Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar
1609 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Web site: http://www.orchidthai916.com/
Monday to Friday
3 to 6 p.m.
Late Night Happy Hour
Friday and Saturday
10 pm. to 12 midnight
Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar
1609 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Web site: http://www.orchidthai916.com/
Monday to Friday
3 to 6 p.m.
Late Night Happy Hour
Friday and Saturday
10 pm. to 12 midnight
The Cinders Bar opened last week, it announced on Twitter.
The drinking establishment replaces a strip club named The Embers. The bar was named after the cinder blocks used in the construction of the building, and is also a clever play on words.
According to Sactown Mag, one half of the ownership duo Tom Schnetz "made a name for himself with his art deco craft cocktail hot spots Flora and Fauna across the street from Oakland’s Fox Theater. (Schnetz also owns neighboring restaurant Xolo, Telegraph Avenue’s hip Mexican eatery Dona Tomas, and the bustling Berkeley taqueria Tacubaya.)" Schnetz grew up in Land Park, and is partnering with childhood best friend and real estate executive Jess Tochterman.
The bar will offer "a mix of local beers from 12 taps and craft cocktails at affordable prices. The design motif: an eclectic “camping and hunting feel,” Tochterman said, with mounted animal heads, wildlife photos and vintage beer signs," says the Sacramento Bee.
Open from noon to midnight, The Cinders is located at 5340 Auburn Blvd in Sacramento.
New J Street bar/restaurant owner to offer Asian food at affordable prices - Felipe Oldera doesn’t have a name yet for the Asian-themed bar and restaurant he’s planning to bring to downtown Sacramento. But he said he’s definitely got the concept. “The biggest thing is to keep it affordable for people,” said Oldera, who owns and operates the two Alley Katz bar/restaurant locations in midtown Sacramento and Citrus Heights. “Other people may not do it that way down here.” Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.
Deal in the works to sell high-profile downtown commercial space - A Los Angeles company plans to purchase a building at 10th & K streets in downtown Sacramento, bringing hope of a revival for the defunct Assembly Music Hall space. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Dining review: Ninja Sushi in Roseville operates with precision - It takes one dinner at Ninja Sushi and Teriyaki in Roseville to see why the restaurant made the 2015 Yelp top 100 list for the country (at No. 63), and also topped the sushi category in a recent Sacramento News & Review “Best of the Burbs” poll. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.
Crüze Control: Driving authentic brand development in a crowded mobile food scene - The Jolly Radish logo proudly brandished on the sides of both his vehicle and his neck says just about everything you need to know about chef Keith Breedlove and his food truck, the Cülinerdy Crüzer. The jet-black beast on wheels practically bursts with comic book memorabilia, funky stickers and quirky doodles, matching the mosaic of ink that covers the chef from chin to toe. This is Chef Breedlove’s third attempt, more or less, at branding a mobile food business, and this time he’s letting his personality and mad-scientist approach to mobile food define the brand. Andy Galloway in Sactown Mag.
Sacramento's Coffee Delivery: Seasons Coffee - When it comes to coffee, Sacramento has no shortage of options. Often the deciding factor in choosing a coffee joint comes down to what part of Sacramento you live in or where on the grid you happen to be at the time. Well for your morning coffee fix, whether you’re in the heart of Midtown or out in the Suburbs, I can guarantee you nothing is closer to you than Seasons Coffee, which is just as far away as your kitchen. Matt Kramer on City Scout Sac.
It's been a big month for Magpie. At the beginning of the month, they moved from their original R Street location to a new building at 16th & P.
Magpie instituted a new tipping system, the first restaurant in Northern California to institute this back of the house reward. I had a conversation with Magpie owner Ed Roehr on Sunday morning at Nido, and he helped provide the information for some of the answers below.
Q: So what Magpie's new tipping system?
A: In addition to the traditional system where a receipt lists the food and drink total and adds a line for a server gratuity, Magpie has added a line for a kitchen tip. The rationale is that while the front of the house staff has much to do with how satisfied with how a diner is, the kitchen staff/back of the house and the food they prepare also plays a role.
Q: Why don't restaurants just collect the tip and split it among the servers and kitchen staff?
A: In California, that's illegal. According to the California Restaurant Association's Web site, tips can only be pooled and distributed to those in the chain of service, not to the kitchen staff in the back of the house. Wait staff may voluntairly share their tips with the back of the house, but servers are still responsible for paying tax on that money before it gets gifted. If you're really interested in the nitty gritty of the topic, read this Nolo.com article on tipping.
