Not hipster-famous—yet

Illustration by Mark Stivers

So far, in my lifetime of travels around the country (and sometimes abroad) I've found that some people only know about Sacramento because of its NBA team, the Kings. Other people know about the Kings, but also still call it a “cow town.” Many Californians, at least, know that Sactown has a pretty good but under-the-radar food scene. And this Thursday, December 4, our humble city's getting some national recognition on an episode of a show called Carnival Eats—airing on Food Network, the Cooking Channel and Great American Country—in which host Noah Cappe visits the California State Fair. In the episode, he'll sample the fair's “spaghetti ice cream,” (ice cream shaped like spaghetti and topped with a strawberry sauce) and lobster corn dogs. Sacramento isn’t really a foodie destination—yet. But hopefully this exposure helps it at least seem more appealing to cable-watching hipster foodies. The episode premiers on Great American Country ( at 8 p.m.