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Dining News: Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Drinking on Brew Bikes

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the signing of SB 530 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on Sunday evening, which will legalize drinking on brew buses like Off the Chain and Sac Brew Bike starting Jan. 1, as long as the city permits it.

Here's specifically what the new law allows, per a recent state Senate analysis:

Provides that if a city allows alcohol to be consumed on board, the operator shall also provide an on-board adult safety monitor and both the driver and safety monitor must have completed the Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs program implemented by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The bill faced little opposition in the legislature and was passed unanimously in both houses, with nine members either absent or abstaining.

After the bill was signed, Gov. Brown took a ride on an Off the Chain brew bike.

Not everybody is enamored with the Brew Bikes' popularity. In early Sept, FOX 40 reported that a graffiti artist has been painting the words "Idiot Mobile" around midtown with a picture of a brew bike.

Despite the relatively isolated opposition (though I suspect many of us may have been annoyed momentarily when stuck behind a brew bus on the streets), there's no sign that the brew bikes are going anywhere.

Over the weekend, Sac Brew Bus opened its first brick and mortar location, Sac Brew Bar.

So should the city of Sacramento allow it, what's the first beer that'll be served on a brew bus? Off the Chain says it'll start serving West Sac's Bike Dog Brewing Company.

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Will recent mergers and acquisitions help or hurt booming craft beer? - In recent weeks, the craft beer industry has been in a serious reshuffling, not because it is struggling but because it is doing so very well...While it’s too soon to reach any firm conclusions about what the future looks like, I asked several people in the business for their take on what this means. Featuring A.J. Tendick of Bike Dog Brewing, Quinn Gardner of Sactown Union Brewery and Troy Paski of Hoppy Brewing. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Passmore helps make sturgeon a Sacramento star - At his 86-acre Passmore Ranch, the 43-year-old Passmore now ranks among Sacramento’s most famous fish farmers. Passmore farms primarily California native fish such as white sturgeon in large tanks, filtering and reusing the same water many times. Nutrient-rich waste water irrigates vegetables grown on his ranch. He supplied 160 pounds of sturgeon for Sunday’s sold-out Farm-to-Fork Gala Celebration on the Tower Bridge. Chefs Oliver Ridgeway and Ravin Patel turned it into “sturgeon pastrami” with crunchy sturgeon skin chicharrones. Debbie Arrington in the Sac Bee.

Food 101 - Local education - I'm honored to be asked to be a part of Food 101, a fun series of events put on by Lucca Restaurant and their sister business, Lucky Dog Ranch. Over the next few weeks they will be holding a series of "classes" with different topics and speakers. Check out the schedule below. What's great is that the events all include food! Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Lola Ling’s Restaurant: A new island adventure - Lola Ling’s is located in South Sac off of Mack Road and is a sari-sari restaurant, meaning it functions like a cafe: order &#;agrave; la carte, or get a few items in a combo (two meats and a side: $7.50; two veg dishes and a side: $5.50)...All the food suffers after marathon sleeps under heat lamps so there’s no avoiding that at times the quality can be certainly sorry. Still, the food is flavorful, affordable and satisfies well enough. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

Totally tea - Most exciting, though, is that ShareTea is coming to 207 Third Street in Davis sometime this fall. ShareTea was established in Taiwan in 1992 and has some wildly popular locations in the Bay Area. There are lines, always. Connoisseurs speak highly of the creamas—teas topped with salty cream—and ability to customize the level of sweetness. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Sacramento Has Nation's 7th Highest Sushi Prices


Despite a plothera of competition, sushi prices in Sacramento are 7th highest in the nation, according to a study by Bloomberg.

Predictably, the nation's priciest sushi was found in New York, followed by Los Angeles. But Sacramento was surprisingly more expensive than cities that I'd consider "expensive" such as Boston, Washington DC and San Jose.

The Bloomberg sushi index was created by averaging the cost of a California Roll and a spicy tuna roll at area sushi restaurants.

Between 2013 and 2014, sushi prices increased by $1 in Sacramento for the two rolls surveyed.

Sacramento was the third most expensive California city for basic sushi rolls, Los Angeles second, San Francisco fourth. San Jose was the only other California city to make the top 25, coming in at 22.


