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

Tastecollage Sactownmagazine Jan.21
Waffle photo by Faith Lopez; other images courtesy of purveyors

The new year has brought new menu items to restaurants and cafes around town. Plus, an Elk Grove's brewery plans its debut.

Capitol Garage

The popular downtown restaurant debuted a new menu Jan. 18 replete with vegetarian and vegan options. Head chef Raphael Kendall (whose own vegan diet inspired the menu) is dishing out new meatless options like zucchini noodles with roasted carrots, red pepper, and chimichurri, or the carrot hash, topped with sautéed broccoli, rainbow chard and fried eggs. The menu also includes an addition of soy chorizo to items like the tofu breakfast burrito and the happy hour tacos alongside mainstays like vegan berry pancakes and the curry tofu scramble. Plus, Kendall revamped the cafe’s black bean burger to include avocado, spring mix and vegan aioli on focaccia bread. Test out the new menu Tuesday evenings (Capitol Garage’s vegan and vegetarian night), when you’ll find creative specials with wine and cocktail pairings. 1500 K St. 444-3633. capitolgarage.com

Flatland Brewing Company

This new brewery is set to open Jan. 22 in Elk Grove, replacing Handcraft Brewing Company. With six rotating taps, Flatland’s brews will include a double IPA, an imperial stout, the malty Bavarian Copper, the spicy Czech hop-based saison coined Uprising, and the rich, fruit-flavored Royal Quail with caramel and chocolate. After discovering a passion for home brewing in 2008, Andrew Mohsenzadegan (who owns Flatland with wife Michelle) worked as a wine steward for Nugget Markets and head brewer at Handcraft before buying the brewery. The small batch sensibility endures with Flatland—the Mohsenzadegans grow hops in their backyard, utilize seasonal fruit and honey from local farms, and brew in barrels from area wineries. The brewery, the only one in Elk Grove, will host food trucks Friday and Saturday nights. 9183 Survey Rd. Elk Grove. flatlandbrewingco.com

The Mill

On New Year’s Day, this midtown coffee shop began serving fluffy, Liège-style Belgian waffles in a paper coffee filter. Coined the “waffle in hand,” the new breakfast addition was created by co-owner Nick Minton, who wanted to offer a morning treat that was just as creative and easily transportable as the drinks coming out of the region’s coffee shops. The Mill’s waffles are made with a yeasty dough rather than a liquid batter and prepped like bread (providing a dense consistency like a doughnut) and are ready to eat in the same time it takes to get a latte. Available daily until noon, the waffles are served with jam or maple syrup. 1827 I St. 469-9683. themillsacramento.com

The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs

This desserterie with locations in Fair Oaks and Roseville, best known for its melt-in-your-mouth ice cream “puffs,” began serving milkshakes on Friday, Jan. 15. The new custom-made concoctions allow patrons to pick any one or two ice cream flavors—including unique choices like pink Starburst, purple taro or Earl Grey tea—and top the blend with a choice of 24 toppings, from Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal to crushed Butterfinger bars. The combos range from a mango sorbet shake with Fruity Pebbles cereal and strawberry sauce to a Cocoa Butter Kisses milkshake that blends chocolate ice cream, cookie butter and graham crackers and tops it with marshmallow sauce and Cocoa Krispies. Fair Oaks: 2620 Fair Oaks Blvd. 977-3997. Roseville: 1490 Eureka Rd. 781-7833. theparloricecream.com

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