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2018

Drake's Brewing sets opening date at The Barn

10/16/18

Drake's Brewing sets opening date at The Barn

The west bank of the Sacramento River is about to get a whole lot sudsier. Two years after announcing its forthcoming West Sacramento pizza restaurant and beer garden, Drake’s Brewing Co. is set to open its doors at The Barn on Wednesday, Oct. 24. A collaboration between The Barn and San Leandro-based Drake’s, the 2-acre space is anchored by the swooping cedar-shingled pavilion designed by Dutch architect Jerry van Eyck, and will feature a 30,000-square-foot lawn (more on that later) and a 400-seat open-air biergarten. The bar will boast 50 taps pouring popular Drake’s mainstays like the signature Best Coast IPA and the boozy Denogginizer Double IPA, along with guest brews and new specialty releases, including 30 Motels, a reference to a...

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Gourmet "hipster-hop" doughnut shop Milk Money sets opening date

10/15/18

Gourmet "hipster-hop" doughnut shop Milk Money sets opening date

For well over a year, foodie tongues have been wagging about the eagerly anticipated gourmet doughnut shop Milk Money that promises brioche doughnuts in wildly original flavors. And starting on Friday, Oct. 26, they can stop wagging and finally start eating when the bite-sized shop — doughnuterie? — will open its doors at the Ice Blocks in midtown, near the corner of 17th and R streets.  In August, pastry chef Edward Martinez, who had nurtured the concept throughout its prolonged pre-opening phase, departed the Milk Money team helmed by Michael Hargis and Brock Macdonald of Lowbrau, Block Butcher Bar, and Beast & Bounty, but accomplished pastry chef Rebecka Smith quickly stepped into Martinez's...

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Grange to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-star chefs' dinner

10/04/18

Grange to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-star chefs' dinner

Normally, 10 cooks in the kitchen might seem like too many, but not for Grange Restaurant & Bar's 10th anniversary dinner, which is bringing together 10 top chefs from around the region to create a 10-course gustatory extravaganza.  On Nov. 10, Grange will offer three seatings for its birthday dinner, during which patrons will be served 10 courses, each created by a different member or former member of the restaurant's team. While the menu will nod to the eatery's California-style cuisine, every dish will be influenced by the individual chef's specialties, which range in fare from Italian to British. "There really are no parameters," says executive chef Dane Blom, who will be preparing the meal’s second course comprising chilled spot...

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Two local brothers transform instant ramen into a healthy, protein-packed meal

09/21/18

Two local brothers transform instant ramen into a healthy, protein-packed meal

With their new locally based venture Vite Ramen, twin brothers Tim and Tom Zheng are using their noodle and reimagining instant ramen, turning the convenient college meal into an equally convenient, but nutrient-rich option for health-conscious folks on the go.  Each package of ramen—which comes in three flavors, garlic pork, soy sauce chicken and vegan mushroom shio (sea salt)—will contain noodles made with wheat and quinoa flour, and will boast 27 grams of protein (roughly equal to a 4-ounce piece of rib eye) and 25 percent of a person’s daily essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron and potassium. The siblings were inspired to develop Vite Ramen in 2017 during their senior year at UC Davis (Tim studied...

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A sneak peek inside Camden Spit & Larder

09/10/18

A sneak peek inside Camden Spit & Larder

While Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from Oliver Ridgeway, formerly the executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, is still weeks away from opening (the goal is to open sometime in October), its lead architect and interior designer Brendan Koon reveals what it takes to bring Ridgeway’s vision of a British haberdashery to Capitol Mall. “I wanted the design to be somehow uniquely tied to Oliver,” says Koon, a principal at VITAE Architecture, who also worked on the Old Soul Co. space next door, as well as Grange and the Citizen Hotel. “[Oliver’s] idea was to do something uniquely British without saying that this is a British restaurant.” “In my mind, it’s...

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A pup-focused pub to open in South Land Park

08/30/18

A pup-focused pub to open in South Land Park

There are pet-friendly pubs, and then there is Mutts & Mugs.  The brainchild of married couple Alejandro Farias and Lauren Valenzuela, this “dog-centric restaurant” will inhabit a 28,000-square-foot South Land Park facility as early as next spring (the couple submitted plans to the city for approval earlier this month). Think neighborhood tavern meets dog park—a concept which Farias and Valenzuela, who currently live in Tracy (the two plan to move to the Pocket area, where Farias grew up) couldn't get out of their heads.    “We don’t have any kids, but we have two dogs,” explains Valenzuela. “We always want to take our dogs to the dog park after work, but it’s [always] too late and there is no...

