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Dining News: 'Best Spicy Ramen Spot in Town'


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

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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.

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Dining News: Bacon & Butter, Magpie Close...For A Week


Those who were planning to spend the upcoming holiday weekend standing in a lengthy line for Bacon & Butter will have to find new plans.

Bacon & Butter announced last week that they'll be closed through Tuesday, July 7 for scheduled maintenance on their kitchen floors.

The restaurant, helmed by chef & owner Billy Zoelin, opened at its current spot in Sept. 2014 after a lengthy renovation of a building that used to be a Chinese restaurant.

Coincidentally, Magpie Cafe is also closed through July 6, as part of a planned move from their home of 5 years on R street to their new location at 16th & P.

The existing space will become Magpie's Nido Bakery Cafe, and will be open over the next month.

Magpie's new location is in a more modern building with more space, a newer kitchen, a bar and a large patio in the shade.

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A fuzzy fizz: Cudera Napa Valley (2014), Ruhstaller - The line between wine and beer tastes fuzzy. Not literally fuzzy, of course, but Cudera is the product of grape must and wort co-fermented with both wine and beer yeast. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Dining in the dark - Remember that scene in Wall-E, where the futuristic humans are strapped into hovering recliners whilst watching TV and gorging on food? Well, there’s a movie theater in Rocklin that feels a like a step toward that type of sedentary civilization. Studio Movie Grill (5140 Commons Drive in Rocklin) provides food service in the middle of watching a movie, the seats are huge and recliner-like, and all you need to do is press a button on your chair to order another margarita. My wife and I heard about it a few months ago and finally made the trek out east to investigate this new dystopia. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Gelato shop joins Market Square at Arden - A locally owned gelato shop has opened a second Sacramento region store. This week, Miabella Gelato & Coffee marked the grand opening of its new location at Market Square at Arden Fair, the entertainment complex that includes Dos Coyotes Border Cafe and a movie theater. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: What's Next for the Team Behind Mother after Empress?

Empress tavern

The highly anticipated Empress Tavern, the restaurant for carnivores by chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera and the rest of the team behind Mother, will open any week now.

Their signage is up. The management and staff have been hired and trained. They've toured local farmers markets.

But that doesn't mean they're resting on their laurels. The Sac Bee's Chris Macias scoops in a larger story about the upcoming Empress:

Thiemann’s plan is to create a string of restaurants with feminine names. Mother opened in 2014 and has emerged as a favorite of vegetarians and carnivores alike. Empress takes its moniker from the former name of the Crest Theatre, and there are two more projects in the works: Maiden Sacramento Ice Cream, and Queen’s Market, a fish shop similar to Hog’s Island Oyster Co.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

When Empress Tavern opens, it will be located at 1013 K Street, and can be found online at

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Cask & Barrel: A better barbecue - Cask & Barrel is certainly doing a lot of lovely things with the concept of barbecue, turning it over and dressing it up, blurring the lines between tablecloth dining and eating with your fingers. Some of it is good, some of it is excellent and a few dishes need work. Still, if you have dinner plans this week, I recommend you cancel them and immediately go check out Cask & Barrel. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

Is Starbucks serving up more stores with booze? - It appears Starbucks is continuing its effort to add beer and wine to some of its Sacramento region stores, with at least four possible locations set to get boozy in the future. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Counter Culture: Hana Tsubaki relies on favorite family recipes - The lunch pal summed it up: “With its Japanese fans, soft lighting, restrained ambiance and Japanese staff, Hana Tsubaki is the next best thing to dining in Japan – and a heckuva lot cheaper!” Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Band of Brothers: Childhood friends launch social-savvy wine brand from hometown in Clarksburg - Yet time and circumstance eventually led all three back to the family farms of Clarksburg and, ultimately, to a table at Club Pheasant in West Sacramento. It was there, in March of 2014, they decided to do together what all three had dreamed of separately: open a winery. Michelle Locke in Comstocks Mag.

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Dining News: Cielito Lindo to Reopen on June 3


After a long wait we are proud to announce that we will re-open on June 3, 2015.

Posted by Cielito Lindo Mexican Gastronomy on Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cielito Lindo, which was ravaged by fire in April 2014, is scheduled to reopen its doors on Wednesday, June 3.

The building sustained approximately $100,000 in damage, per the Sac Bee's Chris Macias in May 2014, and the owner suspected at the time that the fire was intentionally set. At that time, he expected the rebuilding process would take six months, but as usual, it took longer than estimated.

