Inside the
February /

March 2018


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Kitchen Confidential​
When you go out to eat, sure, you can get one of the daily specials. But if you are in the mood for something truly special, try ordering off the menu. We went undercover to uncover 20 secret dishes at restaurants around the region, from The Firehouse to Firestone Public House. No password required.





The Scene Setter
Whitney Johnson upped the ante in local restaurant design 10 years ago with her provocative look for downtown’s Shady Lady Saloon. As she enters the second decade of her prolific career, she’s about to make her mark on our dining scene again with a full plate of new projects. 


When it comes to burgers, beef is not what’s for dinner at a growing number of local restaurants. Meet—and eat—the new plant-based patties that taste remarkably like real meat and are rocking the food industry. Plus: Eat gluten-free and guilt-free at Backbone Café; Ten Ten Room goes mid-century modern with fresh takes on classic faves; you don’t need to get in a hot tub time machine to flash back to the ’80s at a totally rad new restaurant in Rancho Cordova 


Riverfront Essay
  With downtown on the rise, more people than ever will be visiting our central city soon. As the doors open to millions of new guests, it’s time to look at some small ways to think big.





Riverfront Q&A​
As the editor of New York magazine’s blog Science of Us, Melissa Dahl spends her days exploring some of the most intriguing scientific notions, research and revelations in the news. In her new book, Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, the Sacramento State alumna guides readers on a funny and enlightening tour through one of her favorite topics. 



Curtain’s up: B Street moves into its new midtown home, The Sofia; Eddie Izzard brings the funny and the feels to Davis; Golden 1 Center is country strong with a Miranda Lambert and Jon Pardi concert; our furry friends get the big screen treatment at an animal film festival; join actor John Cleese at the Mondavi Center for a night of the Knights Who Say “Ni” and a screening of the 1975 cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail; book tickets to see The Book of Mormon



Why Not Here?
In cities around the world, mini museums are big hits. When it comes to creating new civic attractions, it’s time for  Sacramento to exhibit a little initiative.