Urban Art, food and Libations Tour
Price: $68 (you can usually find half off tickets at Goldstar.com, where I got mine).
The Urban Art, Food and Libations tour takes you through several restuarants and and past wall murals in Mid Town Sacramento. Several years ago, a movement started to add more art to various buildings and allyways in the midtown area and during the tour you visit probably a good dozen or so, as well as half a dozen local restuarants.
The tour is hosted by Local Roots Food tours, which also has the Origins of Sacramento Food and Cultural Tour, which I went on last year.
The first stop of the day was at Low Brau
Where they plied us with duck fat fries, sausages in pretzel buns and booze.
We even got to sneak over to Block Butcher Bar where they showed off their decaptitated animal heads and cheese.
Next was Ficklin and Wilcox, the libations part of the tour, where I discovered that I happen to like Port.
Ahh, crap, they’ve got a chocolate one. That’s dangerous.
A brief stop in at Pachamama Modtown Roastery to try some of the coffee and get a peak at the roaster. Also, I was impressed with the bathroom.
The first wall art, “Few and Far” and all ladies project.
The Capital Stage which paints its upcoming season on its outside wall.
The Sugar Shack clothing store.
Next up was Thai Basil and their Drunken Noodles. Very tasty, though a bit too spicy me (I’m a wuss).
Mural honoring the late, great Alhambra Theater.
Various street murals.
The last one had a neato bit of “secret” art. And yes, it is an H. R. Grieger homage, so don’t be surprised by the phallic references.
BBQ at the Sticky Gator. I’m not a huge BBQ fan but those grits were very yummy.
Smaller, but no less impressive art.
A few pieces on private homes, instead of businesses.
A very large collective piece.
I really liked this giant metal peacock.
And our final stop was at Ginger Elizabeth for a kinda of macaroon ice cream sandwich thingy. The jam on it was fantastic.
Awesome-O-Meter: 3 1/2 Awesomes. While I did definitely enjoy the Urban Art, Food and Libations tour, I don’t think I liked the food on it quite as much as their Origins tour. While I was very aware that the food options changed fairly often, I was a bit sad that we didn’t get the Charcuterie board (that thing looked amazing). Still, I had a great time and it was well worth the money, introducing me to both new restaurants to check out and new foods and drinks that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Getting a nice history of the midtown murals was also fun.