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Ruhstaller’s new downtown taproom opens

08/27/18

Ruhstaller’s new downtown taproom opens

Ruhstaller will hold a soft opening for its new downtown taproom on Monday, Aug. 27, from 3-8 p.m. It’s the first of 17 retailers to open at the Hardin, the stylish new mixed-use project spanning the 700 block of K Street that will also house the Solomon’s Delicatessen, Kodaiko Ramen & Bar and other soon-to-be hot spots. The local brewery’s Dixon-area farm, with its avant-garde roadside signage and rows of climbing hops, is a familiar sight to those traveling down 80 toward the Bay Area, but it closed its previous downtown Sacramento taproom (around the corner from the new one) in March 2017, leaving the farm taproom as the only retail outlet for Ruhstaller, which is named after one of Sacramento’s legendary Gold Rush figures, brewer Captain Frank...

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Alums of Berkeley’s legendary Cheese Board Collective to open vegetarian pizzeria and bakery in Sacramento

08/24/18

Alums of Berkeley’s legendary Cheese Board Collective to open vegetarian pizzeria and bakery in Sacramento

Sacramento is about to get a “slice” of a legendary Bay Area pizzeria thanks to a pair of former members of Berkeley’s Cheese Board Collective. The husband-and-wife team Alex Sherry and Chutharat Sae Tong recently moved to Sacramento and plans to open a similarly hyper-focused restaurant, called Majka Pizzeria & Bakery, on 15th Street in midtown, catty-corner from Fremont Park, late next year. The venerable Cheese Board Collective hits all the notes that make Berkeley so… Berkeley. Operating as an employee-owned cooperative since 1971, the artisanal bakery and cheese shop’s popularity spiked in 1985 with the addition of a pizzeria featuring a single vegetarian pizza and salad offering per day. Birkenstocked fans lined up around the block...

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Owners of The Rind share details for their new West Sacramento pizzeria

08/20/18

Owners of The Rind share details for their new West Sacramento pizzeria

La Crosta Pizza Bar, a new pizzeria from Steve Tatterson and Sara Arbabian, the husband-and-wife team behind midtown's cheese-centric restaurant and bar The Rind, will open in West Sacramento by mid-September. The eatery will feature handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizzas using ingredients from local farms like Del Rio Botanical and Riverdog. The menu will also consist of a rotating selection of piadina sandwiches (piadina is an Italian flatbread), pasta entrées, salads, soups and desserts. “The focus of the food will be to do everything fresh, and to source local, farm-to-fork, seasonal [ingredients] to infuse as much variety, and a bit of eclectic-ness, into our flavor profiles [as possible],” says Arbabian. While La Crosta (which means...

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A new pizzeria and taproom to open in El Dorado Hills

08/13/18

A new pizzeria and taproom to open in El Dorado Hills

Boulevard 41, a new fast-casual pizzeria and taproom, will open at El Dorado Hills Town Center by the end of September. The eatery will feature hand-crafted Neapolitan-style pizzas using ingredients from mainly Northern California-based farms. The menu will consist of six 11-inch pizzas featuring the namesake pie that comes with mozzarella, prosciutto and goat cheese, as well as a Polynesian-style pie with house-made marinara sauce, a three-cheese blend, pineapple and thin slices of Canadian bacon. There will also be vegetarian options—like the Goddess pie with garlic cream, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted squash, garlic, arugula and drizzles of the special green goddess dressing—in addition to gluten-free versions. Patrons can also create their own pies, which will...

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Celebrate National S'mores Day with these 7 local takes on the classic campfire treat

08/10/18

Celebrate National S'mores Day with these 7 local takes on the classic campfire treat

Happy National S'mores Day, Sacramento! No time to build a campfire for DIY s'mores today? No problem. Happily, seven local restaurants, bakeries and desserteries are dishing up their versions of the classic campfire treat, featuring everything from chocolate chip cookies with toasted marshmallows to s'mores on a skillet, and a warm, gooey chocolate s'mores fondue. Check out our list below: ​ R15   Our S'mores cupcake is back for the month of August! Come snag something sweet tonight! #R15 #Paragarys #CafeBernardo #PRGFoodie #smores #chocolate #marshmello #cupcake #dessert #sweets #treatyoself A post shared by R15 Bar (@r15bar) on Aug 4, 2018 at 7:24pm PDT Cafeteria 15L   Happy...

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11 cool summer cocktails to beat the heat

08/10/18

11 cool summer cocktails to beat the heat

We're halfway through summer, and it's still hot out there. Sure, you can run through a sprinkler or jump in a pool to cool down, but we'd rather chill with a refreshing boozy beverage in hand. From a rum cocktail topped with Dole Whip to a flight of frozen cocktails, we found 11 quaffable quenchers to help you beat the heat. Strawberry Sgroppino at Allora Is it a cocktail or drinkable dessert? You decide after you taste Allora's summery sgroppino—concocted by co-owner Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, one of only two certified advanced sommeliers in the region. A sizable scoop of house-made strawberry sorbet is topped with Italian Prosecco, which can be poured table side upon request (depending on the season, the...

