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#1 June the Coach Rider

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 02:34 PM

I will have a layover in Sacramento from the southbound CS to the eastbound CZ in the morning, I know there is a long walk from the train to the station, so I will be using red cap or whatever it is they have there, but I was wondering where there is a good place for breakfast as I have about 4 hours as long as the CS is on time.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

I will have a layover in Sacramento from the southbound CS to the eastbound CZ in the morning, I know there is a long walk from the train to the station, so I will be using red cap or whatever it is they have there, but I was wondering where there is a good place for breakfast as I have about 4 hours as long as the CS is on time.

June what I do is continue the CS portion on to Martinez (MTZ). That way, I can eat breakfast on the train. The train drops you off right next to the station! Very little walking & gives you much more train time with a lot less layover!!!!


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:43 PM

If you do want to connect in SAC, go out the front door and turn left. In the same lot as the station in the far end of the next building (less than 1 block) - unless they closed or moved - is a Starbucks!
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:54 PM

Or, at Sacramento, you can walk two blocks south from the front door of the station to the K Street Pedestrian Mall, which has lots of restaurants and an indoor food court.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 04:24 PM

But I doubt they're open at 6 am (when the CS arrives). The OP is departing on the CZ about 10 am.
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:08 PM

There is a Perko's across the street in front of the Vagabond Inn. It used to be Denny's.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:13 PM

I just looked on the Delta King site, and they start serving breakfast at 7am in the Pilothouse. Just a short taxi ride and you'd be enjoying a great breakfast while watching the early morning activities along the river. We've eaten breakfast there, and they have a good menu.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:38 PM

What day of the week would you be coming through?  The problem with downtown Sacramento is that the restaurants generally speaking cater to the state worker breakfast/lunch crowd thus there are fewer options on the weekend.  Considering the timeframes involved the only places open would be Perko's and a little later The Delta King and of those options I would go with the Delta King.  The only concern I would have is if you have mobility issues and need to take a taxi over to Old Sac would be getting a cab back to the station, though in all honesty the walk to the Delta King is not terribly far.  Best solution for that would just be to get the phone number for the company that takes you there and call them when you wish to return to the station.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:35 PM

I will be there on a Saturday, so would the place across the street be open? I really don't want to have to worry about a taxi being late picking me up to get back to the station. Maybe next time when I head the other way and have more time.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

Another option would be to take the CS to Davis, Calif (next stop after Sacramento, arriving 6:50 AM) and eat at the Village Bakery directly across the street from the Amtrak station (they open at 5:30 AM on Saturdays)..   They have 3 indoor tables and 4 outdoor tables, and an espresso machine for those who want a big caffeine fix.

 

The CZ arrives Davis around 10:30 AM, and the Village Bakery front door is a 3 minute walk from the entry doors of the CZ and CZ passenger cars.   I have never eaten here myself, but it gets nice reviews on the Davis restaurant wiki.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

Oh Chakk, thanks, that is another option I did not even think about. I know that the sacramento station is where Arrow shows, but as I am using my rail pass, I could go further. I will check their reviews.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:40 PM

June, on a Saturday the places open reasonably close to the Sacramento station would be the Starbucks which what the_traveler mentioned and the Perko's (which used to be a Denny's) which is across the street from the station and on the side of the Vagabond Inn on the corner of 3d and J Streets.  As was mentioned above (and I wish I had thought of it) you could also get off in Davis which is a lovely college town and would have more going on during your wait than downtown Sacramento would especially on a Saturday.  



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:05 AM

Another option would be to take the CS to Davis, Calif (next stop after Sacramento, arriving 6:50 AM) and eat at the Village Bakery directly across the street from the Amtrak station (they open at 5:30 AM on Saturdays)..   They have 3 indoor tables and 4 outdoor tables, and an espresso machine for those who want a big caffeine fix.

 

The CZ arrives Davis around 10:30 AM, and the Village Bakery front door is a 3 minute walk from the entry doors of the CZ and CZ passenger cars.   I have never eaten here myself, but it gets nice reviews on the Davis restaurant wiki.

