Iron Horse Tavern, by the team that brought Sacramento Mix Downtown and Cafeteria 15L, will open in April 2015, reports S.T. Vanairsdale in Sactown Mag.
The Iron Horse Tavern, set to open next April at the intersection of 15th and R streets, is the latest bar and restaurant project to imprint a spirit of urbane sophistication on the revived former railway stretch south of midtown. Named after the locomotives that once rumbled down R Street, Iron Horse features a style that interweaves the area’s industrial heritage with sleek international touches...
Iron Horse’s glass doors, meanwhile, will open onto the surrounding patio, where guests can dine and drink alfresco. Chef Christian Palmos of Cafeteria 15L—a downtown sister eatery in the Wong family of restaurants—will oversee the menu at Iron Horse as well. (Wong demurs when asked about planned dishes, opting to describe the cuisine as “creative American—maybe American with a twist.”)
Cafeteria 15L: Good management trickles down to the plate for delicious meal- I recently went to Cafeteria 15L and had an excellent meal. The food was delicious and fairly priced, the service was conscientious and friendly, and the casual, modern space buzzed with energy. My friends and I had a near perfect evening and talked of visiting again soon...But it did get better the next day, when I spoke with executive sous chef Katrina Mattia. The enthusiasm this employee had for her company was infectious, refreshing, and made the meal, in retrospect, an even happier memory. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.
10 area restaurants to plan a last-minute Thanksgiving feast- If you and yours are still sorting out your Thanksgiving destination or facing some unexpected changes to your original plans, fear not: Here are 10 local spots that will be serving up their own specialties for holiday diners this Thursday. (Just be sure to inquire soon about reservations—spots are filling up quickly!) Alex Hernandez in Sactown Mag.
Feast Q&A: Jason Poole, of Sacramento’s Hyatt Regency, on serving Thanksgiving- One such holiday-dinner destination is the 26-year-old Hyatt Regency, where executive chef Jason Poole and his staff are planning on a few people dropping by for a meal. Poole was one of the major coordinators of the Tower Bridge Gala Dinner, the culmination of Farm-to-Fork Celebration in September. The Hyatt’s usual brunch menu has been expanded for Thanksgiving to 70-plus items to be served at eight stations at Dawson’s, Vines and Amourath lounge. The price is $55 general, $28 children ages 5 to 12, free for 5 and younger. Seatings will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at 1209 L St. Reservations: (916) 443-1234 or www.sacramento.hyatt.com. We caught up with Poole on Monday. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
New Oak Park Brewing opens, draws crowds, then scrambles to find new chef- The owners estimate that upwards of 1,200 people attended the preview opening Saturday. It was a huge coup for the brewery and for the Oak Park neighborhood, which has been undergoing a high-profile renewal in recent years....The head chef, Christopher Davis-Murai, the day before the official opening abruptly announced he was bailing out. That left the folks at Oak Park Brewing to deal with more than their share of new-business adjustments mere hours before customers were going to start showing up. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
New craft brewery coming to Rancho Cordova- A new craft brewery in Rancho Cordova will have the atmosphere of an old mining town, according to its owner. Mike Ryan plans to open Argonaut Brewing Co. by June 2015. The brewery will fill approximately 5,000 square feet at 11366 Monier Park Place. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Empress Tavern, the hotly-anticipated meat-serving restaurant by the chefs and owners of vegetarian restaurant Mother, will open in early 2015, reports Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.
Emerick and Borroum co-own the gourmet vegetarian restaurant Mother, which is part of the chunk of K Street property adjoining the Crest that Emerick purchased, along with the theater, in 2011. Construction recently began on Emerick’s new venture with Mother chef Michael Thiemann – a rotisserie-meat restaurant called Empress Tavern. The restaurant, housed in the Crest basement space that once held two small movie theaters, should be finished in January, Borroum said.
In addition, the Bee reports that the owners of the crest are "investigating the Alamo Drafthouse model of serving beer, wine and meals with films."
