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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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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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