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Feast Q&A: Rachel Smith, head mermaid at Dive Bar - As a mermaid in downtown Sacramento’s Dive Bar, Rachel Smith spends a fair amount of time wearing a bikini top and a heavy neoprene tail in a 40-foot-long fish tank suspended above onlookers. She became the head mermaid at Dive Bar after it opened in 2010, and now manages a half-dozen mermaids and one merman, coaching them on costumes, technique and navigating the waters separating whimsical performance and PG-rated exhibitionism. Juniper Rose in the Sac Bee.

Woodland’s Burger Saloon delivers good value - In the end, the Burger Saloon simply accomplishes what it sets out to be. No, it’s not a place for show-off, gourmet burgers priced like steak dinners. It’s fast. It’s affordable. It’s friendly. And it’s plenty good. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Sacramento coffee lovers get their own Caffeine Crawl - Roasteries rarely offer tours and tastings like wineries and breweries. And when was the last time you were invited to taste the house roast before committing to it? That’s where Caffeine Crawl comes in. The one-day event is organizing several routes through Sacramento’s best cafes for private tastings, educational talks and plenty of swag. On Sept. 6, attendees will follow one of six designated routes—some by car, some by bike—starting at Insight Coffee Roasters, Old Soul Co. or Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. Then they’ll head out to other shops, including Pachamama Coffee, Shine, Fluid Coffee Bar and Son of A Bean Coffee House. The day will wind down with an after party at Temple Coffee, which may or may not feature other craft beverages. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Fire Rock Grill: History, rewritten - If you live or work near Rancho Cordova, Fire Rock Grill should be a welcome addition to the area. It may not be a destination spot, but the quality of the cooking and management make it a worthy renaissance for a historical location. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

Denny's opening new location in Folsom - A chain restaurant is filling a Folsom space that's been vacant since Red Robin Gourmet Burgers moved more than a year ago. Denny's will open a location at 1011 Riley St., according to the city of Folsom. The Folsom restaurant, owned by Central Valley Diner Inc., is expected to open by early November, though plans are still in the early stages. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining Deals: Dive Bar, Sandra Dee's, Pizza Rock


Saving money on drinks at happy hour is one thing, but it's also great to save money off an entire meal. Here are a couple places offering half off deals:

Dining Deals: Dive Bar, Skybox Grill


If you live or work downtown, sooner or later, you're going to make it to Dive Bar for a drink. Whether it's to show your out of town friends the mermaid, or just to grab an after work libation, it's really inevitable. So why not do it half off?

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Cap City Sips, with $2 Beer & $3 Wine, Starts Today

Every Wednesday from today through the end of August, the Downtown Partnership has organized its annual Cap City Sips event, where restaurants all over the downtown grid offer $2 Beers, $3 wine and $4 cocktails from 3 to 7 p.m.

Participating restaurants include:

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Top 15 Happy Hours of 2012

Thank you for visiting Cowtown Eats and for making 2012 our biggest year yet. We had 535,000 page views and 132,000 unique users. Please continue to tell your friends about the site.

The most popular happy hours of 2012 on Cowtown Eats were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last Year's Rank: 11)
  2. Republic Bar & Grill (Last Year: Unranked)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last Year: Unranked)
  4. Lucca (Last Year's Rank: 7)
  5. Burgers & Brew (Last Year's Rank: 1)
  6. Chicago Fire (Last Year's Rank: 3)
  7. Pizza Rock (Last Year's Rank: 13)
  8. Blue Cue (Last Year: Unranked)
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last Year: Unranked)
  10. Paesanos (Last Year's Rank: 6)
  11. McCormick and Schmick's (Last Year's Rank: 2)
  12. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Roseville (Last Year: Unranked)
  13. Dive Bar (Last Year's Rank: 14)
  14. Chicago Fire - Folsom (Palladio)
  15. Capitol Garage (Last Year's Rank: 4)

This list is determined by which happy hours visitors to Cowtown Eats click on from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012.

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Dining Deals: Sandra Dee's, Dive Bar

Sandra Dee's

When the weather turns cool, there's nothing better than getting some comfort food to get me through what might be a long winter. In Sacramento, some of the best comfort food can be found at Sandra Dee's. And now, it's half off.

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