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Readers offer picks of what’s missing from Sacramento’s food scene

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Sacramento’s thriving interest in food continues, as evidenced this Saturday by the record turnout for SactoMoFo 7. According to organizers, the mobile food festival drew between 10,000 and 12,000 attendees, which ranks SactoMoFo 7 as the largest food truck round-up seen in Sacramento.

But in the midst of this local food renaissance, Sunday’s “Nosh Pit” column focused on a few gaps in Sacramento’s otherwise robust scene. My picks for what’s currently missing in town, or what we could use more of:

* Artisanal bakeries

* Jewish delis

* A local equivalent of The Chairman Truck

* Mexican barbacoa

My Twitter feed was soon buzzing with more good suggestions. Here are a few of them:

And @VamosHugo also followed up with this great suggestion:

Other suggestions received via e-mail and otherwise included:

* Cuban restaurants

* Vegetarian Mexican a la Gracias Madre in San Francisco

* Burmese food in the style of the Bay Area’s Burma Superstar

* Filipino food

* A Japanese-style yakitori house (though the city of Davis apparently has one coming soon)

* A steakhouse in the Portuguese/Brazilain style of churrascaria

* A soda jerk

Hungry yet?

We’ll see if any restaurateurs and investor types decide to give any of these concepts a shot. But thanks to all for sending the suggestions and offering more food for thought.

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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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