The bun is just one part of what makes this sausage sandwich so good

Sausage sandwich at Nido
Sausage sandwich at Nido

Nido could be called Magpie’s charming little sibling except the homey cafe deserves to be recognized on its own. It remains a low-key oasis on the bustling R Street corridor where big, bold food statements are all the rage. Specializing in seasonal “new American eats,” the cafe currently features a fabulous house-made sausage sandwich. A thick soft-pretzel bun perfectly cradles the sausage, which is made with hops from Kingbird Farms. You’ll likely end up eating it with a knife and fork since it’s really too formidable to stuff in your mouth. Kale salad with pecans, cranberries and a brisk apple cider vinaigrette accompanies the sandwich, as do house-made pickles, both dill and sweet.

$10.50, Nido (1409 R St., Sacramento), 916-668-7594,

Marcus Crowder