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Southside Sacramento featured in Sunset magazine

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Sacramento’s culinary scene has received another round of national press, this time coming from Sunset magazine. The piece, which appears in the September 2013 issue that’s on newstands now, focuses on the culinary and arts attractions surrounding downtown’s Southside Park. The article was penned by Kate Washington, a contributing writer at Sactown magazine among other publications.

The two-page spread defines “southside” as the neighborhood bordered by I-5 to the west and 12th St. to the east, and R St. and Highway 50 to the north and south, respectively. The story expands this border for the sake of including Hook & Ladder at 17th and S streets, but includes such true southside gems as Doughbot (10th St. between V & W streets) and the Sacramento Central Farmers Market, which occurs every Sunday under the freeway at 8th and W streets. Southside once included a bustling Japantown, and one of the few remaining businesses from that era is Osaka-Ya, the sanctuary of snow cones and mochi that’s a well deserved mention.

The feature shines a good spotlight on this neighborhood, so check it out at the local newsstand. We know space runs tight in the print world, and plenty more places could have been cherry picked for Sunset magazine. Here are some of our own southside picks:

* Shoki Ramen House (12th and R streets): Broths made from scratch and high attention to detail make these some of the best soups in all of Sacramento.

* Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (7th and T streets): Whether of not you’re a church-going foodie, look for tasty chicharrones, tamales and more sold outside the church after services. It’s the perfect way to fuel up for the Sunday famers market.

* Lam Kwong Market (12th and U streets): Guaranteed way to improve office morale: Pick up a dozen of the stuffed pork buns (baos) sold at this neighborhood Chinese market and share them with co-workers.

* June’s Cafe (9th and V streets): Japanese-American comfort foods at its finest, including mini mountains of fried rice, loco moco, chicken katsu and more. Heads-up: You will likely smell like grilled onions after eating at this humble diner, but it’s completely worth it.


* Sacramento's restaurant scene rolling with more recognition

* Doughbot competes on Cooking Channel tonight

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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