Even travelers on a tight budget can make the most of Sacramento’s farm-to-fork culture. After all, this city is home to a huge percentage of the produce consumed in California, and eating local is just as important a visitor’s experience as a visit to the Capitol. Take a look at some of our favorite spots where guests staying at HI Sacramento can get some farm-to-fork eats for $10 or less – then get booking and come hungry!
This purely vegetarian joint is beloved by all kinds of eaters because of the creative ways farm-fresh veggies shine.
What to get: The “chicken-fried” oyster mushroom po’boy will be something you think about long after your visit to Sacramento.
Bernardo’s on K
For a casual Euro-style lunch, Bernado’s, which specializes in seasonal food and laid-back dining, is your best bet on charming K Street.
What to get: You can’t go wrong with a lunch time salad, or a cheeky helping of black bean nachos at the bar.
Hock Farm is more on the upscale side, but its commitment to farm-to-fork makes it a worthwhile stop if you’re serious about eating your way through Sacramento.
What to get: The street tacos and mac and cheese are both satisfying options on the $10 mark.
Downtown & Vine
Not only does Downtown & Vine do farm-to-fork, they also do farm-to-glass, so you can snack on yummy tapas while sipping on wines from around the local region and state.
What to get: Almost everything on the tapas menu is under $10 and totally worth it – the goat cheese-stuffed peppers are an absolute must though.
The mighty trucks of Sacramento Mobile Food are an excellent way to taste a variety of the city’s eats on a budget, and you’re more than likely to do so during a great outdoor event during the magical summers.
What to get: Flavor Face and Culinerdy Cruzer are just some of the great trucks in SactoMoFo’s rotation.
Make the trek to Magpie, about a 20-minute walk from HI Sacramento, for a happy hour featuring discount drinks and local, delicious bites.
What to get: The heirloom bean puree with gourmet mushrooms and crispy pork belly are worth the walk.
Ella Dining Room & Bar
This Sacramento institution prides itself on promoting local farmers, ranchers, and food, and luckily they also have a happy hour where you can sample some of the goodies without breaking the bank.
What to get: There’s so much to choose from, from empanadas and sweet corn beignets, to baby back ribs and steak tartare.
Another great happy hour worth checking it is at Esquire Grill, where all the ingredients are fresh and local and the bar’s a great place to make new friends.
What to get: You can double-up on risotto fritters, deviled eggs and chicharrons (pork crackling) since all of these cost $5 or less.
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