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Daily Dining News: Sac Mag's Critic's Choice Awards

Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell knows her food. She's a former pastry chef who ran a very tasty pie company. And now she's written the anticipated critic's choice piece in Sac Mag.

There are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of restaurants in the Sacramento region, and as the Sacramento magazine food critic, I've been lucky enough to dine at many of them. But whenever someone asks me to name my favorite restaurant (and it happens frequently), I scramble clumsily for an answer. The truth is, I have lots of favorite restaurants, and I frequent them for many different reasons.

Her piece reminded me that while I think I eat out a lot, there are still a lot of good restaurants out there that I need to add to my to eat list.

Find out what her picks were in Sac Mag.

Sac Mag also has their Best of Sacramento Dining Awards, as selected by their readers. Click here for that list.

More News:

Sutter General lands Au Bon Pain eatery for expanding midtown site - A Boston-based restaurant company is making its first foray into California, taking over food operations for guests and employees at Sutter General Hospital. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

The Golden Bear expands its territory - The space that formerly housed Hangar 17 in Midtown has been taken over by owners of The Golden Bear, who plan to bring a “grown-up” version of their neighborhood bar and restaurant to the area. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Irish pub coming to El Dorado Hills - In all this latest news of restaurants shutting down, here's a place that's bucking the trend and set to open soon. Kinnee O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant is scheduled to open in late-September at the Montano Shopping Center in El Dorado Hills (1000 White Rock Rd., El Dorado Hills). Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Lights, camera, action - Speaking of filming, midtown Sacramento's Centro Cocina restaurant was taken over by a camera crew Saturday afternoon shooting an episode of "House Hunters International." Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee. (Third item.)

Dewey Cheaters Vodka giving it a shot locally - When business slowed down several years ago for real estate developer Jon Sweet, his thoughts turned to vodka. Not to drinking it, mind you. Rather, he started to think about manufacturing an American-made high-end vodka. The result is Dewey Cheaters Ultra Premium Vodka, based in El Dorado Hills. Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.


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