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Longtime Grange chef shares details for his new downtown restaurant

08/09/18

Longtime Grange chef shares details for his new downtown restaurant

Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from Oliver Ridgeway, the longtime executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, is set to open its doors on Capitol Mall in October. The restaurant, in the 555 Capitol Mall building across the street from the Golden 1 Center, will combine Ridgeway's British roots with his California style of cooking, which involves sourcing ingredients mainly from Northern California-based purveyors like Capay Organic, Del Rio Botanical and Passmore Ranch. “My cuisine lends itself to the California ingredients, but I’m obviously of European heritage and that gives me a unique flair when cooking,” says Ridgeway, who’s also wrapping up his short stint as executive chef at Track 7 Brewing...

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New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

08/07/18

New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

B Street Theatre patrons, long starved of convenient pre-theater dining options at their old location, are about to get a new place to sip and sup only steps away from the theater's front door with the opening of the Chico-based Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe, which hopes to open its first Sacramento location at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in September.  This 3,000-square-foot cafe is the third location for the small chain, which is owned by husband-and-wife team Shelley and Lance Blanshei.  Tea Bar's "tea-tenders" will mix, shake and pour a variety of tea-based beverages like the frosted chocolate chai latte, sparkling tangerine and ginger tea, iced green tea with pear and lemon, and...

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Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

08/03/18

Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

A New York City chef returns to his hometown to open a deli in the foothills, an Italian bistro will use their hand-made noodles in El Dorado Hills this fall, and the locally famous Sheepherders Inn building houses a new restaurant in Rancho Cordova. All this in this week's regional dining news, and more. Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè Having run a successful restaurant in L.A. since 2009, Stephen Sakulsky has decided to venture up north to El Dorado Hills, where he will open Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè, an Italian bistro, by mid-September in the space that formerly housed Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The 5,400-square-foot space will be warm and earthy, with limestone tiles and tables, wood accents and greenery scattered...

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A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

07/30/18

A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

Sacramento may be experiencing a beer boom but another fermented beverage is about to get its moment in the spotlight when Cider House opens at the corner of 24th and K streets in midtown this fall.  The taproom-slash-eatery, which will focus on gluten-free drinks and food, will feature up to 20 rotating ciders on tap from cideries like Sacramento’s Two Rivers Cider, Nevada’s Common Cider and Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse, as well as wheat-free ales. The food menu will include non-gluten versions of paninis, vegan quinoa burgers and grilled cheeses with muenster and gruyere. “Everyone is going gluten-free, so I want to be the first cider [taphouse to do that] in Sacramento,” says proprietor Julio Peix, who also co-owns Dad’s Kitchen in...

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Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

07/27/18

Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

Call it the Great Beer Boom of 2018. With 60-plus regional breweries already on tap, one might imagine the suds scene is topping off these days. Not by a long shot. To wit, we present nearly a dozen newly opened and soon-to-debut beer-focused spots where local lager lovers, doppelbock devotees and ale aficionados can grab a cold one.  Alaro Craft Brewery This brewhouse opened in the former Rubicon Brewing Company space in midtown on June 30. With a moniker that recalls the Spanish heritage of co-owners Annette and Ray Ballestero's surname, Alaro features a rotating lineup of seven beers from head brewer Chris Keeton, some of which boast names with a Spanish flair, like the La Luna oat stout with notes of...

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The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

06/26/18

The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

Prepare for things to get saucy on July 29 when Sactown Wings festival returns to Southside Park for the fifth consecutive year, serving at least 40,000 chicken wings from 15 different local restaurants. “When people say, ‘Oh, where should I go and get wings?’ the initial reaction is one of those big chains that have ‘wings’ in their names,” says event organizer Laura Ball. “But really, there are restaurants all over Sacramento and almost every single one of them has chicken wings on their menu.” This year, restaurants like Blue Cue, Broderick Roadhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse and more will showcase up to six different finger-licking flavors to coat their chicken wings, ranging from the classic barbecue and Buffalo to past...

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Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

06/25/18

Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

The Sactown Nachos Festival is back this summer after its inaugural event last August proved to be love at first bite for cheese lovers. On the heels of producing a successful debut, which attracted nearly 3,200 nacho aficionados, festival founder Brent Sands is preparing to welcome a larger crowd of foodies to Caesar Chavez Plaza on Aug. 25 by hosting almost 20 purveyors on-site creating special, off-the-menu tortilla chip dishes. For example, Gameday Grill will serve grilled tri-tip nachos topped with applewood-smoked bacon, jalapeño, sour cream and green onions, while Azteca Street Tacos will whip up a version with a carne asada-style topping. Herbivores can head toward Vegan Van 916 for a creative concoction from owner Ian Carty, who will top off the crispy...

