Nine Beers for $10 in Old Sac Today


Every year, Old Sacramento Kicks Off Gold Rush days with a great beer crawl through the historic district.

For only $10, get a 6 to 9 oz craft beer sample from each of Old Sacramento's nine legendary bars, including: 

  • River City Saloon (Lost Coast)
  • Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club and Lounge (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)
  • The Other Office (Rubicon Amber Ale)
  • O’Mallys Irish Pub (Rubicon IPA)
  • Vega’s Underground (Lockdown- Emma’s Blonde Ale)
  • Sports Corner Cafe (New Helvetia)
  • Fanny Ann’s Saloon (Track 7)
  • La Terraza Mexican Restaurant (XX Amber)
  • Coconut Grove Sports Bar & Grill (Monkey Knife Fight)

It's a long weekend. You're going to be drinking anyway. Why not head to Old Sac after work, have a good time for only $10 and then take an Uber home?

Click here to get tickets for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.

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Dining News: Your New Friday Sweet Cheat Treat - the Sweet Dozen Donut Cart

Since Doughbot closed, there hasn't been a buzzworthy gourmet donut shop on The Grid.

While that may benefit our waistlines, it definitely doesn't satiate my taste buds.

But now, a new indulge has arrived - the Sweet Dozen Donut Cart.

Sweet Dozen, a doughnut shop in Carmichael was the first local bakery to bring the cronut to Sacramento (though they call the Fraken-pastry a doissant for legal reasons) back in August 2013.

The 26 mile round trip was too much for me, and I never went back after my initial visit. Lucky for me, they've added a mobile donut cart, which has spent the last several Fridays parked in front of The Trade Coffee & Coworking space at 22nd & K, featuring Blue Bottle Coffee.

I (apparently along with the Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker and the Sac Bee's Chris Macias, though we went separately) paid a visit during their inaugural stop at The Trade three Fridays ago. The donuts were fresh, the lines were short and it was a great way to treat myself on a Friday morning. It's exactly what I'd been missing since Doughbot closed.

Sweet Dozen will be at The Trade this Friday also (and word is, most Fridays).

You can follow Sweet Dozen on Facebook or Twitter to track them down in the future, or visit them online at

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Feast Q&A: Jimboy’s Tacos to open in India - Jimboy’s Tacos is about to get its passport stamped. The Folsom-based company is setting up shop in India, with its first restaurant opening in New Delhi this fall and more locations such as Mumbai planned for the future...Jimboy’s in India will feature menu items tailored for the country’s spice-centric cuisine, while offering many of their longtime specialties. Brenna Lyles in the Sac Bee.

A bountiful glass: Summer cocktails, Pour House- Is your pantry bursting with farm-to-table preserves? Take a tip from Pour House and swizzle them into a cocktail. The bar's new summer menu capitalizes on fresh produce with house-made jams, syrups and bitters. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

Here's the menu for this year's Tower Bridge farm-to-fork dinner - Didn't snag a ticket for the farm-to-fork gala dinner on the Tower Bridge? No worries. Vicariously experiencing it just got easier. On Monday, organizers released the menu for the dinner, which will be held Sept. 27. Tickets for the dinner sold out in a record 15 seconds in July. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Bawarchi Indian Cuisine - Specializing in southern Indian, northern Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, this new restaurant held a soft opening Aug. 21 in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Owner Sunil Adusumilli runs Bawarchi with his friend Sreekanth Doddapaneni, who has three Bawarchi restaurants in the Bay Area, and says this new location will be the only Indian food establishment in El Dorado Hills. In Sactown Mag.

Sacramento Pizza Co. - This new airy, rustic restaurant is bringing fast-casual pizza to the Broadstone Shopping Center in Folsom. Similar to the popular DIY concept of chains like Pieology and Chipotle, Sacramento Pizza Co. will allow diners to customize their own pies down to the crust, sauce and a variety of toppings, some of which owner and founder Neil Patel says will include fresh, local ingredients that rotate seasonally. In Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: Empress Begins Her Reign


Empress Tavern, the meat lovers counterpart to the vegetarian Mother, is scheduled to open on Thursday for dinner.

Over the last several days, they've been holding preview dinners, including a big party on Saturday.

The best preview that I've seen over the last week is from Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings:

Inside the bar occupies the center with 360 degree access. I liked that many of the tables have leaves on them to make them either square or circle in shape. The benches are similar to Mother in that they also act as storage bins. On the far wall are the most impressive tables. There are several arched alcoves with longer tables for parties of 6-8. Someone joked that they should place bar doors on them so it would look like prison cells. At the farthest corner is the Chef's Table, long and beautiful.

