Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Feb. 12

Photos courtesy of purveyors

Three new breakfast options and a food truck—it may sound like the title of a foodie’s favorite flick but is actually this week’s restaurant news, including where to find Filipino breakfast, a must-have croquet monsieur, a vegan breakfast sandwich, and a new roaming restaurant.  

Hawks Provisions & Public House

A more casual establishment than Hawks, its sister restaurant in Granite Bay, this East Sacramento newcomer began serving brunch on Sunday, Feb. 7. The Public House side of Hawks Provisions, which has been open since December and has been serving up gastropub fare for lunch and dinner, will now be serving a brunch menu on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring baked treats from pastry chef Misty Greene (think cinnamon streusel coffee cake), house-made charcuterie (18-month-old prosciutto or salmon rillettes), and rich, homey main dishes, like the can’t-miss croquet monsieur (which is also available in the now-open Provisions side of the restaurant) or the red wine-braised short rib served with crispy patatas bravas and an oozing poached egg. 1525 Alhambra Blvd. 558-4440. hawkspublichouse.com


ItSilog, a new walk-up kiosk specializing in Filipino breakfast food, will hold a soft opening Feb. 20 at its Elk Grove location on Franklin Blvd. Owned by Elk Grove residents and husband-and-wife teams Reuben and Van Rodriguez, and Manuel and Fridaleen Dizon, the restaurant takes its name from the word silog, a traditional Filipino breakfast of one sunny-side-up egg, garlic rice and a breakfast meat of choice. ItSilog will primarily function as a take-out restaurant, and co-owner Fridaleen Dizon is looking at online ordering options that can facilitate quick and convenient food pick-up, and says there will be patio seating. The menu will offer the silog with different meats—like garlic pork sausage and longanisa, a Filipino chorizo-like sausage—as breakfast plates, sandwiches, burritos, and as a “tacow” on a corn tortilla. Other highlights include a banh mi, a nod to Van Rodriguez’s Vietnamese heritage, and loco moco, a Hawaiian breakfast dish with egg, two hamburger patties and gravy over rice. 10408 Franklin Blvd. Elk Grove. itsilog.com

The Pop Up Truck

A new way to get a meal on wheels has popped up in Sacramento—The Pop Up Truck made its debut on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in front of Bottle and Barlow. Co-owners Matt Brown (the executive chef of midtown’s 58 Degrees & Holding Co.) and Alex Shragg (an occupational therapist who cut his teeth at Taylor’s Market’s butcher department) aim to highlight the diversity of food by serving different dishes weekly based on a certain theme. For example, this week’s selections will feature a New Orleans theme—think shrimp po’boys, gumbo and red beans and rice—in honor of Mardi Gras. And while the truck doesn’t have set hours or locations, look for it outside R Street’s Bottle and Barlow on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and either Fridays or Saturdays beginning around 9 p.m. facebook.com/sactopopuptruck

Pushkin’s Bakery

Midtown’s premier gluten-free bakery has expanded its menu to include breakfast sandwiches served on their gluten-free bread bun, according to Pushkin’s co-founder Olga Turner (she owns the bakery with her husband, Danny). The menu—which is expanding to slowly prepare for the bakery’s move from its three-year home on 29th St. to its new location at 1813 Capitol Ave. in the spring—features five different morning-meal selections, including a vegan version served on the shop’s egg-free bread with soy chorizo (tofu marinated in chilies with adobo sauce) and pepper jack “cheese” (made from cashews), avocado, onion, tomato and cilantro. Olga’s favorite? The No. 1: a classic with a baked egg patty, pesto, bacon, tomato, avocado and spinach. 1820 29th St. 376-7752. pushkinsbakery.com

You Might Also Like: 
Craving of the week: 3 Fires Lounge’s Glazed Doughnut Caramel Bread Pudding
Davis couple opens new restaurant in East Sacramento
Five creative installations at K Street's Art Hotel