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Tower Cafe – Restaurant Review

Written By: Lola Grey - Jan• 15•11

Atmosphere:  From the minute you walk up to Tower Café you’ll be entertained by the ELABORATE décor.  It is always bustling and there is no room to wait inside so enjoy the fresh air and your view of the historical Tower Theater.  In the winter months there is a large tent with heaters for you and your fellow patrons to cozy up in.  Don’t forget the coffee!  Tower Cafe has a table set up outside with fresh pot of joe so help yourself!  As you walk inside you will see, this is not your average café.  There are statues, paintings, carvings, lanterns, the most elaborately beautiful bouquets you’ll ever see and that’s just to start!  The café has a whimsical feel of a tourist’s trinket shop.  With all the drama you would expect from an owner who is a former film maker.  The staff is warm and friendly; they wear their own clothes and have their own style. Your job is to kick back, take a few photos and order up some great food.  If you are in the neighborhood in the warmer months be sure request a table on the patio.  This patio is really more of a garden with occasional fountains, carvings, and lots of wild vegetation!! You couldn’t pick a better spot for dessert and wine with a close friend 🙂  Tower Café is a family friendly, wildly entertaining venue that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

TOWER CAFÉ (International restaurant and bakery) 

Neighborhood:  Land Park, Downtown Sacramento, CA

Land Park is the major city park in Sacramento.  This area is well known for a few key landmarks and tower café is surely one of them.  You can journey to “funderland” and “fairytale town” which have rides and fairytale adventures for small children (or those that think they areJ ).  You can take a walk on the wild side at the Sacramento zoo or venture to Vic’s ice cream.  Vic’s was founded in 1947 and will take you back in time with its early 50’s feel.  It has been a favorite of many Sacramento politicians over the years so you really never know who you might meet! 

Last but not least I would like to take you to Tower Café, located in the old Tower Theater building.  This little corner of Sacramento is really a piece of history. Opening in 1938, the Tower Theatre is Sacramento’s oldest remaining, continuously running picture palace. It’s old world, vintage ambiance is now the downtown hub for a small selection of indie movies that you can’t find anywhere else around town.  It is also where the founder of Tower Records, Russ Solomon, starting selling records out of his father’s drug store located in the retail shops attached to the theater.  In time the drug store closed and the lease was acquired by former filmmaker James Seyman who gives us Tower Café….

Price range: $$ ($10-$25)

Dress code:  You’ll be among the down town hipsters so wear your favorite vintage threads or better yet “who cares what anyone thinks”.

Cuisine:  American, bakery, international (best known for their award winning brunch)

Editorial profile: Tower Café is a “worldly fusion eatery” opened on Earth Day 1990 with the mission of bring a city of diversity and experiences under one roof.  Surly owner James Seyman couldn’t have done it better!  The menu is remarkably diverse, serving everything from French toast to Thai steak.  The most amazing part about the wide array of dishes is how well each one of them is made.  Incredible flavor, fresh fruit, rich sauces and crisp veggies will delight your palate.  They are renowned for their outstanding brunch, which you can engage in on Sat or Sun till the late hour of 2pm.  Enjoy a morning toast with a mimosa and crapes that give Champs-Élysées a run for its money.  Tower Café also serves lunch and dinner that are just as diverse and enjoyable with a rotation of seasonal favorites.  This is the kind of place that keeps you coming back for that dish you still need to try.  Just when you thought you had tried it all… intro Pastry Chef Louise Mastrietti.  Louise’s pastries are made fresh daily and look as good as they taste.  There are traditional favorites like German chocolate cake, new ideas like lime cashew tart, and original looks like the yen and yang chocolate cheese cake.  She will even be glad to make a whole cake for you with courtesy of a 24hr notice.

Voted Best Breakfast and Best Sunday Brunch in the 2009 Sacramento magazine readers’ poll. 

Voted Best Outdoor Dining and Best Breakfast in the 2008 Sacramento News & Review readers’ poll

Special features:  Post cards featuring the unique décor and historical location of Tower Café are available for 50 cents, fun for the tourist in all of us.

Menu:

http://www.towercafe.com/Breakfast%20’11.pdf 

http://www.towercafe.com/Brunch’11.pdf

http://www.towercafe.com/Lunch%2011.pdf

http://www.towercafe.com/Dinner%2011.pdf

Recommended dishes:  Tower Café’s secret recipe has won”Best French Toast” several years in a row.  For lunch or dinner try the Thai steak salad.

Alcohol: Wine, beer, homemade sangria, soju, and a small mixed drink list.

Corkage fee:  N/A

Reservations:  They work on a first come first serve basis so give yourself some time.  I recommend grabbing a drink from the bar and enjoying your wait outside the cafe.  The only reservations available are for parties 6 or more from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch.  Friday dinner through Sunday brunch is excluded.

Insider tips1/2 price on selected bottles of wine every Monday.  $2 draft pints every Tuesday.

Payment methods accepted:  All major credit cards and cash

Hours:  Monday – Thursday: 8am-11pm (desserts and drinks 10pm-11pm)

            Friday – Saturday: 7am-12am (desserts and drinks 10pm-11pm)

            Sunday: 7am-11pm (desserts and drinks 10pm-11pm)

Address:  1518 Broadway

               Sacramento, CA.  95818

Parking: Private Lot

Website:  http://www.towercafe.com/

Email:  http://www.towercafe.com/TowerContact.htm

Phone number: 916-441-0222

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