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Dining News: Sellands, Paragary, Lowbrau & Star Ginger Coming to Golden 1 Center


Continuing its commitment to support local businesses, the Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality announced the initial set of restaurants that will serve fans as they attend events at the future home of the Kings.

Local businesses will include:

  • Paragary Restaurant Group, with brands Centro, Paragary's and Cafe Bernardo likely serving Centro Street Tacos featuring corn tortillas handmade on the concourse, Paragary’s wood fired pizzas and Café Bernardo burgers and shakes.
  • Selland Family Restaurants, likely serving Wood fired pizza with chicken, bacon, goat cheese, jalapeños, mozzarella, parmesan and arugula. 
  • Lowbrau, likely serving Housemade bratwurst with bier cheese and duck fat fries.
  • Star Ginger, likely serving Thai BBQ chicken banh mi sandwich with sriracha aioli, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño.

First, the new arena deserves credit for adding local restaurants into the mix for in-arena dining. I hope the restaurants offer arena-exclusive items that you can't get at their regular restaurant. If I want a standard banh mi from Star Ginger, it'll be more convenient and cheaper to get it at her storefront. The next level will be dishes that can only be purchased at the arena.

What went unsaid today is what restaurants will be near the arena. Many restaurant insiders fear that you may be able to eat at Selland's inside the arena, but will be stuck eating at Hooters or ESPN Zone before or after the game. I hope the Kings continue their commitment to local restaurants as they fill in the space around the arena also.

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Chicago Fire pizzeria chain sails along with Windy City flavor - Schnetz is the 48-year-old CEO and corporate chef of West of Chicago Restaurants Inc. In 2003, he opened his first Chicago Fire pizzeria on Folsom’s historic Sutter Street. Today, his company also oversees Chicago Fire restaurants in midtown Sacramento, Roseville and in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping complex south of downtown Folsom. Combined, the eateries employ about 230. In February, Schnetz plans to open a fifth local Chicago Fire outlet in Elk Grove. Beyond that, he’s contemplating pizzerias in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and locales outside California. Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

Starbucks unexpectedly closes downtown store ... and plans more alcohol sales in region - In other Starbucks news: here's an update on plans to offer alcohol at additional Sacramento-area Starbucks stores. Multiple locations have already applied to sell beer and wine. According to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's website, some of the most recent applications include stores at 4033 Cavitt Stallman Road in Granite Bay and 1790 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Mahoroba Bakery Featured On Public Television - Mahar­­oba Japanese Bakery was recently featured on Public Television’s A Few Great Bakeries. I caught it the other night on KVIE. Yes, I’m a supporter of public television and local businesses. Mahoroba in Sacramento was prominently featured along with some of the finest ba­­­keries in the United States. From the Columbus Baking Company in Syracuse, New York to the Minerva Bakery in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania. Greg Brown on SacramentoLand.

September is Food Literacy Month! - It's a big month for my friends over at the Food Literacy Center. It's Food Literacy Month! That means a lot of activities and money from Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks helping them out. Oh, and they are busy voting for Veggie of the Year too. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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Dining News: Goldfield, replacing Hamburger Patties, to Open by Aug. 1

Goldfield Trading Post, the country bar and restaurant by Ace of Spades and Tank House, announced that it will have its opening weekend on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.

The bar and music venue will be led by Ace of Spades and Assembly's Bret Bair and Eric Rushing, and Tank House's Tyler Williams. The food, per the Sac Bee, will be "Americana-style comfort foods and rotisserie chicken."


The restaurant replaces Hamburber Patties, which closed in September 2013.

Goldfield will be located at 1630 J St., and can be found online at

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Cafe Plan B: Old-school fancy pants - Strangely, duck confit is served as an appetizer, but it could easily be a whole meal, as it comes with flageolet beans. Reader, put down this paper and go chase down that bone-sucking-good duck immediately. Exquisitely soft flesh, flavorful beans, and duck skin so crisp it puts any potato chip to shame. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

Blackbird. Kitchen + Beer Gallery - Girls on the Grid was invited to lunch with Demetri Gregorakis, the general manager of Blackbird. Kitchen + Beer Gallery.  We were familiar with the location and Blackbird as a downtown restaurant, but with the reopening and restructuring of the establishment we were excited to see what Blackbird 2.0 had to offer...We thought the food, ambiance and service was fantastic!  If you haven’t tried them, give them a go and let us know what you think, or if you have checked them out share your experience with us! Chantel Elder & Rachel Smith on Girls on the Grid.

Region has big appetite for food-specific weeks - Here’s a call for someone to organize Sacramento Master Cleanse Week. Just about every month on Sacramento’s calendar features some kind of gut-busting food week, starting in January with the annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. Then we get hit in following months with multiday celebrations of bacon (late January), beer (Feburary), and now Negroni Week in June. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Krush Burger to Open Roseville Location in July


Krush Burger will open its third regional location in Roseville in July, a move that it had telegraphed for months.

