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The Double Barrel Smokehouse to reopen and quintuple in size

01/04/19

The Double Barrel Smokehouse to reopen and quintuple in size

The Double Barrel Smokehouse is all 'cued up to take over the long-vacant Beermann’s Brewery building in downtown Lincoln on Jan. 9. The restaurant—which opened in 2014 around the corner from its new home and served its last slice of brisket at the original spot on Dec. 22—will soon be serving up its Texas-style slow-smoked meats inside the historic 1865 structure. At 14,100 square feet, the second location is almost five times larger than the first, and co-owner Monte Lokey intends to utilize every inch of the space, including brewing his own house drafts in the big copper mesh tanks left over from the building's former life as a brewery. “We hired Brian Crass, who used to brew for Knee Deep and Out of Bounds—we’re going to start off...

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Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2018’s tastiest dining news around town

12/31/18

Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2018’s tastiest dining news around town

As the new year draws near, we'd like to reflect on all that 2018 has brought us—and when it came to edible news, our plates were very full. From the city's first-ever French fry festival to the long-anticipated opening of the hipster-hop doughnuterie Milk Money, here's a look back on Sactown's Year in Food. JANUARY After being closed since 2016, Estelle bakery & patisserie kicked off the year by opening its long-awaited Arden-Arcade location (which was followed by a second launch at Downtown Commons in the spring). Later that month Sactown broke the news that Allora, a seafood-forward Italian bistro from the owners of Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen, would be taking up residency in a...

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Taste: Kodaiko hosts a ramen pop-up and other regional dining news for December

12/13/18

Taste: Kodaiko hosts a ramen pop-up and other regional dining news for December

As they say, good things come to those who wait: Kodaiko, Billy Ngo's hotly anticipated underground ramen spot on the 700 block of K Street, was originally scheduled to open in December, but due to construction delays, is now aiming to open in February. But if patience is not one of your virtues, you can get a sneak taste of the Kru chef-owner's soul-warming broth and noodles at a pop-up from 1-3 p.m. (or until the ramen runs out) this Sunday, Dec. 16, at Elixir Bar & Grill, which is co-owned by Curt Pow, a partner in Kodaiko. Ngo will be on hand at the downtown venue to dish out bowls of the vegan ramen he will eventually offer at Kodaiko—the base is a mushroom broth made with cashew cream and the soup features toppings like roasted...

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Owners of Binchoyaki plan new bento box spot

12/12/18

Owners of Binchoyaki plan new bento box spot

The owners of the buzzworthy Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining are thinking inside the box for their upcoming grab-and-go spot, Kizuna Bento. Husband-wife team Craig Takehara and Tokiko Sawada currently offer bento boxes at Binchoyaki, their wildly popular Japanese small-plates restaurant in Southside Park that opened in 2016 and specializes in meats and vegetables grilled over binchotan charcoal, heated upwards of 1,000 degrees. At Kizuna Bento, which is set to open next year in downtown Sacramento, the couple plans to incorporate those same expertly grilled meats and vegetables into an expanded lineup of bento boxes, which will be available either at the ready or made to order and feature varying combinations of rice, miso soup, salad, pickles and a...

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Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

12/06/18

Meet Winston, Camden Spit & Larder's scooter-riding, martini-wielding boar mascot

Other pigs may not fly, but this one sure looks like he can. Camden Spit & Larder, the new restaurant from chef Oliver Ridgeway, officially kicks off its happy hour today at 4 p.m. with the debut of Winston, an anthropomorphic boar on display in one of the eatery's windows facing Capitol Mall. As a nod to Ridgeway’s British heritage, the restaurant’s new unofficial mascot is named after Winston Churchill, and dressed in the style of U.K. fashion designers like Ben Sherman and Paul Smith (Winston sports a three-piece pinstripe suit, brown wing tips, Union Jack socks and leather motorcycle gloves). The boar-ishly handsome pig rides a houndstooth scooter, seemingly flying by on his way to the Capitol—tongue out, martini in hand. “This is kind of...

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