The national food publication Eater named midtown Sacramento's Localis one of California's 38 essential restaurants in a list published Wednesday.
Eater Sacramento correspondent Stephanie Stiavetti picked Localis in part because of its harissa-smeared octopus served with peaches and summer squash, and praised executive chef and owner Chris Barnum-Dann’s use of regional ingredients in small plates.
"Cooking with local ingredients at their freshest is no longer on its own a revolutionary act, but it carries extra significance in this part of the San Joaquin Valley — the agricultural heart of the state that feeds the nation," Stiavetti wrote. "Barnum-Dann understands this, and runs the kitchen every night with the singular goal of creating innovative plates powered by just-picked produce and incendiary flavor."
Localis joined more famous eateries on Eater's list such as San Francisco's Swan Oyster Depot and Park's Barbecue in Los Angeles — the latter being the recently deceased Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurant in the city.
Localis, at 2031 S St., was the only Central Valley restaurant included in the list, though another article in Eater's "Essential Guide to Eating California" highlighted some of the area's best Mexican food.
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