Ramen's really evolved from the thing you ate in college when times were tough to a real gourmet meal. Lately, there's been discussion on local blogs as to whether Shoki Ramen House was the best in town, or whether Ryu Jin Ramen House (19th & S) was a worthy competitor. By reading Garrett McCord's review in the Sac News & Review, it sounds like they belong in the good, but not great category.
Most of the appetizers offered here are frozen and reheated. I was informed the gyoza (potstickers) were made in the kitchen, but they were mushy and bland—no bite of scallion or sour ping of vinegar, not even a hint of ginger. Total gyoza sacrilege...
Each tonkotsu has plenty of noodles, a sparse offering of thinly sliced barbecued pork called chashu, often some greens, scallions, and an ajitama (soft-boiled egg) that may or may not be cold when it should be meltingly warm with a custardy yolk.
Elsewhere on the menu, the tan tan men should not be missed. It’s ramen in a soy sauce broth with an adolescent level of spice served with ground pork, minced shiitake mushrooms, bamboo, sesame paste and a salad’s worth of spinach. Warm and comforting with a nutty sweetness, it looks and tastes like a slice of Tokyo street life...
Overall, Ryu Jin offers pleasant food at a decent price. None of it is revolutionary, but it is a relaxing way to fill up.
Read the entire review in the Sac News & Review.
GOTG Favorites: Brunch - New series by Girls on the Grid where we give shout out’s to our favorite [INSERT CATEGORY] around Sacramento. We love to support our local entrepreneurs and businesses. Please feel free to leave your recommendations or suggest categories by leaving a comment below! Featuring Tower Cafe, Ink Drinks & Eats, Dad's Kitchen, Hook & Ladder, Shady Lady, Cafe Bernardo, Orphan, Fox & Goose, Capitol Garage, Iron Steaks, Republic & Roxy Restaurant & Bar. On Girls on the Grid.
Ultimate smoked meatloaf sandwich is right here in town - Lunch pal Neal Hagen was back in town after a business trip to Tennessee, and was talking about some of the meals he'd had there. "Fried chicken, fried catfish, fried okra - fried everything," he said. The chat turned to the subject of meatloaf. "I don't know anybody who doesn't love meatloaf," he said. "But you never find consistent meatloaf at restaurants. Even the meatloaf at the same restaurant will vary from visit to visit, so I have to question their contents. The trick is to find a restaurant that intentionally makes the same meatloaf day after day." I know of such a place, I told him, and they serve meatloaf every day. Well, then, he said...That's how we found ourselves standing in line at Roxie Deli at 11:15 this morning, while the countermen assembled our sandwiches: house-smoked meatloaf on chewy ciabatta rolls with melted cheddar and provolone cheeses, horseradish, mayonnaise, tomato, onion and crisp jalepeno coins. They're built in three sizes (big, bigger and biggest) for three prices - $7.56, $9.52 and $15.06, after tax. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Biba Caggiano honored by Italian culinary academy - A group composed of Italian academics and culinary experts recently honored Biba Caggiano of Biba Restaurant for her work as a highly regarded restaurateur, best-selling cookbook author and cooking teacher. Members of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina (Italian Academy of Cuisine) dined at Biba and presented her with a commemorative plate. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Ruchi Restaurant Coming To Natomas - All signs point to a new Ruchi Indian Cuisine restaurant opening soon in Natomas. The new eatery will be located at 2600 Gateway Oaks Drive, south of West El Camino Avenue in the River Oaks neighborhood. On Natomas Buzz.
VIDEO: Check out SacTown Magazine's Best Brunch List - Kim Scott from Mama Kim Cooks whips up a little brunch in the KCRA kitchen. Also featuring Roxy, de Vere's Irish Pub, Monticello in Davis, & Tower Cafe. On KCRA.