Dining News: Sellands, Paragary, Lowbrau & Star Ginger Coming to Golden 1 Center


Continuing its commitment to support local businesses, the Sacramento Kings and Legends Hospitality announced the initial set of restaurants that will serve fans as they attend events at the future home of the Kings.

Local businesses will include:

  • Paragary Restaurant Group, with brands Centro, Paragary's and Cafe Bernardo likely serving Centro Street Tacos featuring corn tortillas handmade on the concourse, Paragary’s wood fired pizzas and Café Bernardo burgers and shakes.
  • Selland Family Restaurants, likely serving Wood fired pizza with chicken, bacon, goat cheese, jalapeños, mozzarella, parmesan and arugula. 
  • Lowbrau, likely serving Housemade bratwurst with bier cheese and duck fat fries.
  • Star Ginger, likely serving Thai BBQ chicken banh mi sandwich with sriracha aioli, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño.

First, the new arena deserves credit for adding local restaurants into the mix for in-arena dining. I hope the restaurants offer arena-exclusive items that you can't get at their regular restaurant. If I want a standard banh mi from Star Ginger, it'll be more convenient and cheaper to get it at her storefront. The next level will be dishes that can only be purchased at the arena.

What went unsaid today is what restaurants will be near the arena. Many restaurant insiders fear that you may be able to eat at Selland's inside the arena, but will be stuck eating at Hooters or ESPN Zone before or after the game. I hope the Kings continue their commitment to local restaurants as they fill in the space around the arena also.

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Dining News: Cocktails on Tap at Hook & Ladder?


I've eaten at Hook & Ladder numerous times - including one time at the bar. But there's one detail I didn't notice, their cocktails on tap. Sactown Mag's Kate Washington explains:

That creativity and commitment to detail extends to the bar and food program, of course. Sacramento’s cocktail scene has been getting national buzz lately (as when the city was named a top destination in Imbibe magazine’s January/February issue), and Hook & Ladder’s innovations take it to even greater heights. That logo stamped into the bar, for instance, also appears in your actual drink, courtesy of a sizzling branding iron used on citrus peel garnishes. And the restaurant not only has a great selection of local and regional beers and wines on tap, it also has dedicated cocktail taps. That’s right, mixology mavens: the restaurant can literally dispense an endless stream of icy, flawless Manhattans, Negronis, and two other cocktails: the Jameson Stinger, a mint-whiskey concoction, and an original drink, the Norse by Northwest, which features crème de cacao, aquavit and a spicy West Indies spirit called St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram. Even Don Draper, who trained his child to mix the perfect cocktail, never thought of that.

Manhattans on tap may sound like a gimmick, but they’re actually the practical solution to a problem, that of turning out high-quality drinks in large quantities—fast enough so you don’t have to wait for your drink. “There are two main knocks on craft cocktails,” says Tucker. The first, he says, is that bartenders serving them can be snooty; “the other is that they take too long. We work hard to be warm and friendly, and also to expedite the drinks.” That means the bartenders will mix up anything you want—without judgment.

The longish magazine piece also discusses the design sensibility of the restaurant, the reasons the owner decided to expand beyond The Golden Bear and the thought behind the food at the restaurant.

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: Suggestions for Easter Brunch


Easter Brunch is a lot like eating out on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Restaurants are crowded and you often have to pay extra for a prix fixe menu.

But sometimes, it just has to be done. Luckily, Sactown Mag's Tori Masucci put together a list of recommendations, including:

Old Sacramento favorite, The Firehouse, is whipping up hearty brunch selections like a Dungeness crab omelet with asparagus and roasted red bell peppers or the fennel pollen and pistachio-crusted chicken. Leave the chocolate bunnies at home and sink your teeth into the dessert menu, featuring a very grown-up, two-layer chocolate cake with apricot jam, decadent chocolate icing and apricot coulis. Plus, a separate Easter brunch kids' menu with pint-sized plates like the sweet pear-cinnamon French toast will keep little egg hunters happy. 916-442-4772.

Mama Kim Eats on Del Paso Boulevard is hosting an Easter jazz brunch with live music from house band Kumyn (fronted by Mama Kim co-owner Phillip Rayburn) and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The menu is jazzed up, too, with special items like a Passmore Ranch trout with heirloom beets and grilled asparagus, as well as classics like its fried chicken and waffles served with a salad of chopped apples, celery, grapes, pecans with honey mustard sauce. 916-779-1140.

Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant in Arden-Arcade is serving up its regular Sunday morning brunch with favorites like omelets and its signature cinnamon roll French toast, but its assortment of sugary Easter cookies, strawberry bunny cupcakes and mini meringue “nests” filled with raspberry mousse are sure to get you hopping. 916-482-0708.

She also suggests Maranello in Fair Oaks, Hawks in Granite Bay, La Provence in Roseville and Fat's Asia Bistro's Folsom and Roseville locations.

See the entire article in Sactown Mag.

If you're in midtown, if you're not eating with your parents or with kids, try Elixir. I know it sounds strange, but I've eaten there on Easter, and it was a great experience. There was no line, the food was surprisingly tremendous (go for the home fries with the mustard seeds) and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

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13 Places to Get Bottomless Mimosas in Sacramento


One of the best ways to spend a lazy weekend afternoon in Sacramento is to grab brunch and (over?)indulge in bottomless mimosas. Unfortunately for me, it usually leads to being day drunk which leads to the unpleasant day hangover. But still, it really is an awesome way to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday.

Let me give an obligatory, but important, reminder. Please have a designated driver or indulge within walking distance from a place where you can sleep it off.

Here are 13 16 places in Sacramento with weekend bottomless mimosas.


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Daily Dining Deals: Elixir Bar & Grill


I'll admit that when I read that Elixir was offering a brunch deal, I was skeptical. I've only been there for beer and not food. But after reading their Yelp reviews, I'm intrigued enough to give them a shot. At half price, that is.

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Happy Hour at Elixir

1815 10th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-0693

Web Site: http://www.myspace.com/elixirbar

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/elixir-bar-and-grill-sacramento-2

Happy Hour

Monday to Saturday
4 to 7 p.m

All Day

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