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2020

A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

02/14/20

A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

Espresso enthusiasts looking for a good buzz will find it at a new downtown coffee spot, the second outpost of Woodland-based Morgan’s Mill, which is expected to open at the end of February on K Street. Just like at the flagship cafe, java drinks—including a three-minute pour over and nitro cold brew—at the new Sacramento location will use beans sourced from Roseville-based Entimos Coffee Roasters. The tea selection is no slouch either, featuring artisanal blends like spicy masala chai, grassy matcha and rose petal-flecked Portland Breakfast from PDX-based Steven Smith Teamaker. Scones and muffins from Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie will satisfy crumby cravings, but if you're in the mood for a full breakfast (whether in the morning, afternoon or...

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Devil May Care Ice Cream to open downtown in March

02/06/20

Devil May Care Ice Cream to open downtown in March

You’ll scream for you-know-what when West Sacramento’s pint-size Devil May Care Ice Cream & Frozen Treats comes to downtown Sacramento in March. The mini ice cream mecca has gained a cult following with its rotating repertoire of bespoke ice cream flavors like Lavender Honey Bee Pollen, Whiskey Salted Caramel and Coffee & Doughnuts (Sactown included the fan favorite in our 2017 Best of the City list). DMC’s sophomore shop—a 1,200-square-foot storefront located on the 700 block of K Street, home to such buzzworthy eateries as Kodaiko Ramen & Bar, Tiger and Solomon’s Delicatessen—will be more than double the size of its West Sacramento flagship.  Owner Jess Milbourn says the new space will allow him to build on the 300-plus ice...

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New plant-based eatery to offer veganified versions of comfort food classics like fried chicken and mac and cheese

02/05/20

New plant-based eatery to offer veganified versions of comfort food classics like fried chicken and mac and cheese

Whether it’s your mom’s Velveeta mac and cheese or grandma’s cast-iron fried chicken, comfort food is typically—gloriously—meaty, cheesy and greasy. But a new restaurant, Pure Soul Plant-Based Eats in East Sacramento, will challenge that convention with its lineup of all-vegan home cookin’ when it launches later this month. The closet-sized diner—a 750-square-foot spot that was the longtime home to the recently shuttered hot dog hut The Weinery—will sling plant-based versions of the aforementioned comfort food favorites, as well as other cozy staples like burgers, mashed potatoes and chili. Sure, there will also be “healthy” options like fruit smoothies and grain-based Buddha bowls loaded with roasted veggies, but owner...

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Cheesy does it at the fourth annual Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival

01/24/20

Cheesy does it at the fourth annual Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival

You'll be saying cheese and thank you for the mounds of melty sandwiches at the Sacramento Grilled Cheese Festival, the two-day foodie fête that will host its fourth annual gathering in Southside Park this spring. On Saturday, April 4, there will be unlimited tastes of snack-sized sammies, as well as all-you-can-drink craft beer and wine. Attendees on the first day will have the chance to put in their vote for their favorite grilled cheese. (Tickets to this first day, which is 21-and-over admission, often sell out early.) Meanwhile, Sunday, April 5, will be an all-ages affair, with live music, bounce houses and half-portions of grilled cheese sandwiches available for purchase. A panel of judges will choose the best sandwich in two categories:...

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Odd Cookie bakery lives up to its name with pancake cupcakes and deep-fried pizzas

01/23/20

Odd Cookie bakery lives up to its name with pancake cupcakes and deep-fried pizzas

Weird is wonderful at downtown's new Odd Cookie Bakery Cafe & Bar, which doles out creative concoctions like cupcakes topped with mini pancakes or bourbon buttercream.

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Cider House owner to open a new smokehouse and bar

01/07/20

Cider House owner to open a new smokehouse and bar

Julio Peix, owner of midtown's Cider House and former owner of Dad’s Kitchen, has something new brewing in East Sacramento. His forthcoming restaurant and pub, Lefty’s Taproom—the name is a nod to the fact that both Peix and his business partner James “Panda” Lee are southpaws—is billed as a classic American eatery, somewhere Guy Fieri might visit on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It's expected to open by the end of January near F Street and Elvas Avenue at the site previously occupied by Cabana Winery. Beer lovers can sip suds from local breweries like Urban Roots and New Glory via Lefty's 45 taps. Also available will be wines and hard ciders from the likes of Nitty’s Cider in Clarksburg. The bar's walls will be...

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