New from American Palate West: Lost Sacramento Eateries

Frank Fat’s banana cream pie, fettuccine with asparagus and mushroom from Americo’s, and Merlino’s Orange Freeze present a taste of who we were and are.

History Press West is delighted to announce a new American Palate title from authors Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns featuring delicious stories from Sacramento’s historic eateries. As the authors write in their introduction:

“Sacramento’s long history of eating out, ranges from crab shacks and oyster palaces along the river, peanut butter and steak in the Delta, to dozens of Asian eateries running the length of Little Saigon off Stockton Boulevard.”

Center for Sacramento History.

“Sacramento, with its rich stew of hard-working immigrants, became, early on, a major crossroads for food, wine, beer, and other agricultural products that flowed to the nation and the world. We provided the finest American restaurants with caviar from Sacramento River sturgeon. Our canneries, food manufacturers, and bottlers produced Sacramento Tomato Juice, Libby’s Peaches, Campbell’s Soup, Kraft cheese, Coca-Cola, Hostess CupCake, and Wonder Bread and sent it off by rail, sea, or roadway to towns small and large. A&W Root Beer popularized drive-ins, carhops, and fast-food franchising. Shakey’s gave us a hankering for pizza.

Featuring stories from Sacramento’s favorite saloons, greasy spoons, and neon-lit drive-ins, Lost Restaurants of Sacramento & Their Recipes captures fading memories of iconic restaurants and food traditions from 150 years of dining out in the capital city, including Maleville’s Coral Reef, the Rosemount Grill, and Hart’s Cafeteria.

Challenge your knowledge of local food history with this quiz, published in the Sacramento Bee.

Lost Restaurants of Sacramento & Their Recipes by Maryellen Burns & Keith Burns

Lost Restaurants of Sacramento & Their Recipes by Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns is available from the History Press and Sacramento retailers.

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