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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

Update: Lefty’s Eatery will open March 6. Hours of operation are Tues.-Thurs. 3:30-10 p.m. Fri. 3:30-10 p.m. Sat. 11:30-10 p.m. Sun. 11:30-8 p.m. ******* 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...

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KoJa Kitchen’s futuristic underground bar to open downtown

12/20/19

KoJa Kitchen’s futuristic underground bar to open downtown

The future is now at the fast-casual Korean-Japanese fusion spot KoJa Kitchen, which will unveil its space-age basement bar on Friday, Dec. 20, a couple of months after its upstairs dining space debuted downtown in late October. Descend the stairs to the underground K Street lounge (each step is lit with rainbow LEDs), where franchise owner Thomas Quach has been working to put the finishing touches. With moody, low-lit lighting, the space is outfitted with LED panels that stretch across the ceiling and down a wall painted with a 3D-patterned honeycomb design and lined with white tufted booths. Although the Bay Area-based chain operates 17 California locations, this is the only location to feature this bar concept. Cushioned white and orange high-top chairs sit along...

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