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Daily Dining News: Sac Bee Reviews Red Rabbit, Republic Bar & Grill

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By now, it seems like every self-proclaimed and professional restaurant reviewer has given their two cents about Red Rabbit, the new eatery on J Street. (Click here to see their happy hour.)

I was first, with my Instant Reaction to the place two weeks ago. Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell, Catherine Enfield in Munchie Musings and Ally Gaffan over at A Girl and her Fork all chimed in. Now, comes the Sac Bee restaurant reviewer Blair Anthony Robertson's first impression of the restaurant.

We loved the prices (most entrees are in the mid-teens). We found the range of food offerings enlightening and entertaining, from a pork belly picatta and vegetarian spring rolls to fried egg burger and the oh-so-tender osso buco with polenta and baby carrots.

The osso buco was the best dish. Perfectly cooked, amazingly tender, and the polenta showed off how taste and texture can work in harmony. The carrots were of notable quality, too.

Robertson also did a quick and dirty review of Republic Bar & Grill:

Inside, UFC cage fighting was blaring on all but two TVs in the joint. Perfect. What better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon meal than by gazing up at the 72-inch flat screen and witnessing two 136-pound dudes smash each other in the face while locked in a cage? I'm certain that's a question Craig Claiborne never had to consider.

And yet, the food is good. It's inventive. It's hearty. It's affordable. The man behind this culinary cleverness is Andrew Blaskovich, better known as Drewski, who has come to prominence over the past year as the hard-working and creative food truck vendor.

Read the entire trio of reviews in the Sac Bee, where Robertson also reviews Baagan Vegan Cafe in Roseville. Click here read my review of Republic Bar & Grill.

More News:

Mark Helms of Juno's: Big Talent, Tiny Kitchen - Mark Helms says he “totally misses” Ravenous Cafe, the Pocket-area restaurant he brought to great acclaim before selling the place last year. But you know the drill: It’s all about location. Which is why Helms, an East Sac guy for more than 20 years, jumped at the chance to hang his shingle at 36th and J. Juno’s Kitchen and Delicatessen is a five-minute walk from the home Helms shares with his co-owner wife, Susan Vasques, and their dog, a bull terrier/pit bull mix whose name just happens to be Juno. For obvious reasons, being in the ’hood is a huge plus. “If I’m at home and I get some crazy idea, I can just walk over” says Helms, 44 and a longtime Sacramento-area chef. Cathy Cassinos-Carr in Sac Mag.

Roseville hopes Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant can rev up downtown development - Roseville officials are hoping an investment of $1.5 million in a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to be built on Vernon Street will drive further downtown development. When the 10,000-square-foot Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill opens in September it will be the first new business brought to town using the city-created nonprofit development corporation. Ed Fletcher in the Sac Bee.

Counter Culture: Satisfy Creole cravings at Original Po Boys - We missed Fat Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras) in New Orleans on Feb. 21 – darn it! – but to make up for it we tracked down some Creole-style cooking at the newly opened Original Po Boys. Owner Eric Crawford was born and raised in New Orleans, came to Sacramento 10 years ago, owned a construction company for eight years and watched it fold as the building boom went bust. Undaunted, he has realized his long-held notion of opening a restaurant. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Shark fin soup still on some Sacramento-area restaurant menus - Two months after California's ban on shark fins went into effect, bowls of the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup still are being ladled up at several Sacramento-area restaurants. Legally. Edward Ortiz in the Sac Bee.

How Waiters Read Your Table - Restaurants Train Servers to Judge Diners, Make Service More Personal; Nixing 'Hello, My Name Is…' Sarah Nassauer in the Wall Street Journal.


Darrel, it just sounded so good when you went to Red Rabbit that everyone else wanted to eat there too. ;)

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