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Where to Eat in South Sacramento

From country-fried steak to dim sum, here’s the best of the neighborhood

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As Sacramento continues to grow, most of the attention is still on its bustling Midtown and Downtown areas, bolstered by the arrival of the Golden 1 Center. Meanwhile, South Sacramento is a working class part of town consisting of a diverse immigrant population and a dining scene that reflects that: Franklin Boulevard is at the heart of the Latinx community, while Stockton Boulevard is the center of Southeast Asian community.

You have to dig deep to see the beauty of South Sacramento: the smell of charred chiles and tortillas, innovative transportation techniques (motorized loveseat, anyone?), mid-century modern architecture (breezeblocks and Eichler homes) and lots of independently owned eateries. Here’s a list of 13 restaurants that are at the heart of South Sacramento.

Illyanna Maisonet was born and raised in South Sacramento.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Flowers Fish Market & Restaurant

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3224 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 456-0719

Opened in 1985 by Mr. Flowers and passed on to the Henderson family in 1993, this old-school restaurant fries chicken and fish to order. The heaping two-way combo of fried whiting and fried chicken pieces with a side of soft, hand-cut fries always does the trick. Don’t miss out on the fresh out the oven sweet potato pies, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.

2. La Esperanza | Bakery & Store

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5044 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 455-0215
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No one better ever mention South Sacramento without bringing up La Esperanza. Hailing as the anchor of Franklin Blvd, this panaderia was opened by patriarch Salvador Plasencia in 1969. It’s now being operated by Natali Plasencia and her brothers, Salvador’s grandchildren. Visit the bakery for the best pan dulce in Sacramento, the grocery story for your fruits and vegetables, the tortilleria for your fresh tortillas and carnitas by the pound, all in one parking lot. Don’t forget to visit their sister restaurant, Los Jarritos at 2509 Broadway. 

3. Oto's Marketplace

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4990 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 424-2398
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Oto’s has a super fresh seafood selection, including sashimi and takeout poke. There are also daily lunch bento boxes in the cold case, onigiri (rice balls), teriyaki chicken, and katsu. The market stocks Japanese dried goods, plus a large sake and Japanese beer selection, fresh produce and a dizzying array of soba noodles.

4. Gaspachos

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5385 Franklin Blvd Suite L
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 882-8182
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Some Sacramentans are lucky enough to have vendors cutting through their neighborhoods selling tamales, elote, cotton candy, wheat wheels, mangonadas and fruit cups. Everyone else can visit Gaspachos, a family-owned business run by the four Ortiz siblings. Named after the fresh fruit snack born in Morelia, Michoacan, Gaspachos is a brick and mortar beacon of fresh fruit. Karate chop Sacramento’s sweltering summers with a large cup of chunky chopped mangos, watermelon, splashed with chamoy and sprinkled with chile.

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5. Alonzo's Mexican & American Food

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5709 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 453-9225

Alzono’s recently made a move for the first times since Jesus and Wanda Alonzo opened the beloved South Sacramento restaurant in 1969, jumping from one section of the Mid Century Modern shopping plaza to another in preparation for its demolition. While the menu does have American breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes, most people come for the menudo and posole, the latter of which is a bowl of steaming hangover cure, containing bits of pork and tripe in a rich, red broth. Top it with a bit of cabbage, a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of raw white onion for the full effect.

6. Happy Garden Seafood Restaurant

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5731 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 456-0581
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The first thing diners notice about Happy Garden is its massive size, equipped to host its numerous wedding banquets throughout the season. Use this space to your advantage and bring all your friends to enjoy dim sum. On weekends, the restaurant is indeed packed full of families waving down various carts full of shumai, hargow, chicken feet, and pineapple buns. Your table will be full before you know it.

7. Roma's Pizzeria

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5743 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 421-1881
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The Guerrera family immigrated to the US in the late ‘60s from Carlantino, Italy. In 1973, the family opened Roma’s Pizzeria on Franklin Blvd, selling thick crust pizzas with generous toppings. Branch out and order a meatball sandwich; the meatballs are sliced and stuffed into light and crusty Italian bread, then smothered with marinara sauce and gooey cheese. Also try the wicked spaghetti casserole, which is pasta covered in cheese and sauce and baked to perfection.

