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2019

Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

04/19/19

Craving of the Week: The Cabin's Gimmie S'more

Camping season might still be a few weeks away, but The Cabin, which opened in midtown in February, is filling in the gap with a cocktail that could double as a fireside dessert. The Gimmie S’more is made with whipped vanilla vodka, crème de cacao and cream, but its garnishes are what make this libation “pure nostalgia in a glass,” according to bar manager Tajz Wells. The martini glass’ rim is dressed with graham cracker bits and Hershey’s chocolate syrup oozing down the side (reminiscent of melty chocolate dripping down your fingers). Then topping it all off is a full-size marshmallow set ablaze by a torch-wielding bartender. (Pro tip: Be quick about grabbing the perfect Instagrammable shot—once the confection is alight, you only have...

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Into the Brew-niverse: Sacramento Beer Week returns with an outpouring of events

04/05/19

Into the Brew-niverse: Sacramento Beer Week returns with an outpouring of events

Sacramento’s beer universe is constantly expanding, and with more than 300 events lined up over 10 days for the 10th annual Sacramento Beer Week—which will take place April 26-May 5—it is on track to keep the region swimming in craft suds for the foreseeable future. Read on for this year’s highlights that include everything from beer and doughnut pairings to beer slushie releases and tap takeovers. Food and beer makers will exchange Kraft for craft on April 26 with the kickoff event, Sac Mac and Brew Review, during which 15 regional breweries, including Urban Roots, Yolo Brewing, Tilted Mash and Bike Dog, will partner with area food purveyors—like Father Paddy’s Irish Pub out of Woodland and Daddy Dave’s Street BBQ based in Elk Grove—to...

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The Sacramento Food Film Festival pairs flicks with flavors

04/04/19

The Sacramento Food Film Festival pairs flicks with flavors

Every year, fans of food and flicks—and who isn’t?—flock to the Sacramento Food Film Festival, which returns this year April 10-16 for the eighth time with a lineup of three food-focused screenings paired with themed bites, largely prepared by area chefs. “You’re not just sitting down at another auction or another chicken dinner,” says Amber Stott, founding executive director of Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center, a food education nonprofit that is both host and beneficiary of the festival. “You’re getting some of the best chefs in Sacramento that are having fun outside their restaurants and working collaboratively together.” The food flick festival will kick off April 10 with Dinner & A Movie at Lucca Restaurant...

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Taste: Hooby's Brewing serves up creative Belgian waffles and craft beer, plus other dining news for March 27

03/27/19

Taste: Hooby's Brewing serves up creative Belgian waffles and craft beer, plus other dining news for March 27

Fancy a Belgian waffle with your craft beer? Hooby's Brewing has been serving up the breakfast mainstay—either with toppings or as decadent bread for sandwiches—and house beers at its downtown Winters taproom since it opened on Feb. 16.  At Hooby's, the food lineup highlights waffle-centric dishes like a pesto grilled cheese waffle with mozzarella, Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes, and a pulled pork waffle sandwich, served with house-made Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce, vinegar slaw and spicy aioli, as well as bar bites like nachos, smoked deviled eggs and pretzel-coated bratwurst (served with a mustard-beer sauce made with Hooby's Pardehsa IPA). Meanwhile, Sunday brunch features hearty entrées like a...

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The Bank food hall opens for breakfast and lunch

03/25/19

The Bank food hall opens for breakfast and lunch

The Bank, the new downtown food hall that inhabits the 107-year-old D.O. Mills Bank building, has launched its breakfast and lunch service today. Beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays (brunch starts at 10 a.m. on weekends), The Bank's cafe now offers up coffee drinks using beans from Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, as well as pastries and baked goods from Bella Bru and Boy’s Bakery, which specializes in Swedish fika buns. The cafe also serves cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches and salads from Zia’s Delicatessen, ice cream from Berkeley-based The Latest Scoop and dairy-free gelato from North Sacramento's Conscious Creamery.  Platypus Pizza Company and Sac Poke Bros. will get in on the action starting at 11 a.m.. (Station 8 Burgers will open at 4 p.m. daily...