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R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

06/14/18

R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

On Saturday, June 23, foodies and food purveyors will gather in front of the Warehouse Artist Lofts for the Our Street Night Market block party to celebrate the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. “I’ve been enamored with night markets for a while. I saw and went to the one in Taipei, and I thought to myself, “Why not here?” says Shawn Kahan, co-owner of Yellow Brick Group, which is producing the event. Local eateries like Tequila Museo Mayahuel, La Cosecha, LowBrau, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining and Skool will set up 10-by-10-foot booths along R Street between 11th and 12th to cook up dishes on the spot. Partygoers will also get to indulge in desserts from newcomers like Cheesecakes by Cayla Jordan and Milk Money, as well as get a sneak...

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The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

06/14/18

The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

July 31 update: Beast & Bounty will soft-open today at 5 p.m. The days and hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Lunch service is slated to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and the restaurant will start offering brunch and breakfast soon thereafter. **************** Beast & Bounty, owned by restaurateur Michael Hargis and chef Brock Macdonald, the pair behind midtown hot spots LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will open on July 31, highlighting both meats (the beasts) and vegetables (the bounty) equally. Macdonald, who has previously worked at Spataro, Tuli Bistro and OneSpeed Pizza, has spent the past few years honing his charcuterie skills at the meat-forward Block Butcher Bar and Germanic-leaning (read: sausage heavy) LowBrau. But creating...

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Track 7 Brewing Co. set to open its first-ever restaurant this summer

06/13/18

Track 7 Brewing Co. set to open its first-ever restaurant this summer

The Other Side, the rotisserie-focused restaurant and taproom in East Sacramento from the owners of Track 7 Brewing Co., is set to open the first week of July. This first restaurant from the Track 7 team, who opened their original taproom in Curtis Park in 2011 and a second in Natomas in 2015, will highlight the company's popular brews and a menu of rotisserie and scratch-made comfort foods meant to be shared. Oliver Ridgeway, formerly the executive chef of Grange Restaurant & Bar, has been heading up the menu concept at the restaurant, and brought on Noah Mansfield, who has worked at Mother and Hook & Ladder. (Ridgeway and Mansfield will continue to collaborate on The Other Side until Ridgeway departs to focus on his solo concept, downtown's Camden Spit...

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Bao burgers and lobster rolls join the menu lineup at new downtown food hall

06/13/18

Bao burgers and lobster rolls join the menu lineup at new downtown food hall

The team behind the seafood-focused restaurant Station 16 in midtown is opening a sister eatery called Station 8 inside downtown’s much-anticipated food hall The Bank, which is expected to debut on Sept. 1. "We're doing a smaller-scale [version] at The Bank, so we figured that we'd just cut the number 16 in half," says co-owner Trinh Le, referring to the Station 8 name. “We’ll do it like Station 16, but with a little bit of a twist to it." He and his wife Minnie Nguyen, the restaurant's executive chef, who also own Firehouse Crawfish in South Sacramento together and opened Station 38 Coffee in East Sacramento earlier this month, want to cater to the in-and-out downtown crowds by offering a fast-casual menu with items like bao burgers...

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A new taproom and eatery to open on K Street soon

06/12/18

A new taproom and eatery to open on K Street soon

Sacramento's beer boom will get a new addition later this month as Brü Co. Taproom, a new bar-slash-eatery co-owned by husband-and-wife teams Justin and Jennifer MacClanahan and Ryan and Sandy Melching, will open near the corner of 9th and K streets, two blocks east of the Golden 1 Center. Justin says the team plans to hold their soft opening within the next two weeks, with plans for a grand opening during the first week of July. The 1,900-square-foot space is on the ground floor of the Forum Building and above the popular basement-level Coin-Op Game Room. Brü Co. will have more than 20 beers and ciders on tap, featuring local breweries like Elk Grove’s Flatland, Rancho Cordova’s Claimstake and El Dorado Hills’...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 7

06/07/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 7

In today's dining news from around the region, a new bakery in Carmichael focuses on Armenian dishes; Esquire Grill is set to host a summer barbecue series on its patio; and beef and beer enthusiasts have a new haven in Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse. Plus, a recently launched desserterie offers sweet Swedish pastries, while Bacon & Butter gets ready to open a second location in East Sacramento. CREAM Zayn Silmi, founder of the blog “The People of Sacramento,” opened a new outpost of the popular ice cream franchise CREAM—which stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me—in the Howe ’Bout Arden plaza in April. At CREAM, patrons can customize their ice cream sandwiches by choosing a base—brownie, croissant...

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A sushi eatery with Hawaiian flair to take over the former Amaro location

06/06/18

A sushi eatery with Hawaiian flair to take over the former Amaro location

Say aloha to the newest kid on the R Street block. Daniel Takata and his wife Jennifer Joo, who own the midtown location of the Japanese chain I Love Teriyaki, are set to open a casual sushi-teriyaki eatery with Hawaiian influences in the space that formerly housed Amaro Bistro & Bar, which closed in January. While the menu at the new Takata-Ya will be similar to the lineup at the duo's other establishment—entrées will include stir-fried noodle dishes, chicken teriyaki and sushi rolls—Takata, who was raised in Hawaii, plans to introduce an isle-style weekend breakfast at the forthcoming restaurant featuring items like loco moco (a hamburger patty served over rice and topped with gravy and a fried egg), and other rice and egg dishes with Spam or...

