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Dining News: Split Decision on Capital Dime

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In the last two weeks, more major publications have come out with their verdicts on Capital Dime, the most buzzed about new restaurant of the year.

First, Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag:

Standout menu items included a rustic, better-than-mom’s spinach and artichoke dip, which left a subtle, lingering heat on the palate; the curiously enticing honey-truffle chicken frites, which looked and tasted something like an upscale, adult version of chicken nuggets; and a fabulous “noodles in a green dress” dish, bathed in a creamy pesto sauce and teeming with oodles of sweet, sun-ripened cherry tomatoes and corn kernels.

Read the entire story in Sac Mag.

Second, Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review:

There’s one simple dish called clams chorizo on the menu, and it’s something you would stab your mother with a seafood fork over, should she attempt to pluck one of its delightful bivalves from your plate. Here, seared chorizo is drowned in white wine and garlic, creating a silky palomino-colored broth in which the teeniest clams ever are cooked.

The only problem with the dish was that many unopened clams made it to our table. In addition, we were provided thin, stale toast. One cannot sop up that epiphany-inducing broth with stale toast...

Yet for all the little flaws, you can see the forethought behind it. There’s obviously a meditation on how to perfect classic dishes and generate innovative recipes, and knowing when they’ve achieved nirvana. With a chef like Zonca, you know these hiccups will fade.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

By reading the two reviews, it seems like Sac Mag's reviewer was a little more ebullient than Sac News & Review's. In my one meal there and anecdotal evidence from friends who have eaten there multiple times, they're still finding their bearings as a restaurant, but most are hopeful that they'll figure it out soon.

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