Nugget Markets is a chain of gourmet grocery stores that began in 1926 in the nearby town of Woodland, Calif. Nugget sells a carefully curated array of high-quality products, including fair-trade coffee, artisanal cheeses, sustainable seafood, and organic produce. The stores pride themselves on supporting local producers, providing great customer service, and treating their employees well. All of this creates a supermarket I actually enjoy visiting, one where I can indulge my foodie side and have a little fun at the same time.
Nugget Markets are worth a stop while you're in Sacramento for two main reasons. First, Nugget carries a nice selection of local products (read: gifts), including California wines, craft beers, and chocolates. Second, Nugget is a great place to stop for an easy meal or picnic supplies. The deli offers salads, sandwiches, sushi, soups, and hot meals, while fresh-baked bread is available all day. Add to this something from the huge selection of organic fruit and quality cheeses, and you have an easy, delicious meal. The juice and coffee bar is also worth a visit: The juices are made from fresh fruit (you can watch as whole apples or carrots go through the juicer). You may even get lucky and visit on a cheese- or wine-tasting day.