Ravenouse Cafe, led by then chef and owner Mark Helms, had become a destination for foodies. But last month, he sold the place. Now we know why. Sac Bee food critic Blair Anthony Robertson has the details:
What's Helms up to? We're about to find out as early as next Wednesday, when Helms promises to have his new enterprise up and running - in East Sacramento, just three blocks from his home. I spoke with Helms this morning and he told me he is putting the final touches on Juno's Kitchen & Delicatessen at 36th and J. The space is small and seating will be limited, so Helms says he will focus on takeout meals. If his track record is any indication, this won't be a run-of-the-mill deli...
The chef is still working out the menu, which he says will change frequently based on what's available and what tickles his fancy. To start, there will be pasta, risotto, plenty of sandwiches, sourdough bread baked in-house and plenty of full entrees. Expect some of those sandwiches to feature things like Kobe beef and hangar steak.
The new restaurant will be located at 36th & J. Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
Dining Scouts check out Ambience, Kru - With critic Blair Anthony Robertson on vacation, The Bee's Dining Scouts – two experienced, enthusiastic and discerning Sacramento-area diners – report on their experiences. They're Amber Turner of Fair Oaks and Miki Vohryzek-Bolden of Sacramento. In the Sac Bee.
Counter Culture: 5 prime burgers from pricey steakhouses - We're no strangers to the concept of having "champagne taste on a beer budget." We also know one of its relatives, "prime steak taste on a hamburger budget." The question becomes: How can we get close to the taste of high-end beef in patty form? We found an answer at five steakhouses that specialize in cuts of superb beef, and also offer four-star burgers. Allen Pierleonin in the Sac Bee.
Kinnee O'Reilly's Irish pub to open its doors Wednesday - Among the world's cuisines, few can offer fare as hearty as Irish on a good day. So, with cooler weather in the months ahead, we're anticipating Wednesday's opening of Kinnee O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant. The menu will include shepherd's pie, mulligan stew, corned beef and cabbage, boxty (a crepe-like dish made from potato-based batter), and house-made potato chips smothered in Irish cheeses and "sprinkled with chopped corned beef and scallions." Other European (and American) rib-stickers will be included: lamb shanks, bangers 'n' mash, fish 'n' chips, burgers, sandwiches and the like. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Buggy Whip still open after filing for bankruptcy - The Buggy Whip filed for voluntary bankruptcy reorganization, a move spurred by a $47,000 tax claim from 2000 by the Internal Revenue Service. The restaurant continues to be open through the reorganization. Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.