(Last UPDATED 7/12/21) Description and review of Tower Cafe International Restaurant & Bakery, located in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento. NEW: Tower Cafe reopening! See UPDATE below.
Tower Cafe is a long-time favorite of Sacramentans – and for good reason. Opened since 1990, the restaurant serves a variety of cuisines for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Without fail, the breakfast and brunch crowd form long lines on weekend mornings. Thus, when my daughter and I were discussing restaurants to go for my mid-week birthday breakfast, Tower Cafe immediately came to mind.
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Tower Cafe shares a good-sized parking lot with the iconic Tower Theatre located adjacent to the restaurant, and we had no problem finding a parking spot when we arrived that weekday morning around 10:00 a.m.
See related blog post: Tower Theatre – Sacramento Landmarks
Entering the restaurant we seated ourselves at a table overlooking the beautiful outdoor patio. It was chilly outside, but a few hardy diners were seated on the patio next to portable heaters enjoying the garden-like setting.
I love dining al fresco at Tower Cafe – but it was much too chilly that morning for me. The trees, varied plants, flowers and fountains combine to form a delightful oasis of greenery.
The interior décor of Tower Cafe can best be described as eclectic. Works of art in a riot of color vie for space throughout. Everywhere you look there is something interesting to see. We were cheerfully greeted upon entering and we were soon sipping on our coffee while we looked over the menu.
My daughter ordered the Chilaquiles de Oaxaca. I waffled between ordering the Famous French Toast and the New Mexico Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, but the French toast won (this time). Since I was celebrating my birthday I also treated myself to a side of bacon.
- Chilaquiles de Oaxaca (crispy corn tortillas, smoky morita sauce, refried beans, jack cheese, onions, Cilantro, two over-medium eggs, sour cream, avocado and panela cheese) ($13.50)
- Famous French Toast (half-order/one slice of famous secret recipe custard-soaked French bread topped with in-house maple whipped butter) ($9), three strips Applewood Smoked Bacon ($4)
We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, staff checking in with us periodically to provide refills of coffee, etc.
The Chilaquiles de Oaxaca was a hit, but the portion was so large that a “to go” box was required. I very much enjoyed my French toast, but could not quite finish it. If you have had the French toast you know how rich it is. I did manage, however, to finish off the perfectly cooked bacon.
Tower Cafe is also known for their made-fresh daily pastries and baked goods, but I have never had room for dessert when I have dined there. That, however, has never stopped me from checking out the pastry case to admire the goodies on display. One of these days I will have to stop by Tower Cafe specifically for dessert.
(7/12/2021) After being closed for over a year due to COVID-19, Tower Cafe reopened today! Very good news indeed for all of us who enjoy both the food and atmosphere of the eclectic cafe!
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Tower Cafe Snapshot: (double-check days/hours of operation)
- 1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
- (916) 441-0222
- Hours: Sunday – Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Friday – Saturday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
- Breakfast: Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.); Brunch: Saturday – Sunday (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.); Lunch: Monday – Friday (11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.); Dinner: Sunday – Thursday (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) Friday – Saturday (4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor patio
- Parking: Good-sized parking lot shared with the Tower Theatre and street parking
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