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15 Most Popular Happy Hours of August 2015

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Here are the 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of August 2015 (based on page views) on Cowtown Eats:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 5)
  5. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month's rank: 6)
  7. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 12)
  8. Cheesecake Factory (Last month's rank: 8)
  9. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 10)
  10. 33rd St. Bistro (Last month's rank: 11)
  11. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month's rank: 12)
  12. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. Brasserie Capitale (Last Month: Unranked)
  14. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 9)
  15. Orchid Thai (Last Month: Unranked)

Thanks for visiting Cowtown Eats! We had nearly 59,000 page views and more than 23,750 unique visitors.

I also want to give a special shout out to Cask & Barrel for generously sponsoring Cowtown Eats and keeping the lights on here. 

Thank you all for coming. If you have any tips/suggestions/thoughts, please e-mail me at Darrel@CowtownEats.com

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Dining News: The Bowl by 33rd St. Bistro Owners On the Move

VmillerOriginal site site of planned The Bowl restaurant in March 2015. V. Miller Meats, a whole animal butcher, is still on track to open in the building.

The Bowl, a planned East Sac restaurant by owners of 33rd St. Bistro, the Haines brothers, is moving closer to 33rd St. Bistro, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Changes are afoot at the former Larry’s Comfort Shoes site at 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard, where developers planned to put in a butcher shop and a Haines brothers-operated eatery called The Bowl.

The butcher shop is still a go, according to Ken Fahn, a partner in a group that owns the building. But The Bowl will likely open instead at another Fahn-owned building at 32nd and Folsom.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

I've tried in previous months to get more information from SRO, the Haines brothers company, about the new restaurant, but they've always declined to elaborate. It appears that they're continuing to be coy, with the building's owner telling Shallit that the concept for the restaurant is "a trade secret."

* Updated references from Bistro 33 to 33rd St. Bistro.

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The Future of Farm-To-Table - Sacramento Public Library recently named “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food” its 2015 One Book selection. In the book, author Dan Barber questions the farm-to-fork movement and raises a red flag about the American way of farming. A James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of two acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants (Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York), Barber will be in town Oct. 6 for a library event. He recently talked with us by phone. Marybeth Bizjak in Sac Mag.

Local Eateries Celebrate Pear Month With Unique Dishes - Did you know that August is Pear Month in California? Farm-to-Fork restaurants in the Sacramento area are celebrating by offering 16 menu items highlighting California pears! Ten restaurants are participating in a Farm-to-Fork Pear Recipe Contest held by the California Pear Advisory Board in partnership with Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork program. Aimee Darville in Girls on the Grid.

Dining review: Brasserie Capitale off to promising start - Once Brasserie Capitale gets past its growing pains, it should become just as entrenched a presence on K Street as Ella, Esquire Grill or Mayahuel. The food’s already practically there, and the setting is so inviting that it’s a treat to spend a few hours in this brasserie. At least when that’s the plan. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

Feast Q&A: Temple to open first shop in Davis - On a journey through Indonesia at the turn of the millennium, Sean Kohmescher became captivated by the ornate Buddhist temples he came across there – focal points of spirituality and community togetherness visited several times daily by members of its surrounding village to refuel, converse, pray, and read. In 2005, Kohmescher decided to introduce a touch of Southeast Asian tradition to Sacramento, opening Temple Coffee Roasters as a hub for rejuvenation, camaraderie and caffeine. Brenna Lyles in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Now Open - Broadway Coffee

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Broadway Coffee opened last week, the owner Charles Bergson tells Cowtown Eats.

Located at 32nd and Broadway in Oak Park, the cafe serves Temple Coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

According to a Q and A I did with Bergson in May, the management team includes Jimmy Gayaldo, who has extensive experience in the restaurant industry including McCormick & Schmicks and Carver's restaurants.

Based on what I've seen on social media, the restaurant is still finding its footing, but if you're in the area, you should go and support a local business as they grow.

Broadway Coffee is located at 3200 Broadway, and can be found online at http://www.broadwaycoffeecompany.com/.

