In 2011, the owner opened Wilda's on Placer Street as a counter-serve hot dog stand. Wilda's quickly became a huge hit, with people lined up for their chance to taste the famous Buddha bowl and other favorites. In 2013, Wilda's was voted Best of the North State, placing first in Best Lunch, Best Meal for the Money, and Best Vegetarian. Having outgrown the downtown location, they moved to a new location on Churn Creek in 2016. The owner has since opened a second location downtown, making their famous local specials available to customers on both sides of the Sacramento River.
The Buddha Bowl
Several years before opening Wilda's Grill, The owner was looking for more meal options for her diet. She came up with a spicy concoction of cabbage, brown rice, red beans, chicken or tofu, jalapenos, and cilantro topped with a garlic chili aouli and a sesame and soy-based dressing.
When they opened Wilda's Grill, they decided to add her concoction to the menu. Having no name for it, they dubbed it the Buddha Bowl and offered it as an option on their menu. Their original focus was to have a simple hot dog counter-serve featuring their signature spicy Wilda's Mustard.
To their surprise, the Buddha Bowl became an instant hit and overtook their other menu items. The Buddha Bowl is a healthy and delicious meal-in-one, with protein, veggies, and grains in one affordable dish.
Falafels, Hot Dogs, & More
A dish for every palate
What's your taste? Wilda's has five different hot dog options. Falafels, hot pastrami, and fresh-squeezed lemonade are also on the menu.
Enjoy vegetarian and vegan options, like tofu with your Buddha Bowl or falafels piled high with cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions.
Or delight your taste buds with a hot dog sauced up with Wilda's mustard or Wilda's homemade chili. If you're really in for a finger-licking treat, try the Hot Mess, a compilation of sweet potato fries, french fries, and onion rings. What’s even better is that everything at Wilda's is affordable ($7 or below). And don’t forget to buy your jar of Wilda’s Mustard Sauce!