La Bonne Soupe Cafe
920 8th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-779-9754
True to its name, this pocket-sized sliver of Paris serves up an inventive yet unpretentious menu of soups and sandwiches for downtown’s hungry lunchtime crowds. Chef Edward Stoddard—a New York native who took over this downtown cafe in 2010 from celebrated French chef Daniel Pont (who has since opened Chez Daniel in Folsom)—makes all of his five daily soups from scratch, including the classic French onion (a robust blend of chicken and veal stocks, 20 onions and a bottle of sherry) and seasonal additions like this summer’s watermelon gazpacho. The sandwiches range from rich (duck confit with caramelized onions and brie) to light (a veggie sando with goat cheese and house-made nut-free pesto). Allow a little time to survey the charming décor while you’re there, which includes a mural of a Parisian cityscape by Rocklin-based artist Elizabeth Fernandez.
Offering: Outdoor Seating