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Your guide to greater Sacramento’s best dining and imbibing.

AUBURN

Auburn Ale House Brewery & Restaurant Brian and Lisa Ford opened this spot in 2007 in the iconic Shanghai Restaurant, embracing the building’s character and colorful history in the heart of historic Auburn. While enjoying their full gastro menu, patrons often can see Brian and his brewers making world-class beer in small batches, using only the finest malted barley and American-grown hops. With a collection of prestigious awards hanging on the wall, it’s easy to see why the Sac Bee says Auburn Alehouse is one of the region’s premier craft breweries. When possible, it sources fresh ingredients from local, organic farms. Its signature dishes include smoked pulled pork and ribs, fried pickles, and the famous cheese loaf. The great outdoor patio — where bands play in the summer — also is dog friendly. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. 289 Washington St.; 530-885-2537; Auburnalehouse.com; Find Auburn Alehouse on Facebook.

DAVIS

Davis Food Co-Op This 45-year-old, full-service food cooperative is owned and operated by more 9,000 local households. Ownership is optional; anyone can shop. In addition to offering great grocery and wellness items, shoppers will find aisles packed with plant-based alternatives, a sustainable seafood and butcher-serviced meat department, and a buzzing deli with delicious sandwiches, an all-organic salad bar, sushi (made in house daily), fresh entrées, an outstanding espresso bar, baked goods, and more. It’s consistently voted the best vegetarian eatery in Yolo County and has a vast selection of craft beer. The co-op even offers artisanal liquors and home-brewing supplies. Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 620 G St.; 530-758-2667; Davisfood.coop; Find Davis Food Co-op on Facebook.

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Davis, Covell location: Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 1414 E. Covell Blvd.; 530-750-3800; Davis, Mace location: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 409 Mace Blvd.; 530-753-6690; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

EL DORADO HILLS

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 4500 Post St.; 916-933-1433; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

ELK GROVE

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 7171 Elk Grove Blvd.; 916-226-2626; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

NEVADA CITY

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. This small-town restaurant offers tasty, made-from-scratch food created with the highest quality, local, organic ingredients. You’ll find wood-fired pizza, craft beer brewed on site, regional wines, hard cider, artisan breads and baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh drinks, loose leaf tea, and espresso. The menu changes each week based on what is available locally and in each season. Its owners aim to take care of the place they call home by being light on the land, keeping money in the local economy, and treating customers and community members with care and respect. Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun. 211 Commercial St.; 530-470-8333; Threeforksnc.com; Find Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. on Facebook.

ROSEVILLE

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 771 Pleasant Grove Blvd.; 916-746-7799; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

SACRAMENTO

CAP TAP This brewery and tasting room has combined a 20-tap craft beer bar with a craft beer bottle shop that features a stunning array of handpicked beers in all imaginable styles. Owners Kenny Hotchkiss and Patti Aguirre travel the country searching for the best in craft beer. You’ll find a fun, laid-back environment where you can watch sports on one of the high-definition TVs or sit outside on the dog-friendly patio while you sip a cold one. Visit the website for the tap menu, which changes daily. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – midnight Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. 2222 Fair Oaks Blvd.; 916-922-1745; Capitolbeer.com; Find Capitol Beer on Facebook.

Der Biergarten This is Midtown Sacramento’s spot to socialize over some great German beer and light German fare. Beer lovers will enjoy a twist on the traditional German beer garden. It’s authentically German in its extensive beer selection and light German food menu and has 32 beers on draft. It was the first business in Sacramento built from cargo containers, and the experience is 100 percent outdoors, so you may enjoy the great Sacramento weather by day and the stars by night. It is closed when it rains. In Midtown, at 24th and K streets; 916-346-4572; Beergardensacramento.com; Find Midtown BierGarten on Facebook.

Mulvaney’s B&L Owners and staff members at this fine-dining restaurant are leaders in the farm-to-table movement and are committed to bringing guests menus that are in sync with the Sacramento Region’s growing seasons. Diners enjoy great food, wine, and handcrafted cocktails, all with professional service and whimsical charm. Lunch 11:30 a.m. ­– 2 p.m. Tues. ­– Fri. Dinner 5 – 10 p.m. Tues. – Sat. 1215 19th St. Reservations: 916-441-6022. Events: 916-441-1771; Mulvaneysbl.com; Mulvaney’s Building & Loan on Facebook.

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 1040 Florin Road; 916-395-2875; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

River City Saloon This historic Old Sacramento district bar has a long and interesting history. In 1861, it was one of the original houses of ill repute, shortly after becoming Parker French’s Saloon, which was owned by Parker French, a colorful Old Sacramento newspaperman. In 2007, the saloon was remodeled to its original grandeur and renamed River City Saloon. It now is known for its Old West-saloon feeling, great deli-style sandwiches, and some of the best bloody marys in town. Open 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. 916 2nd St.; 916-443-6852; Therivercitysaloon.com; Find River City Saloon on Facebook.

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Situated in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the co-op opened its doors in 1972, and though the business has changed and evolved considerably since then — including a grocery store, cooking school, community learning center, and deli — its core goals have remained the same: Operate as a sustainable business that respects the natural environment, provide healthful products and information about healthy choices, conduct business ethically, and be owned and run by and for its members. At the deli, you’ll find seasonal, local, certified-organic foods that are wholesome, delicious, and freshly made daily in the kitchen. The co-op can accommodate a wide variety of dietary preferences, and the menu changes with the seasons. Choose from an organic salad bar, a hot buffet that changes daily, fresh salads, fair-trade organic coffee, and more. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 2820 R St.; 916-455-2667; Sacfood.coop; Find Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on Facebook.

VACAVILLE

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 130 Browns Valley Pkwy.; 707-469-6900; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

WEST SACRAMENTO

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. 2000 Town Center Plaza; 916-375-8700; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

WOODLAND

Nugget Markets Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is dedicated to providing guests with an extraordinary grocery experience, featuring organic, local, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, vegan, raw, dairy-free, fair-trade, low-sodium, sugar-free, imported, and heart-healthy options and a wide variety of fresh produce in the store and at the deli. Let Nugget do the cooking. At each of its 12 locations, a professional chef prepares an assortment of delicious foods, from sandwiches and soups to warm, ready-to-eat entrées and a wide array of side dishes. Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 157 Main St.; 530-662-5479; Nuggetmarket.com; Find Nugget Market on Facebook.

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