So Sacramento's "leading" resto critic follows as many out of town chefs as Sac chefs and 13x as many beer/brewery related accounts. focus?— John Griffiths (@jgriffs) December 8, 2013
It's not often that you get to read the conversation between a chef and a restaurant critic. But that's what bystanders were treated to yesterday when newish chef at The Kitchen John Griffiths engaged Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson on twitter on Monday. Click here for the full twitter exchange.
I don't know that either of them are right, but it does expose the touchy chef/critic relationship.
Also of note on Twitter yesterday, Robertson announced he'll be reviewing brunch spot Orphan on Sunday. If you're a fan and you think it'll be a good review, go on Saturday to avoid the lines. I ate there on a holiday weekend over the summer (July 4th?) and it was fabulous. The service was quick, the food was great and the prices were affordable. I wouldn't hesistate to recommend it to a friends. Check out what he said last time he reviewed the place.
Barfly: The Red Rabbit, Saramento - There are two other standouts on the drink menu we have to give proper shout-outs to. The first is Red Rabbit’s daily punch. For only $5.00, the punch may be the best way to get a unique libation at a killer price—and with no wait time. The second must-try is the “Dealer’s Choice”: for $9.00 your bartender will create a life-changing potion of gourmet boozy goodness. You’re going to need some food to line your stomach in order for you to work your way down the cocktail menu, and The Red Rabbit has delicious farm-to-fork selections to nosh on, from pork belly kimchi sliders to crispy shrimp tacos to the rabbit pansotti, which, given the joint’s name, would be the honorable thing to ask for. On Playboy.com. (NSFW)
Wicked West Pizza & BBQ: Let the kiddos go off their rockers - Wicked West is a popular destination for sports teams and birthday parties, but it also caters to adult diners with live music inside or on the patio. Most importantly, the food is good. We were pleasantly surprised to see healthier choices, such as organic whole-wheat crusts as the default option for the pizzas. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Be careful about the size of the pizza you choose: The “Wicked” is a 20-inch behemoth, and single-serving slices are cut from these giants. With a texture closer to Chicago style than New York style, the pizzas are tasty but quite filling. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.