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Federalist Public House team open The Neighborhood Pizzeria in East Sacramento

03/15/19

Federalist Public House team open The Neighborhood Pizzeria in East Sacramento

April 3, 2019 update: The Neighborhood Pizzeria opens today. Hours of operation are Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. ******** East Sacramentans are getting a new neighbor with The Neighborhood Pizzeria, a New York-style pizzeria from the owners of midtown's Federalist Public House, Marvin and Bridgette Maldonado, who hope to open on the corner of 54th and H streets in East Sacramento the week of March 24. The new spot from the Maldonados—who opened the shipping-container-bound midtown pizza-and-beer hall Federalist in 2014—will offer a minimalist menu of the rectangular, Sicilian-style pies that are served at pizza joints throughout New York City. “It's...

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Eight ways to get your beignet fix on Fat Tuesday

02/28/19

Eight ways to get your beignet fix on Fat Tuesday

Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Get a taste of the Crescent City in the River City at these eight spots around town that are whipping up beignets, a classic French doughnut typically topped with powdered sugar. From traditional takes to uncommon concoctions (beignet burger anyone?), here's the skinny on how to eat your way through Fat Tuesday. Beignyay! On March 5 (aka Fat Tuesday), Beignyay! owner Sammy Schnetz will roll into midtown's Jungle Bird in festive Mardi Gras fashion with her yellow mobile cart and made-to-order king cake beignets, filled with cinnamon cream cheese and topped with multicolored sprinkles. Bite gently—as is king cake tradition, one customer will find a plastic figurine of baby Jesus inside their puffy treat. 4-6...

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Eagerly awaited Cider House to open soon

02/14/19

Eagerly awaited Cider House to open soon

March 14, 2019 Update: Cider House will open on Friday, March 15, at 24th and K streets. Hours of operation will be Monday-Wednesday from 3:30-9 p.m., Thursday & Friday from 3:30-11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. ******* The wait will soon be over for gluten-free guzzlers and nibblers, as the highly anticipated Cider House, which was originally slated to launch last fall, readies to open soon. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature exposed rafters, outdoor seating and a live-edge community table fashioned from English walnut, as well as a 26-foot bar with 20 taps pouring a rotating selection of ciders, gluten-free beers and kombucha. Many of the tipples will come from area purveyors like Two Rivers Cider Co., Clarksburg’s...

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Taste: Bacon & Butter now flipping flapjacks in East Sacramento and other dining news for February

02/06/19

Taste: Bacon & Butter now flipping flapjacks in East Sacramento and other dining news for February

The wait is finally over for those chomping at the bit to take a bite of Bacon & Butter’s locally famous pancakes at the brunch mecca’s new East Sacramento location, which opened Feb. 5. Chef-owner Billy Zoellin kept the date under wraps for as long as possible, considering the often long lines at his current Tahoe Park establishment, which he launched in 2014. “We wanted to make sure the crowds didn't overwhelm us,” he says. “We want to live up to our own expectations.”   While the 2,600-square-foot locale is expected to offer all of the decadent, seasonally focused B&B signatures—think pear-and-pecan French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and, of course, IOHO the region's best pancakes—the new location...

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The region’s favorite pork party, Sacramento Bacon Fest, returns for its eighth year

02/05/19

The region’s favorite pork party, Sacramento Bacon Fest, returns for its eighth year

Get ready to swine and dine at Sacramento Bacon Fest, the annual paean to all things pork, which returns tomorrow and runs through this Sunday. First up: Tomorrow night's 8th Annual Bacon Fest Opening Party ($30) will kick off the festivities at first-time Bacon Fest event host Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse whose head chef, Gregory Desmangles, will join other A-List porkovores like Aimal Formoli of Solomon’s Delicatessen, Billy Ngo of Kru, Oliver Ridgeway of Camden Spit & Larder and Patricio Wise of Nixtaco to create bacon-themed bites for attendees using a 105-pound half-hog from Rancho Llano Seco in Chico. Expect a variety of porcine-themed plates, from Desmangles’ pork belly burnt ends to Ngo’s...

