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A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

02/12/18

A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

Arden Fair will be firing up the grill for Gen Korean BBQ, which is scheduled to open in early August in the space that formerly housed Maggiano's Little Italy. This will be the first Sacramento area location of the popular LA-based Korean cuisine chain, which has locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, as well as in cities like Las Vegas, and is known for its extensive all-you-can-eat menu (in traditional Korean barbecue style, guests select their meats, seafood, vegetables and garnishes and cook them on tabletop grills). Lunch will be $16.99 per person and dinner will $24.99 per person.  The menu will feature staples like marinated beef bulgogi and beef galbi (short ribs), as well as more daring options like gobchang (cow intestine) and beef tongue. It...

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Mas Taco Bar to open in Dos Coyotes space on R Street

02/08/18

Mas Taco Bar to open in Dos Coyotes space on R Street

March 19 UPDATE: Mas Taco Bar, the casual taco chain from Mason, Alan and Curtis Wong, is set to open on R Street this Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m., as well as in Arden-Arcade (at Arden Town Center) and the Palladio shopping complex in Folsom in September or October. The menu, created by the Wongs' executive chef Christian Palmos, will feature 14 variations of tacos—think duck confit in a citrusy tamarind glaze on a corn tortilla or red curry shrimp with green cabbage, pickled vegetables and cilantro on a bao bun or an off-the-menu lobster taco with corn salsa and sriracha aioli—as well as inventive dishes like the habañero fireballs, a blend of habañero and jalapeño peppers, bacon, and pepper jack and cream cheeses that has been rolled into...

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Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

02/05/18

Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

Get ready to live high on the hog, Sacramento. The seventh annual Bacon Fest, which was recently included in CNN Travel's list of World's Best Food Festivals, will get cooking from Feb. 6-11, bringing with it pork-packed menus and events throughout the region. The week will kick off Feb. 6 with a Choose Your Own Ramen party at Empress Tavern, where for $19.99, folks can grab a cold beer and build their own bowl, picking a broth (veggie, chicken dashi or, yes, bacon), protein (bacon will also be an option here) and noodles. On Feb. 8, midtown doughnut shop Milk Money will serve up bacon milkshakes at LowBrau starting at 5 p.m., including a boozy variety containing ice cream made with aged prosciutto, loaded with maple caramel, candied pecans and bacon bits, and topped...

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Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

01/30/18

Real Pie Company will reopen in larger location with expanded menu

April 4 update: Real Pie Company will hold its soft opening Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The grand opening date is set for April 13, and regular business hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ******** It turns out that relaunching a pie shop isn't as easy as... well, you know. But after a 10-year hiatus and multiple attempts, the Real Pie Company is poised to reopen in just a few weeks. The new bakery off Broadway, run by pie maker Kira O’Donnell Babich, is more than triple the size of her original 1,000-square-foot spot at the corner of 12th and F streets, which she opened in in 2007 and closed just one year later to spend more time with her two...

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Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

01/29/18

Modern Italian seafood restaurant Allora to open in February

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Allora—the new Italian seafood restaurant from husband-wife culinary team Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou—is slated to open Feb. 13 in East Sacramento. Williams, the former executive chef of The Firehouse, and Mandalou a former sommelier at Ella—last July, she achieved the coveted status as an Advanced Sommelier—also run Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen in North Sacramento. Williams says Allora is the couple's dream project: A wine-driven Italian eatery, with everything from crudo to handmade pastas on the menu. Joe Pruner—whose resume boasts stints as former head chef of Mulvaney’s B&L and chef du cuisine at Empress Tavern—will helm Allora’s...

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