I recently made my first visit to bacon & butter, a new midtown restaurant opened by chef Billy Zoellin. The former chef of The Golden Bear, Zoellin was in charge of the Golden Bear’s kitchen when it was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Dives and Drive Ins in January 2011. Zoellin is now utilizing a space on 21st Street that’s shared with Club 21, so he’s offering his customers breakfast, brunch and lunch (Club 21 takes over the space in the evenings).
The casual interior features blue and earthy-brown tones, a well-worn wood floor, and lots of funky artwork adorning the walls. There’s a large communal table in the center of the space, and patrons can choose between booth seating or regular tables. There’s also a long bar at the back of the restaurant that offers additional seating.
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Midtown Thai Basil celebrates 10 years with festival - Thai dancers, boxers and, probably most importantly, street food, will take over the corner of 25th and J streets Saturday as Midtown restaurant Thai Basil celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Owner Suleka Sun-Lindley said the event will kick off at 9 a.m. as five Buddhist monks make their rounds, collecting food in a time-honored Thai tradition....A beer garden and Thai barbecue will be held on the restaurant’s back patio, with Thai sausage, spicy pork, grilled chicken and shrimp skewers available for about $5 with rice. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.
Pacha Coffee offers new option to the grid's great scene - There's another coffee shop in a midtown alley, but it doesn't serve coffee, it doesn't roast coffee and you won't find anyone hanging out there reading, writing, surfing or chatting. The hours? They're weak. Pacha Coffee Cooperative focuses on one thing: it sells beans - very good beans, at a very good price and, best of all, without all that awkward exploitation associated with much of the coffee we drink in the Western world. I recently stopped by Pacha (short for Pachamama, or mother earth, which too many people found too difficult to say) to check it out. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., that is, when the employee doesn't lock up to make a quick lunch run. The address is 919 20th St., though you enter on the alley between I and J streets. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Paddling Into the Sunset - The countdown to foie-mageddon has begun. With less than a month until California’s first-in-the nation ban on foie gras takes effect, fans of the fattened duck and goose liver are buying out stocks of the delicacy, searching for legal loopholes and sating themselves at a series of foie-heavy goodbyes. Jesse McKinley in the New York Times.
Video: Tasting The Capitol Dog - Mike Brown was in our cook set this morning creating the Capitol Dog! Yummers! Tina Macuha on Good Day Sacramento.
Girasole Pizza - Girasole – sunflower in Italian – is a little bit of Italian warmth tucked away in a small shopping center off East Bidwell Street. We were greeted warmly and shown to our table in the small dining room (just eight tables) where Latin/bossa nova music played quietly. Burgundy tablecloths and candles in crystal helped set the mood for a relaxed meal focused on thin-crust pizza and fresh, local ingredients. Janice Rosenthal Rock in Style Mag.