Local Flavor

February 11, 2014

Last Wednesday we were invited by Visit Sacramento and Local Roots Food Tours to experience the new Urban Art, Food and Libations walking tour through Midtown, Sacramento. To support the launch of this new tour, Rebecca and I were actually encouraged to Instagram our food (yay!) – we think we made some of our followers jealous hungry!

This wasn’t our first food tour with Local Roots, back in October our team bought us a tour in Murphy’s, CA. We spent the day enjoying the local purveyors, craft wine and hearing ghost stories in this little historic, gold mining town. It was such a fantastic day!

localroots_1Lowbrau knows beer & sausage

This time around, our captivating and highly knowledgeable tour guide was Joelle Wirth. She met our power-Instagram user team at 20th and J streets in Midtown to kick off the tour. For the next 3 hours we experienced the Midtown food scene in a surprisingly new way. Our stops included LowBrau, Ficklin-Wilcox Wine Tasting Room & Kitchen Store, Tamaya Sushi, Thai Basil, Plum Café, and Kupros Bistro. We didn’t get to pop in but saw a mom & pop coffee roaster who specialize in Fair Trade (and Rebecca and I thought we knew EVERY coffee roaster in town, sheesh) – check out Pachamama. Each stop welcomed us with their expertise, atmosphere and food. What make Local Roots so unique is not the well-choreographed stops, but their incredibly rich knowledge of the area, history and community.


Ficklin-Wilcox  //  Rebecca & Roshaun dig in

localroots_3Few and Far mural  // Love Pachamama’s entrance

We loved that this tour brought in art appreciation as well. We walked alleys and saw street art that blew our minds–partly for its beauty, but also because we had no idea these works were tucked away with little notice in our everyday lives. Capital Stage also opened its doors to us for a private tour of their freshly painted set and some insight into the amazing work they’re doing there. We’ll definitely be back for a performance.

So locals take this tour, it’s not just for tourists! However, this might be our new go-to activity when out-of-town visitors come for Sacramento stay.


an artist stop  // poutine & sprouts by Kupros Bistro

Tips for the Tour

  1. Come hungry. We love that Local Roots is partnering with restaurants who want to give you more than just a taste. Everything is a nice small plate (multiple that by 6 stops)
  2. Ask questions. The chefs and owners are incredibly gracious hosts to Local Roots, they are eager to share their food philosophies and just how they got to where they are.
  3. Dress comfortably.  We said a 3 hour walking tour right? We didn’t necessarily walk for miles, but be smart, be fashionable, wear layers and get out some comfy kicks.


Check #localrootsfoodtours to see everyone’s amazing images and be sure to follow @visitsacramento and @localrootsfoodtours on Insta! They’re doing a lot to showcase Sacramento’s many charms.