Midtown Deli -- oddly named since it's technically in East Sac -- closed for the last time yesterday, reports Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.
Manager Jenny Hunt said she found out Monday that the sandwich shop would be closing after business day Tuesday. The notice was sudden, she said, and sad in light of the strong repeat customer base the deli has garnered.
"We have the best customer base, that will be the hardest part," Hunt said. "I don't know what to say, there's too many emotions going on."
Hunt, who helped the owners design the space, spent the afternoon taking orders and saying goodbye to loyal customers. "It's sad, it's a piece of all of us," she said.
The restaurant was located at Alhambra & S streets. I had only visited once to get its happy hour and found it to be pleasant, but I thought the sandwiches were a little expensive. I'm sure their rent wasn't cheap, but Tako Korean BBQ's price point seems a little more appropriate for the neighborhood.
I only hope that a great new restaurant finds success in that spot.
What chef Adam Pechal fed Bill Clinton in Sacramento - His belly full of Korean tacos on Tuesday afternoon, chef Adam Pechal announced he was in a hurry. "Sorry guys, gotta go," he said. "I've got to get ready to feed Bill." The "Bill" in question was former President Bill Clinton, who appeared Tuesday night at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for a speech on current affairs. Pechal, the executive chef and co-owner of Sacramento's Tuli Bistro and Restaurant THIR13EN, had the job of feeding Clinton and the former president's staff before the appearance. He was referred for the job by organizers of the Sacramento Speakers Series, which hosted the event, and Pechal didn't know he'd be cooking for Clinton until the day before the appearance. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Downtown's Leaven & Earth Food Truck: An Enticing Lunch Spot - A beloved downtown dining institution, Leaven & Earth has been on the same corner for 9 ½ years. Sink your teeth into the fabulous, garlicky “Angie” sandwich (whose ingredients include pulled roasted chicken and artichoke hearts) and the toothsome “Tony” wrap (stuffed full of grilled chicken strips, cheddar cheese, roasted red bell peppers and lettuce with a yummy honey mustard) and you’ll understand why people brave the bad weather to make the trek out to the truck for lunch. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Negril Island BBQ - Overall, my visit to Negril Island BBQ was less satisfying than I hoped. I wish the proprietor well. It's a tough restaurant market these days and opening a new place is always a learning curve. I found the service at Negril Island BBQ to be welcoming and fast, but the food just lacks the deliciousness that I've had at other Caribbean restaurants. That incredible layering of flavor, that nice deep spicy, smoky taste that emerges from cooking in the fire pits or steel drum, the succulent barbecue...ahhhh! For me, the search will have to continue. Ally Gaffan on A Girl & Her Blog.
Amador's Easton Wines honored by Wine Spectator - Accolades arrived this week for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador, which was named among Wine Spectator's "top 100 outstanding values of 2012." The noted bottle is the Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County, priced at $18 and described by Wine Spectator's managing editor as "a rich tasting zinfandel from California's Sierra Foothills." A bottle was also featured in a prominent photo spread of fellow best value wines. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
VIDEO: Is Sacramento caviar capital of America? - The production of caviar in Sacramento has led to the city being called the "Caviar Capital of America." On KCRA.