Weekly Sacramento Restaurant Reviews & News Recap
June 10, 2010
Dining review: Why Sacramento's Ernesto's packs 'em in - This may be a slightly above midscale/casual restaurant, but its success is spectacular. What went right? My findings are startling. Lesson 1: Good food. Lesson 2: Good service. Lesson 3: Good prices. The big secret: There are no big secrets. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Tres Agaves Roseville: Go with tacos - When in doubt, go with tacos. They are the genuine article. There are six varieties, including birria, carne asada, fish and carnitas, but the only allowed combination is between chicken and pork al pastor. The spit-grilled chicken and pork that comprise the tacos, reminiscent of Greek and Middle Eastern street vendors, is easily visible in the open-front kitchen. Greg Lucas in the Sac News & Review.
Counter Culture: Look up the specials at downtown Cafe Soleil - Earlier, we'd looked at the standard menu but ordered a bunch of diverse daily specials. Their names were handwritten on colorful pieces of paper taped to surfaces round the room, a signature of the place. There were maybe 20 sheets of paper hanging about (chicken chimichanga, meatloaf sandwich, crabcake salad), and the eye wasn't sure where to focus next. The papers' festive effect was reminiscent of Parent-Teacher Day at an elementary school, an event that, unfortunately, would never happen in Miss Clavel's classroom in France. At the table, we shared, tasted, compared impressions and got full. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
New owners for Blue Cue - Blue Cue, a longtime stape of the Paragary
Restaurant Group, has racked up some new owners. Randy Paragary recently
sold the midtown pool hall and watering hole to Cody DellaBitta and
Dominic Vella, and the two plan to tweak Blue Cue's concept. They're
looking to emphasize Blue Cue as more of a sports bar, with Sunday
breakfast specials during football season and lots of food/drink deals
when sports are broadcast. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Stockton Paragary's sold to local owner - Two years after the controversial restaurant opened its doors, Paragary's in downtown Stockton is changing hands and getting a new name. News 10 reports.
Bone marrow the hottest new dish on Sacramento menus - That's the phrase du jour on Sacramento's culinary scene as bone marrow dishes make an increasingly popular presence on local menus. You'll find epicureans scooping out marrow from beef bones at such local eateries as Red Lotus, Elk Grove's Boulevard Bistro and Ella Dining Room & Bar. Bone marrow is also incorporated in some pasta and risotto dishes at Grange Restaurant. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
The Good Life: Roseville builds its own distinctive restaurant district - One thing about cities and regions that helps define their personality and sense of community is their restaurant districts, and this region has its share of those, including one or two we don't really think of as restaurant rows. There are the obvious places, the stretches in the central city, particularly along J Street or R Street, or the recently christened Handle District around 18th and Capitol. Then there are Broadway, or Stockton and Franklin boulevards, or the growing collection of eateries at the Fountains in Roseville, or the restaurants at Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Rick Kushman in the Sac Bee.
Table for 2? Get Ready to Wait in Line - That is the blunt message for restless queues of hungry diners at a clutch of new restaurants in New York City, ranging from Má Pêche, David Chang’s place in Midtown; to the Breslin, April Bloomfield’s kitchen north of Madison Square Park; to Fatty ’Cue, Zak Pelaccio’s restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At these places and countless others that offer distinctive food amid not-always-shabby chic, the old reservation-book exclusivity has been replaced by an equally restrictive populist no-reservations scrum. Some diners hear the message as inclusive. For others, it is infuriating, often to the point of their avoiding certain restaurants entirely. Glenn Collins in the NY Times.
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