In January, it opened its second slider-based restaurant in Davis, with its first restaurant opening in January 2013.

Krush Burger is the pioneering Sacramento Food Truck, formerly known as Mini Burger Truck.

More info from the press release:

The new Krush Burger will be located in the Promenade portion of the Galleria between Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Brooks Brothers. The restaurant will be accesible via its own entrance and include a private dining patio where patrons will be able to enjoy Krush Burger's classic menu and assortment of local beer and wine on tap. 

The restaurant, located directly behind one of the Galleria's main parking structures, will make parking and accesing the restaurant quick and convenient.

You can also read the Sac Biz Journal's report.

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Koreana Plaza and International Food Court - One of my favorite memories of going to the Philippines was going to the food courts they have in shopping centers.  These aren't like American food courts with McDonald's and Sbarro.  These are similar to ones you find throughout Asia where individual vendors have small stands selling their specialty.  There's a grandma over here making rice cakes and over there is an auntie who has special skewers. The next stall over is a girl making halo halo or selling pastries.  Each one is independent and as close to homemade as you can get in a shopping center. When I read last week in the Bee that Allen Pierleoni had gone to Koreana Plaza for the International food court, I had to check it out too.  I really hoped it might be similar to the kind I remembered. It wasn't, but it was still pretty good. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Family-owned deli and store offers unique imports - Customer Jack Warren has shopped at Corti Brothers for nearly 50 years and said the market has stayed consistent in having good products and he has learned a lot about wine from Darrell Corti. “I learned that Darrell knows more about wine than anybody in the United States,” Warren said. “I once had a bottle of wine that I told Darrell was a 1929 third growth with a split and he said I didn’t, that it was a 1927 because 1929 was the depression and they didn’t make one [then]. He was right [and I] never doubted him since.” Erika Bradley in the Sac State Hornet.

VIDEO: Dishin' With Tina: Maalouf's - On this Dishin' With Tina, Tina is out to lunch at Marianne McClary's favorite place to grab a bite: Maalouf's! On Good Day Sac.

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Dining News: Crawdad's May Become 'River’s Premiere Party Spot'


When I travel to other cities, I marvel at what a destination their river front is. Even a mid-tier city like Milwaukee has a great river front for people to dine at, stroll and enjoy.

Even with the revitalization of Crawdads's, we're not there yet, but we're one step closer.

Here's the First Impression from the Sac Bee's Chris Macias:

Is it just a matter of time before someone takes a belly flop into the river? Given the combination of hearty food and drink, and a space reinvigorated with new ownership that specializes in good times, Crawdad’s could re-establish itself as the Sacramento River’s premiere party spot.

Try it if:

You miss Pechal’s Capitol Burger, or fancy an uptempo place to sip on cocktails that come with mini umbrellas.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

Other Sacramento food writers have commented on the new venue via Twitter. Here's a sample:

Just checked out Crawdad's Cantina on the river, gorgeous space, revamped menu, cool furnishings, what's not to like? Opens Friday night.

— allen pierleoni (@apierleonisacbe) March 13, 2014


Long lunch on the river. #Crawdads. @ChefAdamPechal & crew drew me back to river after 20 years of not wanting to dine among river drunks.

— Ed Murrieta (@edmurrieta) March 15, 2014

I have yet to make it out there, but I hope to in the next week or so. If you've been, please share what your experience was in the comments below.

Crawdad's is located at 1375 Garden Hwy, and can be found online at

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Passmore Ranch hires former manager of Feeding Crane Farms - Many in the local culinary community were disappointed in the demise of Feeding Crane Farms, which burst onto the Sacramento scene as an urban organic farm with all kinds of progressive ideas. While the farm didn’t last, for various reasons, the work of its manager, Shannin Stein, had an impact on many. Stein initially landed at Broderick Roadhouse, but recently signed on for a new gig at Passmore Ranch, the sustainable aquaculture fish farm in Sloughhouse. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Strings Urban Kitchen opening Friday at Capitol Towers - The cocktail program was designed by Joe Anthony Savala, former beverage manager of Zocalo, with signature drinks named after Rat Pack members (i.e. the “Frank Sinatra” with rye whiskey, vermouth and Campari; a vodka cooler called the “Dean Martin”). If the name “Strings Urban Kitchen” is too much of a mouthful, the proprietors suggest using the acronym “SUK” - really. Their logo features prominent “SUK” lettering accompanied by a twisty forkful of pasta. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Cafe a Cote to Replace Gallagher's at 12th & K


Last week, we found out that Brasserie Capitale will replace The Broiler. But the owner of The Broiler also ran Gallagher's across the lobby from The Broiler. Now, we know what will happen with the other half of that restaurant equation.