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Sacramento Donut Festival to sweeten the capital city for a second year

06/05/18

Sacramento Donut Festival to sweeten the capital city for a second year

Get ready for a big sugar rush as the second annual Sacramento Donut Festival hits the sweet spot at the California Automobile Museum on Sept. 9, with over a dozen local doughnut shops and bakeries showcasing their creative takes on the fried dessert. For its inaugural outing in 2017—which sold out months in advance—the festival welcomed over 700 doughnut nuts and served up almost 14,000 fried orbs from places like Sacramento’s Milk Money and Sweet Dozen, and Placerville’s Totem Coffee Co. “The doughnut community here is really big, and I just wanted to do something positive for it," says event founder Dave Shults During the festival, attendees will get to sample a variety of the titular treats like the Cap’n Crunch cereal-topped...

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Hoppy Brewing Company to open two new locations

05/15/18

Hoppy Brewing Company to open two new locations

UPDATE: Hoppy's Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden will soft-open on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in Old Sacramento. During this initial stage—when the restaurant and taproom will be open for dinner on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays from 5-10 p.m, and Sundays from 5-9 p.m. (the restaurant will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays)—Hoppy's Railyard will offer select menu items, including house-made fries, avocado deviled eggs with fried shallots and Hungarian smoked paprika, and fried chicken wings, which can be ordered tossed in a sauces like hot Buffalo or Caribbean jerk (vegetarians can order a cauliflower version). The bar, featuring 24 taps, is fully stocked with signature Hoppy brews like the Hoppy Face amber ale and Total Eclipse black ale, as...

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Eat and shop your way through these 10 great farmers’ markets around the region

05/02/18

Eat and shop your way through these 10 great farmers’ markets around the region

Spring has sprung, and farmers' markets are back in a big way. Here are 10 of our favorites to eat, drink and shop your way through right here in America's Farm-to-Fork Capital. Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market Smack-dab between the State Capitol and the Tower Bridge, this Capitol Mall farmers’ market gets lively during Thursday lunch hours as hungry downtowners line up in front of food trucks like Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, Cecil’s Taste and Azteca Street Tacos for the ultimate midday recharge. At 11:45 a.m., join the crowd for the weekly 1-mile walk through Downtown Commons or get your dinner shopping done by picking up some pesticide-free tomatoes from Oroville-based Scott Lawrence Farms or baby eggplants...

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A new food hall and market to open along the Broadway corridor

04/27/18

A new food hall and market to open along the Broadway corridor

Market Club at the Mill, a new food hall and market concept, is set to open along the Broadway corridor by fall of 2019. The brainchild of Sonny Mayugba (who co-owns Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar and the upcoming Solomon's Delicatessen and Tiger) and his partners David Pringle (Red Rabbit and Tiger) and Andrea Lepore (Solomon's Delicatessen and Hot Italian), as well as project manager Julie Young of Urban Elements, the property will function as a community gathering place, featuring food vendors, boutique retailers, office areas, artist studios and a ping-pong bar, where locals can work, play and eat (or a combination of all three). The team is also working with the Winters-based Center for Land-Based Learning on a market space for local farmers.  "We want...

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Solomon's Delicatessen to open this spring in Davis

04/26/18

Solomon's Delicatessen to open this spring in Davis

Solomon’s Delicatessen, the much-anticipated Jewish deli slated for the 700 block of K Street in Sacramento, will open a Davis location first, by the end of May. The deli will take over a 1,500-square-foot space in the Davis Commons shopping center that formerly housed the Hot Italian pizzeria. With Solomon’s Sacramento location still months away from its summer opening, local developer Andrea Lepore—the co-founder of Hot Italian and part-owner of the new deli—says she and chef Aimal Formoli are hoping to meet the growing demand for the concept. "We get messages daily of, 'When are you opening?'," she says. The Davis venture’s interior will mirror that of its K Street counterpart, incorporating a vibrant...

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Exclusive sneak peek of KoJa Kitchen’s forthcoming K Street restaurant and high-tech bar

04/18/18

Exclusive sneak peek of KoJa Kitchen’s forthcoming K Street restaurant and high-tech bar

Imagine sitting in a sleek, futuristic bar that looks like it might have been transported from the set of Minority Report or 2001: A Space Odyssey with glossy white materials and touch-screen surfaces on the tables and bar from which you can order drinks, play games or watch viral videos. Come this summer, you won't have to imagine any longer.  The tech-forward concept is in development for the downstairs bar at the new downtown Sacramento location of the Bay Area-based Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant chain KoJa Kitchen, which the owners hope to open by the end of July on the 700 block of K Street next to Solomon’s Delicatessen. The two-story, 4,000-square-foot space will feature two distinct concepts—an upstairs...

