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Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2017’s most exciting restaurant news

12/27/17

Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2017’s most exciting restaurant news

Boy, are we full. And no, it's not from just the nonstop holiday carb fest. We’ve been dutifully eating our way through 2017, from the city's first-ever nacho festival to a new pop-up gourmet doughnut shop. Just in case you missed some of the fun, here's a look back at Sacramento's year in food, with a few things to look forward to in 2018. You might want to loosen that belt another notch.  JANUARY Amaro Italian Bistro & Bar on R Street, one of our favorite new restaurants in Sacramento, was one of the first eateries to open in 2017, quickly attracting a cult following for its spaghetti alla puttanesca just as much as its ornately decorated dining room featuring walls of book-lined shelves and chandeliers beneath a pressed tin ceiling. Later...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 21

12/21/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 21

In this week's food news, a health-conscious cafe opens in downtown Sacramento, a local coffee shop launches a blossoming roasting company, an Indian food truck takes to the streets, and a new sports bar takes over The Distillery's space in midtown. Plus, Tahoe Park beer enthusiasts have a new watering hole, and an IPA fest readies to celebrate the hazy brews of winter.  Backbone Café This new health-conscious counter service restaurant with gluten-free and vegan options soft-opened on Dec. 11, with a grand opening slated for February. Backbone Café is owned by brothers Joey and Tomas Woolston along with their parents, Matt and Yvette, who run the Supper Club cafe inside the Crocker Art Museum and Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro in...

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Celestin's restaurant returns to Sacramento with new location, same beloved gumbo

12/20/17

Celestin's restaurant returns to Sacramento with new location, same beloved gumbo

March 15 update: Celestin's relaunched Tuesday, March 13, offering seven versions of its signature gumbo—from vegetarian with zucchini, butternut squash, cremini mushrooms and carrots to protein-heavy with chicken, scallops, shrimp, rock cod and sausage—and other dishes like shrimp Creole, fried plantains and desserts like Key lime pie and a Banbury tart. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. On Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it will host Celestin's Gumbo Brunch, with the same menu plus mimosas and scratch-made pastries, and plans to expand its brunch offerings down the line to include items like Haitian French toast. The restaurant is closed Mondays. ********** After a seven-year hiatus, husband-wife team...

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A new '80s cafe is a blast from the past

12/18/17

A new '80s cafe is a blast from the past

If you were first in line to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi last week or binge-watched season two of Stranger Things, or still break out the moonwalk whenever you hear "Billy Jean," a new retro cafe in Rancho Cordova will seem totally tubular. The colorful restaurant, aptly named Back to the ’80s Cafe & More (which originally debuted in 2014 as a collector’s shop), opened on Dec. 2 with MTV music videos lighting up flat screens, movie posters from classics like Goonies and Pretty in Pink , and a Pac-Man machine beeping in the corner. Run by owner Chris Knecht, who previously managed locations of Cheesecake Factory and Buffalo Wild Wings—the eatery is located in an unassuming strip mall, but on a recent Friday it was packed with customers, hungry...

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Punch Bowl Social and other Downtown Commons eateries ready to open their doors

12/13/17

Punch Bowl Social and other Downtown Commons eateries ready to open their doors

This Friday, Dec. 15, Punch Bowl Social will open its Sacramento location in the Downtown Commons (DoCo) plaza, as the newest addition the burgeoning downtown district. The first Northern California location of the Denver-based chain will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, occupying a two-story, 25,800-square-foot space above the soon-to-open Urban Outfitters store, across the plaza from Golden 1 Center. The chain boasts an "eatertainment" concept, and the River City locale, which can seat upwards of 500 and becomes a 21-and-older establishment after 10 p.m., will feature vintage arcade games (think pinball and Frogger), two four-lane bowling alleys, two bocce ball courts, two soundproof karaoke rooms, and two virtual reality gaming...

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