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

Photos courtesy of purveyors; cocktail photo by Ashley Vuong via Instagram
(Clockwise from top left): the banh mi sandwich at Station 16; Stay Bowled's food truck; croissants at Devine Bakery & Gelateria; a lineup of Wiki Wacky Woo cocktails at Cafe Bernardo in Davis

In this week's helping of local food news, a popular midtown gelateria expands to East Sacramento, a health-minded food truck takes to the streets and a well-loved Davis cafe renovates. Plus, a downtown music lounge adds a patio.


The music-themed lounge on 14th and S Streets, which opened in late 2015 and proudly touts itself as a local dive bar, has submitted an application to the city proposing an expansion to include a patio and a second building for residential use adjacent to the bar. The 500-square-foot patio space along S Street will serve as an outdoor area for bar-goers to mingle and drink. The 1,400-square-foot building adjacent to the patio would serve as a private apartment, with a garage on the lower level. Owner Bret Bair estimates that if the plans are approved, the patio could be open by late next spring. 1430 S St. Sacramento. 706-1830. b-sidesacramento.com

Cafe Bernardo

Cafe Bernardo in Davis is getting a makeover and will reopen by the end of September. According to Stacy Paragary of the Paragary Restaurant Group, the outpost is due for a remodel, having occupied its current location on D Street for the past 20 years without any major updates. The café will sport new counters, modern wood shelves and tabletops, as well as hanging heated lamps in the outdoor seating space. The bar next door, originally known as Bar Bernardo, will be renamed the Wiki Bar after the Wiki Wacky Woo, a legendary local cocktail loaded with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, Bacardi rum and pineapple and cranberry juices. Set to reopen the first week of October, the bar will sport a tiki theme, with Polynesian artwork and bamboo, and its drink menu will get an overhaul—including the addition of the famed Wiki Wacky Woo. 234 D St. 530-750-5101. cafebernardo.com

Devine Bakery & Gelateria

This popular midtown gelato spot expanded to East Sacramento on Sept. 9, with a focus on baked goods and pastries. The new bakery, just two blocks from McKinley Park, opens bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for fresh treats like Belgian waffles, sticky buns, cheese Danishes, veggie galettes and five types of scones, along with an espresso bar, drip coffee and tea. Scoops of gelato made at the midtown location are available after 1 p.m. with 12 classic flavors from stracciatella to pistachio. Tip: Try the best of the bakery and the gelato case by ordering a crepe à la mode. The bakery is also open at lunchtime, offering paninis ranging from turkey and Swiss on a croissant bun to Black Forest ham and cheddar on a baguette. 3610 McKinley Blvd.  devinegelateria.com

Station 16

Midtown’s seafood-oriented Station 16, which opened in June, has extended its weekday hours to include lunch. The afternoon menu dishes out healthy, light choices like vermicelli noodle salads, salmon-avocado spring rolls, marinated short ribs over rice, and banh mi sandwiches with Thai chicken, grilled pork or vegetarian-friendly fried tofu. Spike up lunch with cocktails like the Kahlua Iced Mocha or sangria with fresh berries. And if your brunch bunch is looking for a new spot, stay tuned: Station 16 is working on a weekend brunch menu to launch in October with dishes like smoked salmon scrambles, a chicken and waffles plate and shrimp and grits. Lunch hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 pm. Mon.-Fri. 1118 16th St. 228-4042. sacstation16.com

Stay Bowled

This new health-conscious food truck soft-opened on Sept. 3, offering açaí bowls with various toppings and flavors. The bowls start with a blended mixture of açaí berries and coconut water or almond milk, then are sprinkled with fruit, like locally sourced blueberries, strawberries and banana, or sweet, nutritious items like organic granola, almond or peanut butters and honey. Brothers Josh and Taylor de Luna, who launched the truck, say they sold out in just four hours at their inaugural event at the Caffeine and Kilos Invitational in Elk Grove. Their most popular menu item, “The Gains,” is made with a standard açaí blend topped with peanut butter and local bee pollen. The brothers are adding improvements to their truck and will hit the road again sometime this fall, with hopes to expand to a brick-and-mortar location in the future. instagram.com/staybowled

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