Blackbird Kitchen & Bar opened two months ago, and it's had a some time to get its bearings as a restaurant. How's it doing? Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell gives us an update.
Never much of a chowder fan, I was stunned on two occasions by the lushly flavorful clam and seafood chowder. Lampkin applewood-smokes the clams daily, then steeps them in cream overnight to maximize the soup’s alluring, smoky flavor. The soup is velvety, aromatic, and filled with soft chunks of potato and fish.
The entrée selections at Blackbird are limited, but each one I tried was impressive. The Maine lobster and roasted beet salad teemed with large, sweet chunks of lobster and was sprinkled with roasted pistachios and an intriguing Banyuls vinaigrette. The Arctic char had an irresistibly crispy skin and was served with tender fiddlehead ferns and romanesco broccoli—a delicious tumble of flavor and texture.
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New owner, familiar face - The tough choices begin as you approach the front of the line at Baguettes Deli in Elk Grove. Will it be the warm brie and Granny Smith sandwich or the California BLT with cheddar, smoked bacon, avocado and honey? The creativity continues from there, with each bundle priced at $7 to $10. Baguette's new owner, Paula Hunley, is trying hard to ensure that the lunch crowd won't miss cafe founders Bret and Debora Bohlmann. The couple grew so busy with the deli, Boulevard Bistro and Clarksburg's Old Sugar Mill that Bret was doing more management than cooking, and that didn't sit well with him. So they sold the year-old Baguettes at 9380 Elk Grove Florin Road to Hunley in May. She used some of her retirement savings to buy it. Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.
End of an era: Taylor's Market and Ford's Hamburgers part ways - OK, maybe it came off as a bit of a dig when the much-admired and locally owned Taylor's Market posted a brief note on Facebook, informing its fans that it would no longer be the supplier to locally owned Ford's Hamburgers just up the street. It went like this: "We are sad to announce that after 25 years our business relationship with Ford's Hamburgers has ended. We wish the owners well and hope they are able maintain the same level of quality while using a corporate source for their beef." Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Greek Village Inn: A Great Spot for Outdoor Dining - I love eating al fresco on balmy Sacramento evenings. A few favorite spots include Paragary’s lovely back patio, whose rushing, contemporary waterfalls and gnarled olive trees catapult you into vacation mode; and Aioli’s intimate, peaceful outdoor dining area. But another restaurant that offers a serene, relaxing al fresco experience is friendly, family-owned Greek Village Inn. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Chando's Tacos plans second location - Chando’s Tacos, which for two years has served up Mexican street-style foods to long lines at 863 Arden Way, is opening a second location at 5665 Power Inn Road. The original Chando’s is a 600-square-foot taco stand. The new location is a 2,100-square-feet former burger restaurant. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.
Food Trucks in Paris? U.S. Cuisine Finds Open Minds, and Mouths - An artisanal taco truck has come to Paris. The Cantine California started parking here in April, the latest in a recent American culinary invasion that includes chefs at top restaurants; trendy menu items like cheesecake, bagels and bloody Marys; and notions like chalking the names of farmers on the walls of restaurants. In France, there is still a widespread belief that the daily diet in the United States consists of grossly large servings of fast food. But in Paris, American food is suddenly being seen as more than just restauration rapide. Among young Parisians, there is currently no greater praise for cuisine than “très Brooklyn,” a term that signifies a particularly cool combination of informality, creativity and quality. Julia Moskin in the New York Times.