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Dining News: 'Chef Gabriel Glasier creates art at Cask & Barrel'


Cask & Barrel (disclosure: they're a valued advertiser) has been doing amazing things over on Del Paso Blvd.

I was there several weeks ago and Chef Gabriel Glasier described how his recipes aren't measured in ounces or minutes, but rather are so precise that grams and seconds are used.

When developing his Hangtown Fry recipe, he says he ended up eating 50 eggs that weren't quite what he wanted before he nailed the recipe.

So it's no surprise that others are also noticing what's going on at Cask and Barrel.

Here's a snippet of Carla Meyer's review in the Sac Bee:

Its dishes do not seem transitory. They wedge themselves into memory. You will think often of the meats’ tenderness, of the appetizers’ visual allure and of the local, seasonal ingredients Glasier uses. You will think of these things because nearly every restaurant you visit after this one will seem expensive by comparison...

Even if Cask & Barrel grows busier, Glasier said he will not change his 40-seat model. Here’s hoping that’s true. For me, Cask & Barrel has ruined that other restaurant model – the one charging a lot for quality ingredients and pretty presentation. It needs to stay as is.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Downtown Plaza's west end empties out. Now what? - In the food court, Gyro Supreme's last day of business is Tuesday and a sign at Panda Express says it's open through July 3. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Cielito Lindo to Repoen In The Next Week


Cielito Lindo, which was ravaged by fire in April 2014, is scheduled to reopen its doors in the next week.

The building sustained approximately $100,000 in damage, per the Sac Bee's Chris Macias in May 2014, and the owner suspected at the time that the fire was intentionally set. At that time, he expected the rebuilding process would take six months, but as usual, it took longer than estimated.

Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more on the reopening:

Now, Alarcon plans to reopen Cielito Lindo (3672 J Street) the first week of May: May 7 or 12, he wrote to SN&R with the help of a translator. The bold, complex flavors and upscale flair will remain, but regular customers can look forward to some big changes as well.

“The seating area will be much larger,” Alarcon said. “We’re adding two rooms and changing the colors. Everything is new and right now it is very pretty.”

The change in the interior design of the restaurant is notable because the Sac Bee's then restaurant critic criticized the drab building while praising the cuisine.

The restaurant originally opened in October 2013.

Cielito Lindo can be found at 3672 J Street, or online at http://cielitolindomexicangastronomy.com/.

* Updated headline to make it more accrurate at 8 a.m. on 5/5.

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Dining News: Now Closed - Oshima Sushi/Coyote Tap House/Big Bowl Noodles


Oshima Sushi (which has also been known as Coyote Tap House and Big Bowl Noodle) at 14th & H is closed.

Their phone line was disconnected on Thursday when I called, and their Web site lists only their Natomas location but shows no sign of their downtown location. Their last Facebook post was in January.

The last Yelp review was dated on March 29, with "Jessica P." writing:

Horrific!  No receipt even offered with bar tab! Even when requested.   My glass of wine was served 1/3 full for $7.  And a plastic cup of coors light was also $7! Really? Also the food was quoted to be "well over an hour wait".   Rude incompetent service.

I've also had less than stellar experiences in the Downtown location, but I have found the food and service at their Natomas location to be much better (though it's been a few years since I've visited either location).

In December 2013, Coyote Tap House was in the news, asking for the city to change the terms on their lease. At the time, the restaurant's rent was approximately $10,500 per month.

The restaurant replaced Brew It Up in Nov. 2012. The owner of Brew It Up has since moved on to Yolo Brewing Company.

Oshima Sushi was located at 801 14th St.

H/T to Maya Wallace on FB.

* Photo from late 2012.

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Old Soul at the Weatherstone bans smoking - Unlike other major coffee players in town, Old Soul Co. has been putting more and more effort into its food program. With that in mind, Old Soul at the Weatherstone (812 21st Street) announced today that it will ban smoking at that particular cafe starting May 1. The Weatherstone boasts a lovely, idyllic patio, where hip patrons often chain smoke with their black coffee and Russian literature. Apparently, other patrons have been complaining about it for years. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Kathmandu Kitchen: The accidental curry tourist - Kathmandu’s laal maas is a rather unique curry that would almost seem like a riff on Italian food if not for the spices. Chunks of lamb are braised in a shocking red chili sauce. Shouts of numerous spices such as black cardamom, coriander and cumin all beckoned for attention, yet it was the sweet and spicy kashmiri chili’s bold flavor that rose above the din...Kathmandu Kitchen is an excellent stop to make if you happen to be in Davis. The food is solid and you’ll find yourself smiling by the end of the meal. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Tako Korean BBQ Considers Espanding to Roseville


Tako Korean BBQ, hot on the heels of the opening of their second location in Davis called Tako Cantina, may expand to Roseville, reports Stephanie Towne in Sactown Mag.

The menu here [at the Davis location] will be nearly identical to the Sacramento flagship, where diners select a base dish (like tacos, nachos, or rice bowls), which then serve as the foundation for meaty toppings including bulgogi, pulled pork, or marinated tofu, and flavorful condiments like green tomatillo or blueberry yogurt sauces. In the coming weeks and months, new items will be added like “bao” pork bun sandwiches, kimchi French fries, and Korean-style shaved ice with different toppings like mochi and sweet condensed milk.

