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10 great restaurants to go to for a Thanksgiving feast worth celebrating

11/11/16

10 great restaurants to go to for a Thanksgiving feast worth celebrating

If you want to eat, drink and be really merry this Thanksgiving, just throw in the dish towel and make a reservation. Here are 10 great restaurants around the region where you and your loved ones can gather for a holiday feast with all of the trimmings. Chops With a plentiful wine list and private, banquet-style seating, Thanksgiving cheer will abound at this Sacramento steakhouse. Order starters like oysters on the half shell or baked mac-and-cheese from the regular dinner menu, then continue onward to your Thanksgiving feast of hand-carved roasted turkey breast served with sausage and herb stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and fresh green beans. For dessert, there are slices of pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon whipped cream. $32-$40 per entrée. 1117 11th St; 447-8900....

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A new dumpling house wows with bao

11/10/16

A new dumpling house wows with bao

Go rolling in the dough at Journey to the Dumpling, which opened Oct. 17 in Elk Grove, and has already become a new favorite among local foodies and chefs like Billy Ngo of Kru. Yvonne Nguyen, who owns the restaurant with her boyfriend Chris Tan and head chef Justin Yang, says she and Tan specifically wanted to open a xiao long bao restaurant in their hometown of Elk Grove simply because of the lack of good bao in the Sacramento area. “There are a couple [places] that serve it, but I’ve noticed that some places serve frozen ones, and other places just don’t get the right consistency,” she says. The dumpling house specializes in xiao long bao, a Chinese soup dumpling filled with a pork-and-chicken-based broth that can be ordered steamed or pan-fried....

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 2

11/02/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Nov. 2

Feast your eyes upon this news: a new pie shop launches in Auburn, a popular local bakery reopens, two new seafood places pop up in downtown, and one of our favorite new midtown restaurants has begun serving brunch. An Honest Pie This mobile bakery, celebrated for its addictive sweet and savory hand pies and one of our recent cravings of the week, is opening a permanent location mid-November at Auburn’s Home Depot inside a vintage camping trailer. With help from Harp’s RV Service in Lincoln, owner Brenda Janssen restored a 1957 canned ham travel trailer that will serve An Honest Pie’s full menu, pour over European roast coffee and ice cream in the summer months. Janssen will continue to operate her original mobile food truck, which makes regular stops throughout...

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First Look: The Newly Reopened Kru

10/26/16

First Look: The Newly Reopened Kru

It could be argued that none of the works of public art recently unveiled at the new Golden 1 Center offers more aesthetic pleasure than Billy Ngo’s sashimi bowl at the newly reopened Kru on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento, which launched with dinner service on Oct. 18. The plating is so showy that diners can be seen taking pictures not just of their own food but the plates of total strangers as well. And the strangers let them, so giddy is everyone at the spectacle—it simply must be shared. What better definition of public art? Sushi is always a visual feast, and the old Kru was an Instagram favorite, but the plating at the new location has been amped up—witness the sashimi plate, served atop a bowl of sparkling crushed ice, the whorls of semitranslucent...

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Four new breweries bursting onto Sacramento’s craft beer scene

10/20/16

Four new breweries bursting onto Sacramento’s craft beer scene

It’s been two years since Sactown dedicated an entire issue to the city’s burgeoning craft beer culture, and since then, many more breweries have staked their sudsy claims in the Sacramento region. Here are four new breweries slated to open by early 2017. Fort Rock Brewing Located inside Folsom Boulevard’s Nimbus Winery Village, which currently houses The Old Spaghetti Factory and Tommy T’s Comedy Club, this newcomer to the craft beer scene will specialize in pilsners, blondes and IPAs. Fort Rock co-owner Tom Fuquay says the brewery is slated to open in December and will sport an industrial look with metal accents, wood paneling and warm lighting from chandeliers made of pipes providing atmosphere. The 5,000 square-foot space features an outdoor patio, five...

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