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Score $35 meal deals during Dine Downtown

Score $35 meal deals during Dine Downtown

Image by Nicholas Wray courtesy of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Restaurants like Ten22 will be serving up special menus for this year's Dine Downtown Jan. 7 to 16.

Dine Downtown is back for its 11th annual celebration of Sacramento’s growing restaurant scene. The 10-day event, held this year from Jan. 7-16, will feature 30 of downtown’s best restaurants offering three-course meals for just $35. A dollar from each ticket purchased will benefit the Food Literary Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating children about healthy eating.

This year’s event will showcase newcomers like downtown’s Brasserie Capitale (which will serve up classic French cuisine with onion soup, an entrée of salmon coq au vin and shiitake mushroom pasta, and crème brulée or chocolate mousse for dessert), K Street's Empress Tavern (which will offer a winter citrus salad, a main course selection of roast Cornish game hen or smoked cavatelli with cabbage, oyster mushroom and beurre rouge, plus a seasonal pie for dessert) and midtown's Localis, whose menu will include a quail egg amuse bouche followed by “beats”—a variety of beets cooked in different fashions and tossed in a truffle vinaigrette—and braised beef cheeks with roasted root veggies. Don’t skip the dessert: a deconstructed peppermint mocha with chocolate cake, coffee gelato, peppermint crème anglaise and peppermint bark.  

As always, established restaurants will also be well represented. For instance, Paragary’s is offering an impressive selection of duck confit and pork belly, fish and shellfish stew and house-made tortelloni. In Old Sacramento, Ten22 will present a choice of four main dishes, including roasted pork rack with red potatoes and German slaw or butternut squash gnocchi with brown butter sauce, plus chocolate brownie cake for dessert.

Many eateries will also serve up beverage pairings like wine flights, and reservations can be made via OpenTable. For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit godowntownsac.com.

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