Last week, we found out that Brasserie Capitale will replace The Broiler. But the owner of The Broiler also ran Gallagher's across the lobby from The Broiler. Now, we know what will happen with the other half of that restaurant equation.
A new cafe is set to open a block away from the Capitol in the space that previously housed Gallagher's Irish Pub at 1201 K Street...Aziz Belarbi-Salah, who co-owns Aioli restaurant with his father, plans to open Café À Côté this summer. "We plan to serve morning coffee and pastries, bistro-style lunches and wine in the evening," said Belarbi-Salah.
Read the entire entry in the Capitol Morning Report (subscription required).
Sam’s Kosher Style deli in Fair Oaks closing on St. Patrick’s Day - Sam’s Kosher Style Restaurant & Deli in Fair Oaks, known for its super-size sandwiches and local roots stretching back more than 50 years, will close at the end of business next Monday, St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Bruce Blackman, 70, cited personal and health reasons for closing the business, adding: “St. Patrick’s Day has always been my best day, so I thought I might as well go out with a bang." Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.
More cupcake shops for Sacramento? - A baker featured on the Food Network thinks there's room for more cupcake shops in the Sacramento market. Arleen Scavone, CEO and founder of Sweet Arleen's, wants to bring two of her cupcake shops to the Sacramento region within the next two years. She said she's especially interested in potential locations in Roseville, Citrus Heights and North Highlands. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
Hand-crafted food prepared with fresh and local ingredients - Selland’s Market-Café, on the corner of H Street and El Dorado Way, stays true to its name by combining a fresh marketplace feel with a warm and friendly café. Kelly Tao and Daisy Aguilar in the Sac State Hornet.
Roma's Pizza & Pasta: Eat as the Romans do - While not all Roma’s pies qualify as “authentic Italian-style,” its pasta does. It sticks to traditional dishes: spaghetti with various sauce options, lasagna, several stuffed pasta dishes and a baked cannelloni. During a pair of recent visits, I sampled both baked pasta dishes: the lasagna and the Cannelloni Veneziani Al Forno (baked cannelloni stuffed with meat, eggs, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses). Both excelled in their simplicity, and the inclusion of egg in each dish reminded me of carbonara—a popular Roman egg-based pasta dish that I once ate in Italy about 10 years ago. The cannelloni also paired well with a glass of Chianti (Roma’s has a handful of wines, all priced at less than $20 per bottle, and the Peroni beer on draft is good with pizza, as well). Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.
Five Tasty Plates - As a food writer, I have the extraordinary luck of dining regularly at a wide variety of restaurants throughout the region. Occasionally, I’ll have a week or two where I encounter a slew of seriously tasty dishes. Here’s five I relished recently, featuring Ella, Cafe Morocco, Four Sisters Cafe, Ten22 and Zocalo. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.
Love Letter: Vientiane’s Stuffed Chicken Wings - Many Thai or Lao places offer these wings, but Vientiane’s are the best (although Asian Café’s are a close second)...The reason Vientiane’s wings stand out is that the skin is crispy and that they trim out some of the fat under the skin – some wings at other places will yield an unpleasant mouthful of fat. Some versions are deep fried, which is unnecessary. Becky Gruenwald on Sac Foodways.
VIDEO: Seritella's Clam Chowder - Seritella's in Carmichael recently won a clam chowder competition in Santa Cruz. Amy Carabba is live at to find out what makes their chowder the best. On Good Day Sac Part 1 | Part 2.