The owner had previously told the Sac News & Review that the restaurant would reopen in early May, but it turned out to again take longer than expected.

The restaurant originally opened in October 2013.

Cielito Lindo can be found at 3672 J Street, or online at

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Sandwich chain plans big expansion in Sacramento region - A Texas-based restaurant franchise wants to bring "sandwichfaction" to the Sacramento region. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is looking for multi-unit franchisees in the area and hopes to have at least 20 locations in the region in the next three to five years, according to Connie Alires, director of franchise development for the Dallas-based company. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Peppery punch: House bloody mary, Bacon & Butter - Don't think of the bloody mary as just a cocktail, consider it your brunch's vegetable side dish. Bacon & Butter crafts one that's simple but with enough spicy kick to jump-start your weekend. Rachel Keibrock in Sac News & Review.

New concepts being taken for former Sammy Hagar space in Roseville - RCDC executive director Chris Robles said a food service/entertainment use is still most likely for the 10,000-square-foot space. But there’s likely to be a preference this time for someone locally based with a track record of success, such as a popular concept in Sacramento or Folsom. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: 'Great Pancakes' at Bacon & Butter

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I still haven't braved the long lines to make it out to the new Tahoe Park location of Bacon & Butter. From Ann Martin Rolke's recent review in Sac News & Review, it sounds like I'm missing out.

Owner/chef Billy Zoellin, previously of Golden Bear, has put a lot of thought into this new version of the restaurant. The interior is like a diner, but updated. Sleek subway tiles and metal surfaces balance huge wooden ceiling beams and communal tables.

The food is even more noteworthy. For Sacramentans used to subpar pancakes with a side of clowns, Zoellin’s version of breakfast is a revelation. If you’re wondering how much can be done with bacon, eggs and toast, pull up a chair and prepare to be schooled.

It’s not just that the pancakes (“flapjacks” here) are thicker or the eggs fresher; Zoellin excels at the details that make the food stand out.

The flapjacks are served as enormous disks with a buttermilk tang, topped with diced apples and pure maple syrup. In his take on the benedict, poached eggs top four cheeses grilled on buttery challah bread, with thick-cut Beeler’s bacon and silky hollandaise sauce.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

Bacon & Butter is located at 5913 Broadway, and can be found online at

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Blaze Pizza: A speedy pizza revolution? - Masullo, Hot Italian and Il Pizzaiolo all have a much more obvious enthusiasm for pumping out quality pizzas which Blaze appears to lack with its mind-numbingly repetitive production line. While the fast-casual pizza concept of Blaze is a great idea for picky eaters with very specific topping preferences and families with several growing kids to feed (and without much spare time), there are much better options for quality Neopolitan pizzas in the Sacramento area. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

These are the most common restaurant suggestions for Cesar Chavez Plaza - The survey received 191 responses, according to Carlos Eliason, a creative outreach specialist with the city manager's office. Locally sourced food, outdoor dining and lunch service were among the most common requests for the space, Eliason said. Which type of food should be offered? Popular suggestions included Mexican, "California fusion" and Greek/Mediterranean food, according to Eliason. He said there was an emphasis on fast-casual and healthy options. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Five things to know about the Sacramento co-op's big move - It's a little easier to envision a new Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op location, thanks to renderings of the store's interior...The new store will be in a space bordered by 28th and 29th streets on the west and east, and R and S streets on the north and south. It's near Temple Coffee and the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Krush Burger Announces Newest Location

Krush Burger has come a long way since its days as the pioneering Mini Burger Truck.

Krush Burger's Davin Vculek announced on Insta that Krush Burger will be opening its latest location in Rocklin.

This marks the fourth Sacramento brick and mortar location for the slider-based chain, with the other locations in Sacramento, Davis and Roseville. Krush Burger also has a location in Dubai.

Krush Burger started as Mini Burger Truck in early 2011. For trademark-related reasons, they changed their name to Krush Burger in April 2012, and opened their first brick and mortar location in January 2013.

Krush Burger can be found online at

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Dining review: Lola’s Lounge in Elk Grove needs consistency, spark - While the room has plenty of style, and the vibe is often lively at the bar, Lola’s for now is an exciting new spot for Elk Grove with plenty of potential. But as a destination for diners from elsewhere, it is still too ordinary – and the competition is too good elsewhere – to be worth the drive. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Restaurants give back to the land through ReSoil Sacramento - It’s farm to fork to farm. That describes the loop that is near and dear to Sacramentan David Baker, co-founder of ReSoil Sacramento, a local effort to use bikes to pick up food scraps at area restaurants and deliver them to local farms and gardens. Baker and ReSoil program director Scott Thompson have designed it is a zero-emission endeavor – all of it is pedal-powered, and intensely local. Edward Ortiz in the Sac Bee.

