Orchid Thai, which opened at 16 Powerhouse over the summer, still has some work to do, says Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.
The larb vote count, of 2-2, reflects my larger, split-down-the-middle experience at Orchid Thai, a 3-month-old restaurant that sits next to Magpie Cafe in the new 16 Powerhouse building at 16th and P streets. For every dish that wowed (a piquant yet soothing tom yum soup), another disappointed (drunken noodles with too-dry pork).
Orchid Thai also suffers from over-service, that phenomenon in which too many members of the staff arrive at one’s table during a meal. Forging a connection with one’s server, no matter how fleeting that connection might be, enhances the dining experience. But on our first visit to Orchid Thai, our original server’s face became a dim memory as other people – either other servers or food runners, and maybe even the bartender? – approached our table to deliver dishes or ask how we were doing.
Clearly, Orchid Thai’s owners, Wa Tchang and Danny Fung (Tchang also owns the original Orchid Thai, in Lincoln), want to ensure diners are taken care of. But the team approach did not prevent service gaps.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
Orchid Thai is located at 1609 16th St and can be found online at http://www.orchidthai916.com/.
Beer Run: Brewers help resurrect area’s vibrant hop past - On a recent afternoon, the back part of Rubicon Brewing’s pub was awash in small, bright green cones alive with aroma. To those who brew beer, these compact buds are things of beauty. This batch, picked the day before near Winters and delivered to the midtown brewery within hours, will be used to brew a special seasonal “wet-hopped” beer. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Developer plans 13-story condo tower in midtown - Developer Ryan Heater is proposing to construct a tower at the southeast corner of 25th and J streets dubbed “Yamanee,” a phrase used to describe something spicy or unexpected...The city planning commission should review the project early next year and construction could begin as early as late 2016, said land use attorney Jim Wiley, whose firm Taylor & Wiley submitted the permit application. The project requires the city’s approval to build above the 65-foot height limit for that part of midtown, Wiley said. The building would have a restaurant and commercial space on the ground floor, followed by two levels of parking and 10 stories of condos. A small “amenities space” on the top floor would include a gym, spa and infinity pool, Heater said. Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.
Kings announce first tenants for arena retail space, now called Downtown Commons - The mixed-use development around Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento has a name – and its first three confirmed tenants. Officials with the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures said they have dubbed retail space in a redeveloped portion of Downtown Plaza, along with the mixed-use hotel tower now under construction, as "Downtown Commons." Faturing Pour Society, Punch Bowl Social and Sauced BBQ & Spirits. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.
Local chef in running for 'America's best breakfast recipe' - An intense war is underway, and the weapon chest includes spatulas. Chefs nationwide are competing in a Hometown Breakfast Battle, including a contender from the Sacramento region. Ed Lopez, chef de cuisine at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, is among the 135 chefs in the contest presented by Thomas' Breads. Lopez said the company, known for its English muffins, contacted him this summer and asked him to participate. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.
VIDEO: Gluten Free Bakery - The owner of Garden to Grill, a plant based café and bakery that specializes in vegan and gluten free items, joins Good Day in studio! Melissa Cabral on Good Day Sac.
VIDEO: Dishin' with Tina: Mints Euro-Asian Cuisine in Rancho Cordova - Tina is checking out a little place called Mints Euro-Asian Cuisine for some delicious food! Tina Macuha on Good Day Sac.
VIDEO: Vegan Pop-Up Restaurant - Bethany chats with chef Sylvanna of vegan pop-up restaurant, The Roaming Spoon. On FOX 40.
VIDEO: Cooking with Boucane’s Smokehouse - Brother-Sister Duo Brandon Ivey and Nicole Burton both play the roles of owner and chefs at their restaurant Boucane's Smokehouse located in Folsom. Today they share how to cook up baby back ribs, fried corn, mac and cheese and more. Bethany Crouch on FOX 40.