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Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2018’s tastiest dining news around town

12/31/18

Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2018’s tastiest dining news around town

As the new year draws near, we'd like to reflect on all that 2018 has brought us—and when it came to edible news, our plates were very full. From the city's first-ever French fry festival to the long-anticipated opening of the hipster-hop doughnuterie Milk Money, here's a look back on Sactown's Year in Food. JANUARY After being closed since 2016, Estelle bakery & patisserie kicked off the year by opening its long-awaited Arden-Arcade location (which was followed by a second launch at Downtown Commons in the spring). Later that month Sactown broke the news that Allora, a seafood-forward Italian bistro from the owners of Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen, would be taking up residency in a...

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Taste: Kodaiko hosts a ramen pop-up and other regional dining news for December

12/13/18

Taste: Kodaiko hosts a ramen pop-up and other regional dining news for December

As they say, good things come to those who wait: Kodaiko, Billy Ngo's hotly anticipated underground ramen spot on the 700 block of K Street, was originally scheduled to open in December, but due to construction delays, is now aiming to open in February. But if patience is not one of your virtues, you can get a sneak taste of the Kru chef-owner's soul-warming broth and noodles at a pop-up from 1-3 p.m. (or until the ramen runs out) this Sunday, Dec. 16, at Elixir Bar & Grill, which is co-owned by Curt Pow, a partner in Kodaiko. Ngo will be on hand at the downtown venue to dish out bowls of the vegan ramen he will eventually offer at Kodaiko—the base is a mushroom broth made with cashew cream and the soup features toppings like roasted...

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Owners of Binchoyaki plan new bento box spot

12/12/18

Owners of Binchoyaki plan new bento box spot

The owners of the buzzworthy Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining are thinking inside the box for their upcoming grab-and-go spot, Kizuna Bento. Husband-wife team Craig Takehara and Tokiko Sawada currently offer bento boxes at Binchoyaki, their wildly popular Japanese small-plates restaurant in Southside Park that opened in 2016 and specializes in meats and vegetables grilled over binchotan charcoal, heated upwards of 1,000 degrees. At Kizuna Bento, which is set to open next year in downtown Sacramento, the couple plans to incorporate those same expertly grilled meats and vegetables into an expanded lineup of bento boxes, which will be available either at the ready or made to order and feature varying combinations of rice, miso soup, salad, pickles and a...

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Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

12/06/18

Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

Other pigs may not fly, but this one sure looks like he can. Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from chef Oliver Ridgeway, officially kicks off its happy hour today at 4 p.m. with the debut of Winston, an anthropomorphic boar on display in one of the eatery's windows facing Capitol Mall. As a nod to Ridgeway’s British heritage, the restaurant’s new unofficial mascot is named after Winston Churchill, and dressed in the style of U.K. fashion designers like Ben Sherman and Paul Smith (Winston sports a three-piece pinstripe suit, brown wing tips, Union Jack socks and leather motorcycle gloves). The boar-ishly handsome pig rides a houndstooth scooter, seemingly flying by on his way to the Capitol—tongue out, martini in hand. “This is kind of...

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A new traveling Yuletide cocktail bar with a tiki twist pops up in Sacramento

11/19/18

A new traveling Yuletide cocktail bar with a tiki twist pops up in Sacramento

’Tis the season for piña coladas and paper umbrellas—at least it will be when Sippin’ Santa, a new touring holiday-themed tiki bar, takes over midtown’s Jungle Bird this winter. Miracle—the annual holiday pop-up bar hosted by dozens of venues around the world—is introducing Sippin’ Santa this year, a similar concept that focuses specifically on tiki drinks. The Jungle Bird was selected to be one of the 12 inaugural Sippin’ Santa locations in the country, and Sacramento is the only West Coast stop on the national tour. “When they asked us to join, I was overwhelmed,” says Jungle Bird co-owner Tyler Williams, who adds that he’s “a huge Christmas fan.” After receiving the invitation,...

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