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Dining News: 5 Things to Know About RailBridge Cellars & Co., Opening in Elks Tower

Railbridge cellarsEarlier this month, Cowtown Eats reported that the new RailBridge Cellars & Co. would open in the ground floor of the Elks Tower on Feb. 10. Now, Sac Biz Journal's Sonya Sorich has more details on the place.

Here are 5 things you need to know about this upcoming restaurant:

1. The executive chef will be Christian Sieck, who worked in Enotria for 10 years in the same role before leaving to help open Toast in Granite Bay in 2007.

2. One of their featured sandwiches will be a pastrami sandwich called "The Levine," named after Larry Levine who helped source the meat. Levine is the father of former Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and the father in law of KCRA anchor Edie Lambert.

3. The restaurant plans a soft opening on Feb. 1 ahead of its Feb. 10 grand opening.

4. Prior to 2 p.m., the restaurant will offer counter service, with the late afternoon and evening crowd getting table service.

5. The restaurant will "focus on wine and craft beer, with some specialty Manhattans and martinis."

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

When it opens, RailBridge Cellars will be located at 921 11th St., and can be found online at

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First Impressions: New Hawks good but loud - As an offshoot of a fine-dining restaurant that keeps the atmosphere casual but food quality high, the new Hawks immediately evokes OneSpeed, Rick Mahan’s (The Waterboy) pizza-centric place that sits not too far away from Hawks, on Folsom Boulevard. OneSpeed’s high noise levels never have deterred East Sacramentans from patronizing it. Hawks likely will keep packing ’em in as well, especially given its high quality of service. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

The Ramen King: Ryujin and Raijin Ramen House Owner Sai Wong - Lately nothing sounds better to me on a cold winter day than walking over to a local ramen house and refueling by way of slurpable noodles in a piping hot, deeply flavored broth. For a while, Sacramento had very few places to satisfy this craving; now the demand is growing and high-quality ramen is not so hard to find. One man responsible for bringing high-quality ramen to Sacramento is Sai Wong. Mr. Wong is a restaurateur who lives and breathes ramen, so it made sense for him to open not just one, but two ramen houses in the area. What caught my eye, however, was the fact that they are located right across the street from each other. Ronnie Cline in Submerge Mag.

West Sacramento approves grant application for new craft brewery - Revision Brewing Company received a nod of approval from the West Sacramento City Council last week to set up a craft microbrewery and taproom in town. Council members passed a resolution at their Wednesday meeting to submit a $330,000 grant application to the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to provide the brewery a loan for its startup costs. Revision Brewing is co-owned and co-operated by Jeremy Warren, founder of popular Knee Deep Brewing Company in Auburn, and Jeb Taylor. Ellen Garrison in the Sac Bee.

Coffee wars continue as new player enters region - The Human Bean will welcome customers next week. The drive-thru kiosk at 2401 Coppervale Drive in Rocklin will open at 5 a.m. on Jan. 12. It's the second Human Bean location in California. The company offers a variety of espresso beverages, as well as teas and smoothies. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Here's what's happening at Poor Red's - Call it a renovation, upgrade or expansion. Either way, El Dorado County landmark Poor Red's Bar-B-Q is getting closer to reopening. The bar and restaurant is expected to be ready for customers in March, according to the business partners involved in the venture. Jeff Genovese, Mike Genovese and Mike Hountalas are leading the project. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Cornflower Creamery Sets Opening Date


Cornflower Creamery will open on Saturday, Oct. 3 across the street from the State Capitol at 10th & L streets, reports Dani Anguiano in Sactown Magazine.

Sacramento native Cynthia Broughton decided to launch Cornflower after noticing a lack of ice cream makers in the downtown core. “We’ve had some really landmark ice cream makers in [other] neighborhoods, like Gunther’s and Vic’s, which I grew up with,” says Broughton, a former chef. “Especially now that downtown and midtown are developing so much, I think it’s time to add another ice cream maker to that environment.”

Not to mention, add a farm-to-scoop element to the mix. “Farming is in my roots,” says Broughton, who once ran her own 5-acre organic farm in Lake County, where she raised dairy goats and grew fruit trees. “I’ve always been a fan of the local movement and I want to work in as much seasonal produce [at Cornflower] as I can find.”

Read the entire story in Sactown Magazine.

Cornflower Creamery will take over the space formerly occupied by Cafe Roma. That restaurant closed in June 2014.

It will be located at 1013 L Street, and can be found online at

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Sturgeon and succotash served under a blood orange moon in Gala Dinner - A blood orange supermoon hung in the sky above the Tower Bridge Sunday night as guests of the third annual Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner, one of Sacramento’s most glamorous events of the year, tasted bite-sized rounds of steak tartare on puff pastry and soy-ginger marinated quail eggs. Brenna Lyles in the Sac Bee.

Why it's great that the International Food Blogger Conference is coming to Sacramento - We just got some news that I think is great for Sacramento. One of the best (and my favorite) food bloggers' conferences is coming to Sacramento in July 2016. Next year's theme: Farm to Fork (big surprise). That means about 500 of the nation's top food bloggers (and a few international) will be coming to town. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Freeport Bakery plans major expansion - Sacramento’s venerable Freeport Bakery is planning to nearly double its space by leasing an additional storefront just two doors down from its current building in the Land Park neighborhood. The new space – which has hosted numerous businesses over the years, including Tuesday Morning, Yogurtopia, Shoe Daca and House of Pilates – will become the bakery’s “Annex” and be used for wedding cake consulting and cake decorating. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Organizers celebrate huge crowds, new ideas for farm-to-fork festival - The Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall last Saturday was so well attended, next year’s event will be expanded -- again. An estimated 50,000 people were drawn to the third annual free festival on Saturday, said Mike Testa, chief operating officer of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

Gastronomicon: Burger King's new Whopper blackens Halloween's name - Your friend arrives to your Halloween party. His costume is clearly just a cheap mask he had in his closet. Are you happy? Do you wish he tried harder? Or do you just let it go, knowing that he could have shown up in something significantly more offensive and/or racist? The Halloween Whopper from Burger King is that guy, if that guy was put together from spare parts by a PR-obsessed bioengineer with an eye for synergizing branding opportunities. Anthony Siino in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Food 101 at Lucca Restaurant


We all feel like food experts. We've been eating it as long as we've been alive, and obviously, we're right and everybody else is wrong.

