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Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

02/16/18

Treat yourself to Monday brunch this Presidents’ Day at these seven local restaurants

This Presidents’ Day weekend, exercise your constitutional right to eat brunch on a Monday if you want to. Here are seven places dishing out everything from Dungeness crab eggs Benedict to apple pie buttermilk pancakes this holiday. Cafe Bernardo Drop by any of Cafe Bernardo’s four locations (Capital Ave., R Street, The Pavilions and Davis) for your Monday brunch fix, with signature dishes like the smoked salmon Benedict with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce resting over flaky salmon and slices of toast spread generously with cream cheese. Don’t miss this local chain’s amaretto brioche version with grilled banana slices, slivered almonds, toasted coconut flakes, a heavy spread of butter and maple syrup to sop up with each fluffy...

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Fizz champagne bar to open in Downtown Commons

02/14/18

Fizz champagne bar to open in Downtown Commons

Sacramento, get ready to pop the bubbly. Raymond James Irwin, the owner of Fizz champagne bar, has announced that he plans to open his new venture in Downtown Commons this summer. The bar—billed as Sacramento’s only champagne and bubbles bar—will occupy a cozy 998-square-foot space between Estelle patisserie and Häagen-Dazs in the burgeoning downtown district surrounding Golden 1 Center. Fizz will showcase 40 different champagnes by the bottle and 12 by the glass, sourced from vintners as near as Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg and Capay Valley Vineyards in Brooks, and as far away as South Africa, Spain, France and Greece. “The majority of what I’ll sell you cannot get at BevMo or at grocery stores,” Irwin says. "We’re aiming...

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A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

02/12/18

A wildly popular LA-based Korean BBQ restaurant expands to Sacramento

Arden Fair will be firing up the grill for Gen Korean BBQ, which is scheduled to open in early August in the space that formerly housed Maggiano's Little Italy. This will be the first Sacramento area location of the popular LA-based Korean cuisine chain, which has locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, as well as in cities like Las Vegas, and is known for its extensive all-you-can-eat menu (in traditional Korean barbecue style, guests select their meats, seafood, vegetables and garnishes and cook them on tabletop grills). Lunch will be $16.99 per person and dinner will $24.99 per person.  The menu will feature staples like marinated beef bulgogi and beef galbi (short ribs), as well as more daring options like gobchang (cow intestine) and beef tongue. It...

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Mas Taco Bar to open in Dos Coyotes space on R Street

02/08/18

Mas Taco Bar to open in Dos Coyotes space on R Street

March 19 UPDATE: Mas Taco Bar, the casual taco chain from Mason, Alan and Curtis Wong, is set to open on R Street this Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m., as well as in Arden-Arcade (at Arden Town Center) and the Palladio shopping complex in Folsom in September or October. The menu, created by the Wongs' executive chef Christian Palmos, will feature 14 variations of tacos—think duck confit in a citrusy tamarind glaze on a corn tortilla or red curry shrimp with green cabbage, pickled vegetables and cilantro on a bao bun or an off-the-menu lobster taco with corn salsa and sriracha aioli—as well as inventive dishes like the habañero fireballs, a blend of habañero and jalapeño peppers, bacon, and pepper jack and cream cheeses that has been rolled into...

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Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

02/05/18

Seventh annual Sacramento Bacon Fest brings the sizzle

Get ready to live high on the hog, Sacramento. The seventh annual Bacon Fest, which was recently included in CNN Travel's list of World's Best Food Festivals, will get cooking from Feb. 6-11, bringing with it pork-packed menus and events throughout the region. The week will kick off Feb. 6 with a Choose Your Own Ramen party at Empress Tavern, where for $19.99, folks can grab a cold beer and build their own bowl, picking a broth (veggie, chicken dashi or, yes, bacon), protein (bacon will also be an option here) and noodles. On Feb. 8, midtown doughnut shop Milk Money will serve up bacon milkshakes at LowBrau starting at 5 p.m., including a boozy variety containing ice cream made with aged prosciutto, loaded with maple caramel, candied pecans and bacon bits, and topped...

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