(Last UPDATED 8/18/2021) Description and review of Cafe Plan B Midtown, a cute French bistro located Sacramento on 20th Street (between L Street and Capitol Avenue). NEW: Midtown Cafe Plan B closed.
Cafe Plan B Midtown doesn’t look like much from the outside – but don’t let that give you pause. The interior of the restaurant is a warm and attractive modern space – and the food speaks for itself.
A friend and I recently met at Cafe Plan B for lunch on a weekday. I arrived about 15 minutes early as I know that parking can be a challenge in Midtown Sacramento. I was lucky – and snagged a metered parking space right across the street from the restaurant. My friend, arriving right around noon, had a bit more difficulty parking and had to circle several times.
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We were the first patrons to arrive for lunch, and when we left after a leisurely lunch there were only four other people dining in the restaurant.
The restaurant is housed at the former site of Capitol Dawg – a well-loved hot dog purveyor. My friend pointed out to me that, in recognition of this prior association, Cafe Plan B has a hot dog (Merguez, Emmental, spicy Dijon) ($9.95) on their menu.
Note: The original Cafe Plan B is located in the Arden Town Center (Watt at Fair Oaks). The Sacramento Midtown location is an offshoot.
We started out with a glass of wine. My friend ordered a glass of Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc ($10) and I opted for the House White ($6.50). Once we heard the Tartelette Special appetizer described (goat cheese, prosciutto and fig) ($8.95) we knew that we had to order it as a starter. The tartelette was delish!
We both decided to order mussels, and to share a side order of pommes frites ($4.45). My friend ordered the Nantaise Mussels (butter, shallots, crème fraiche) and I ordered the Provencale Mussels (tomato, basil, garlic, herbes de provence). Both were $13.95.
We were very pleased with our choices – the sauces were beyond tasty. In fact, while we had previously declined the Acme bread ($1.45), we changed our minds as we wanted to soak up every last bit of sauce.
The service was friendly and attentive. The only issue we had was that the mussels were on the small side. We would have preferred medium sized mussels.
All in all it was a very good meal, and I look forward to going back and trying some of Cafe Plan B’s other wonderful sounding dishes.
(8/18/2021) While the Cafe Plan B Midtown has closed, the original restaurant remains open in the Arden Town Center.
(10/20/17) Cafe Plan B was honored as Best of Sacramento French Restaurant in the 2017 Sacramento Magazine Best of Sacramento survey.
(9/17/18) Broken link fixed. Snapshot added.
Cafe Plan B Midtown Snapshot:
1226 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 447-3300
- Street Parking
What has been your experience at Cafe Plan B in Midtown? In Arden? Do you have a favorite dish?
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