Sac Mag's Catherine Warmerdam visited recently, and found that it's on it's way.
The formula is simple enough: deliciously uncomplicated fare served alongside high-quality brews in a stylish setting. What sets LowBrau apart from other worthy establishments that serve good drink and food, however, is the genuinely convivial atmosphere in which it all comes together...
Indeed, you almost can’t help but meet new people at this joint. On a recent visit, my companion and I wedged ourselves onto a crowded bench where we exchanged menus and high-decibel small talk with our neighbors over the beer-hall din: Are the duck fat fries any good? Which of the Belgian beers have you tried? Turns out the duck fat fries are good (it’s all about the dipping sauces), as was everything else we sampled from the short but smartly conceived menu, which the owners plan to augment in the coming weeks and months...
As with any new spot, service was rocky in the days immediately following LowBrau’s opening. Our affable, hardworking server gave it her all; if only there were five or six more of her working the floor the night we visited. Those kinks are sure to be smoothed out over time. And yet it’s a testament to LowBrau’s boisterous charm that the lapses didn’t dampen our spirits one bit. Prost!
Read the entire review in Sac Mag.
Two area restaurants make OpenTable list for best service - The Kitchen Restaurant in Sacramento was ranked the in the top 10 in the nation for service by OpenTable. California led all states in the most restaurants with the best service, and four restaurants in the top 10 service restaurants in the nation. California had 14 spots on the Top 100, followed by New York with 10. The Kitchen, where diners watch their meal being prepared in an epicurean theater performance, ranked seventh in the nation. Also featuring Boulevard Bistro in Elk Grove. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.
Mikuni Fair Oaks Reopens with VIP Event - As I've commented on a lot lately, I've been in Sacramento 25 years now. I found it interesting, then, that the first Mikuni restaurant, the original one in Fair Oaks, opened the year I arrived - 1987. This came to light as I listened to the patriarch of the family, Koki Arai, give a speech in Japanese, translated by his daughter. Koki Arai was commenting a little on the history of the location, how they value their customers, have thrived over the years, and that the fire that happened last December was a blessing in disguise. Here was a chance for them to remodel the restaurant, using insurance money to do it. The remodel happened lickety split, in only 45 days time. Impressive. Catherine Enfield in Munchie Musings. Joshua Staab in Davis Patch.
Elderly woman crashes into dive bar, pins three men - A minivan driven by an elderly woman crashed into a Sacramento dive bar Wednesday afternoon, pinning three men between it and the wall. The incident occurred at about 1 p.m., outside the XO Lounge at 14th Street and Broadway. The men, in their 50s, were on the sidewalk outside the bar, when a silver minivan crashed into the wall, pinning them in the process. In Sac Press. Paul James in News 10.
French Comfort: Cafe packs meat, cheese and a little history into a crêpe - For most people, walking through the doors of the Arden Town Plaza restaurant triplex brings to mind nothing more than the pleasant feeling of hunger soon to be satisfied. Having your choice of Chinese fare at Chinois, or top-notch Italian at Vinoteca, or French comfort food at Danielle’s Crêperie, it’s a pretty decent stop when hunger calls. But I will always think of the spot at the corner of Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard as the home of Compton’s Holiday Market. It was a warm little grocery store that I knew as a child and against which I’ll judge every grocery store until the end of my days. My sister, while a teenager, worked in the Arden Town Video store around the corner, and I, at age of 8, opened my first savings account at the Wells Fargo next door. Greg Sabin in Inside Publications.
VIDEO: Sacramento Food Film Festival - Taro of Mikuni’s is torching some sushi with Bethany Crouch and Catherine Enfield of Munchie Musings and talks about the Sacramento Food Film Festival happening March 15th & 16th at the Guild theatre. On FOX 40.