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.
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* 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.
FROM THE BEE