8. Pitt's Stop Restaurant

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6610 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 391-1559

Located on a wickedly busy corner next to a tire shop, Pitt’s is a true neighborhood institution. Opened in 1979, Denise Shelton is a one-woman kitchen army cranking out warm biscuits, chile verde with pinto beans, chicken-fried steak, crispy hash browns, grits and eggs, and SOS (“shit on shingles,” a hamburger patty with cream gravy on toast). Saddle up at the front counter next to folks in Stetson hats and Air Jordans for a welcoming plate of food, all of which is made from scratch.

sunny-side up eggs, hash browns and fried steak covered in gravy
Country-fried steak and eggs
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9. Bốn Mùa | Vietnamese Restaurant

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6835 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 427-4682

In February 2010, a stretch of Stockton Boulevard from Fruitridge Road to Florin Road was designated as Little Saigon. Bon Mua joined the lineup in 20143, immediately becoming incredibly popular for its Bon Mua Special: a huge platter of grilled pork patties, grilled pork, grilled chicken, shrimp patties, fresh herbs, lettuces, crunchy wrappers and vermicelli noodles. Don’t miss the sweet garlic Sriracha chicken wings or broken rice dishes, either.

10. Wings City

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5555 Sky Pkwy #243
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 594-7659
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Wings City is the first independently owned chicken wing eatery in South Sacramento, from childhood friends and South Sac natives Vay Lu and Tommy San. Stop by in the evenings or on weekends to watch some sportsball, or come during the weekdays and enjoy hulking bone-in and breaded chicken wings with classic flavors like Buffalo, original, and barbecue. Fusion flavors like cheesy money (wings topped with crushed Cheetos, sour cream and scallions), K-Town, and mano habanero are not to be missed.

11. Khao Soy House Thai Restaurant

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6519 Savings Pl
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 942-9605
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Open for just one year, Khao Soy House is one of the newer kids on the block. The Saetern family made the move from Alaska to Sacramento in 2009 in order to serve the community some of the best Lao-style papaya salad, in which crispy and cold green papaya strands mingle in a sauce spiked with brightness and funk. 

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12. Delicias Taco Truck

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6919 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823

Even though it’s dead center in one of South Sacramento’s gnarliest intersections, you can always count on this truck (that shares a lot with a gas station) to draw a line. Hefty $6 tortas, tostadas de “seviche,” and tacos are prepared to order. For those who don’t want to wait in line head to their grocery market Morales Carniceria (located down the street at 6830 Stockton Blvd), that has a full restaurant serving menudo and posole. 

13. Bakers Donuts

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5880 Florin Rd
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 392-8466

Bakers Donuts, opened in 1985 by the Hem family, is a neighborhood favorite. When a Krispy Kreme moved in directly across the street in 2013, the small yet mighty Bakers Donuts, owned by Cambodian immigrants, decided to kick it up a notch and offer some more creative flavors like Thai tea, maple bacon, and seasonal pumpkin pie. No time to walk in? Order one of their sausage, egg and cheese croissant breakfast sandwich in the drive-thru.

Ube glazed doughnut with coconut shreds
Hana B./Yelp

1. Flowers Fish Market & Restaurant

3224 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817

Opened in 1985 by Mr. Flowers and passed on to the Henderson family in 1993, this old-school restaurant fries chicken and fish to order. The heaping two-way combo of fried whiting and fried chicken pieces with a side of soft, hand-cut fries always does the trick. Don’t miss out on the fresh out the oven sweet potato pies, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.

3224 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817

2. La Esperanza | Bakery & Store

5044 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

No one better ever mention South Sacramento without bringing up La Esperanza. Hailing as the anchor of Franklin Blvd, this panaderia was opened by patriarch Salvador Plasencia in 1969. It’s now being operated by Natali Plasencia and her brothers, Salvador’s grandchildren. Visit the bakery for the best pan dulce in Sacramento, the grocery story for your fruits and vegetables, the tortilleria for your fresh tortillas and carnitas by the pound, all in one parking lot. Don’t forget to visit their sister restaurant, Los Jarritos at 2509 Broadway. 

5044 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820

3. Oto's Marketplace

4990 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

Oto’s has a super fresh seafood selection, including sashimi and takeout poke. There are also daily lunch bento boxes in the cold case, onigiri (rice balls), teriyaki chicken, and katsu. The market stocks Japanese dried goods, plus a large sake and Japanese beer selection, fresh produce and a dizzying array of soba noodles.

4990 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822

4. Gaspachos

5385 Franklin Blvd Suite L, Sacramento, CA 95820
Gaspachos

Some Sacramentans are lucky enough to have vendors cutting through their neighborhoods selling tamales, elote, cotton candy, wheat wheels, mangonadas and fruit cups. Everyone else can visit Gaspachos, a family-owned business run by the four Ortiz siblings. Named after the fresh fruit snack born in Morelia, Michoacan, Gaspachos is a brick and mortar beacon of fresh fruit. Karate chop Sacramento’s sweltering summers with a large cup of chunky chopped mangos, watermelon, splashed with chamoy and sprinkled with chile.