June: My gf and I did this last Summer and the Bakery and the Town itself (including the old SP Station) are Great! Highly recommended over Sacramento even if the California  Rail Museum is a Must see if you haven't been there! :)


 
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Posted 22 June 2013 - 03:48 PM

the california rr museum is about a 10 minute walk from the Sacramento amtrak station.   They open daily at 10 AM, so you would have less than an hour to visit before the CZ easbound out of Sacramento.   I think a minimum of 2 hours is needed to really appreciate this rr museum.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

the california rr museum is about a 10 minute walk from the Sacramento amtrak station.   They open daily at 10 AM, so you would have less than an hour to visit before the CZ easbound out of Sacramento.   I think a minimum of 2 hours is needed to really appreciate this rr museum.

:hi: Good Point, even 2 Hours May Not be Enough for Some Rail Buffs!  ;) Ive always thought they should Open maybe @ 9AM and Stay Open a Little Later, when the WB Zephyr Calls in SAC (often Late)  its  a Rush to get over there  to have Enough Time to  see the Musuem Properly before they Close! :help:


 
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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:24 PM

OK, so to not have to start a new thread for Sacramento, I am taking the CZ to CS on points, so have to transfer in Sacramento which means I have a long layover. Where is a good place to eat dinner within walking or short taxi ride to the station?



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 05:30 PM

The question again turns to what day of the week you're coming through and what type of food you like.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

The question again turns to what day of the week you're coming through and what type of food you like.

Again it is on a Saturday and I am game for anything as long as it is close and decent food.



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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:20 PM

For walking distance just off the top of my head in Old Sac would be the Delta King which was mentioned above.  I probably should have asked about price range but I can recommend some  places just off the top of my head.  There isn't very much walking distance wise outside of Old Sac or the food court at the Downtown Plaza mall.  

 

As for short cab ride or even bus or light rail ride (the 30 J Street bus leaves from the Amtrak station) I can think of a few places:

 

Higher End: Grange (Citizen Hotel 10th and J; American cuisine); Ella (12th and K, American) both easily accessible by the 30 bus (10th St or 11th St stops); Mikuni (16th between J and K Streets; Sushi/Japanese; 30 bus 16th Street stop.)

 

Chain: PF Changs (16th and J); The Old Spaghetti Factory (19th and J); Claim Jumper (11th and J) 

 

A place I really like is Pizza Rock (11th and K St.) 30 bus to 11th and J.  The pizza here is in my top three in town and I'm a pizza snob to the highest degree.  Their margherita is an award winner but you can't miss with any pizza they make.  The other thing is that they serve only by the pie (no slices) so there would be a good chance you'd have something left over for later.

 

Hot Italian (16th and Q Streets take light rail from Amtrak to 16th Street station) another of my top three pizza places in town.  They have other things as well as some really good gelato for dessert.

 

If you like Thai there is Thai Basil (25th and J)

 

For Vietnamese there is a place called Pho Bac on 19th and Broadway.  You can take light rail to the Broadway station and walk a block; however, this requires a transfer between light rail lines as the line from Amtrak to Sunrise/Folsom doesn't stop there.  The change could be made at several stops but the safest would be 7th and O; Archives Plaza or 13th Street.

 

If you take the #30 bus to any of these locations be advised that the bus to return to Amtrak would be found on L Street as J is one way eastbound on "the grid."

 

All of these are also on what is known here as "The Grid" or the downtown/midtown area and the cab ride would be fairly short.



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 09:36 PM

On another forum someone mentioned a restaurant called the Capitol Garage at 1500 15th Street just 1 block south of J street.

For those off the CZ with the approx 10 hr afternoon and evening layover waiting to catch the northbound CS (14) the Capitol Garage restaurant could be a nice place for dinner.

They have an interesting looking dinner menu, so when I am there in the fall the Capitol Garage is #1 on my list of dinner options.

 

Anyone with local knowledge please feel free to chime in since I have not yet been in that part of Sacramento, nor have I ever used the local bus system.

 

I strive to travel on a frugal budget and took note they also mentioned one could catch the local bus at the Amtrak station (4th and I street).

 

It looks like the 30 bus goes west (right) on I street a short distance, turns left (south) on 3rd, then another short distance (past Perko's restaurant on the southeast corner) to turn left (east) on L Street.

Get off at 15th & L street, south on 15th a block, an easily walk to the restaurant which looks to be on the southeast corner looking at Google Maps Street View.

To return to the Amtrak station go south to L street to catch the bus back to the Amtrak station.

Bus fare is $2.50 if you're 19-61 yrs old, $1.25 for 62 or over.

From the bus schedule it looks like you would want to catch the return to the Amtrak station bus on L Street no later than 9 pm or so.

 

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