Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for July 31
Set to open in Mansion Flats on Aug. 2, Goodside Coffee will feature a rotating selection from roasters from across the country each season with its “Roaster in Residence” program. First up will be Santa Cruz-based Cat & Cloud Coffee, whose “The Answer” blend with notes of caramel, berries and chocolate will be spotlighted. "Sometimes you can walk into a coffee shop and they can seem a little pretentious, or people might feel like employees might judge them for not knowing what they want," says owner Chuck Chance, who formerly ran Mighty Coffee Truck. "We want to make it friendly, and make everyone feel welcome." 1430 H St. Visit Goodside Coffee on Facebook for updates.
Two years after launching Morgan’s Mill in Woodland, owner James Morgan is bringing the popular coffee shop to downtown Sacramento. Slated to open by late September near 11th and K, the new 1,800-square-foot spot will focus on local drinks (think java from Citrus Heights-based Entimos Coffee Roasters or vino from Yolo County-based Matchbook Wine Company), which patrons can pair with a menu of grab-and-go bites like the Hardy Boi avocado toast (topped with bacon and clover sprouts) or signature house-made waffles, including a cinnamon roll waffle and pizza waffle (with garlic butter, basil marinade and cherry tomatoes). 1026 K St. morgansmill.co
Insomnia Cookies, the Philadelphia-based late-night cookie chain that arrived in Davis last year, is set to expand its regional footprint by opening in Downtown Commons later this year. If you're looking to satisfy your midnight cravings, Insomnia—whose cookie flavors include everything from snickerdoodle to s'mores and chocolate peanut butter cup, and also offers cookiewiches, as well as 10-inch cookie cakes—makes good on its name: Sweet tooths can order for delivery or pickup, or just show up to the DoCo location, as late as 3 a.m. 414 K St. insomniacookies.com
Jeune, which debuted at the Ice Blocks in June, will be holding its last round of pours at the midtown complex from this Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 4. The pop-up wine bar—owned by Wool Design mavens Emily Wilder and Kaila Niles (the interior designers behind Canon and Camellia Coffee Roasters) focuses exclusively on all-organic, chemical-additive-free natural wines, including those from the likes of Clarksburg’s Tendu and El Dorado County’s Gros Ventre Cellars. This Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., the bar will feature a vintner meet-and-greet with Hank Beckmeyer, who co-owns the regional winery La Clarine Farm with his wife, Caroline Hoel. After they close up shop, Wilder and Niles will continue to lend their expertise to a curated wine list at nearby Beast & Bounty, owned by Michael Hargis, who is a partner in Jeune. There are also talks of a future brick-and-mortar location, as well as pop-ups at events in the fall. 1715 R St. jeunewine.com
Humphry Slocombe, the San Francisco ice creamery whose decadent and highly original flavors have been lauded by the likes of Vogue and Bon Appétit, will be doling out free scoops at Raley's stores on select Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 17 (the brand debuted at the grocery store chain in April). Click here to find out when and where to get a taste of signature flavors like Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, styled after the famous San Francisco coffee maker. humphryslocombe.com