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Brasserie Capitale: Très bien - Food as a culturally significant art form might be a somewhat difficult concept to grasp for Americans who’ve never been to France, but it certainly might be easier after eating at Brasserie Capitale. Open since May in the spot formerly housing the Broiler, it’s a brasserie—an informal restaurant that highlights simple, hearty foods—serving traditional French food, plus a huge selection of French wine and beer. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Dining review: Putah Creek Cafe offers homey goodness in Winters - These pizzas were so tasty they encouraged extrapolation: So much planning clearly went into the toppings that equal thought must have gone into the crust. Whatever went wrong with the pizzas we tried – likely an ingredient-distribution issue, since the crust did not taste under-done – probably was specific to that night. It’s called the benefit of the doubt, and Putah Creek Cafe had earned it through two previous visits – one breakfast, one lunch – and the stellar dishes that arrived before the pizzas that same evening, including a shishito pepper-tomato appetizer that ably merged heat and tangyness. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

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Gingery fresh: McKinley Rose, Kupros Craft House - Take the McKinley Rose ($10), a mix of bourbon, ginger liqueur, a bit of lemon, fresh ginger and a dash of club soda. It's sweet, but not overly so, and gingery in an herbal way without getting too bright and biting. Anthony Siino in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Iron Horse Tavern Sets Opening Date

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Iron Horse Tavern, by the Wong Brothers, owners of Cafeteria 15L and The Mix, will open to the public on June 18, reports Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Among the other details she's unearthed:

  • "The Wong brothers spent more than a year fine-tuning Iron Horse's menu, seeking inspiration from places such as New York, Chicago, Portland and Seattle. The end result features options ranging from pizza to paella."
  • "Iron Horse will emphasize "cozy, casual dining" with 15 small-plate options, Mason Wong said. Craft cocktails will be available, and 25 beers will be offered on tap, including local varieties."

Click here to read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

For a video tour, check out Tina Machua on Good Day Sac.

According to the video, menu items include:

  • 2 lb turkey leg, brined for 24 hours, confit and deep fried with flower
  • A 9 option mac & cheese bar, including lobster mac & cheese, pesto mac & cheese and egg and bacon mac & cheese.
  • Red Velvet Ho Ho
  • Loco Moco

But if you want to get a jump on the rest of the public, you can get a taste of their food (and other restaurants near 15th & R such as Dos Coyotes and Roxie Deli BBQ) on Sunday June 14 at a fundraiser for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.

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According to its Web site, the Children's Receiving home's mission is to positively impact the lives of children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect, behavioral health issues and trauma in California.

Click here for tickets.

Iron Horse Tavern will be located at 15th & R, and can be found online at http://www.ironhorsetavern.net/.

* Photo via their Facebook Page.

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Local food landing at Sacramento airport's Terminal A - Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said the addition of Squeeze Inn, Iron Horse Tavern and Paesanos reflects the positive reaction to local bars and eateries opening in Terminal B a couple years ago. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Q and A with New Sac Bee Dining Critic Carla Meyer

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Carla Meyer, who published her first review over the weekend after she took over for Blair Anthony Robertson as the Sac Bee's restaurant critic, graciously agreed to do an e-mail Q and A to introduce herself to Cowtown Eats readers.

1. Before we get into your new job, can you tell us a little about your journalism career?

I have been a writer and/or editor at The Bakersfield Californian, San Francisco Chronicle and The Bee. I worked in news and sports but have spent most of my career in features departments. I became a movie critic in 2000, and I have been primarily that since, though I also covered pop music and a smidge of comedy and theater for The Bee.

2. Did you start your post college life in journalism, or did you have other careers along the way?

I was still in college when I got my first job, at The Bakersfield Californian, and it has been all journalism since.

3. Why did you move to Sacramento?

To be the movie critic at The Bee.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant before, and where was it, what did you do and for how long?

All my jobs before my first newspaper job were in agriculture or food service (I am from Shafter, a farm town near Bakersfield).

I worked in a Mexican restaurant from ages 16-18. It was a mom-and-pop operation, and I waited tables, did some cooking and a lot of prep work (I lost a small piece of my thumb in a lettuce-chopping incident).

The restaurant's owner was a great cook -- my mom still says his beef burrito, made with chili Colorado, was the best she's ever had -- and he taught me a lot about flavors and ingredients. He and his wife always struggled to keep the place open, and they finally closed it down just before I graduated from high school.