The open kitchen is in full view with the star being the large rotisserie. When I arrived it had two racks of chickens and a rack of porchetta. Yum!

The food will be familiar carvery selections. I'm glad they will be going truly nose-to-tail based on some of the offerings at the event. Offal selections that night included chicken hearts with chimichurri and lamb sweetbreads. But most folks will probably stick with the steaks, porchetta, chickens, and burgers. We asked to see a menu, but there were none to be found at the event.

Read the entire post on Munchie Musings.

Empress Tavern is located at 1013 K Street and can be found online at You can also make reservations for meals starting Sept. 9.

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Empress Tavern opens Thursday for meat nirvana - Start making your reservations now. Empress Tavern—the meat-centric restaurant from the Mother team—opens on Thursday, but it’s already booked solid until the following week. Those earliest reservations were snatched up by friends and industry folks who attended a preview gala Saturday night—and understandably so. The space is stunning. It feels undeniably, well, cool. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Empress Tavern to open in downtown Sacramento on Thursday - Appetizers went fast at Saturday’s party, though we did snag a piece of turducken (a chicken stuffed into a duck, with the result then stuffed into a turkey). It offered an intriguingly sweet finish and tasted most prominently of turkey. Plans to allow Crest patrons to take alcoholic beverages to their theater seats have been put on hold, theater manager Yulya Borroum said, until details are worked out. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee

Food, setting shine at Oak Park Brewing - The food at Sacramento’s Oak Park Brewing Co. meets all expectations for craft-beer companionship, and then some. Chef Steve Yarbrough and crew deliver the fat, salt, heat and sugar that pair so well with beer, and at a higher level than one might expect in a restaurant that affords a view of large metal fermenters in the next room. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

Icy fresh: Fruit Basket sorbetto, Devine Gelataria - Summer demands delicious seasonal refreshment—the colder the better. Devine Gelateria's Fruit Basket sorbetto is made from fruit in the prime of its season, and the recipe regularly changes to highlight whatever is fresh and delicious. Meg Masterson in Sac News & Review.

Not your usual fare: Gala dinner chefs come from outside the grid - Oliver Ridgeway of Grange and Ravin Patel of Selland Family Restaurants are the lead chefs for this year’s sold-out dinner. In May they began recruiting chefs for the event, which will serve about 740 people. The result is a culinary lineup that’s not confined to well-known eateries on the grid. “I think it’s nice to widen that scope,” Ridgeway said. “I think everyone’s brought a different skill set.” Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal. ($$)

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Dining News: Carpaccio at Localis 'Flirted With Best-Thing-I-Ever-Tasted Status'


 Localis, the latest in a string of restaurants at 21st & S, has been open almost two months, and its getting rave reviews.

The latest is from the Sac Bee's Carla Meyer:

That carpaccio dish also held cherry tomatoes, dressed in a foie gras vinaigrette, that flirted with best-thing-I-ever-tasted status. More seafood and/or vegetables, and less game, would have been welcome in the tasting menu. But the meal tasted special and thought-out, and Barnum makes a good host/chef. Friendly but low-key, he mostly lets his food speak for him.

Read the entire First Impressions column in the Sac Bee.

I've only had dessert there, and I found their strawberry dessert to be unique and impressive. I have it on the list of restaurants I want to head back to soon.


Strawberries and Cream for dessert at @eatatlocalis. ($9) Delicious. Bound for greatness.

A photo posted by Cowtown Eats (@cowtowneats) on Jul 10, 2015 at 9:05pm PDT

On a side note, I think Meyer is really hitting her stride as the Bee's restaurant reviewer. Her writing is more confident and I've noticted that her more recent reviews have been more assertive. (Please don't intrepret that as a backhanded compliment. It's not intended to be.) I look forward to reading as her restaurant critic voice gets even stronger.

Localis is located at 2031 S Street, and can be found online at

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Downtown eatery resurfacing - Sacramento’s popular Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery is set to reopen in late September – about four months after closing because of water damage linked to a broken pipe. Owners initially expected to have the repairs done in four to six weeks, but it took much longer to reach an agreement with insurers over how much of the damage was due to the broken pipe and how much was pre-existing in the century-old building at 1015 Ninth St., said Anthony Priley, a partner in the venture. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

