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A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

03/09/20

A popular Shanghai-style cafe in Elk Grove is bringing its cult dumplings to midtown

For Sacramento devotees of Elk Grove’s Journey to the Dumpling, your trek is about to get a bit shorter. The Shanghai-style dumpling cafe is set to open a second location in midtown at the end of 2020. Known for its signature soup-filled xiao long bao (XLB, for those in the know), the Chinese eatery will open on the ground floor of The Press building, a new mixed-use apartment complex that will span an entire city block at 21st and Q streets. With a 3,636-square-foot footprint, the restaurant’s second location is a thousand-square-foot size upgrade from its original spot in a suburban Target complex. But for married owners Yvonne Nguyen and Chris Tan, who searched for a location for over a year and a half before locking in their new lease, this is more than just a size...

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6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

03/06/20

6 out-of-the-box ways to get your Krispies and Crunch Berries fix on National Cereal Day

Wolfing down bowls of Froot Loops, Honey Nut Cheerios or Lucky Charms while watching Saturday morning cartoons may just be a happy childhood memory, but National Cereal Day on March 7 gives us good reason to relive those bygone days. We found six local spots taking sugary breakfast cereal beyond the bowl—from fried chicken coated in Frosted Flakes to a Lucky Charms cheesecake, these Trixed-out treats should bring out the kid in all of us. Baker's Donuts Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch Berries encrust doughnuts coated with sticky Oreo mint-, vanilla-, Thai tea- and ube-flavored glazes at Baker’s Donuts in South Sacramento, creating a veritable feast for the eyes—pebble-covered and pillowy, one of the house-made orbs even graced Sactown’s...

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Fried chicken shop opens virtual restaurant in Sacramento

02/20/20

Fried chicken shop opens virtual restaurant in Sacramento

If you’re looking for Plucked Chicken & Beer on a map of Sacramento, you won’t find it. That’s because it doesn’t exist, at least physically. Its six versions of fried chicken sandwiches, two types of loaded fries, and unique take on nachos are only available through DoorDash around these parts. In official restaurant parlance, it's known as a “ghost kitchen.” Nimble and cost-efficient, ghost kitchens operate without any physical footprint, offering fare exclusively through mobile food delivery apps, “changing the very essence of what it means to operate a restaurant,” according to The New York Times. While Plucked runs two brick-and-mortar businesses in San Ramon and Pleasanton (and is expected to open a third outpost...

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A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

02/14/20

A popular Woodland coffee shop to open a cozy, contemporary second location in Sacramento

May 28 Update: The downtown Sacramento outpost of Woodland-based Morgan’s Mill is set to open on Monday, June 1. The cafe will only be serving coffee and beer from June 1-3 (8 a.m.-2 p.m). After closing for one day, the shop plans to host a grand opening on Friday, June  5, which will launch regular hours (Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.) and a full menu of drinks and decadent waffles (see below for details). On all days, items will be available for takeout and sit-down service. Seating will be limited and Morgan’s Mill staff members will be masked, in accordance with Sacramento County reopening guidelines. * * * * * * Espresso enthusiasts looking for a good buzz...

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Devil May Care Ice Cream to open downtown in March

02/06/20

Devil May Care Ice Cream to open downtown in March

You’ll scream for you-know-what when West Sacramento’s pint-size Devil May Care Ice Cream & Frozen Treats comes to downtown Sacramento in March. The mini ice cream mecca has gained a cult following with its rotating repertoire of bespoke ice cream flavors like Lavender Honey Bee Pollen, Whiskey Salted Caramel and Coffee & Doughnuts (Sactown included the fan favorite in our 2017 Best of the City list). DMC’s sophomore shop—a 1,200-square-foot storefront located on the 700 block of K Street, home to such buzzworthy eateries as Kodaiko Ramen & Bar, Tiger and Solomon’s Delicatessen—will be more than double the size of its West Sacramento flagship.  Owner Jess Milbourn says the new space will allow him to build on the 300-plus ice...

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