Dinner-with-a-movie concept moviehouse coming to Rocklin- A new nine-screen movie theater in Rocklin will offer an entrée and a mixed drink with first-run films. Studio Movie Grill is opening its first mult-plex on the west coast at 5140 Commons Drive next month in time for the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Bill Lindelof in the Sac Bee.
5 things to know about restaurant-movie theater coming to Rocklin- The Dallas-based company that's bringing a restaurant-movie theater hybrid to Rocklin released more details about the project, originally announced last year, this week. Here are five things to know about Studio Movie Grill, which will be located in the Rocklin Commons shopping center. It's the company's first California site and 19th location overall. Rocklin Commons is one of the two large, new shopping centers at Interstate 80 and Sierra College Boulevard. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Off the Hook now open for dining in north Sacramento- The people who know Tanya Hill-Shareef best – her husband and her brother – have seen her coax the words “yes” and “absolutely” out of people who initially told her “no” and “never.” Yet when she came home and announced that she was going to open a restaurant at 2014 Del Paso Blvd., both men told her, “Oh, no, you can’t!” Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.
Counter Culture: Oak Cafe goes to the head of the class- Give the Oak Cafe two “bests.” It’s one of our area’s best restaurants, and it’s one of the dining scene’s best-kept secrets, likely because of its location and irregular (but predictable) operating schedule. Oh, and give an “among the best” for its timely and professional service. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Try It: Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s Salad Bar- One of my favorite spots for a plateful of produce is the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, which offers a first-rate salad bar stocked with a raft of goodies. In addition to the ubiquitous leafy greens, cucumbers and carrots, the Co-op offers fresh edamame beans, grated beets, hard boiled eggs and the most scrumptious, delightfully crunchy (and not from a package!) croutons I’ve ever tasted. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Vic's Cafe, the addition to the beloved ice cream parlor next door, has applied for a license to sell beer and wine, Cowtown Eats learned in a visit over the weekend.
The cafe, not yet a year old, plans to expand its evening business by serving alcohol. Since its opening, it has expanded from a very limited menu serving just coffee and breakfast pastries to lunch items such as wraps. This is the latest in their expansion plans, although they are not yet sure if they will expand their hours.
As a neighborhood resident, I'm very excited for another venue to grab a beer or a glass of wine within walking distance. Just a week ago, a group of friends and I had dinner at Masullo and wanted another after dinner drink, but felt guilty taking up table space with a line of diners waiting to eat. Nearby Riverside Clubhouse wasn't a real option since their bar is always busy on the weekend. We settled on Iron Grill, an adequate choice, but with a limited wine list.
Per the store personnel, the public notice has to be up at least 3 months before they can start serving alcohol. The posting went up on Oct. 20, which means that the end of January is the earliest they can start serving beer and wine. The type of liquor they've applined for will not allow Vic's to serve hard liquor.
I hope the Vic's Cafe team builds a great wine and beer program. The demographics of the neighborhood would certainly support a sophisticated and unique menu.
I can't wait to finally have a place that I can walk home from after several drinks.
Shady Lady owners take over Monte Carlo Club- One of Sacramento’s oldest bars will debut in February with a new name and ownership team. The owners of Shady Lady Saloon at 14th and R streets – Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck – have taken over the Monte Carlo Club a block away at 15th and S streets. The bar, which is undergoing a remodel, will debut in February with a new name, B-Side. Bret Bair, co-owner of Ace of Spades music club and Goldfield Trading Post, serves as the landlord. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Streets of London changes owners, but fish ’n’ chips stay great- The recent newspaper ad caught our attention: “Keep calm. We are under new ownership.” Egad! Nobody called to tell us. Turns out the time-tested Streets of London Pub has simplified its name to Streets, expanded its menu and slicked-up its logo to show profiles of Sacramento’s Tower Bridge and the Tower Bridge in London. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread- I have loved sandwiches since I was a little kid. Growing up in Ireland, my Mom always made me a packed lunch to take to school, a tradition she continued well into my high school years. Everyone at school knew about my mom’s sandwiches, and she would often make me extras to share with “the boarders”—the students who lived in dormitory during the week and supplemented their cafeteria diet with large quantities of sugary snacks from the tuck shop. The best sandwich my mom made, (and I’m hoping she will make when I visit over the holidays, wink!) is the roast chicken sandwich, which includes white and dark meat, sausage stuffing, arugula, mayonnaise, and a few slivers of red onion. This was usually served on a perfectly fresh and crunchy French baguette. I think because my mother is an artist and interior designer, she can’t help but express her superior understanding of the intricacies of flavor and texture and proportion even when making a humble sandwich. Featuring Dad's Sandwiches, Cafe Rolle, Corti Brothers, Juno's Deli & Mr. Pickles.Laurn Norton on Girls on the Grid.
