Zocalo is probably the best upscale Mexican restaurant on in the midtown. Don't get me wrong - Centro and and Ernesto's are good too. Predictably, all their success has led to a second location, opening at the Fountains in Roseville on Monday, reports Lauren Gibbs in Roseville Patch.
The Mexican restaurant has been undergoing interior renovations at the former TRES Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen, which closed in December 2011. The 4,500-square-foot space will seat approximately 120 people inside and 60 guests on the patio. The enclosed waiting area in the front will also act as a lounge area.
Inside, guests will find that the décor is somewhat different from the midtown location, one of the owners Jimmy Johnson told Roseville Patch.
Designer/architect Ernesto Cruz imported furniture from Mexico, like bar stools, tables, seven-foot hand-carved columns and a “rock piece” that turned into a hostess station.
Read the entire article in Roseville Patch.
Counter Culture: Peach shakes and other reliable go-to goodies - Some folks know them as "guilty pleasures," but this column prefers to think of them as "go-to" dishes. You know the ones: You get an urge for a certain something and immediately turn to a longtime standby. With that concept in mind, let's explore some go-to's that keep on goin'. Featuring Whitey's Jolly Kone, Fabian's Italina Bistro, Dominick's Trattoria, Ruth's Chris, Cafe Vinoteca, Fins Market & Club Phesant. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
The Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Summer Salads Under $10 - Yes, there is life beyond Fresh Choice. In our region, in fact, there are almost too many salad choices, as I discovered while researching this story. I (obviously) couldn’t get to them all. But here are four worth a try, all under $10. Featuring Pronto, Opa! Opa!, Buckhorn Grill and Ettore's European Bakery & Restaurant. Cathy Cassinos-Carr in Sac Mag.
Food/drink pairings in honor of Sacramento's Midtown Cocktail Week - Sacramento's central city is about to turn into one big cocktail party. The fifth annual Midtown Cocktail Week kicks off Sunday, and the following eight days will be filled with special tastings, bartending classes, soirees and more in the name of mixology. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Head Out to Habesha - Recently, a friend took me to a restaurant on Fair Oaks Boulevard called Habesha. This is a great little place, tucked away in a strip mall in back of Pavilion Car Wash. Though not readily seen from the street, it’s worth looking for. Habesha has an interesting menu concept: Part of it is Mediterranean (mostly Greek) and the rest is Ethiopian. Elena M. Macaluso in Sac Mag.
VIDEO: Mark S. Allen was in Downtown Sacramento at the Pour House where you get to be your own bartender. On Good Day Sacramento.