Q: Why not just charge more for food and eliminate tipping?
A: One of the biggest problems with this is that the restaurant owner isn't required to pay his or her employees more. Diners may be paying 20% more for your food, you may not be leaving a tip at the end of the meal, but the restaurant staff isn't guaranteed a penny more in base wages than what they would make at a restaurant down the street.
Q: Where did Magpie get this idea from?
Q: Will I see this in other restaurants?
A: Other Sacramento restaurants are watching closely. Magpie says they've been contacted by several Sacramento restaurant owners, but they are taking a wait and see attitude. Should this experiment be successful, expect it to spread.
Q: So how much should I tip on each line?
A: Tipping is always voluntary. However, Magpie suggests that you add a buck or two to your bill to reward the kitchen staff. Here's a note they include with each bill:
Q: How is it working out thus far?
A: It's only been in effect for several weeks and the response has been all over the map. Some people aren't taking advantage of the opportunity to leave the kitchen a tip, some are tipping the same amount but redistributing it between the two lines, and there are some very generous people who are leaving the server tip the same and leaving a hefty kitchen tip too. It's too soon to draw conclusions from their data.
Q: How did the servers take it?
A: At first, there was a lot of apprehension, but after Magpie owners fully explained the concept, they say servers have started to come on board.
Q: What is this Nido you refer to in the intro?
A: Nido Cafe replaced Magpie at 14th & R. It's a cafe run by the same owners, serving breakfast and lunch only for now. I had a delicious biscuit, egg and bacon sandwich there on Sunday morning. It was like a delicious and from scratch version of the one you get at McDonald's when you're hung over.
Thanks again to Magpie owner Roehr for taking the time to talk to me and explain.
First Impressions: Magpie offers more space, same seasonal freshness - The move to a larger space was a smart one, considering the amount of business Magpie draws. The food on our lunch visit was as high quality as ever. The heirloom tomatoes in the BLT were fat and juicy, and the bacon crisp yet malleable. That bacon also contributes to the ingredient- and flavor-stacked goodness of Magpie’s burger, which is anchored by a substantial, perfectly seasoned Niman chuck patty. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.
Bakery/cafe is ready for its debut on R Street - Well, that was fast. Weeks after opening a new location at 16 Powerhouse, the owners of Magpie Cafe are ready to reopen their R Street site with a new format. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
New brewery prepares to open in East Sacramento - The wait is almost over for fans of Twelve Rounds Brewing Co., a new brewery in East Sacramento. The venue will hold its soft opening Aug. 1, according to a Facebook post from the business. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Transcendent berries: Strawberries and cream, Localis - Strawberries, both raw and roasted, are served with purple shiso, a delicate panna cotta and a delightful little serving of strawberry sorbet. It sounds simple, and it is. It's the eloquent execution that's so transcendent. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.
Questionable Trivia at Easy on I - Do you know the lyrics to every Beatles song by heart? How about the name of the dog that Russia shot into orbit during the space race? Or what “apiology” is the study of? You’re in luck: Your useless knowledge can be put to work. At the cozy Easy on I bar and grill on Thursday nights, charming quizmaster Matt Russell, owner of Questionable Trivia, rattles off ever more challenging questions relating to the night’s three categories, typically broken up by two rounds of specific topics, which change every week, and one catch-all round of general knowledge. Barbara Harvey in Sac Mag.
Last Tuesday, visitors to Cafe Bernardo/KBAR were greeted with a sign saying the venue had been closed by the county health department.
At the time, the reason given for the closure was "insect/rodent infestation."
The county has since posted its report online detailing the violations.
OBSERVATIONS: Major - Closure
3 live German cockroaches on wall/ledge behind 2-door reach-in refrigerator in espresso area, 3 ive cockroaches on floor along crevice between wall and floor beneath server's station across from pass thru window, 1 dying cockroach on floor of bar near cash register, 25 dead cockroaches on floor and ledge behind and beneath 2-door reach-in refrigerator in espresso area, 7 dead cockroaches on floor beneath equipment (ice bin) in bar and 1 dead cockroach on floor of dining room. Eliminate all dead and live insects. Continue with professional pest service. Last date of service 7-15-15. Seal all cracks and crevices immediately.
