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Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

12/22/16

Everything you need to know about West Sacramento’s growing dining scene

As West Sacramento’s downtown-adjacent neighborhoods continue to come into their own, a dining scene is emerging that has its own distinct character: classic fare served up in humble surroundings. At heart it’s a beer, burger and taco town, which is a beautiful thing for locals. It’s no big deal to take an Uber to midtown if you fancy roasted beets and chevre—but a glorious burger is what you want to have just around the corner from home. The last few months have seen a flurry of business openings spoiling West Sacramentans for choice in that department, including a neighborhood ice cream parlor, a jazz bar and a taqueria with a cult following. There’s even a new taproom joining the already-formidable craft brewery scene. Read on to see what's...

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Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

12/20/16

Pushkin’s Bakery owners open new restaurant in midtown

Danny and Olga Turner, the husband-and-wife team that owns and operates midtown’s Pushkin’s Bakery, are set to open their new Pushkin’s location as a full-fledged restaurant at 1813 Capitol Avenue on Dec. 27. While the new location was originally intended for an expansion of their bakery, which has found a niche market since it opened in 2013 by offering an array of gluten-free goodies, Danny Turner says he and Olga realized they wanted to explore more recipes. The restaurant—which will open its doors Tues.-Sun. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but will eventually expand its hours—will stay true to its gluten-free roots, serving menu items geared toward the wheat-free dietary restriction. The kitchen, which Olga will helm while Danny runs the front of house, will...

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Chando’s Tacos to open new downtown cantina

12/19/16

Chando’s Tacos to open new downtown cantina

Update: The highly anticipated Chandos Cantina celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. The restaurant held its soft opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, Jan. 14 and after taking a few days to continue staff training, has officially opened its doors, according to Chando’s marketing director Arturo Padilla. The cantina’s hours will be Sun.-Weds. from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Think of this as an early Christmas present from Sacramento’s reigning taqueria empire. Chando’s Tacos owner Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal says he plans to unveil his new downtown spot—coined Chando’s Cantina—the week following Christmas, after ticking off the remaining boxes of his grand opening checklist and pending final inspections....

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 15

12/15/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 15

This week in dining news: a new steakhouse opens in Sloughhouse, a colorful candy store launches in Old Sacramento, and a crepe shop swings open its doors in Folsom. Plus, Ruhstaller has brewed a new bottle shop, and a popular bookstore chain pegs Sacramento for its third restaurant concept store. Barnes & Noble Kitchen Bookworms can now settle in with a good book—and a glass of wine or beer—at this new concept store, which opened at the Palladio in Folsom Dec. 13. The location is one of the first three Barnes & Noble has opened across the country (the others are in Eastchester, NY and Edina, MN) and it features a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu featuring locally sourced produce inside a warm interior by New York-based design firm AvroKO. Barnes &...

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New tavern to open at former Cask & Barrel spot in North Sacramento

12/14/16

New tavern to open at former Cask & Barrel spot in North Sacramento

Update: Woodlake Tavern will host its grand opening Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4-9 p.m. Following that evening, the restaurant's regular hours will be Tues.-Thurs. from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., and Saturday from 5-10 p.m., with happy hour available from 4-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri. ******** Deneb Williams, who has served as executive chef of The Firehouse for the past 10 years, and his wife Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, who has worked at Ella as a sommelier for the past six, will open three restaurants before the end of next year, with the first, Woodlake Tavern, slated for an early January opening in North Sacramento. Under the business moniker WM Restaurants, Williams and Mandalou have taken over the restaurant and event space on Del Paso Boulevard that formerly housed Enotria,...

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