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Dining News: Maria, a Server at Dad's Kitchen, Needs Your Help


We are so excited about this and so grateful to this community for all of the donations that have come through the doors.... Raffle prizes galore!!!!! Hope to see you on Monday for this fabulous event!!!!

Posted by dadskitchen on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Maria, a server at Dad's Kitchen, was recently diagnosed with cancer in both her cervix and lymph nodes on either side of her uterus.

The treatment is 30 days of radiation with 5 rounds of chemo to start.

To help her out in her time of need, Dad's Kitchen in Land Park is hosting a fundraiser for her on Monday, Sept. 14.

For just $15, you'll get access to a taco bar and Dad's Kitchen's famous homemade mac & cheese.

The $15 will go directly to support Maria, and the bar will be open for you to purchase beer, wine or kombucha.

According to this Go Fund Me page, Maria "is the kindest, most hard working, and just happiest person on this planet. She has a three year old son, lives in a one bedroom apartment with him, her fiance, works at Dad's Kitchen in Sacramento, and doesn't have a car. Please help us Keep Maria Smiling!"

If you can't attend the event on Monday, you can still help by visiting her Go Fund Me page and donating

Click here for more information about the fundraiser.

Dad's Kitchen is located at 2968 Freeport Blvd., and can be found online at

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Dining News: Selland's Market Cafe in East Sac Temporarily Closed for 'Minor Remodel'


Selland's Market Cafe on H Street closed on Jan. 1 for a weeklong "minor remodel," Selland's announced via their e-mail newsletter. They plan to reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

I checked in with Selland Group marketing manager Gina Funk Nelson to see what the "minor remodel" would entail.

"We're doing mostly a 'facelift' of new paint, replacing the ceiling, replacing some counters, a deep clean and some sprucing up," e-mailed Nelson. "Nothing major, but with how the pace of work can sometimes drag depending on surprises we thought it best to close for the 6 days."

She also joked that Sellands Market Cafe wanted to "look our best for Bacon Fest."

Sellands is located at 5340 H St.

While we're on the topic of restaurants that are closing for short periods of time in early January, Vic's Ice Cream announced on Twitter that they too would be closed for cleaning.

Finally, Enotria announced that they too would be closed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 9 for "winter holiday." They plan to reopen on Jan. 10.

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Dining News: Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room Opens Friday


Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room, a grill-your-own steak restaurant in Oak Park, officially opens for business on Friday.

I had the opportunity to check the place out on Wednesday night during their soft opening, and I think they have a hit on their hands.


The vibe of the place is unique for Sacramento. While I was wasn't old enough to really appreciate the TV show Three's Company (I had no idea that Jack Tripper had to fake being gay to live with two women until I went to college), I imagine that the restaurant is what the Reagle Beagle might look like today. It's classy and understated, but with a real retro dive feel. Check out this great photo gallery from the Sac Biz Journal.

When our group of four went, the meal and drinks were hosted and there weren't even prices on their menus yet. Two of us ordered the rib eye and two others ordered the New York steak. Each steak came raw, served with a small side salad and a piece of bread. Here's their menu.


If you've never cooked steak in your life, you might be in trouble. You're expected to throw the steak on the grill yourself and know how to cook it. I've cooked (and overcooked) enough steaks in my life to have the hang of it, but if you've never cooked steak on an open flame before, you might want to bring a friend who has.


The steaks were all excellent. The meat was well marbled, and if it was overcooked or undercooked, it's on you. They do provide some seasonings at the grill, but honestly, the best way to eat a steak is just with a little salt and pepper.


They also have a great bar with craft cocktails, a short, but adequate wine list and a beer list stocked with microbrews.

They're definitely on the right track, and I look forward to seeing them grow as a restaurant.

I'll also warn you that they didn't have any appetizers or desserts on the menu yet, and they didn't have anything you could order without having to cook the protein yourself.

Arthur Henry's Supper Club (named after the owner's father) is part of the growing Naked Coffee family of restaurants, that also includes East Sac's Orphan (great brunch!) and Tupelo.

Arthur Henry's Supper Club and Ruby Room is located at 3402 Broadway. It can be found online at or on Facebook.

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Dining News: 5 Thing You Should Know About Bike Dog Brewing Co.

