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If I ever move back to Sacramento, Old Fair Oaks is definitely the place to live.  If not for the American River bike trail, schools, and community, then definitely for its proximity to Sunflower Natural Foods restaurant. This is the best vegetarian and vegan lunch spot in Sacramento since 1978.

Today I ordered my usual: Super Avocado with Cheese.  But they also have delicious milkshakes, smoothies, burritos and a killer nutburger.  Everything on the menu comes with fresh garden goodies like sprouts, lettuce and tomato.  They also have a great selection for kids — grilled cheese, quesadillas, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Watch out little ones! Mom and dad might not be able to resist sneaking a bite when you aren’t looking.

It takes a long time to get your food here and unless you hover like a vulture you probably won’t get a table or a parking spot, but that is just a testament to how popular this place is.  It has never kept me from coming back.

Rooster at Sunflower Restaurant
10344 Fair Oaks Blvd

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I can’t work at the California State Fair for eight weeks and not do a post on all that greasy, deep-fried food I’ve been seeing and tasting.

Food I’ve tried:

Chocolate-dipped key lime pie
Chocolate-dipped banana
Fried green beans with chipotle mayo
Deep-fried zucchini
Deep-fried brownie

I don’t exactly have a stomach of steel, so I usually try just one bite. Everything I’ve tried has been tasty, especially the key lime pie. All the buzz this year though has been about the Big Rib- two pounds of marinated meat balanced precariously at the end of a bone which serves as a handle. I see whole families just pass this thing around, bite by bite, devouring the beast.

Beignet With Bananas

It may not be local, healthy, or gourmet, but fair food is tradition. It wouldn’t be the same here without it because sharing a meal with others is how we socialize and celebrate. Memories are created in the presence of food.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Chernyavsky / CBSSacramento.com

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