Bacon & Butter: Billy Zoellin brings his midtown breakfast joint to the far reaches of Tahoe Park - Bacon & Butter has been mobbed since opening day. No surprise: The food is good and creative, the atmosphere warm and comfortable. Bacon & Butter fills a real need in an underserved neighborhood. I believe this is one restaurant that will stay popular long after the “just opened” frenzy that most brand-new places experience. Zoellin has created something unique, and he now has the room he needs to spread his wings in Tahoe Park, in the process claiming the neighborhood as his own playground. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Bloody Murder: Preservation & Co. Destroys the Competition with its famous hair of the dog recipe - Preservation and Co., an LLC operated by Jason Poole, is a specialty foods, small-batch production facility and retail space on 19th Street across from Safeway. It all started with his renowned Bloody Mary recipe that he served at Pour House when he worked there as general manager. Using his Bloody Mary Mix, lemon pepper vodka and Sriracha salt (with the usual assortment of pickled vegetables and lemon), he created a recipe that earned him first place in the state for the Absolut Bloody Mary Contest, then later second place at the national contest in New York. I cruised by Poole’s retail shop and warehouse to chat him up about Preservation and Co.’s backstory, the space, his product offerings and his goals for his company. Niki Kangas in Submerge Mag.

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Dining News: City Approves New Location for Pre-Flite Lounge

20141027_211113916_iOSThe alley where the entrance to Pre-Flite Lounge will be. In the background is Insight Coffee Roasters on 10th St.

Pre-Flite Lounge, the hipster dive bar displaced by the new Kings arena, has found a new home, reports Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.

On Thursday, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit for the Pre-Flite to open in the basement of 1011 10th St., a stately building just off J Street that once housed a Wells Fargo bank. It’s across the street from the upscale Grange restaurant and next to the trendy Parlare night club.

There’s nothing upscale or trendy about the new Pre-Flite. The door to the new space opens into an alley lined with dumpsters stacked against the side of a single room occupancy hotel...

There won’t be any windows in the new bar. They’re bringing back the piano and the old jukebox. Many patrons used to pose for photographs with an oddly dressed mannequin at the Pre-Flite. The mannequin will be back.

Read the entire article in the Sac Bee.

To get a good feel for the new space that Pre-Flite Lounge will occupy, CBS 13 takes a tour with owner Jason Yee.

The owner tells CBS 13 that he hopes to have the restaurant in 6 weeks.

Pre Flite Lounge will be located at 1011 10th St., and can be found online at

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Formoli’s Bistro nearly great, and getting better - While Sacramento’s dining scene has evolved in the eight years Formoli’s has been in business, this modest bistro has grown even more. Were it not for those mediocre desserts and minuscule missteps, it would be vying for a spot as a top-10 restaurant. For now, it’s very good – and very close. Because Formoli is so talented and his staff so professional, I’ve set the bar higher, and I expect just a bit more in the months and years ahead. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

West Sac Veggie Trike - Meet Collin, the mastermind behind the West Sac Veggie Trike. He pedals fresh fruits and veggies, local honey and eggs around the streets of West Sacramento, all for very reasonable prices. One day you may find him on the state streets and another out in the Bridgeway Island neighborhood. It’s always easy to find him thanks to Facebook and Twitter. Kim Bedwell in Sac Foodies.

Nutty noodles - Sacramento doesn't have a ramen burger yet, but last month Shoki Ramen House (whose owners happen to be friends with Shimamoto) debuted the Rapanada, a burrito-esque “ramen-empanada” at a few special events. Shoki's Facebook page says it will be available soon (if not already), but in the meantime, here are a few other options in town for people who want their noodles stuck in some buns. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Let's eat: Three places you might want to try - Looking for somewhere different to try for lunch or dinner? Our three places to try this week include a place to get banh mi, South Indian vegetarian food in Folsom and an Italian deli favorite. Featuring Huong Lan Sandwiches, Mylapore Restaurant and Sampino's Towne Foods. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

A Tale of Two Sacramento Restaurants - I wanted to blog about two restaurants I have visited lately. We have been trying to eat at home lately, so going out feels like a genuine treat and we choose our destinations carefully. The first stop was the new location of Bacon & Butter, which moved from midtown to Tahoe Park, and the second is The Cultured & The Cured in East Sac. Stacy Grow on In Search of the Finer Things.

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