And if all goes smoothly, those and other recipes might soon be available at future Tako locations across the region. “If [Tako Cantina] does well, we can try to do another at Roseville,” says co-founder Alex Won. “We want to see how far we can go.”

Read the entire post in Sactown Mag.

Tako's original location is at 3030 T Street.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar a 'Destination,' 'Instant Hit'


Block Butcher Bar's only been open two weeks, and the initial reviews have been fabulous.

First, Ed Murreita in the Sac Business Journal:

I got my first taste of Block Butcher Bar on Monday night. It was my kind of eating: a serving board piled with ruffles of thinly sliced meats that have been "cooked" with little more than salt, spice and time...

Meat boards are accompanied by pickled and brined vegetables and whole-grain mustards flavored with subtle explosions spices that match and complement the flavors in the meats. Jamon iberico's juniper jab, for example, was counter-punched by the clove and star anise in the pickled beet stems. (Yes, beet stems -- stalky, crunchy and fibrously chewy.)..

First impression? Block Butcher Bar is an instant hit.

Read the entire review in the Sac Biz Journal.

The Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson also gave his first impression.

A recent visit after work found a full house in the stylish room that has plenty of warmth and sophistication. Many will consider it one of the most attractive bar/eatery designs in town...

You won’t necessarily come here for a standard full meal. Think variety, a range of flavors and sharing. The “ABJ” – a warm panini made with almond butter and housemade bacon jam – is destined for local iconic status. Vegetarians are not neglected. The farro salad with preserved tomatoes and kale is a meatless option with flavor and finesse in mind.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee, via Google Cache. (For some strange reason, I couldn't find the article on SacBee.com on Thursday evening.)

And for one more viewpoint, don't forget to read my Instant Reaction.

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Dining News: Why Tuli Bistro Abruptly Closed


Tuli Bistro closed, at least temporarily, on Monday night.

As of Tuesday evening, a sign was taped to their door saying:

Dear Tuli Fans:

Tuli Bistro has closed pending transfer of ownership. We hope to re-open very soon.

Thank you so much for your years of support and we look forward to serving you again.


The Tuli Family

As I took that picture, three people were inside the restaurant, sitting at the bar area. I tried to clandestinely look, but I didn't see Chef Adam Pechal, one of Tuli's owners, inside.

In an interview with the Sac Bee today, Chef Pechal blamed finances for causing the restaurant's demise.

Pechal said the money problems from Restaurant Thir13en bled into Tuli Bistro, which opened at 21st and S streets in 2007.

According to Pechal, Tuli Bistro remained popular and recorded $1 million in sales annually. But overall financial woes led Pechal and his business partners, Karl Petersen and wife Ulrike Lesk Petersen, to ultimately separate. Petersen is the father of Pechal’s former girlfriend, Jessica Petersen.

Pechal is now bent on reopening Tuli under his control and with a new set of partners, an idea Pechal had been mulling for some time.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

The Bee's Chris Macias also reports that Chef Pechal will also be taking over the kitchen at Pour House by early March. This coincides with the scheduled opening of Crawdads River Cantina, where Pechal and Pour House's owner Trevor Shults are partners.

Check out the first Cowtown Eats post about the closure of Tuli Bistro.

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Dining News: Grill Your Own Steak Restaurant Coming to Oak Park

Site of the future restaurant. Photos taken on Friday, Nov. 1.

 Arthur Henry’s Supper Club & Ruby Room, from the owners of Naked Coffee, Tupelo and Orphan, will feature a communal grill in the center of the restaurant where diners will cook their own steaks, Naked Lounge Midtown manager Stephanie Cremin told Cowtown Eats in a phone interview on Thursday.

The new restaurant, located at 34th & Broadway, will be a supper club and only open for dinner and late night service from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Initially, Arthur Henry's will only feature two sides -- a salad and bread -- in addition to steaks that will range in price from the mid teens to the mid $20s.


Cremin said the venue will also host live piano music, probably nightly.

The restaurant is expected to open in the first week of December.

I'm excited for a new concept in town. I grew up near a restaurant with the same concept, but because it was a bar, I was never old enough to try it. I'm looking forward to this new addition to the dining landscape.

For more information, visit NakedCoffee.net.

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Try It: Formoli’s Stuffed Dates - Formoli’s luscious, baked Medjool dates - stuffed with creamy, tangy goat cheese and little bits of pancetta – are the perfect pre-meal nosh. I love the juxtaposition of sweet/salty, creamy/chewy in this teeny appetizer; and - with four dates per plate – it’s a great size for two people. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Boulevard Bistro - One such gem like this is Elk Grove's Boulevard Bistro. And true to form, it's not in the newer sections of Elk Grove, but in old Elk Grove on Elk Grove Boulevard on the east side of Highway 99. My first time there was for business and I drove right past it. That's because it is housed in a converted bungalow in the midst of insurance companies, banks, etc. Bungalows are generally small homes and so Boulevard Bistro has an intimate air. There a few tables on the porch and then two small dining rooms on the inside. The decor is tasteful with a touch of simple elegance. It would be the perfect spot for a romantic dinner and a drop to the knee. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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