If you find yourself craving warm, comforting wintry fare as the temperatures slowly drop, be sure to check out some of Sacramento’s local bistros. A bistro, traditionally, is a small restaurant that serves modest fare in a relaxed environment. The idea may have begun in France, but today many American bistros have made the idea all their own. Locally, many Sacramento bistros thrive on local produce that changes with the season. Here’s a look at three excellent places to enjoy an autumn meal:
The Press Bistro: This elegant European-style eatery is located in Downtown Sacramento just across from the Capitol. These days, they are busy serving up dishes like an appetizer of pork cheeks, parsnip-pear puree, and grilled figs. What more could you ask for? How about a dish of butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce? You don’t have to wait till Thanksgiving for a slice of pecan pie – they serve theirs with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon cream sauce.
Tuli Bistro: Tuli’s strength lies in the integrity of its locally sourced ingredients. Just take a look at a sample menu (which changes daily) and you will get an eyeful of wonderful local produce. Last week, Runner Cannellini Beans, Siberian Kale, Purple Potatoes, Pickled Watermelon Radishes, Pea Shoots, Fava Beans, and Red Belgian Endive all made an appearance on the menu within a matter of days. It’s not all about vegetables though – the menu also boasts lots of hearty dishes like house-made pasta, wood-roasted sustainable meats, and desserts like Banana Creme Pie.
Formoli’s Bistro: Comfort food is the name of the game here. Try the Whiskey Burger, a signature burger where mixing the beef with – yes- whiskey keeps the meat moist while cheddar cheese melts temptingly over the top. If you haven’t tried the popular Canadian import called Poutine yet, you’ll have your chance here to experience French fries topped with a Brie cream sauce, short rib gravy and fried pork belly.