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Get ready to say "cheese" at Sacramento’s first nachos festival

06/27/17

Get ready to say "cheese" at Sacramento’s first nachos festival

It's all about the queso at the Sactown Nachos Festival, which will take place Aug. 26 at downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza. Billed as the first such event in Sacramento, the gathering will offer over 40 varieties of the addictive finger food. Festival organizer Brent Sands says that nacho makers are already getting crazy with the cheese. “Some are going to be traditional carne asada [nachos], but some are barbecue nachos and some are ice cream nachos—you’re definitely not going to have the same thing twice,” he says. For example, local pop-up Puerco Taqueria will be serving up Fritos pie and Tostitos nachos served inside the chip bags and piled with toppings like carnitas, cilantro, cotija cheese, sour cream and onions. East Sacramento Mexican...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 23

06/23/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 23

In this week’s food news, the founder of a popular hot dog company beefs up fine dining in El Dorado Hills, a Mexican marketplace serves up tamales and flautas in Historic Folsom, and a pastry chef readies her first cake shop at Palladio. Plus, find out where to nab a coffee slushy and the latest place to get your poke fix. An Honest Pie This Grass Valley-based mobile food truck run by friendly owner Brenda Janssen is known for slinging decadent mini pies, including a crave-worthy buttermilk variety that made Sactown’s list of “30 Things Every Sacramentan Must Eat” in our February/March issue. Now the inventive baker has come up with a new hand-held treat that is giving us all the heart-eyes: breakfast pies. Beginning June 24, at her pie station inside a...

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Burger Patch pops up in midtown to serve up all-vegan fast food

06/16/17

Burger Patch pops up in midtown to serve up all-vegan fast food

Aug. 16, 2018 update: A year after the blockbuster success of their Burger Patch pop-ups in midtown Sacramento—during which folks waited up to three hours to get plant-based fast food like burgers with Beyond Burger meatless patties, bean-based bacon and vegan sauce, Gardein chick’n strips and cashew shakes—husband and wife owners Phil and Danea Horn have announced Burger Patch’s first brick-and mortar-location. The casual joint will serve a similar menu to that of its pop-ups out of a ground-floor retail space of a new eight-unit mixed-use building at 2301 K Street, near popular haunts like The Golden Bear, Midtown’s Cantina Alley and Der Biergarten. While Phil is unsure about when Burger Patch will open (the building is still being finished),...

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First Look: Oak Park's new Bavarian-inspired Oakhaus

06/14/17

First Look: Oak Park's new Bavarian-inspired Oakhaus

Oak Park has a new neighborhood hangout in the fast-casual Oakhaus, a hofbrau-themed restaurant from La Venadita owners Tom and David Schnetz (along with chef Matthew Ridgeway) that is distinctive both for its tongue-in-cheek Bavarian-inspired décor and its daringly simple comfort food—think Thanksgiving every day, pickles, pretzels and beer. Lots of beer. The wedge-shaped interior of Oakhaus—which soft-opened in mid-May and held its first dinner service June 7—features oversized tables and a hewn slab bar that suggest a mountain ski chalet, with a collection of wooden cuckoo clocks mounted on a vivid green wall and shelves full of Germanic kitsch (think ceramic beer steins). The sprawling patio, strung with Edison lights and dotted with bright orange...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 12

06/12/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for June 12

This week we've got the lowdown on a new gastropub in Arden-Arcade and the new location of a favorite Nevada City ice cream shop. Plus, find out where to get your fix of Armenian coffee and Vietnamese noodles. Hi Coffee According to Ana Hovakimyan, who co-owns this new Armenian coffee shop in Rancho Cordova with her husband Ara, the first thing you offer a guest in Armenia is always coffee. Finely ground to a powder and simmered in a copper pot, called a jazva, over heated sand, Armenian coffee comes out piping hot, encouraging patrons to sit and visit with friends as the drink cools. The comfy, high-backed booths and soft lighting at Hi Coffee create that communal atmosphere, and the coffee arrives to your table in a small cup on a saucer with a packet of sugar and a piece...

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