Red meat in the black

Photo By mark stivers

Home prices are tumbling and everyone seems furloughed or out of work. But there is one bright spot in the local economy: Nationwide Freezer Meats (1930 H Street) has dropped the prices of its burgers by a hefty 25 percent. This is nominally due to the eatery’s 40th anniversary, but Nationwide’s owner John Gonzales says that “the economy’s bad, so [the discount] will continue until it stops. How long? We don’t know.” This deal puts the price of a ground Frenchburger at a reasonable $4.99. And the burger is still the best in Sacramento: The bun is superb—crispy and buttery, and the condiments are utter perfection (so long as you dig old-fashioned, pink special sauce). Nationwide grinds the meat in house using USDA choice beef from Harris Ranch. And the thick-cut jacketed fries polarize Sacramentans quicker than a debate about firefighter salaries, but at least this price cut will stop the Yelpers from yapping about how Nationwide’s too “spendy.”