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December's Taste roundup: Curry Up Now readies to spice things up in midtown, and more

12/17/19

December's Taste roundup: Curry Up Now readies to spice things up in midtown, and more

With menu items featuring cheeky names like Naughty Naan and Sexy Fries, Curry Up Now is set to spice things up with its Indian fusion fare at midtown's Ice Blocks in mid-January.   The San Francisco-based fast-casual restaurant began as a food truck in 2009 and has grown to six locations in California and one in Georgia, dishing out a blend of traditional Indian foods—including samosas stuffed with ground lamb, curried potatoes and chutneys, and bowls laden with saag paneer or daal lentils over basmati rice—and more contemporary fusion eats like burritos stuffed with chicken tikka masala (a fan-favorite) or kashmiri lamb. Those aforementioned Sexy Fries are an Indian-inspired poutine of criss-cut sweet potato fries topped with cheese and your choice of chicken,...

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Former Saddle Rock space to reopen as Saigon Alley

12/12/19

Former Saddle Rock space to reopen as Saigon Alley

Update: Saigon Alley, which soft-opened on Jan. 2, will host a grand opening on Friday, Jan. 10. Hours of operation will be Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. ******** The high-profile midtown spot near 18th and L that was once home to such eateries as L Wine Lounge, Capital Dime and Saddle Rock is set to reopen at the beginning of January as Saigon Alley, a Vietnamese restaurant from the owner of the next-door fast-casual spot Make Fish Poke & Sushi Burrito. Owner Mymy Nguyen tapped local sister designers Elizabeth and Theresa Rainey of the newly minted Aura Design Company to help reimagine the 1,800-square-foot space—which has been closed for almost three years and features a street-level bar area and an...

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Popular SF cookie delivery company opens its first shop in Woodland

12/06/19

Popular SF cookie delivery company opens its first shop in Woodland

Local cookie monsters will have a new shop to invade when a Bond-inspired bakery opens this month in Woodland. The San Francisco-based company Stirred, Not Shaken Cookies has been delivering sweet treats throughout the Bay Area via apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash since 2016, but when it came to opening its first brick-and-mortar store, owner Dan Ponticello decided to set up shop in his native Woodland. When he heard about the availability of the 1,500-square-foot space on Main Street formerly occupied by Cookie Connection (the Roseville-based company shuttered all of its locations in June), Ponticello jumped at filling it. “I thought the best cookies I ever had in my life were from the Cookie Connection,” says the baker of his go-to desserterie growing up. “[I...

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Three festive pop-up bars to drink in the holiday season

12/02/19

Three festive pop-up bars to drink in the holiday season

Christmastime is here and so are the global yuletide pop-up bar, Miracle, and its Christmas-slash-tiki-themed sister, Sippin’ Santa, which have rolled into three local haunts, offering quirky, holiday-themed cocktails—and a healthy dose of festive cheer—that will be on offer through the end of December. Midtown’s The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar and downtown’s Tiger have made ultra-festive transformations into Miracle pop-ups—which started in 2014 at the New York bar, Mace, and has since expanded to over 100 locations—that will run through Dec. 31. Red Rabbit’s general manager Al Marquez says the J Street bar (which was the first Sacramento location to participate in the pop-up in 2017) is filled to the brim...

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November's Taste roundup: Golden 1 Center rolls out new eats, a vegan cafe readies to open, and more

11/22/19

November's Taste roundup: Golden 1 Center rolls out new eats, a vegan cafe readies to open, and more

In case you missed it, the Golden 1 Center has raised its food game with 20 new menu items for the 2019-2020 NBA and concert season. Chow down on “The Clucker,” a fried chicken sandwich topped with cole slaw on a French brioche bun, from Porchetta House; mini corn dog bites with curry ketchup from LowBrau; 17-hour-smoked brisket dripping in barbecue sauce from Smokehouse BBQ; a double burger topped with bacon, onion marmalade and Cowgirl Creamery's Wagon Wheel cheese from Café Bernardo; or cinnamon-sugar-spiced churro fries drizzled with decadent dark chocolate sauce from Sweetbird. Be on the lookout for newly added gluten-sensitive options too like the nachos and carnitas bowl at El Jefe, as well as two new Local Eats stands: a county fair-themed booth...

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