Read the entire report at the county's Web site.
The following day, the restaurant was reinspected (per county records), the infestation had been resolved and the restaurant and bar reopened.
As I wrote last week, it's more common than you think for restaurants to be closed by the health inspector. However, more often than not, these are isolated occurrences. I've eaten at KBAR and I plan to do so again soon.
* Headline's been edited since it was originally posted.
Craft beer shop opening soon in Lincoln - You don't have to wait much longer to visit a new craft beer venue that calls itself "the hoppiest place in Lincoln." Infusion Taproom will hold its grand opening on July 25. The business fills 1,954 square feet at 845 Twelve Bridges Drive in Lincoln. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Two Mexican restaurants shut their doors -- at least for now - It's a sad month for tacos and burritos in the Sacramento region. Two Mexican restaurants in the area have closed -- at least for now. Mas, a Mexican restaurant in Roseville, has shut its doors...Also, chain restaurant Baja Fresh has closed its location at 2100 Arden Way, but looks like it will be relocating shortly. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Surprise: Popeye’s shrimp ‘n’ chicken are on the leader board - Some weeks ago, a friend of ours confided that he breaks his vegetarian vows when it comes to Popeye’s fried chicken, calling it “the best in Sacramento.” Out of curiosity, we ordered a three-piece dark-meat combo and were shocked by how good it was. The non-greasy pieces were hot and juicy, with a touch of heat and salt, tastier than the Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Beer Run: Rubicon stands up to newcomers on craft beer scene - Rubicon Brewing has been around so long that newcomers to the craft beer scene tend to overlook this 28-year-old local treasure. It’s not hip. It’s not trendy. And the crowds at its restaurant and pub on Capitol Avenue tend to be older. How a brewery like Rubicon continues to thrive in an era of tremendous craft beer growth? When all kinds of new breweries are opening in cool places and offering plenty of innovation? Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Dinner Deals for Every Day of the Week - So you think all the Dollar-Wise bargains happen on weeknights, not weekends? Well, you’re partly right: The vast majority do. But as this little research experiment revealed, the local region offers some sweet savings every day of the week, even Fridays and Saturdays. Mark your calendar for these dinner deals, all under $20. Featuring Buckhorn Steakhouse, Cafe Eurpoa, Ten22, Danielle's Creperie, Rudy's Hideway, Revolution Wines and Sandra Dee's. Cathy Cassinos-Carr in Sac Mag.
And in a nod to modern times, if you don't have a receipt because you used the app to pay, you can just show the barista the transaction time stamp on your app.
California's Austin, not The New Oakland.
That's how 7x7, a popular San Francisco's Web site that celebrates "trailblazing spirit and to maximize every moment in this magnificent place," describes Sacramento.
(FYI - The site's name is a reference to the roughly 49 square miles within San Francisco's borders.)
7x7 writer Garrick Ramirez is actually pretty spot on with his recommendations for those venturing from 90 miles down I-80.
Among his dining suggestions:
Preservation & Co: "Take home Sacramento-priced bottles of the shop's housemade sriracha, pickled beets, and the killer bloody mary mix that made them famous."
Ruhstaller: "The real joy comes from visiting their hop farm in nearby Dixon. Haybales, wooden spool tables, rustic shelters and sunset campfires lend a magical setting."
Coin-Op Game Room: "Old-school favorites like Roadblasters, Simpsons, and AC/DC pinball sport handy cup holders for the huge selection of craft beers."
Shady Lady Saloon: "Hidden inside a historic masonry building, this unpretentious cocktail bar plays up the city's Gold Rush past with bordello chic interiors."
Federalist Public House: "A lively crowd assembles for pizzas and pints at this modern beer garden comprised of white shipping containers, a bocce court and rooftop garden."
Also featured are Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Devine Gelateria, Bottle & Barlow, Temple Coffee and Hook & Ladder.
This is the second time in recent months that Sacramento has been featured by a SF-focused publication.
Read the entire story on 7x7.
Alcoholic boba tea now for sale at Lazi Cow in Davis - If you’ve ever wished you could get drunk on tapioca milk tea, get ready to find fulfillment in Davis. Lazi Cow (407 G Street) shut down for a few months this spring for a major remodel. The boba shop held its grand re-opening in June with cow print walls, a large cow sculpture that doubles as a bench, a swing—why not? Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.
