My all time, hands down, favorite brunch place in Sacramento would have to be Rio City. If you haven’t been there before, you’re missing out big time. The view, the food and the $12 bottomless mimosa – you just can’t go wrong.
Whenever I visit back home, I try to make a day where I spend time with each and one of my family member. We’re all grown up and live on our own, so I do enjoy every moment I spend with them, especially when we are all together. I’m still reminiscing how great Christmas was. I asked my siblings to come out and join me for brunch, and without hesitation, they said yes.
Rio City is located in Old Sacramento. For those who doesn’t know what Old Sacramento is, it’s a 28 acre site historic land that has early Gold Rush commercial structures that contains plenty of shopping, eating and entertaining.
The restaurant itself sits between the train tracks and the Sacramento river. What I do love the most about Rio City are the patio seatings that faces the Sacramento River.
I came here numerous times, and I have tried different entrees, but my favorite would have to be their Eggs Benedict. The eggs benedict itself isn’t so out of the ordinary, by far, the favorite place I ever had it was at Bill’s Cafe and I’m disappointed that I haven’t been there since the only time I’ve ever been there. I must pay a visit & write a blog post about that soon!
Anyways, Rio City’s eggs benedict is delicious nonetheless… especially with their to-die-for breakfast potatoes. Super crispy and tasteful!
That with some bottomless mimosa = heaven. Anything with bottomless mimosa = heaven.
Their crab melt which consists of Blue Crab, Cheddar and Swiss Cheeses on a Baguette, sliced Avocado, Coleslaw and Rosemary Fries. I don’t remember it being spectacular since I don’t remember how it taste like, but I do remember that I didn’t hate it. Maybe if they served it with the side of breakfast potatoes instead of rosemary fries, I would’ve remembered how it tasted like 😉
I was definitely a big fan of the seared ahi tuna, mango salsa, passion fruit vinaigrette, over rice. I love the combination of the seared ahi tuna with the dressing and mango salsa. Sounds like a dish that’s doing too much, but it was just doing right. The ahi tuna melts right away in your mouth like an ice cream on a hot day. The only thing I didn’t like was the rice. And of course me being Asian, I couldn’t help but to wonder how can one mess up on making rice? Oh who am I kidding, I mess up a lot on making rice >.< But truthfully, the rice was hard and *shake my head*.
I was not a big fan of their Huevos Rancheros which has a fried egg, bacon, corn tortilla crisps, cheese, pork salsa verde sauce, avocado, sour cream, with spanish rice and black beans. I believe it was because I’m not a big fan of some of the ingredients which includes bacon and corn tortilla crisps. The combination just didn’t do it for me, but my sister seems to enjoy it, beside the fried eggs – she hates runny eggs.
The all natural American Kobe blend burger was good. Not the best, but not the worst. It was juicy and I’d take any burgers with garlic rosemary aioli on a brioche bun.
This place is also kids friendly. I always see family with kids here. They have a variety of selection of kid’s food and crayons/kids drawing menu.
One of the previous times I came here, Jake ordered the Salmon BLT. Something out of the ordinary and it was good, real good… but I enjoy eggs benedict more. I don’t have a decent photo of it, but here is a great photo of our entrees from that day with our view.
As you can tell, the food isn’t the best here, but it definitely doesn’t disappoint. And the reason why it’s my favorite brunch place in Sacramento, is simply because of the environment. I love the view, the kind staff members, and the location. It’s not often do I go visit Old Sacramento, so when I do, I do like to explore around.
Speaking of exploring around, I found this small candy store that had Gelato ice cream bar. Please tell me I’m not the only one that’s amazed by this! I have never, ever, seen gelato served as an ice cream bar before. I believe I got the coffee flavor. I believe the ice cream has been in the freezer for quite some time now since it had freezer burn all over it, but it was still good.
I also stumbled across this map inside a donut store (I believe). It was a world map with pins all over it stating “where in this world are you from” and I find that beautiful. Just beautiful. All these people in the world, and we were once standing in the same spot. With that being said, I would LOVE to visit all the places the pins are on.
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