Best excuse to take an early lunch: Brisket sandwich at Jamie’s Broadway Grille

Best of Sacramento 2013 writer’s pick

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Jamie Bunnell’s weekday-only hidden gem has been featured regularly in print and on a 2008 episode of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Jamie’s only smokes enough meat to serve about 20 orders, which seldom lasts past the lunch hour. And, true to the hype, the brisket is deliciously succulent and smothered in a secret homemade barbecue sauce, which delivers a coffee- and cayenne-infused kick. Make sure to arrive before noon to ensure your brisket doesn’t go to someone else. 427 Broadway, (916) 442-4044,