Get ready for more doughnut ice cream sandwiches - The Parlor built a following -- so much, in fact, that this week the owners confirmed a Roseville location is in the works. It will be at 1490 Eureka Road, in the Eureka Ridge shopping center, and is scheduled to open in late July or early August. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Roseville tapioca shop closes - Fans of Tapioca Express in Roseville will have to get their fix elsewhere. A sign outside the store at 1132 Galleria Blvd. says it's "closing indefinitely" Thursday. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Dining review: In Roseville, ASR’s food does not match its ambition - Roseville’s ASR Restaurant & Lounge, which measures 11,000 square feet when counting a patio outfitted with cabanas and a VIP section, unfortunately leans more rule than exception. Though admirably thorough – open every day, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and late-night bites – it falters at the detail level, on such key matters as flavor combinations and consistent service. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.
Fish Face kicks off Sacramento's poke trend - Fish Face is chiefly a to-go poke stand, inspired by the shops that dish out raw fish salad by weight in Hawaii. There, you’d stare at pre-made combinations—kimchi octopus, sesami tuna, spicy shrimp—before making a decision. At Fish Face, you build your own salad. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.
Comedian Hannibal Burress, probably best known for rekindling the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, brought his act to Sacramento earlier this year.
While in town, he stayed at the Best Western and took time to shoot a video reviewing Blue Prynt, the restaurant in the Best Western's parking lot.
Here's a transcript from the end of the video where he sums up his experience:
We just finished up at here at the Blue Prynt restaurant in Sacramento, CA. And you know what, this shit was good. Do not judge this place by the fact that it is located directly next to a Best Western.
I feel like Jay Z. would really enjoy this restaurant. Beyonce would too. Blue [Ivy, Jay Z and Beyonce's daughter] would love the calamari. The soup was good, and we got a nice salad to start off with.
For the main course, we shared steak. We shared the pasta and the swordfish. The steak and pasta were amazing, but then the swordfish was so-so. So I would say the steak was Batman, the pasta was Robin and the swordfish was the Penguin. It was trying to destroy everything we worked toward for this meal.
But overall, it's a good spot, man. I feel good. I feel full and slightly energized. I don't even want to take a nap. I just want to go do something.
If you're on a date and you're trying to close up the deal, the Blue Prynt is probably the spot to go. Have some drinks, and then safely walk over to the Best Western.
Watch the entire entertaining video above. (Warning - some foul language.)
Blue Prynt is located at 815 11th St and can be found online at http://bluepryntsacramento.com/.
Taj Bar & Grill: Don't look back - Overall, the food is phenomenal at Taj and I promised myself to come out again. By and far, it’s probably some of the most flavorful Indian food I’ve found in the region, and certainly some of the best priced. Just a bit over $80 and we had more than enough food that everyone at the table took home leftovers for days. If you know what to order, then Taj offers some of the best Indian food for the best deal. Gather your peeps, make the trek and you won’t look back. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.
When fads collide: Craft cocktails and healthy juices coexist on the grid - A craft cocktail and a bottle of cold-pressed juice walk into a bar. It's not a joke. It's a trend. Two seemingly opposite offerings -- craft cocktails and healthy juice -- are redefining the local beverage scene, particularly in downtown and midtown Sacramento. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Put these five new food and drink destinations on your list of places to try - Recent additions to the Sacramento region's dining scene range from sweets to French cuisine. Expand your culinary horizons with these five new businesses. Featuring ABout a Bite Bakery, Broadway Coffee, Le Charenton in Folsom, Ramen House Raijin and Texas Roadhouse in Citrus Heights. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Donut Madness: Sacramento gourmet doughnuts from Psycho Donuts founder - The founder of Psycho Donuts—a hotspot in Silicon Valley for its crazy gourmet doughnuts and crazier decor—will launch a new fried dough concept in Sacramento next month: Donut Madness. Instead of Psycho Donuts’ kitschy take on a mental institution, Donut Madness gets its imagery from horror movies. But there will still be plenty of kitsch. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.
Gather Food Guide - When you’re hot, hungry, and in a hurry to grab something, you can’t be bothered walking around the entire scene scoping out the offerings. We’ve Scouted out three menus catered just for you: The “I’m trying to go light tonight” Menu, The “I’m here to get down” Menu, and The “I’m a picky eater” Menu, each complete with an entrée, a beverage, and a dessert. Michelle Labi-Klonecke in City Scout.