That summer, I worked at a fast-food restaurant along I-5, mostly taking orders at the counter. This experience taught me how to be part of an efficient, high-volume operation. During college, I worked at a dorm cafeteria, mostly on the serving line or in the big, industrial dish-washing room. That cafeteria was clean as a whistle -- the standards were exacting. It taught me a lot about food safety.

I later worked at two other fast-food restaurants. My last food-service job, before I was hired at the Bakersfield Californian when I was 21, was as a pizza-delivery person. I mostly delivered, because I wanted the tips, but I occasionally stayed in the restaurant and made pizzas.

5. As you start your tenure as the Bee's dining critic, what is your goal/mission?

My goal is to help guide readers through the local dining scene. As a critic, I always write with the consumer in mind, whether I am writing about movies or restaurants. But I also take into consideration a chef or restaurant owner's intention and whether she or he has achieved that goal. I will judge every restaurant on that individual basis. So it won't be a scale where only fine-dining places can reach four stars. I did the same with movies. I gave four stars to very few movies in the past few years, but one was "Mad Max: Fury Road."

6. What have you seen recently at a restaurant that delights you?

Really good, innovative food for a shockingly low price. I would say more, but it might reveal the place, and I've only made one visit so far out of three. Even though I am not an anonymous critic, I still want to be low-key about my restaurant visits, and not tip anyone off that I'm coming.

7. What are your pet peeves about restaurants?

Poor service. I don't count overtaxed or overwhelmed as "poor." I understand places get busy, and co-workers call in sick unexpectedly, and restaurants suddenly become short-staffed. If I can tell a person is trying, I am sympathetic, because I worked in food service. But if a server or a counter person just looks bored or uninterested, it drives me bananas. Your job is to serve the customer. Why else are you there?  

Thanks again to Carla for agreeing to do the interview. You can find her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB.

If you missed her first review, she wrote about South, the recently-opened Southern restaurant in Southside Park.

Its fried chicken, offering a muted crunch and intriguing hints of citrus throughout, is exceptional. But it’s not the best thing on the menu, and on one of my visits, it arrived lukewarm alongside other, piping-hot items, suggesting the chicken had been sitting awhile.

South’s biggest standouts are its burger and hush puppies. The burger starts with expertly seasoned ground chuck, topped with melted havarti cheese and bacon confit and dressed with aioli, leek-shallot jam, house-made pickles and, finally, shredded lettuce that takes a brief tumble in South’s mustard-based barbecue sauce before joining its mates.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

I've only eaten at South on their very first night open, but I've been hearing buzz from friends that they're worth another trip. After reading Carla's review, I'll make sure to order the burger and Hush Puppies.

South is located at 2005 11th St., and can be found online at http://www.weheartfriedchicken.com.

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French restaurant now open in former Broiler location - A sign nearby still directs people to The Broiler, but Brasserie Capitale is officially open on the bottom floor of 1201 K St. in downtown Sacramento. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Brasserie Capitale Scheduled to Open on May 11

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Brasserie Capitale, by the family who owns the much loved Aioli Bodega Espanola, is expected to open to the public on Monday, May 11, Cowtown Eats has learned.

Construction has been progressing quickly over the last several months, and even with the windows covered with paper, it's apparent that the interior has been fully transformed.

Per an article last summer in Sactown Mag:

Led by proprietor Aziz Bellarbi-Salah (who also owns midtown’s Aioli and The Grand wine bar) and classically trained French chef Christophe Cornet (the former private chef to the Maloof family), the brasserie will replace its predecessor’s dark booths and shadowy corners with sweeping drapes, bright red accents, a cast-metal bar and striking light fixtures, thanks to the “great vision,” says Bellarbi-Salah, of San Francisco-based designer Sherman Warren.

“We are going as bright and light as we can,” says Bellarbi-Salah. “There will be some drama to the place—it’s meant to approach elegance, but still be funky so it can be comfortable. We are trying to [become] a regular, everyday French restaurant, kind of like what you’d find on a corner in Paris.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Brasserie Capitale was first announced in March 2014, and at that time, they expected to open Summer 2014. Nearly a year later, they are on the cusp of opening.

I work nearby and can't wait for another quality option for lunch and dinner in the area.

When it opens Brasserie Capitale will be located at 1201 K Street.

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