Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

Many Bay Area folks look upon Sacramento with scorn, seeing it as a featureless patch of sprawl located a bladder away from Tahoe. We know better, but the criticism hurts, and we kick the dog by mocking our smaller cousins, such as Marysville. But Marysville, though not the kind of place that would spawn a song by Tony Bennett, has its places to see, such as The Brick Coffee House Café. Located in the city’s 19th-century downtown core, The Brick offers tasty house-baked goods, such as a $2 brownie the size of a kitchen tile and delicate muffins that change daily. Breakfast includes fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy, and lunch centers on wholesome soups, sandwiches and salads. Drop in Thursday for open-mic, or Friday for a predominantly folkie menu of top regional and national artists. The Brick is all right, and so is the town in which it sits. 316 D Street in Marysville, (530) 743-5283,