Squeeze In (As seen on Diners Drive-Ins & Dive!)
Device Brewing Company (Kid Friendly, Dog Friendly, Outside Food Welcome)
Rubicon Brewing Company (Award-Winning Fine Ales)
Rick’s Dessert Diner (Sacramento’s Premier Dessert Destination)
I survived the 7 hour drive home from Sacramento without getting car sick! It actually wasn’t that bad and could have been way worse. We only hit traffic on our last stretch on the 5 freeway before heading onto the 126. We also stopped by In N Out, which makes any car ride worth it. We switched Pandora stations 1,000 times, and some of those stations included, Thomas Rhett, Alanis Morissette, Gavin Degraw, Nashville Cast, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, 90s pop, and Frosty The Snowman. We had to rock out to some Christmas tunes!
Sacramento is a great city, filled with yummy food! It’s in a great location centrally located and easy to get to a lot of places in California. It’s about 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco, an hour from Lake Tahoe, 2-1/2 hours from Yosemite National Park, and the list goes on! We went on a nice walk by the river Thanksgiving day before our cooking and eating festivities began, went to the outskirts of South Lake Tahoe for a snow day a different day, and explored the city the other day. Our day of exploring included visiting the State Capitol, and stuffing our faces with yummy food and beer! If you are ever in Sacramento, I recommend trying some of these places!
I was so excited to discover that Squeeze In was located in Sacramento! I remember seeing a burger that had melted cheese all around it, that they called a “cheese skirt”, on the Food Network Channel, but I had no idea it was in Sacramento! You guys should have seen how excited I got. I even watched the little Food Network clip on my phone after ordering my food. You can view it here on their website. There are various locations through out Northern California, but the one where the show was filmed was one of the locations in Sacramento. That specific location is now closed, but they still have about 3 other locations in Sacramento and a food truck. We went to the one walking distance from the State Capitol. I ordered their “smaller hamburger” which was a perfect size! I took a few bites with the bread, just so I could try what their burger with the works tastes like, and then I ate the rest with using my cheese skirt as the bread. Even by breaking up the cheese around the burger and using it as my bun, there was still hot crispy cheese left on my plate after I was done. Don’t feel like you have to eat all the cheese, it is a lot! Oh, and don’t take your order to go! The cheese will get all soggy, so you won’t get the whole Squueze In hot, melty, crispy, cheese skirt effect!
Device Brewing Company was walking distance from my Aunt’s house, which worked out perfect because their dog needed a walk, and so did we after our Squeeze In burger! They are a local brewery that offers delicious beers on tap to taste and enjoy. You’re able to ask for a sample of some of the beers, before ordering your glass of beer, or even if you are just going to get a few tasting glasses. Their tasting glasses are 4oz and $2.00 a glass. We all ordered their sample platter, with 4 different types of beer. We hung out there for a few hours sipping beer, and finishing up our crazy game of Phase 10 that we had started on Thanksgiving evening. If you are looking for a place to just hang for a few hours and try locally brewed beer, this is the place!
After we enjoyed our nice cold walk home from Device Brewing Company, we Ubered to our next new adventure, dinner and more beer tasting at Rubicon Brewing Company! I was disappointed by this breweries ambiance, it reminded us all of an old pizza parlor, but their beer and yummy food made up for it. I was actually not in the mood for anymore beer, so I ordered a glass of wine, but everyone else did another beer tasting. They said the beer was good, so I believe them. After my Squeeze In burger and beer from earlier in the day, I decided a salad was what I needed to order for dinner. The salad I ordered was a similar one that I make at home, and it was so good! It was their Spinach Salad, with Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese, tossed with a balsamic vinigarete. One of my favorite things about this salad was the candied walnuts! They weren’t plain walnuts, they were candied! Which added a nice sweet flavor that paired nicely with the savory part of the salad, the blackened chicken I added to it. The traditional salad with apples, cranberries, and nuts, is a salad that a lot of restaurants have on their menu, however, it’s surprisingly hard to come across a good one! This one was delicous! I wish this place was in my hometown!
So, what do we need after stuffing our faces with beer and food all day? Dessert, Duh! There just happened to be a well-known Dessert Diner walking distance from our dinner place, called Rick’s Dessert Diner. This was also another place that kept popping up on my Pinterest, when I was searching for places to eat in Sacramento. Whatever dessert you will be wanting or craving, they would have! Ice cream, shakes, pies, cakes, coffee, hot chocolate, and brownies! They have a huge pastry case that displays all of their pies and cakes. They have so many to choose from, it makes it extremely difficult to order. I really wanted ice cream, because I am always craving ice cream, but I decided it would be better for me to try one of their baked goods that they are known for. My husband and I shared a piece of the berry cheesecake. One of the best cheesecakes I have tasted! Expect this place to be crowded when you go, possibly even a line forming out the door. And keep your eyes open for table, they go quick!