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A look at the latest in local food, dining and drinking news

2019

Eagerly awaited Cider House to open this month

02/14/19

Eagerly awaited Cider House to open this month

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 this month. 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 Nitty’s Cider and Hemly Cider, which produces pear cider in Courtland. You can get your libations in 8-, 10- or 14-ounce glasses, or build your own three-glass flight. With Cider House's location within spitting distance of hot spots like Der Biergarten,...

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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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