Last September, Tela T. posted an inquiry about soul food in Sacramento. I think I have found a winner. It's The Plantation at Del Paso and Arden. I had lunch there today and was extremely pleased. For lunch you choose one main dish out of about ten selections, and two side dishes, from about 12 choices. I chose the Red Snapper, and in this cuisine that means the fish is fried with corn meal. It was delicious, and not at all greasy. "Is this baked?" I asked the waitress, who said it was indeed fried. The fish was tender and not overcooked, while the corn meal batter was crunchy with hints of spices. For sides I chose the greens and the black-eyed peas. The greens seemed to be turnip greens, and had the most delicious spicing, along with lean bacon scraps. The black-eyed peas had a rich gravy helped out my ham slivers. Also on the plate was a little wedge of watermelon (in January yet!) and a cube of cornbread, which I found a bit too sweet.
Price was $7.98, which came to an even ten with tax and tip.
Evening should be even better. They have a large and long old bar, and on one end of the room a white grand piano. Even during lunch there was piano music.
Totally cool place, great food, good service and a casual and mellow attitude.
The Plantation ("where soul food originated")
1454 Del Paso Blvd. at Arden