Taste: The region's latest food, drink & restaurant news for Oct. 14

Photo courtesy of Block Butcher Bar
Block Butcher Bar will serve lunch starting Nov. 1 with sandwiches like pastrami (pictured) and egg salad.

A food delivery service launches in Sacramento, a beloved British pub gets new owners, a midtown meatery shows lunchtime some love and cultural cuisine comes to downtown. We have this week’s nibbles of news in the local dining scene.


San Francisco-based food delivery service Caviar has launched in Sacramento. Meals from 20 local restaurants—including Lotus Thai Cuisine, Ink Eats and Drinks, Pizza Rock, Osaka Sushi, Liquidology Bar, Oscar’s Very Mexican Food and Bombay Bar and Grill—can be brought to your door, typically within 60 minutes (there is an 18 percent service fee and a delivery charge ranging from $1.99 to $4.99 depending on location). Orders (and pre-orders for eateries like Burgess Brothers’ Barbeque & Burgers, Cafeteria 15L and Goodie Tuchews) can be placed through Caviar’s website or on its smartphone app. trycaviar.com/sacramento

Fox & Goose Public House

Jessa Berkey and Peter Monson, two former general managers of Fox & Goose Public House, took over ownership in September from the original owners’ daughter Allyson Dalton. Fans of the British pub can breathe easy knowing there won’t be any major changes to the menu or atmosphere anytime soon—favorites like the vegetarian pub grills and fish & chips are staying on the menu. Fox & Goose will, however, be adding weekly food specials based on favorite dishes of employees and patrons, and naming the special after the person who inspired it. 1001 R St. 443-8825. foxandgoose.com

Carolina’s Mexican Food

Hungry downtowners will have another place to go south of the border when Carolina’s Mexican Food opens its sixth location at 9th and J streets across from Cesar Chavez park at the end of October. Owners Charlotte (Carolina’s daughter) and Julius Engel will aim for a modern look for this new space (think stainless steel elements) compared to their other locations in places like Citrus Heights and Curtis Park. The menu will remain mostly the same, featuring Carolina’s classics like carne asada fries (french fries topped with grilled steak, sour cream, cheese and guacamole) and the popular California burrito (packed with carne asada, potatoes, pico de gallo and cheese), but will include a new build-your-own-plate concept. 906 J St. carolinasfastfood.com

Block Butcher Bar

The midtown charcuterie hot spot Block Butcher Bar is expanding with lunch service, which is slated to start Nov. 1. The new menu, which will be served weekdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature soups and salads, as well as sandwiches that will rotate daily. Hot sandwiches (like a decadent meatball sub) will be made to order, while soups and cold sandwiches (such as the house pastrami with pickled beets and horseradish or the veg-friendly egg salad) will be premade for a quick and easy pickup at the grab-and-go counter. 1050 20th St. 706-2636. blockbutcherbar.com

Gina’s Filipino Kape

Last week, Gina’s Filipino Kape quietly opened on 12th Street in the space formerly inhabited by 1011 12th Espresso Bar. Chef-owner Gina Ramirez, who learned to cook in the Philippines where she was born and raised, is cooking up Filipino favorites like pansit (a pan-fried rice noodle dish with vegetables and either shrimp, pork or chicken), embutido (Tagalog meatloaf) and lumpia (an egg-roll-like side stuffed with veggies, pork and shrimp). The cozy eatery will also feature daily specials like menudo (tripe soup) and Filipino macaroni salad (made with pineapple and raisins) and also cater to the morning crowd with smoothies and coffee drinks, as well as bagels and “Senorita bread” made by Bella Bru Cafe. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 1011 12th St. 822-4155

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