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Dining News: How's Sac Beer Week Going?

There are still 3 days left in Sac Beer Week, and according to the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson, people have beeen having a great time.

The 4th annual Sacramento Beer Week is off to a splendid start throughout the region, and we're starting to see a trend wherever we go: enthusiastic but laid-back crowds, great beer, good times.

We dropped by Track 7 Brewing Co. on Saturday to find a rather amazing site - folks lining up for the excellent beer brewed on-site at a facility that was once an industrial park but is now on the verge of being something very special. If you're looking to visit -- and you should if you're into craft beer -- Track 7 is at 3747 W. Pacific Ave., Sacramento (if it feels like you've made a wrong turn and it looks like the wrong place, you're there; dogs and kids welcome, too). While there, we bumped into the affable Brian Guido, one of the forces behind the recent and highly successful Sacramento BaconFest. He convinced us to take light rail out to Folsom to hit the happy hour at Samuel Horne's Tavern -- we'll be doing that sometime this week.

He also raves about Hot City Pizza.

On Sunday, our day revolved around stopping in at Hot City Pizza in East Sacramento for the wide array of sour and barrel-aged beers on tap. This was another very enjoyable outing, as the crowds were great throughout the day. There was a good line, but it wasn't crazy, and we were lucky enough to find a table and enjoy our pizza. The "Angry Pig," by the way, is one very good - and very spicy - pie, with jalapenos and spicy sausage adding the kind of heat that pushes this pizza right to the edge...

If you haven't been to Hot City yet, you owe it to yourself to drop by. Hot City is at 5642 J St., Sacramento (if you pull up and think, "No way a place this small could have such a large and eclectic beer selection," don't worry -- you found it).

Read more in the Sac Bee.

Sac Beer Week is capped by Capital Beer Fest at Cal Expo, where 90 breweries are expected to attend. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online at CapitalBeerFest.com.

More News:

Tasty Tidbit - Tidbit, a modest-looking cafe that opened this past September on a restaurant-rich stretch of Capitol Avenue near 19th Street, is making a small if indelible mark on the midtown dining scene. After all, there aren’t many places where budget-conscious diners can enjoy a high-quality lunch with dessert for $10, but this joint gets it done. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.

VIDEO: Deep fried mac and cheese  - David Rowe from Renwood Winery whips up some gourmet Mac and Cheese lollipops in the KCRA kitchen. On KCRA.

Try It: Fins Market & Grill - I recently discovered two super-tasty sandwiches from Fins Market & Grill, located on Fair Oaks Boulevard. The grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich, composed on a tangy “sourwheat” walnut bread, was dazzling in its simplicity – featuring just the juicy slabs of moist fish and a slathering of the restaurant’s chunky, zingy tartar sauce, the sandwich was a great showcase for the clean, fresh flavors of the Mahi Mahi. And a wonderfully tender fried calamari sandwich – prepared just as simply on sourdough bread – won rave reviews from my picky 16 year old, who declared it one of the best sandwiches he’d ever tasted. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Dining review: Superior service at Lodi's Towne House can't make up for uncertainty in the kitchen - Last September, the venerable Wine & Roses hotel in Lodi decided to reposition its Towne House restaurant and scale things back a tad from a destination special-occasion restaurant to something that's, well, not so destination-y. It has, indeed, succeeded – the cooking is not worth the 45-minute drive from Sacramento. It's also not much fun when you get there – do you know anyone under the age of 90 who likes Muzak versions of cheesy pop songs played on a piano? Then there's the matter of the prices. If it's no longer a special- occasion restaurant, where does it get off asking prices bordering on outrageous? Not counting prix fixe restaurants in the Bay Area and Napa Valley that have earned multiple Michelin stars, the Towne House is the most expensive restaurant we can remember. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

VIDEO: Delicious Clam Chowder - Tina Macuha was live from Evan's Kitchen trying their delicious Clam Chowder. On Good Day Sac.


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