Just before we turn the page on 2012, the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson published his year in review piece. A few highlights:
Restaurant that really flexed its muscles: Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar has elevated its game in nearly every conceivable way, so much so that it must be considered a serious contender as the area's best fine-dining restaurant...
Pizza and more pizza: Sacramento diners need to realize that in recent years we have become a seriously good pizza town. But when I set out to rank the best of the best, I literally bit off more than I could chew. In the end, Masullo topped my list, followed closely by Hot Italian, OneSpeed, Spataro, Matteo's and Pizza Rock...
Biggest ordering mistake: Months ago, I had the bright idea to compile a list of the best spicy-hot dishes in town. So I started at Shoki Ramen House. I ordered my usual "extra hot" tan tan men. But I wanted to compare it to the "super hot," so I got a bowl of that, too. I winced, I wept, I slurped, I slumped until I felt my lips had suffered second-degree burns. That story? Um, it's still on hold...
Read the entire, very entertaining article in the Sac Bee.
Counter Culture: A look back at 10 favorite lunch spots in 2012 - With another year's adventures in casual dining under the belt, so to speak, here's a subjective list of the 10 places my lunch pals and I especially liked in 2012, in order of preference. But first, to be clear: This column's agenda is to find small, diverse, mostly family-run places that offer recommendable dishes at fair prices, and bring them to readers' attention. We concentrate on lunchtime fare, and sometimes cover breakfast and brunch. Featuring T&R Taste of Texas BBQ, Crocker Cafe by Supper Club and Ryu Jin Ramen House. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Food Truck Updates for a New Year - It's been a while since I've posted any truck updates and so I'm going to do so in two parts. Part 1 is updates on some happenings of individual trucks/owners and then Part 2 will be regarding Sacramento ordinances and industry news. Featuring updates on Krush Burger, Om Karmabile, California Love Truck, Coast to Coast, Papa Dale's Drivin Diner, All Angle Catering and New Bite Catering. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.
Cowtown Eats lists hottest happy hour spots of 2012 - Courtesy of Cowtown Eats, the local website that focuses on happy hour and dining-related news, we are able to glean some valuable information about the hottest places for grabbing a drink after work. The website compiled its list of the most popular happy hour destinations based on page views at www.cowtowneats.com. Who knows if copious page views translates into an enjoyable experience at a bar, but some of the joints on the list are certainly worthwhile. Of course, this is not intended to be a comprehensive list. For that, you can go to the website and zero in on the places that suit your style. Do you like watching cage fighters smash each other in the face while eating mouthwatering food by Drewski's? The Republic is your address. Do you want to pretend you can shoot pool while nursing a Michelob Light? Check out the Blue Cue. Quality food at bargain prices in a bustling midtown mainstay? Paesanos. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Sacramento Broadacre Coffee - Melissa Cabral was at Broadacre Coffee in Sacramento were they create unique drinks like Lavender Lattes and Mexican Coca-Colas. On Good Day Sac.