Today America celebrates National Night Out. Out and about are signs welcoming neighbors to enjoy a picnic in the parks and revel in the beginning of August as summer slowly draws to a close. If the sweltering heat is too much for picnicking and outside games, the destinations of Sacramento will not disappoint for those looking to celebrate indoors this evening. Our top ten destination restaurants to celebrate National Night Out embody the abundance and diverse culture of Sacramento through food and atmosphere.
- The Firehouse: The Firehouse has been an institution of Sacramento since 1853, when it was originally used as Sacramento's No. 3 Firehouse. The official opening day was in 1960, and has housed prestigious patrons and events such as Ronald Reagan's inaugural dinners. With produce from local farmers, the vintage American-style menu embodies the localized atmosphere of Old Sacramento.
- Railroad Fish and Chips: In this central Old Sac location, Railroad Fish and Chips makes for the perfect river side meal. With more than just your standard fish and chips, this restaurant provides an abundance of options for your seafood experience. With outside seating, the atmosphere of Railroad Fish and Chips integrates every guest into the riverside community.
- Fox and Goose Public House: This English experience is a product of West Yorkshire's original Fox and Goose, which has a history going back over two hundred years. Our own Sacramento location has been contributing to the community since its grand opening in 1975. With an abundance of draught beers from the United Kingdom and Ireland, this classic pub complements its English heritage with traditional dishes accompanied by American and vegetarian food. Live music and trivia nights are only some of the events that occur on regular basis to enliven the Midtown Sacramento community.
- Mother: A vegetarian restaurant, Mother allows you to go happily meat-free for your night out. With inspiration from southern American cooking, Mother plays on your rustic longings and need for simple delights. In the bustle of Downtown Sacramento, Mother is just one of the additions to the eclectic culture that gives Sacramento the innovative and diverse reputation it upholds today.
- Rick's Dessert Diner: After opening in 1986, Rick's has been the dessert destination in Sacramento. Now located in Midtown, this diner has become one of the most memorable restaurants to visit in the city. The menu includes a European-style menu with an abundance of cakes, cheesecakes, tortes, tarts, pies, cookies, pastries, and even more decadent creations. For a euphoria of sweetness and a family-friendly attitude, this is the place to be.
- The Coconut Midtown: If you are ready to expand your horizons from a standard American menu, The Coconut Midtown is the restaurant for you on National Night Out, or any night out! While this restaurant is relatively new to the veterans on this list, this institution has hit the ground running, becoming one of the top places to eat in Sacramento. From the creation of the original Thai Burger to the organic fresh rolls and cheese wontons, The Coconut Midtown has a delectable selection and lively atmosphere to satisfy all cravings.
- Selland's Market Café: This family-owned neighborhood restaurant is a staple of East Sacramento. Helping making Sacramento known for its farm to fork mindset, Selland's quality of food and company is always positive and welcoming. Each item is specially crafted for your foodie needs. With this café, there are sandwiches, salads, pizzas, full service bakery, and even a wine shop. In the restaurant, everyone comes for the food and stays for the company.
- 33rd Street Bistro: This restaurant has been a longtime favorite among locals since 1995. With a Pacific Northwest influence, the inspiration for the food comes from Executive Chef Fred Haines's travels to the states of Oregon and Washington. Whether you only want to sample the Oregon Bleu Cheese Salad or chow down on a Mt. Hood Panini, there is a variety of food for all audiences.
- Café Bernardo: Café Bernardo at the Pavilions stands out as one of the best places in the Arden-Arcade area to visit. This European-style restaurant offers a cultured atmosphere and delicious cuisine to boot. With an abundance of seating for both families and professionals, on National Night Out this is the place to take your children or just to grab a drink with friends. There is no way to go wrong when planning on eating here.
- 19 Handles Pub and Grill: This is the Arden-Arcade pub formerly known as the Kilt Pub. However, even with the change in name, this restaurant hasn't changed its superb quality of food. Offering a mix of classics from bangers and mash to fish and chips, the authenticity of this pub is hard to beat. From trivia every Monday with one pint a hint to "Pint Night" on Wednesday, 19 Handles is the place to be for your Scottish needs.
While this is Hackard Law's top ten for National Night Out, Sacramento has plenty of gems that are perfect for your summer nights. Enjoy your community time and your neighborly fun with Sacramento's vibrant city life.