A new cafe is set to open a block away from the Capitol in the space that previously housed Gallagher's Irish Pub at 1201 K Street...Aziz Belarbi-Salah, who co-owns Aioli restaurant with his father, plans to open Café À Côté this summer. "We plan to serve morning coffee and pastries, bistro-style lunches and wine in the evening," said Belarbi-Salah.

Read the entire entry in the Capitol Morning Report (subscription required).

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Sam’s Kosher Style deli in Fair Oaks closing on St. Patrick’s Day - Sam’s Kosher Style Restaurant & Deli in Fair Oaks, known for its super-size sandwiches and local roots stretching back more than 50 years, will close at the end of business next Monday, St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Bruce Blackman, 70, cited personal and health reasons for closing the business, adding: “St. Patrick’s Day has always been my best day, so I thought I might as well go out with a bang." Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

More cupcake shops for Sacramento? - A baker featured on the Food Network thinks there's room for more cupcake shops in the Sacramento market. Arleen Scavone, CEO and founder of Sweet Arleen's, wants to bring two of her cupcake shops to the Sacramento region within the next two years. She said she's especially interested in potential locations in Roseville, Citrus Heights and North Highlands. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Hand-crafted food prepared with fresh and local ingredients - Selland’s Market-Café, on the corner of H Street and El Dorado Way, stays true to its name by combining a fresh marketplace feel with a warm and friendly café. Kelly Tao and Daisy Aguilar in the Sac State Hornet.

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Dining News: Crawdads to Reopen on March 14


Crawdads River Cantina, the newest venture by former Tuli Chef Adam Pechal and Bar West owner Trevor Shultz, will open on March 14.

Originally opened in 1986, the restaurant changed hands recently, and the new team originally hoped to open by March 1. It now appears the opening date has slipped by a couple weeks - a very common occurrence among new restaurants.

A Cowtown Eats source has been to the restaurant as they've fine tuned their recipes, and I'm hearing great things. Joining Chef Pechal to oversee the kitchen is Paul Caravelli, a fellow contestant on the first season of ABC's The Taste. Word is that he's a dessert specialist, and will work well to compliment Chef Pechal.

Crawdad's is located at 1375 Garden Hwy, and can be found online at

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French cuisine coming to K Street - The new business, to be called Brasserie Capitale, will be owned and operated by the owners of Aioli, the tapas restaurant on L Street in midtown that will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year. While full details are still in the works, the chef will be Christophe Cornet, a classically trained French chef from the Bordeaux region who has experience at a Michelin two-star restaurant in France and was the private chef for the Maloof brothers, the former owners of the Sacramento Kings. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Dine Downtown raises more than $15K for food literacy - The ninth annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week in Sacramento this January raised $15,345 for children’s food literacy. Dine Downtown ran from Jan. 8-17, offering fixed-price meals at a wide variety of Sacramento restaurants for $31. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Selland's Market Cafe in East Sac Temporarily Closed for 'Minor Remodel'


Selland's Market Cafe on H Street closed on Jan. 1 for a weeklong "minor remodel," Selland's announced via their e-mail newsletter. They plan to reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

I checked in with Selland Group marketing manager Gina Funk Nelson to see what the "minor remodel" would entail.

"We're doing mostly a 'facelift' of new paint, replacing the ceiling, replacing some counters, a deep clean and some sprucing up," e-mailed Nelson. "Nothing major, but with how the pace of work can sometimes drag depending on surprises we thought it best to close for the 6 days."

She also joked that Sellands Market Cafe wanted to "look our best for Bacon Fest."

Sellands is located at 5340 H St.

While we're on the topic of restaurants that are closing for short periods of time in early January, Vic's Ice Cream announced on Twitter that they too would be closed for cleaning.

Finally, Enotria announced that they too would be closed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 9 for "winter holiday." They plan to reopen on Jan. 10.

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Dining: The Sacramento area’s best servers - Great servers can be the most powerful people in a restaurant, for they are the direct link between the kitchen and the customer. They are in the business of serving. They are in sales. They are explainers, advisers, observers, amateur psychologists, problem solvers, masters of timing and, beyond all that, they know how to put on a show. When they step into the dining room, they are in their element, bringing to bear their commitment and passion for executing at the highest level. They can be witty, charismatic, intuitive, serious or solemn, but they are never dull, and they are always on. Featuring servers from Blackbird, Kru, Hook & Ladder, Formoli's Bistro, Juno's Kitchen and Jamie's Broadway Grille. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

First Impressions: Dad’s Kitchen brings brew to Fair Oaks - After seeing Guy Fieri’s over-the-top review on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and after enjoying the signature Dad’s Burger earlier this year, we expected better. We ate the light and crunchy deep-fried garbanzo beans by the handfuls. The ramekin of mac ’n’ cheese with bacon looked great, but lacked depth. “I like the crust, but where’s the sharp cheese taste?” one pal said...Let’s say the kitchen is still coming together. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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