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New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

08/07/18

New tea-centric cafe set to open at The Sofia

B Street Theatre patrons, long starved of convenient pre-theater dining options at their old location, are about to get a new place to sip and sup only steps away from the theater's front door with the opening of the Chico-based Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe, which hopes to open its first Sacramento location at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in September.  This 3,000-square-foot cafe is the third location for the small chain, which is owned by husband-and-wife team Shelley and Lance Blanshei.  Tea Bar's "tea-tenders" will mix, shake and pour a variety of tea-based beverages like the frosted chocolate chai latte, sparkling tangerine and ginger tea, iced green tea with pear and lemon, and...

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Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

08/03/18

Taste: The region’s latest food, drink & restaurant news for Aug. 3

A New York City chef returns to his hometown to open a deli in the foothills, an Italian bistro will use their hand-made noodles in El Dorado Hills this fall, and the locally famous Sheepherders Inn building houses a new restaurant in Rancho Cordova. All this in this week's regional dining news, and more. Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè Having run a successful restaurant in L.A. since 2009, Stephen Sakulsky has decided to venture up north to El Dorado Hills, where he will open Osteria Moto Bar & Caffè, an Italian bistro, by mid-September in the space that formerly housed Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The 5,400-square-foot space will be warm and earthy, with limestone tiles and tables, wood accents and greenery scattered...

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A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

07/30/18

A gluten-free cider taphouse and eatery to open in midtown

Sacramento may be experiencing a beer boom but another fermented beverage is about to get its moment in the spotlight when Cider House opens at the corner of 24th and K streets in midtown this fall.  The taproom-slash-eatery, which will focus on gluten-free drinks and food, will feature up to 20 rotating ciders on tap from cideries like Sacramento’s Two Rivers Cider, Nevada’s Common Cider and Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse, as well as wheat-free ales. The food menu will include non-gluten versions of paninis, vegan quinoa burgers and grilled cheeses with muenster and gruyere. “Everyone is going gluten-free, so I want to be the first cider [taphouse to do that] in Sacramento,” says proprietor Julio Peix, who also co-owns Dad’s Kitchen in...

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Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

07/27/18

Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

Call it the Great Beer Boom of 2018. With 60-plus regional breweries already on tap, one might imagine the suds scene is topping off these days. Not by a long shot. To wit, we present nearly a dozen newly opened and soon-to-debut beer-focused spots where local lager lovers, doppelbock devotees and ale aficionados can grab a cold one.  Alaro Craft Brewery This brewhouse opened in the former Rubicon Brewing Company space in midtown on June 30. With a moniker that recalls the Spanish heritage of co-owners Annette and Ray Ballestero's surname, Alaro features a rotating lineup of seven beers from head brewer Chris Keeton, some of which boast names with a Spanish flair, like the La Luna oat stout with notes of...

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The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

06/26/18

The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

Prepare for things to get saucy on July 29 when Sactown Wings festival returns to Southside Park for the fifth consecutive year, serving at least 40,000 chicken wings from 15 different local restaurants. “When people say, ‘Oh, where should I go and get wings?’ the initial reaction is one of those big chains that have ‘wings’ in their names,” says event organizer Laura Ball. “But really, there are restaurants all over Sacramento and almost every single one of them has chicken wings on their menu.” This year, restaurants like Blue Cue, Broderick Roadhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse and more will showcase up to six different finger-licking flavors to coat their chicken wings, ranging from the classic barbecue and Buffalo to past...

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