While West Sac's Bike Dog Brewing Co. won't hold it's official grand opening until Saturday, the small batch brewery has been open for the last 3 weeks or so. I stopped by on Saturday evening, and here are a couple things I learned about the place talking to partners Raef and AJ (who also runs their very active twitter account, @BikeDogBeer). Here are 5 things you should know about the place.

1. The brewery's four owners met all met at work. At the office water cooler, they'd all talk about starting a brewery, but it became more than talk when they decided isn't (yet) a full time gig.

2. The name isn't a misnomer. They're very bike and (nice) dog friendly. Well behaved kids are also welcome.

3. The owners are all passionate about biking and beer. While they thought breweries named after bikes (Fat Tire) and dogs (Laguniats) have been done, they jokingly started used Bike Dog as a working title, and it kind of stuck.

4. One of the reasons they decided to open in West Sac is the business-friendly nature of the city. The Chris Cabaldon-led local government worked with them on zoning issues and sewer fees.

5. They can only make 3 barrels of beer at a time, and they currently make 2 batches a week. That means that their beer will always be ultra fresh, but it might also mean that you'll want to be there early to make sure your favorite brew is still available.

When I was there on Saturday, they were serving four beers. We tried the Fall Saison and the American Wheat. The Fall Saison was a standout selection. It was the more mature and refined of the two beers. The American Wheat was also good, but for my palate, the Fall Saison was better.

The place still has a very spartan feel. Much if its furniture is temporary, but it does have a large concrete bar and a smaller, secondary bar area.

Also spotted at Bike Dog Brewing Co. when I was there was the Sac Bee's restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson. He later tweeted about his experience.

Bike Dog Brewing Co. is located at 2534 Industrial Blvd. in West Sac. The area is full of warehouses, but there's good signage from the street so it won't be hard to find.

Their Saturday grand opening runs from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Drewski's will be on hand to sell food, if you're looking to make a meal out of it.

If you like Track 7 or New Helvetia, you'll like Bike Dog. Make sure to check it out soon.

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Dining News (AM Edition): Now Open - Foundation Restaurant & Bar


Foundation Restaurant & Bar, which Cowtown Eats first reported as the replacement for 4th St. Grille,  opened for business earlier this month.

Opened by former employees of 4th St. Grille, Foundation will hold its official grand opening on Friday, Oct. 25.

The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner on weekdays and for dinner on weekends.

For more information, visit their Web site at

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Dining News: More Hits Than Misses at Dad's Kitchen

Dad's Kitchen, open in its current incarnation since 2010, is a great neighborhood spot in Land Park. It's lot is always full, the line can be long, but generally, it's worth it.

I ate dinner there a couple weekends ago while checking our their new Tap Room and was blown away by the burger. I had always heard about the quality of their version, but had never tried it. If you go, order the burger. You won't be disappointed.

Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson also paid the restaurant a couple number of (Updated 6/1, per this twitter conversation with @BlaRob on assumptions, descriptions of numbers and vagaries) visits. Here's his verdict:

The menu is, at its best, creative, and the cooking is sometimes right on the mark. The Dad's burger, for instance, is a magnificent achievement of engineering, art and insanity. The meatloaf made with a blend of beef, veal and pork is absolutely delicious and perfectly tender.

But …

Yes, there's a "but" moment, though we're not talking a big but.

What's holding Dad's back from maxing out its potential is what holds many restaurants back – execution and consistency.

While the comfort food on the menu is sometimes interesting and edgy, sometimes it's a tad dull and disappointing. And while the cooking can often showcase tremendous flavors and textures, sometimes it's less precise than it should be.

Read his entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Dad's Kitchen Tap Room Opens


After approximately four months of work, Dad's Kitchen has expanded by adding a tap room to its popular Land Park Restaurant.

Originally scheduled for opening before Sac Beer Week at the end of February, the tap room at Dad's Kitchen features 30 taps - 26 for regular beer, two for wine and two more for nitrogen brews.


The venue seats about a dozen people around the bar, with another 15 or so spots on a standing bar along the wall. The bar also features a couple large TVs so patrons can watch sports while enjoying their beer of choice.

For more information about their expansion, read a December 2012 article in Sac Press.

Dad's Kitchen is located at 2968 Freeport Blvd, next to Freeport Bakery.

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