5385 Franklin Blvd Suite L
Sacramento, CA 95820

5. Alonzo's Mexican & American Food

5709 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824

Alzono’s recently made a move for the first times since Jesus and Wanda Alonzo opened the beloved South Sacramento restaurant in 1969, jumping from one section of the Mid Century Modern shopping plaza to another in preparation for its demolition. While the menu does have American breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes, most people come for the menudo and posole, the latter of which is a bowl of steaming hangover cure, containing bits of pork and tripe in a rich, red broth. Top it with a bit of cabbage, a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of raw white onion for the full effect.

5709 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824

6. Happy Garden Seafood Restaurant

5731 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824

The first thing diners notice about Happy Garden is its massive size, equipped to host its numerous wedding banquets throughout the season. Use this space to your advantage and bring all your friends to enjoy dim sum. On weekends, the restaurant is indeed packed full of families waving down various carts full of shumai, hargow, chicken feet, and pineapple buns. Your table will be full before you know it.

5731 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824

7. Roma's Pizzeria

5743 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824

The Guerrera family immigrated to the US in the late ‘60s from Carlantino, Italy. In 1973, the family opened Roma’s Pizzeria on Franklin Blvd, selling thick crust pizzas with generous toppings. Branch out and order a meatball sandwich; the meatballs are sliced and stuffed into light and crusty Italian bread, then smothered with marinara sauce and gooey cheese. Also try the wicked spaghetti casserole, which is pasta covered in cheese and sauce and baked to perfection.

5743 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95824

8. Pitt's Stop Restaurant

6610 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823
sunny-side up eggs, hash browns and fried steak covered in gravy
Country-fried steak and eggs
Pitt’s Stop

Located on a wickedly busy corner next to a tire shop, Pitt’s is a true neighborhood institution. Opened in 1979, Denise Shelton is a one-woman kitchen army cranking out warm biscuits, chile verde with pinto beans, chicken-fried steak, crispy hash browns, grits and eggs, and SOS (“shit on shingles,” a hamburger patty with cream gravy on toast). Saddle up at the front counter next to folks in Stetson hats and Air Jordans for a welcoming plate of food, all of which is made from scratch.

6610 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823

9. Bốn Mùa | Vietnamese Restaurant

6835 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823

In February 2010, a stretch of Stockton Boulevard from Fruitridge Road to Florin Road was designated as Little Saigon. Bon Mua joined the lineup in 20143, immediately becoming incredibly popular for its Bon Mua Special: a huge platter of grilled pork patties, grilled pork, grilled chicken, shrimp patties, fresh herbs, lettuces, crunchy wrappers and vermicelli noodles. Don’t miss the sweet garlic Sriracha chicken wings or broken rice dishes, either.

6835 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823

10. Wings City

5555 Sky Pkwy #243, Sacramento, CA 95823

Wings City is the first independently owned chicken wing eatery in South Sacramento, from childhood friends and South Sac natives Vay Lu and Tommy San. Stop by in the evenings or on weekends to watch some sportsball, or come during the weekdays and enjoy hulking bone-in and breaded chicken wings with classic flavors like Buffalo, original, and barbecue. Fusion flavors like cheesy money (wings topped with crushed Cheetos, sour cream and scallions), K-Town, and mano habanero are not to be missed.

5555 Sky Pkwy #243
Sacramento, CA 95823

11. Khao Soy House Thai Restaurant

6519 Savings Pl, Sacramento, CA 95828
Khao Soy House Thai Restaurant

Open for just one year, Khao Soy House is one of the newer kids on the block. The Saetern family made the move from Alaska to Sacramento in 2009 in order to serve the community some of the best Lao-style papaya salad, in which crispy and cold green papaya strands mingle in a sauce spiked with brightness and funk. 

6519 Savings Pl
Sacramento, CA 95828

12. Delicias Taco Truck

6919 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823

Even though it’s dead center in one of South Sacramento’s gnarliest intersections, you can always count on this truck (that shares a lot with a gas station) to draw a line. Hefty $6 tortas, tostadas de “seviche,” and tacos are prepared to order. For those who don’t want to wait in line head to their grocery market Morales Carniceria (located down the street at 6830 Stockton Blvd), that has a full restaurant serving menudo and posole. 

6919 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823

13. Bakers Donuts

5880 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95823
Ube glazed doughnut with coconut shreds
Hana B./Yelp

Bakers Donuts, opened in 1985 by the Hem family, is a neighborhood favorite. When a Krispy Kreme moved in directly across the street in 2013, the small yet mighty Bakers Donuts, owned by Cambodian immigrants, decided to kick it up a notch and offer some more creative flavors like Thai tea, maple bacon, and seasonal pumpkin pie. No time to walk in? Order one of their sausage, egg and cheese croissant breakfast sandwich in the drive-thru.

5880 Florin Rd
Sacramento, CA 95823

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