The healing power of good eating

In her book The Invention of the Restaurant, European historian Rebecca Spang traces modern restaurants back to Parisian Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau, who opened an establishment in 1766 and claimed to serve “only those foods that either maintain or re-establish health.”

While it could be argued that today’s restaurants hardly serve foods that “maintain health,” it is hard to dispute the restorative power of dining out. Restaurants are a staple in our social habits, often a source of relaxation, reprieve and romance. Whether we want a night free from cooking, an excuse to catch up with old friends, or a place to woo a prospective lover, the restaurant can deliver.

Fortunately, Sacramento contains enough restaurants to fit any circumstance or mood. From low-budget, cafeteria-style comfort food to gourmet, prix-fixe feasts, you can find it without venturing out of our flat little valley.

If you’re not sure where to find the healing power of good eating, SN&R’s 11th Annual Chow Guide to Sacramento dining can help. It might look like a mere directory of Sacramento restaurants on the outside, but on the inside it could be your key to health, happiness, or at least a satisfying meal.

Chow Listings

Chow Map

Project Manager: Christina Rose
Writer: Alexis Raymond
Cover Photo: Jill Wagner
Copy Editor: Nicholas Miller
Art Director: Tim Towles