806 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-442-7092
The best part of bringing newcomers here is the surprise factor. Opened in 1939, Frank Fat’s is a household name in Sacramento, but even after more than 70 years, there’s still an air of mystery, and perhaps a bit of intimidation, for the uninitiated. Alone on its block, the entrance exudes a private-club aura. But once first-timers are inside, they instantly feel at home, thanks primarily to the friendly, old-school service. It’s also a longtime haunt for many of the Capitol’s power brokers, including Governor Brown. As soon as you try the deservedly celebrated honey walnut prawns, the insanely good salt and pepper calamari (or shrimp) or the New York steak (all served on heated plates, a nice touch), you’ll quickly realize there’s actually a reason this is the longest-running fine-dining restaurant in the city. And don’t forget a slice of the famed banana cream pie (or delicious chocolate cream, too).