Food for less

Illustration by SERENE LUSANO

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are over, stress levels have lowered and Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is about to begin. Finally, you can get around to trying some of Sacramento’s most highly regarded restaurants without footing an enormous bill: three courses cost $35 at 30 participating restaurants January 7-16. Think along the lines of Biba, Brasserie Capitale, Empress Tavern, the Firehouse Restaurant, Grange Restaurant & Bar and other fancy spots. Not all menus have been created yet, but among those that are already online, Localis looks like a great bet. They’ll serve beets—cooked many ways—with goat cheese mousse, braised beef cheeks with farro and a seasonal dessert. Vegetarians should look to Ella Dining Room & Bar, which will once again offer a veg-friendly menu with a truffle-laden, handmade pasta option. Check out the full restaurant list, menus and other details at