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First Look: The Newly Reopened Kru

10/26/16

First Look: The Newly Reopened Kru

It could be argued that none of the works of public art recently unveiled at the new Golden 1 Center offers more aesthetic pleasure than Billy Ngo’s sashimi bowl at the newly reopened Kru on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento, which launched with dinner service on Oct. 18. The plating is so showy that diners can be seen taking pictures not just of their own food but the plates of total strangers as well. And the strangers let them, so giddy is everyone at the spectacle—it simply must be shared. What better definition of public art? Sushi is always a visual feast, and the old Kru was an Instagram favorite, but the plating at the new location has been amped up—witness the sashimi plate, served atop a bowl of sparkling crushed ice, the whorls of semitranslucent...

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Four new breweries bursting onto Sacramento’s craft beer scene

10/20/16

Four new breweries bursting onto Sacramento’s craft beer scene

It’s been two years since Sactown dedicated an entire issue to the city’s burgeoning craft beer culture, and since then, many more breweries have staked their sudsy claims in the Sacramento region. Here are four new breweries slated to open by early 2017. Fort Rock Brewing Located inside Folsom Boulevard’s Nimbus Winery Village, which currently houses The Old Spaghetti Factory and Tommy T’s Comedy Club, this newcomer to the craft beer scene will specialize in pilsners, blondes and IPAs. Fort Rock co-owner Tom Fuquay says the brewery is slated to open in December and will sport an industrial look with metal accents, wood paneling and warm lighting from chandeliers made of pipes providing atmosphere. The 5,000 square-foot space features an outdoor patio, five...

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Craving of the Week: BarnBurner's Angel Food Cake French Toast

10/17/16

Craving of the Week: BarnBurner's Angel Food Cake French Toast

Meet our new favorite breakfasty twist on a classic dessert: the celestial angel food cake French toast at BarnBurner in Rocklin. Co-owner Tiffany York Harris devised the menu standout as an homage to her father’s favorite after-dinner treat. It’s sweet enough on its own that you don’t really need to add syrup, especially with a pile of whipped cream heaped on top of four generous slices. The French toast starts out with traditional angel food cake before slices are covered on both sides in vanilla custard. But rather than letting the cake sit in the custard for long enough to really soak in (and destroy the angel food’s airy texture), like you would with traditional French toast, BarnBurner coats each piece very lightly before placing it on the grill....

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Oct. 14

10/14/16

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Oct. 14

This week we've got the lowdown on a buzzy beer event, a new ice cream shop in West Sacramento, the revamp of a popular cafe at Downtown Commons, and the scoop on two popular restaurants' delicious menu changes. Empress Tavern This underground restaurant on K Street below the historic Crest Theatre launched a weekday lunch menu on Sept. 20. Empress will now be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, before happy hour begins at 3 p.m. In keeping with the eatery’s meat-centric menu, the lunch offerings include sandwiches like the Hot Pastrami Rachel, smothered in Swiss cheese and coleslaw, and the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with a creamy avocado ranch dressing on bread baked in-house daily. The menu also includes a rotisserie...

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Sliced pizza festival returns for its second year with a fresh lineup of edible events

10/12/16

Sliced pizza festival returns for its second year with a fresh lineup of edible events

After a successful inaugural event last October, the Sliced pizza festival will return to Sacramento from Oct. 15-23 with a slew of oven-fresh events, including cooking competitions, pizza-making classes and a finale block party. Organizer Marvin Maldonado, who co-owns Federalist Public House in midtown, says participating restaurants and food trucks will include Chicago Fire, Nido, Pizzeria Urbano, Buffalo Pizza & Ice Cream Co., B-Side and Pizza Supreme Being. On Oct. 15, Federalist will host a kids' pizza-making class. Mini chefs will be able to taste their own creations cooked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. The restaurant also plans to host a pizza-making class for grown-ups on Oct. 22. On Oct. 18, Chicago Fire will present a pizza-eating...

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