More to sip
Community cafe: The owners of Fluid Espresso Bar (1230 N Street) expanded into south Land Park with Barrio (1188 35th Avenue). Barrio, which used to be a Brick Oven Pizza and now houses the bakery for both cafes—a much larger space that will ultimately allow for more offerings.
Already, Fluid and Barrio offer creative pastries, including matcha custard croissants, maple bacon scones, samosa empanadas and the popular Best Thing Ever, a croissant-cinnamon roll hybrid. Beverages, like cardamom lattes and horchata with espresso, follow suit.
Barrio currently shuts its doors at 4 p.m., but an A-frame outside suggests wine, beer and live music in the future.
Boba and treats: Sacramento’s pearl tea scene keeps growing, with the most action bubbling up in south Sacramento and Natomas.
The first local i-Tea (6461 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 4), a Taiwanese chain with a bunch of Bay Area locations, opened in Little Saigon. It offers a huge variety of teas—and a very notable mango sago drink ($4.95)—as well as an unusually large food menu. There are six types of ramen ($9.99-$11.99) and many snacks for $5.50, such as spicy chicken feet, takoyaki, basil popcorn chicken and okonomiyaki on a stick.
Popular Taiwanese chain ShareTea entered the Sacramento region last year with a spot in downtown Davis. Now, there’s another one in Natomas (3581 Truxel Road, Suite 1). In addition to the usual assortment of teas and creamas, this location offers ShareTea’s new TorDas, hockey puck-sized pastries with one of three fillings for $4.95. There’s black tea custard with tapioca pearls, custard with red beans and a mix of tuna, cheese and mustard.
For something decidedly more sweet, D-Cup Tea House (3000 Freeport Boulevard, Suite 4) recently opened in Curtis Park. Unlike most boba tea shops, D-Cup offers just a few tea options in a traditional, foam-topped or “cake milk” style. For the latter, tea sits on top of a layer of crust-less cheesecake.
There are also a few desserts to enjoy in the bright pink, adorable space, stocked with a rainbow of funky furniture and Chinese games. In addition to shaved snow, there’s crème brûlée, ginger milk pudding and the showstopper sure to plague Instagram for months: the green tea mille crepe ($5.95). The classic French dessert consists of 20 stacked crepes layered with cream, and in this case, flavored with bright green matcha.