Try It: Evan's Kitchen & Catering- Tuck into the kitchen’s superb omelets (I’m partial to the rib-sticking “Evan’s Favorite,” packed full of ground beef, spinach and mushrooms and doused with chunky country gravy) or choose from a delectable selection of creative Benedicts (don’t miss the indulgent version prepared with crab cakes). Other starring dishes include a rustic, fabulous housemade corned beef hash; and the cinnamon-kissed Texas-style French toast. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Drought-defying tomato harvest breaks California record- In a year when most commodities saw declines in production, the tomato crop was 16 percent larger than last year. It surpassed the old record of 13.3 million tons harvested in 2009, according to the California Tomato Growers Association. Dale Kasler in the Sac Bee.
Pieology, a fast casual, build-your-own pizzeria, opens on Wednesday in the spot formerly occupied by Monsoon.
Governor Jerry Brown, who lives on the same block as the new restaurant, visited Pieology during their soft opening period, the restaurant said on Facebook.
This is how the restaurant describes itself on Facebook:
Using only the freshest ingredients, award-winning Pieology Pizzeria prides itself on offering delicious, build-your-own, artisan-style pizzas in less than four minutes. Founded in 2011 by Carl Chang, Pieology is the first true “pie-oneer” in the fast casual, custom pizza sector. The restaurant evolved out of the simple yet, ingenious idea to turn America’s favorite food into an even more fun, affordable, interactive and personalized experience. The mission of Pieology Pizzeria is to provide guests with a place to gather with their families and friends, enjoy great food, build communities and be inspired to make a positive difference, one Pie at a time.
The pizza joint joins others in the quick pizza arena, such as Blast 825, Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza and Trademark Pizza, all of which have either opened Sacramento-area locations or plan to soon.
OpenTable list of top steakhouses includes two area restaurants- OpenTable's list of the nation's top 100 steakhouses includes two Sacramento-area restaurants. One is a relatively new addition to the local dining scene, while the other is part of a well-established national chain. The region's entries include Flame and Fire in Roseville and Ruth's Chris Steak House in Sacramento. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Why do restaurants close so suddenly? - After a standard night of business, a restaurant closes abruptly -- and permanently -- the next morning. If they're lucky, customers might get a note on the door informing them of the news. While many retail businesses signal the end with going-out-of-business sales, restaurants often just shut the doors, according to restaurant industry experts. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Feast Q&A: Pajo Bruich left Sacramento and found new vibe in San Francisco- Pajo Bruich, 34, is one of the most compelling chefs to rise to prominence in Sacramento in recent years. His food was considered inventive, artistic to some, odd and polarizing to others. When he suddenly found himself out of work, he set off on a lengthy exploratory journey that took him to many parts of California. He eventually landed a job as executive chef at Bourbon Steak in the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Following a long shift at the restaurant, Bruich sat down for a phone interview at 11:30 p.m. on a recent weeknight. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Dining review: Fresh, seasonal fare makes Sacramento’s Thai Basil special- When you tally all the elements, Thai Basil ranks as one of the most progressive and sophisticated Thai restaurants in the region. In a couple of weeks, Sun-Lindley will be taking an extended vacation to Thailand to visit her mother’s restaurant, in part to shoot footage of her mother preparing food in her restaurant. Here’s to hoping that the trip will further embolden Sun-Lindley and her already excellent cooking, and make her even more of an innovator for Thai dining in the region. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Oak Park Brewing Company Opening- Oak Park Brewing Company sits on one of Oak Park’s interesting corner lots on Broadway & 35th. And what better use for an awkwardly shaped space than an open-air patio to enjoy your beer? From live guitar music to overhead mood lighting, this Saturday night patio vibe became one of my favorite things about the place. Even the staff that bussed the dishes went out of their way to be friendly while we enjoyed the autumn air and the chocolate-coffee beer. I can’t wait to head back to Oak Park Brewing Company to try their full food menu and expand my beer horizons with another interesting brew. Kelly Conroy on Girls on the Grid.
