Grange Restaurant
Try: Local farm lettuce salad
The menu of this dramatic, architecturally stunning restaurant is built upon carefully selected, locally-grown and produced ingredients. Chef Michael Tuohy, who is actively involved in the Slow Food movement, can often be found prowling Sacramento farmers’ markets for perfectly ripe produce.
926 J Street, Sacramento, (916) 492-4450; www.grangesacramento.com