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Weekly Sacramento Restaurant Reviews & News Recap


Restaurant Reviews

Dining: Sutter Street Steakhouse a solid hit, could be a home run -  Folsom's Sutter Street Steakhouse is a breath of fresh air in a restaurant category filled with hot air. But before reaching that conclusion, I had to realign my expectations, to re-examine my biases. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

The Press: Run the table - David English, formerly of Ella Dining Room and Bar and now the power behind The Press, spends a lot of time out front instead of in back. Sometimes the lanky chef is near the front door of what used to be Dragonfly on Capitol Avenue near 18th Street. Or he’s moving from table to table, hobnobbing with the dinner hoi polloi, who are sufficient in number to make the rustic interior, with its exposed brick and rough-hewn latticework of ceiling beams, busy but not frenzied. Greg Lucas in the Sac News & Review.

Counter Culture: Five Guys Burgers arrives in Sacramento -  The chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries apparently believes in the power of the press – and in potatoes, loud music and red-and-white checkerboard tiles. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Restaurant News

Arden Fair mall snags a BJ's Restaurant -  Arden Fair mall is getting a new "destination" tenant. BJ's Restaurants, the Huntington Beach-based company with four Sacramento-area sites, has just signed a lease for space vacated earlier this year by California Cafe. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Your Guide: Why competing restaurateurs are nice to each other -  Patrick Mulvaney needed a tux. It was a Saturday afternoon, and he was headed to a fundraiser for the Crocker Art Museum. But like so many working stiffs, he forgot to pick up his cleaning. His tuxedo was locked inside a place that was closed for the weekend. Rick Kushman in the Sac Bee.

Inspectors in Rearview as Food Trucks Rule Road - This is the place where food trucks really first took to the streets, catering to fanatical customers who relished — along with the food — the renegade and slightly outlaw nature of the whole business. Those frontier days may be about to end. Marybeth Bizjak in Sac Mag. Adam Nagourney in the NY Times.

Tex Mex opens, Texas Mexican closes - Tex Mex Bar and Grill has opened in Midtown, while a continued loss of business led the long-time original to close downtown. Suzanne Hurt in Sac Press.

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