Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson scores a couple more tidbits about The Rind ahead of its opening on Thursday.
How will it work when you walk into The Rind? For one thing, the atmosphere will be relaxed. Visitors can select one of the designated cheese samplers, featuring three cheeses, or select their own cheeses to enjoy. The Rind is also going to feature artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and mac & cheese, all with top-quality cheeses and breads.
At every step of the way, the staff will be on hand to provide details about the cheeses, answer questions and give suggestions for pairings. There will be 15-20 wines at first, some available by the glass, along with six beers on tap and 10 in bottles
This is a small operation. Arbabian's husband, Stephen Tatterson, will be helping out after he gets off from his day job. There will also be a couple of other employees starting out.
If you're interested in the fascinating world of cheese and are looking for a different kind of food and beverage experience, The Rind just might become a destination for you.
Try It: Estelle's Patisserie - If you’re feeling rebellious (and craving quality sweets), head to Estelle’s Patisserie, whose refined, soothing European ambiance and elegant pastries will catapult you into vacation mode. Best known for its ethereal and multi-hued macarons (meringue-based cookie confections), the bakery also offers a dizzying assortment of other goodies, from mini lemon tarts and Danishes to graceful, shell-shaped chocolate madeleines and rustic muffins. There’s even a mouth-watering array of freshly-baked breads and enticing sandwiches. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
R Street warehouse redevelopment approval appealed - "Not so fast" was the message to investors who want to redevelop the former Fred Rader Mill Supply building in midtown into retail and offices, including alcohol tasting and sales. A neighborhood resident appealed the city’s approval of the project on Monday, the last day to do so, kicking the development up to the Sacramento City Council for review. Kelly Johnson in the Sac Biz Journal.
Keeping this site updated is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Sometimes that means going to new restaurants to get their happy hours. Other times, that means going to restaurants that I haven't visited in a while to see if their happy hour has changed. I do this all for my readers.
Here are 10 recently updated happy hours on Cowtown Eats:
My favorite restaurant reviews to read are the ones where I learn about a new cuisine or that feature a restaurant I've never heard of. Luckily for me, Sac Bee restaurant reviewer Blair Anthony Robertson provided both an explainer in Peruvian food and a review of Roseville's off-the-radar La Huaca.
During our visits to La Huaca, we found the fish to be exceptionally fresh, with that crisp, clean favor up front on the palate that's a telltale sign that it is at its best. There are five ceviches on the menu, all sizable portions suitable for sharing for $14.95. My favorites were the clasico, a basic white fish presentation that demonstrates this classical – and rather magical – technique with seafood; and the de Rocoto, a ceviche covered in a creamy and mildly spicy rocoto sauce.
Adventurous diners open to sharing and exploring will do best by ordering a sampler and comparing the subtle differences by choosing three of five available ceviches for $29.90...
We also delved into the equally impressive seafood side of the menu and were especially impressed with the calamari, firm but tender and universally difficult to get right. Our favorite was the hearty comfort dish called arroz del Pacifico Sur, in which we encountered perfectly prepared calamari and plump shrimp "flamed" in that Pisco liquor and served with rice and aji sauce.
Beer Run: Sacramento pizzerias making craft beer their business - Of
all the pizzerias in town, two stand out as bona fide destinations for
the serious beer connoisseur. Extreme Pizza on Exposition Boulevard and
Hot City Pizza on J Street in east Sacramento may look like modest,
unassuming pizza joints. But their beer selections have transformed
their business models. Although Extreme Pizza is a chain, this one is
unique. It has 11 taps featuring craft beers exclusively. Hot City has
14 taps and a small but obsessively curated selection of bottled beer
for sale. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Pizza, short ribs at Redd Wood in Yountville - Somewhere in the middle
is Redd Wood. It's a "casual wine-country pizzeria" opened in January
2012 by Richard Reddington. Think of it as the younger, hipper sister of
the more adult Redd, the chef's Michelin star-holding dining house
nearby that offers "an updated interpretation of wine country cuisine
with influences from Asia, Europe and Mexico." Allen Pierleoni in the
The Rind, the highly-anticipated cheese, wine and beer bar at 19th & L, will soft-open on Thursday, May 23.
Initially, they'll be have extended hours on Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight and will also be open on Sunday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the first month they'll, they'll be closed Mondays and Tuesdays as they get their bearings as a restaurant, and thereafter, they expect to also be open on Tuesdays.
What a new arena means for downtown restaurants - Restaurateurs in downtown and Old Sacramento are anticipating benefits from a new downtown arena, but there are some concerns about traffic. Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.
Noodles & Company Spring Menu Tasting - All dishes are made to order and I definitely tasted the difference. I also had no idea of the accommodations Noodles & Company made to accommodate customers with allergies and special dietary needs. They’re ready to substitute any vegetable, sauce, or even regular pasta with whole grain or rice pasta to satisfy your appetite. They even offer different portion sizes of their dishes to make sure you are able to closer monitor your own portions! Ana Marie Aguas & Sara Ortega in Sac Foodies.
Cornerstone Cafe's moved into their newest location on J st. in the Fall. I had happy hour there recently, and found it worthy of a second visit. If you haven't had a chance to give them a try, here's your shot, half off.