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A new mini cheesecake shop set to open inside a truly tiny house

04/13/18

A new mini cheesecake shop set to open inside a truly tiny house

A new shop selling mini cheesecakes—and other petite goodies—is set to open on R Street just in time for Mother's Day. Elk Grove-based baker Cayla Jordan, proprietor of Creamy's by Cayla Jordan, her mostly online business that sells homemade mini cheesecakes and cookie-cheesecake sandwiches, plans to open her first physical location by May 12, the Saturday before Mother's Day. Jordan is currently building a 7-by-8-foot tiny house in the loading dock of Hi-Line Electric—a residential electrical supply store that her family owns at 12th and R, across the street from the Warehouse Artist Lofts—from which she'll operate the dessert shop, which she says will function like a stationary food truck and will have a clean look that changes with...

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Think outside the bun this summer at the 2018 Sacramento Taco Festival

04/12/18

Think outside the bun this summer at the 2018 Sacramento Taco Festival

Sacramento, get ready for Taco Saturday during the fifth annual Sacramento Taco Festival, which will take place June 2 and is expected to draw more than 10,000 people. The feast-ival, founded by Adrian Perez (who also started the online publication SacLatino Magazine), will once again take over Del Paso Boulevard in North Sacramento, with over 25 taco makers, including Masa Guiseria and Azteca Street Tacos slinging both traditional tacos and fusion versions of the popular Mexican street food. During the week leading up to the gathering, folks can cast their vote for their favorite local taco joint at sactacofest.com, and then at the event, they can also vote for the best taco of the day. Winners of both competitions will be announced at the festival. In addition to noshing...

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Golden 1 Center chef Michael Tuohy departs Sacramento

04/04/18

Golden 1 Center chef Michael Tuohy departs Sacramento

Chef Michael Tuohy, Golden 1 Center's food and beverage general manager, has announced that he will be leaving Sacramento for a new career opportunity across the country. On Tuesday evening, Tuohy told Sactown he will soon be heading up the food and beverage program at a five-star boutique hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. He declined to name the property until it officially announces his new position in the coming weeks. “It was not an easy decision, but it was an opportunity I ultimately couldn’t pass up,” Tuohy says. “Sacramento is a place that is super connected to food and agriculture and it is always going to be near and dear to my heart.” A former head chef at local hot spots like LowBrau and Grange, Tuohy has also held stints at the...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 3

04/03/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for April 3

Hope you're hungry. Sacramento welcomes a dessert food truck and a new pastry chef at one of its oldest restaurants, while Folsom hosts a new location of a popular bistro and a taphouse with a 10,000-square-foot beer garden, and a Middle Eastern fast-food chain and a Chinese food truck launch in Davis. Let's dig in. Back Bistro After 10 years on Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, Back Bistro will relocate to the Palladio at Broadstone in mid-April. The 45,000-square-foot location will almost double the size of the previous spot, but will maintain the restaurant’s signature industrial-chic atmosphere and feature a sweeping L-shaped white quartz bar, where front-of-house manager Jason Brandin will serve up libations from a new craft cocktail menu that will include drinks...

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Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

03/29/18

Two Paragary alums to launch a farm-to-fork Asian restaurant

Origami Asian Grill, the new concept from chefs-owners Scott Ostrander and Paul DiPierro, is set to open the first week of May. Located in East Sacramento next to V. Miller Meats on Folsom Boulevard, Origami will be a fast-casual restaurant, in which patrons will walk up the counter, order a base dish (like a leafy green salad, cold noodle salad, sandwich, rice or ramen), and then add a protein (such as chicken, pork belly or tofu), seasonal vegetable (think baby bok choy, baby corn and fava greens), and sauces. "Imagine a Chipotle, where you'll pick a ramen and say, 'I'll take pork belly with that,' and the person next to you is like, 'I want [ramen], but I want seasoned tofu,' or something like that," says Ostrander, who previously served as...

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Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

03/29/18

Echo & Rig steakhouse opens at Downtown Commons

Echo & Rig, the New American steakhouse at the base of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel, is set to open Monday, April 2.  The second location of chef-owner Sam Marvin's meat-focused establishment—which launched in Las Vegas in 2013 and has been described as a “protein-packed wonderland” by Food & Wine—Sacramento's Echo & Rig outpost will not feature an attached butcher shop like its Vegas sister spot, but will continue to embrace the concept of nose-to-tail dining. Its extensive lineup of meats will include cuts like bavette, rib eye cap and spencer (aka a boneless rib eye), which come with sauce choices like blue cheese, lemon chimichurri and red wine demi-glace. In addition, the menu will highlight small bites like portobello fries with herb...