Trick Pony been under the control of Team Broderick since June, but it's taken some time for them to get the place they want it. But with a new chef, new manager and fine tuned menu, they're ready to hold their grand opening on Tuesday.
Under the restaurant's initial incarnation, the then owner managed to offend much of Sacramento's food community by implying that there was no good pizza in town. "Why pizza? I’m tired of driving two hours to get a really good pizza," he told the Sac Bee. Understanding the damage that did to the new restaurant, Team Broderick wisely addressed that issue in their tweet.
I ate there about two months ago and saw that they had already made great strides. Two great dishes I had were their Lasagna Alla Bolognese and a special appetizer they had that day, mozzarella.
House made lasagna with bechamel and ragu alla bolognese, topped with grana padano. $14.50.
Add in their gregarious and charismatic new manager Andrea Vadavato, and the dining experience has vastly improved since their initial launch. I'm looking forward to a return visit, and I'd encourage you to give them another shot if an initial visit wasn't what you had hoped.
VIDEO: Trick Pony Pizza Set For Grand Opening- Gary Gelfand goes inside Trick Pony Pizza in Sacramento ahead of their grand opening, coming up on Tuesday. On FOX 40Part 1 | Part 2.
VIDEO: Trick Pony Opening- Trick Pony Pizza is a pizza shop that specializes in Neapolitan style, wood-fired pizza, savory pastas, farm fresh salads & indulgent desserts! Today we are live at Trick Pony Pizza checking out some of their authentic Italian pasta dishes and new items on the menu! On Good Day Sac.
The Other PSL – ‘Perfectly Spiced Libations’ - With the autumn season in full swing and all the B.W.P. (Basic White People) fawning over their P.S.L. (Pumpkin Spiced Life), it is natural to resent anything that can be ‘spiced’ or turned into an acronym. So, we thought it would be nice, now that you’ve finally crept out of that Halloween candy hangover you undoubtedly endured over the weekend, to introduce you to some of our favorite spice-worthy libations. Apples, Pumpkins, Shrubs, and Brown liquids abound, we rounded up 3 must-have drinkables to warm up your gullet this fall. Featuring The Headless Horseman (Chris Dooley – Ella Dining Room and Bar), Fallin’ Off d’Wagon (Chris Tucker – Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.) & Duabis Aquis (Dave Steinberg – Block Butcher Bar). Tyler Stacy in The City Scouts.
Blue Note Brewing Company Opening in Woodland- And in Woodland, there’s an alcohol license application posted for Blue Note Brewing Co., a nano brewery planned at 707 Main St., in the back of the former Daily Democrat press building. Owner David Towne said he plans to open it on April 14. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise. (Last item)
Vampire Penguin: Taking on the world, one shaved snow dessert at a time- Flavored blocks of ice are “shaved” with a special machine, to create a light and fluffy frozen treat. Just add toppings and you’re in dessert heaven. The south Sacramento store opened last Halloween and one year later, business is good. Very good. The demand is so high, that Vampire Penguin is expanding to 4 more locations by the end of this year. The next one to open is in Elk Grove’s Laguna Gateway Shopping Center. After that, a location will pop up on K Street in Sacramento. Then it’s heading West: Downtown Davis and Berkeley. All are expected to be open by the end of this year. Whew! Soreath Hok on Ayah.