East Sacramento butcher at forefront of latest trend: Meat from the entire animal - The owners of a new butcher shop in East Sacramento want you to think beyond the ribeye. V. Miller Meats is expected to open within the next eight weeks at 4801 Folsom Blvd. As a whole-animal butcher shop, it will offer meat from the "entire animal, from nose to tail," according to Eric Veldman Miller. He owns the approximately 1,465-square-foot store with fellow chef Matt Azevedo. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Bigger, brighter, cooler - Broderick Midtown officially opened last week and the menu is identical to the West Sacramento post. But the interior is an entirely different story. It’s Broderick the way Broderick is supposed to be—open and bright; rustic and casual; with a huge bar and, more importantly, a much bigger kitchen. The place just feels cool, in large part due to the striking number of vintage Edison-style lightbulbs strewn around. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Food trucks, craft beer and live music at Harvest for Hunger event - Nab a scoop of gelato or a glass of Track 7 IPA for a good cause at the 7th annual Harvest for Hunger event. Thurs., Sept. 10. The lively street festival benefits the River City Food Bank, Sacramento’s oldest continuously serving food bank, whose volunteers have provided assistance to children, seniors, the homeless and the working poor for nearly five decades. Gregory Allen in Sactown Mag.

Hot Italian preparing to heat up Davis pizza wars - Plans are coming together for Hot Italian in Davis Commons. I met with founder Andrea Lepore, who is “super-excited to be here.” Lepore hopes to have the pizza restaurant open by late fall. It takes over the space last occupied by The Melt, and will expand into the spot behind it, where Verizon Wireless is, and add more patio seating. Verizon will move to Pinkberry’s former space. The Davis Commons center is at 500 First St. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

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$2 Gyros at Chicago Fire Today for National Gyro Day

Chicago Fire is celebrating National Gyro Day today by selling gyros for only $2. At Petra on 16th next to Firestone, a gyro will set you back more than $7.

I have no idea if they're the same size or have the same ingredients, but I do know that for $2, that's a damn good deal.

Chicago Fire can be found at 24th & J in Midtown, Folsom x2 and Roseville.


Dining News: What's Replacing Bistro Michel?


A former operator of Pearl on the River is set to open a modern american steak and seafood restaurant with an emphasis on regional Wine Country cuisine in the space left vacant by Bistro Michel, Cowtown Eats has learned.

A lease has yet to be signed, but in an unusual step, a notice for required by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has already been posted, Dan Sneed told Cowtown Eats in an interview on Monday evening.

The restaurant has yet to be named, and a Sneed is not quite ready to name the chef yet, but he intends to serve the clientele south of the State Capitol, which tends to have fewer fancy lobbyists and more rank and file state workers. He's aiming to hit a $20 price point for the dinner crowd and emphasize service.

In addition to Pearl on the River, Sneed has worked at Ella from 2008 to 2010, The Park from 2005 to 2007, San Francisco's Gary Danko from 1999 to 2005 and The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco from 2000 to 2001. 

Strong Tower Management, owned by Steed, purchased Pearl on the River in 2012 and sold it in 2014. Since then, he's been searching for a new restaurant opportunity.

Sneed intends to "lighten up the space so that you feel as though you are in a wine country living room," and hopes to open the restaurant in November. Bistro Michel closed back in April.

When it opens, the new restaurant will be located at 1501 14th St. Stay tuned to Cowtown Eats for more details.

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Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch taking West Coast IPAs global - What’s more, those West Coast IPAs and hop-forward pale ales are becoming known to the rest of the world as APAs – American pale ales. “We literally went from 35 years ago being the country that the rest of the world laughed at – mocked – when it comes to beer, to becoming the country where all eyes are on us and they’re emulating what we do,” Koch told me. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Yes, these local restaurant and retail projects are still happening - But these three businesses still plan to become a reality, just a little later than expected. Here's an update on Cheese Louise Diner & Grille (next two months), Save Point Tavern (hoping for November) and Vela Cafe (early October). Good things come to those who wait, right? Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Hot Italian to open Davis pizzeria this fall - The Davis location of the popular pizza and panini bar, which is scheduled to open in late November or early December, will be slightly smaller than its midtown Sacramento and Emeryville locations at 1,500 square feet, with both indoor seating available for 50 and an outdoor patio that can seat up to 60. Patrons will recognize the minimalist black-and-white style and Italian design throughout the new space. Dani Anguiano in Sactown Mag.

New Restaurant Coming to Former Blockbuster Location - A lease has been signed for an Asian style restaurant with a “hot pot” concept. It’s definitely a crowded field when it comes to Asian style restaurants on Freeport Blvd. There’s a restaurant off Broadway on 18th street called Heat Shabu Bara that is similar to the concept the new restaurant will offer. A name has been picked out, but it’s not official yet. Greg Brown on SacramentoLand.

Sacramento police need help finding Thai Canteen assault suspects - Sacramento police need help in finding the suspects involved in an assault which left a Good Samaritan with serious injuries. The assault happened at Thai Canteen on 16th Street on March 5. On News 10.

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