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Feast your eyes on flicks and food at the seventh annual Sacramento Food Film Festival

03/22/18

Feast your eyes on flicks and food at the seventh annual Sacramento Food Film Festival

Feed your soul—and belly—during the Sacramento Food Film Festival, which returns for its seventh year April 9-21. The 13-day extravaganza will kick off with a screening of Anthony Bourdain's documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, about the titular chef whose work in Bay Area restaurants Chez Panisse and Stars made him a culinary legend. ("He is certainly considered a father of the American cuisine," said Martha Stewart in the film.) The story follows Tower's early life and career, his contributions to the farm-to-table movement and what defines California cuisine, his mysterious 20-year disappearance, and his reemergence onto the scene in 2014 to helm New York's Tavern on the Green. A Q&A with the chef—who will be overseeing the...

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Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

03/14/18

Grange Restaurant & Bar hires new executive chef

Sacramento native Dane Blom, 32, has taken over as executive chef of downtown's farm-to-fork-focused Grange Restaurant & Bar, replacing longtime chef Oliver Ridgeway, who departed last month to launch his own venture: a London-inspired restaurant along Capitol Mall called Camden Spit & Larder. Since his first day on Feb. 26, Blom began putting his own touch on the downtown restaurant’s dishes and has completely overhauled the dinner menu, adding all new salads; starters like a charcuterie board with chicken truffle terrain, ciccioli, duck liver mousse and house-cured pickles; and entrées like California halibut with herb panade, asparagus and black garlic. “My goal is for everything to be made in-house, from the hamburger buns to the...

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Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

03/09/18

Celebrated French cafe to move into larger downtown spot

A storied downtown French eatery that once scored the highest rating for food in all of Sacramento, La Bonne Soupe Café is moving from its longtime location on 8th Street between I and J into a much larger space a block away. Long known for its French onion soup (and long lunchtime lines), the diminutive spot will open in about two weeks, permits pending, on the ground floor of the Park Tower building on 9th Street between I and J, across from Cesar Chavez Plaza. It's growing from 385 square feet to 2,800 and will occupy the former location of a Quiznos sandwich shop that closed its doors in late 2016. In 2008, under the guidance of the original owner, French chef Daniel Pont,...

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Totally tuber-lar: SactoMoFo hosts inaugural Sac Fry Fest

03/01/18

Totally tuber-lar: SactoMoFo hosts inaugural Sac Fry Fest

Carbo-vores will have fun carbo-loading at the inaugural Sac Fry Fest on April 28, at which about 15 local food trucks and restaurants will showcase dozens of loaded fries concoctions, topped with everything from pulled pork to jambalaya. Organized by SactoMoFo (Sacramento Mobile Food), the event, which will take place downtown at Roosevelt Park, is expected to dish out about 2,000 pounds of fried potatoes, both sweet and savory. Look for crinkle-cut Jamba Fries covered in jambalaya (a mix of charred Cajun sausage, chicken, roasted peppers and onion in a spicy tomato broth) from chef Cecil Rhodes of Cecil’s Taste, as well as shoestring Piggy Fries topped with slow-roasted pulled pork, bacon, Louisiana coleslaw, barbecue sauce and chipotle sour cream from chef James Wheeler of...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Feb. 23

02/23/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Feb. 23

This week, we've got you covered on food news from around the region, including a desserterie whipping up pie and cake shakes, a new restaurant in Davis reimagining classic Asian dishes and several new breweries opening their doors. Plus, Kru launches late-night happy hour and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates will begin taking guests behind the scenes for candy making and baking classes.  Big Shrimp’n Sacramentans Aaron Faulkner, who runs the Smokers Wild BBQ food truck, and Shane Cichy, who owns Cichy Co., have teamed up for their newest mobile venture, Big Shrimp’n, which launched Jan. 17 and serves up Southern cuisine inspired by the tradition of Lowcountry boils—a family-style spread of kielbasa, potatoes, corn on the cob, hush puppies,...

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Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

02/16/18

Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

This Presidents’ Day weekend, exercise your constitutional right to eat brunch on a Monday if you want to. Here are seven places dishing out everything from Dungeness crab eggs Benedict to apple pie buttermilk pancakes this holiday. Cafe Bernardo Drop by any of Cafe Bernardo’s four locations (Capital Ave., R Street, The Pavilions and Davis) for your Monday brunch fix, with signature dishes like the smoked salmon Benedict with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce resting over flaky salmon and slices of toast spread generously with cream cheese. Don’t miss this local chain’s amaretto brioche version with grilled banana slices, slivered almonds, toasted coconut flakes, a heavy spread of butter and maple syrup to sop up with each fluffy...