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First Look: With The Snug, the de Vere White brothers bring an Irish pub with a craft cocktail twist to R Street

02/01/19

First Look: With The Snug, the de Vere White brothers bring an Irish pub with a craft cocktail twist to R Street

“All Irish pubs have one,” says Simon de Vere White, referring to the small, walled-off room inside a bar that Dubliners refer to as a "snug," which also happens to be the name of the new R Street bar he opened on Jan. 2 with his brother Henry. “They were originally for priests and women because it was improper for them to go up to the bar. They were used for meetings—uprisings and revolutions were formed in snugs.” This sense of storytelling is on display throughout the 1,800-square-foot space. As with the brothers’ first pub De Vere’s—which has locations downtown and in Davis and nods to their clan’s past with decor touches like family photos—The Snug is deeply embedded in Irish tradition and history....

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Milk House Shakes to open in Old Sacramento

01/28/19

Milk House Shakes to open in Old Sacramento

Kelly Boyles is ready to shake up the Old Sacramento Waterfront—literally—in a couple weeks when she opens Milk House Shakes, a themed milkshake shop and cafe focused on U.S. presidents, on Feb. 12. Why Feb. 12? It's Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, of course. “He’s my favorite president,” Boyles says of the 16th commander in chief. “He just seemed like a good human.” Milk House Shakes—which was the winner of Downtown Sacramento Partnership's 2017 Calling All Dreamers competition, an annual contest that helps would-be retailers launch their first stores—will offer a menu of six shakes, each posing as a tip of the hat to a U.S. president. For example, the Theodore Roosevelt shake is made with...

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The Cabin, a cozy camping-themed bar, to open soon in midtown

01/22/19

The Cabin, a cozy camping-themed bar, to open soon in midtown

With a chill in the air, there’s no better time to warm up in a cozy mountain chalet with a steaming mug of spiked hot chocolate. Lucky then, that The Cabin, a new camping-themed bar—think logs, taxidermy and s'mores martinis—is set to open in early February. The Cabin, located on 21st Street between L and Capitol and steps away from Kupros Craft House, comes from the team of Eric Rushing and Bret Bair, who opened the R Street live music venue Ace of Spades in 2011. The prolific pair also own Goldfield Trading Post and Holy Diver, and have a stake with other entrepreneurs in the retro, vinyl-record-themed B-Side. Rushing says the inspiration for the concept for The Cabin came from Los Angeles' Bigfoot Lodge, which is...

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Last chance to nab meal steals at top restaurants on the grid during Dine Downtown

01/18/19

Last chance to nab meal steals at top restaurants on the grid during Dine Downtown

Here's your last chance to eat like a king (or queen) on a less-than-royal budget. The 14th annual Dine Downtown—in which dozens of top restaurants around town dish out three-course meals for $35—runs until this Monday, Jan. 21. For a taste of what's on offer, Frank Fat’s lineup includes pepper steak, crispy chicken and pork fried rice, in addition to its signature honey walnut prawns and banana cream pie, while Chef Oliver Ridgeway’s recently launched Camden Spit & Larder on Capitol Mall makes its Dine Downtown debut with a butter leaf wedge salad, spit-roasted chicken with whipped potatoes and broccoli rabe, and a finale of citrus olive oil cake frosted with mascarpone infused with black pepper. Tiger, another newcomer, is...

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The Double Barrel Smokehouse to reopen and quintuple in size

01/04/19

The Double Barrel Smokehouse to reopen and quintuple in size

The Double Barrel Smokehouse is all 'cued up to take over the long-vacant Beermann’s Brewery building in downtown Lincoln on Jan. 9. The restaurant—which opened in 2014 around the corner from its new home and served its last slice of brisket at the original spot on Dec. 22—will soon be serving up its Texas-style slow-smoked meats inside the historic 1865 structure. At 14,100 square feet, the second location is almost five times larger than the first, and co-owner Monte Lokey intends to utilize every inch of the space, including brewing his own house drafts in the big copper mesh tanks left over from the building's former life as a brewery. “We hired Brian Crass, who used to brew for Knee Deep and Out of Bounds—we’re going to start off...

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