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Kick off the new year with Monday brunch at these eight restaurants around town

12/29/17

Kick off the new year with Monday brunch at these eight restaurants around town

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then what you have on the morning of January 1 may just be the most important meal of the year. Get 2018 off to a great start at these eight restaurants around town that will be extending their weekend brunch into Monday, New Year’s Day, and serving up everything from decadent apple-ricotta pancakes and tiramisu French toast to playful winter cocktails like hot toddies with agave nectar. Canon On New Year’s Day at this new East Sacramento restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Brad Cecchi will be whipping up elevated brunch cuisine like ricotta pancakes with apple filling and apple cubes, and brioche avocado toast topped with Dungeness crab, roasted tomatoes and preserved lemon relish, as well as griddled banana bread...

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Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2017’s most exciting restaurant news

12/27/17

Sactown’s Year in Food: A look back at 2017’s most exciting restaurant news

Boy, are we full. And no, it's not from just the nonstop holiday carb fest. We’ve been dutifully eating our way through 2017, from the city's first-ever nacho festival to a new pop-up gourmet doughnut shop. Just in case you missed some of the fun, here's a look back at Sacramento's year in food, with a few things to look forward to in 2018. You might want to loosen that belt another notch.  JANUARY Amaro Italian Bistro & Bar on R Street, one of our favorite new restaurants in Sacramento, was one of the first eateries to open in 2017, quickly attracting a cult following for its spaghetti alla puttanesca just as much as its ornately decorated dining room featuring walls of book-lined shelves and chandeliers beneath a pressed tin ceiling. Later...

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Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 21

12/21/17

Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Dec. 21

In this week's food news, a health-conscious cafe opens in downtown Sacramento, a local coffee shop launches a blossoming roasting company, an Indian food truck takes to the streets, and a new sports bar takes over The Distillery's space in midtown. Plus, Tahoe Park beer enthusiasts have a new watering hole, and an IPA fest readies to celebrate the hazy brews of winter.  Backbone Café This new health-conscious counter service restaurant with gluten-free and vegan options soft-opened on Dec. 11, with a grand opening slated for February. Backbone Café is owned by brothers Joey and Tomas Woolston along with their parents, Matt and Yvette, who run the Supper Club cafe inside the Crocker Art Museum and Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro in...

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Celestin's restaurant returns to Sacramento with new location, same beloved gumbo

12/20/17

Celestin's restaurant returns to Sacramento with new location, same beloved gumbo

March 15 update: Celestin's relaunched Tuesday, March 13, offering seven versions of its signature gumbo—from vegetarian with zucchini, butternut squash, cremini mushrooms and carrots to protein-heavy with chicken, scallops, shrimp, rock cod and sausage—and other dishes like shrimp Creole, fried plantains and desserts like Key lime pie and a Banbury tart. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. On Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it will host Celestin's Gumbo Brunch, with the same menu plus mimosas and scratch-made pastries, and plans to expand its brunch offerings down the line to include items like Haitian French toast. The restaurant is closed Mondays. ********** After a seven-year hiatus, husband-wife team...

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A new '80s cafe is a blast from the past

12/18/17

A new '80s cafe is a blast from the past

If you were first in line to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi last week or binge-watched season two of Stranger Things, or still break out the moonwalk whenever you hear "Billy Jean," a new retro cafe in Rancho Cordova will seem totally tubular. The colorful restaurant, aptly named Back to the ’80s Cafe & More (which originally debuted in 2014 as a collector’s shop), opened on Dec. 2 with MTV music videos lighting up flat screens, movie posters from classics like Goonies and Pretty in Pink , and a Pac-Man machine beeping in the corner. Run by owner Chris Knecht, who previously managed locations of Cheesecake Factory and Buffalo Wild Wings—the eatery is located in an unassuming strip mall, but on a recent Friday it was packed with customers, hungry...

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