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Fizz champagne bar to open in Downtown Commons

02/14/18

Fizz champagne bar to open in Downtown Commons

Sacramento, get ready to pop the bubbly. Raymond James Irwin, the owner of Fizz champagne bar, has announced that he plans to open his new venture in Downtown Commons this summer. The bar—billed as Sacramento’s only champagne and bubbles bar—will occupy a cozy 998-square-foot space between Estelle patisserie and Häagen-Dazs in the burgeoning downtown district surrounding Golden 1 Center. Fizz will showcase 40 different champagnes by the bottle and 12 by the glass, sourced from vintners as near as Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg and Capay Valley Vineyards in Brooks, and as far away as South Africa, Spain, France and Greece. “The majority of what I’ll sell you cannot get at BevMo or at grocery stores,” Irwin says. "We’re aiming...

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A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

02/12/18

A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

Arden Fair will be firing up the grill for Gen Korean BBQ, which is scheduled to open in early August in the space that formerly housed Maggiano's Little Italy. This will be the first Sacramento area location of the popular LA-based Korean cuisine chain, which has locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, as well as in cities like Las Vegas, and is known for its extensive all-you-can-eat menu (in traditional Korean barbecue style, guests select their meats, seafood, vegetables and garnishes and cook them on tabletop grills). Lunch will be $16.99 per person and dinner will $24.99 per person.  The menu will feature staples like marinated beef bulgogi and beef galbi (short ribs), as well as more daring options like gobchang (cow intestine) and beef tongue. It...

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Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

02/05/18

Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

Get ready to live high on the hog, Sacramento. The seventh annual Bacon Fest, which was recently included in CNN Travel's list of World's Best Food Festivals, will get cooking from Feb. 6-11, bringing with it pork-packed menus and events throughout the region. The week will kick off Feb. 6 with a Choose Your Own Ramen party at Empress Tavern, where for $19.99, folks can grab a cold beer and build their own bowl, picking a broth (veggie, chicken dashi or, yes, bacon), protein (bacon will also be an option here) and noodles. On Feb. 8, midtown doughnut shop Milk Money will serve up bacon milkshakes at LowBrau starting at 5 p.m., including a boozy variety containing ice cream made with aged prosciutto, loaded with maple caramel, candied pecans and bacon bits, and topped...

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Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

01/30/18

Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

April 4 update: Real Pie Company will hold its soft opening Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The grand opening date is set for April 13, and regular business hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ******** It turns out that relaunching a pie shop isn't as easy as... well, you know. But after a 10-year hiatus and multiple attempts, the Real Pie Company is poised to reopen in just a few weeks. The new bakery off Broadway, run by pie maker Kira O’Donnell Babich, is more than triple the size of her original 1,000-square-foot spot at the corner of 12th and F streets, which she opened in in 2007 and closed just one year later to spend more time with her two...

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Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

01/29/18

Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Allora—the new Italian seafood restaurant from husband-wife culinary team Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou—is slated to open Feb. 13 in East Sacramento. Williams, the former executive chef of The Firehouse, and Mandalou a former sommelier at Ella—last July, she achieved the coveted status as an Advanced Sommelier—also run Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen in North Sacramento. Williams says Allora is the couple's dream project: A wine-driven Italian eatery, with everything from crudo to handmade pastas on the menu. Joe Pruner—whose resume boasts stints as former head chef of Mulvaney’s B&L and chef du cuisine at Empress Tavern—will helm Allora’s...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Jan. 19

01/19/18

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Jan. 19

Get ready to chow down and drink up. A new outpost of Zocalo just debuted, and Empress Tavern is warming our bellies with new weekly ramen specials. Plus, a VW-bus-themed brewery is about to fling open its doors in Folsom, a mobile coffee venture has launched, and Folsom is hosting its first-ever beer week. Keep reading for all of the crave-worthy details. Empress Tavern Ever since this underground restaurant in downtown Sacramento hired sous chef Noah Mansfield (formerly of Hook & Ladder) in November, his obsession with crafting the perfect bowl of ramen has manifested itself in the menu's Blue Plate Special, with new variations of the soul-warming noodle dish popping up nearly every week. The most recent version of Mansfield’s ramen (on the menu...

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Score three-course meals throughout Sacramento for $35 during Dine Downtown

01/11/18

Score three-course meals throughout Sacramento for $35 during Dine Downtown

Get ready to eat your heart out, Sacramento. Dine Downtown is back for its 13th annual celebration of the city's exploding restaurant scene from Jan. 12-21. The 10-day "feastival" will take place at over 30 downtown and midtown restaurants, featuring creative three-course menus for just $35 each. This year’s event will showcase dishes at new local eateries like La Cosecha and Punch Bowl Social, as well as those at popular mainstays like The Porch, which will offer its deep-fried Nashville Hot Chicken with house-cured pickles, and Hook & Ladder, where executive chef Anthony Scuderi is whipping up fettuccine with delicata squash, brown butter and sage (“It’s one of those dishes that once you start eating it, you can’t stop,” he says)....

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