Sacramento has a glut of ramen houses, with Shoki and Ryu Jin generally considered the two best in town. So how does a second ramen restaurant by the same owner as Ryu Jin rank? Janelle Bitker gives her opinion in Sac News & Review.
Consider Ramen House Raijin, which opened in July, the more modern-looking, formal-feeling annex to Ryujin.
It’s also the best spicy ramen spot in town—half of the restaurant’s 20 ramens arrive in some shade of fiery red and deliver on whatever desired level of heat.
The karashibi ($8.95) is particularly strong. It starts with tonkotsu—the delicious and milky pork-based broth—amped up with spicy miso. Ground chicken gives it body, a slew of vegetables makes it feel healthy and sansho pepper—also known as Sichuan peppercorn—creates a tingly, numbing sensation in your mouth. Instead of being spicy for the sake of being spicy, the karashibi builds serious flavor.
Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.
Ramen House Raijin is located at 19th & S streets, and can be found online at http://ramenhouseraijin.com/.
New future for former Bistro Michel restaurant space - A locally owned restaurant specializing in "regional wine-country cuisine" will fill a space previously occupied by Bistro Michel at 1501 14th St. Owner/operator Daniel Sneed expects the new concept, called TableVine, will open in mid-November. "We want you to have that feeling of being in wine country," Sneed said. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
What to expect when Blackbird reopens - Expect to see big changes in the bar area, which now includes one continuous bar space. The previous bar was split. Other additions are in the works. Blackbird is moving forward with a planned parklet near the building, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Deschutes Brewery Street Pub - This Oregon-based brewery will shut down two blocks of midtown on Nov. 14 to make way for its pop-up street pub, which has been hitting the road in 2015 through seven cities, including Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Denver. Fifteen of Deschutes’ top brews, from the black butte porter and fresh squeezed IPA, will be on tap at the mobile bar as it makes its way through Sacramento. In Sactown Magazine. (Second Item.)
Make Fish - This casual seafood-focused restaurant, from the owner of midtown and Elk Grove sushi burrito hot spots Wrap ‘N Roll, will host a grand opening on Nov. 6. The restaurant offers not only the enlarged version of the nori (seaweed paper) wrapped rolls, but highlights another food trend on the rise: poke, a marinated Hawaiian-style fish dish served in colorful, customizable rice bowls. In Sactown Magazine. (Fourth Item.)
Hot Out of the Oven - Nena Rasul, 36, has been head baker at Bacon & Butter for scarcely a year, but she’s already put her original stamp on Billy Zoellin’s comfort-focused menu. Rasul, former head pastry chef at Mulvaney’s B&L, still turns out perennial best-sellers like the fruit-and-bacon fritters and cinnamon rolls that were on the menu before her arrival, but she’s added new favorites including sugar biscuits and bacon-chocolate chip cookies to the baked-goods lineup. We talked with Rasul recently about her early baking experiences, her sources of inspiration and the letdown of modernist desserts. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.