But that doesn't mean that there isn't always more to learn, and Lucca has put together a series of food seminars to help you be a more educated eater.

Here are the events:

  • Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. - Rodney ‘Burger Junkie’ Blackwell – the founder of the Sacramento Burger Battle and creator of the blog, "Burger Junkies." He has built a lifestyle traveling around the world, experiencing & rating hundreds of burgers. His topics may include: the best burger preparation techniques, home recipes, what’s new in the burger scene and even Instagram tips.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. - Debbie Cunningham – a contributing photographer for Sacramento Magazine & Edible Sacramento who specializes in food & restaurant photography. She has worked with countless top restaurants and been published in numerous other venues. Her topics may include: how to take the best food pictures, composition lighting and editing -- all ranging from using a professional camera to a mobile phone.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. - Catherine ‘Ms. Munchie’ Enfield – the creator of the Sacramento Food Film Festival; Have an Offal Day; her blog, Munchie Musings; and the owner of Her topics may include: upcoming trends & predictions of the culinary industry and food trucks, tips for amateur food bloggers and community involvement of local food bloggers.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. - Mike Dunne – the writer of a weekly wine column for The Sacramento Bee and The Bee’s former food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic. His topics may include: tasting, pairing and writing about wine; as well as touching on observations and predictions of the California wine scene.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. - Hank Shaw – the creator of the blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook; author of the books, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, and Duck, Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated; and an award-winner from both the James Beard Foundation & the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His topics may include: innovative & unique methods of preparing seafood, wild game and sausage.


Each class is 2 hours long and cost $30, including cuisine related to the topic. In addition, each seminar is capped at 50 people so you get the type of experience you're paying for.

For more information, visit

Lucca is located at 1615 J Street and can be found online at

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Try It: Beeler Ranch Pork Chop - Head on over to Esquire Grill, part of the Paragary Restaurant Group, and try the Grilled Beeler Ranch Pork Chop, complemented by roasted peaches, sweet corn, housemade succotash and tangy balsamic syrup. Sara Stidham in Sac Mag.

Spoonful of Chutney—Bombay Bar and Grill - There are a few must-have Indian snacks when it’s raining outside, and most of them are best paired with hot chai (spiced tea with milk). So I went to Bombay Bar and Grill, in the heart of Midtown Sacramento, and ordered a box of paneer pakora to go. Shreya Suresh on Sac Foodies.

Three new eateries to try this weekend - If you're looking for a weekend dining lineup that doesn't include "the usual," you're in luck. A variety of new local businesses have recently opened. Here are some highlights. Featuring Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, Boiling Avenue on Howe and Bawarchi Indian Cuisine in El Dorado Hills. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New restaurant coming to El Dorado Hills Town Center - The managing partners of Aji Japanese Bistro didn't have to travel far to expand their local restaurant empire. Their new eatery, Milestone Restaurant, will open just a few doors down from their existing bistro in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Nick Dedier and Russell Okubo of Aji expect to open the "casual-style American restaurant" in the next six weeks. They've added a third managing partner for this venture, Alexa Hazelton. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Update on Triple Double, Replacing Zokku Near Golden 1 Center


When Triple Double was announced at the end of March, they were planning for a July 1 opening.

Now that their expected opening date is near, and Sonya Sorich has an update for us in the Sac Biz Journal.

"You will see significant changes in the next three weeks," said Kristina Elliott, the restaurant's controller. "When we're done, it's going to look unbelievable..."

The goal is to open around Aug. 1. "We want to put a stamp on 'we were here first,'" Kristina Elliott said, referring to the many new businesses expected to enter downtown in conjunction with the new arena, which is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

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Moo Moo's Burger Barn plans Rocklin location - Don't have a cow over the deluge of new burger restaurants coming to the Sacramento region. One of the newest additions, Moo Moo's Burger Barn, is scheduled to open this fall...It's expected to open Oct. 1. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Sarom’s Southern Kitchen knows jambalaya - The dynamic is counterintuitive: Sarom Doeuk is a Cambodian cook-businesswoman with a background in doughnut shops, who now runs a restaurant specializing in Southern-style cooking and down-home barbecue. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Little Cactus Special at Nopalitos rules! - It's easy to complain that Nopalitos only serves breakfast on weekdays. But don't be a damn whiner. Instead, show up late to work at least once a month because you just had to have the classic East Sac spot's Little Cactus Special. Nick Miller in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Bacon & Butter Opens New Location on Monday

Bacon & Butter will finally open its new Tahoe Park location on Monday, it announced last week.

Originally scheduled to open on Father's Day, Bacon & Butter's move from its original midtown location took 114 days longer than expected due to permitting, contruction, health and other delays. (Click here to learn more about the delays.) Whatever the reason, it's now open and ready for you to get in line for a table outside of.

In its previous location, because it shared a space with a bar and nightclub, Bacon & Butter was only open during the days. In the new location it will also add dinner. I'm excited to give the new place a try.

Bacon & Butter is located at 5913 Broadway, and can be found online at

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Sacramento dessert pros to make dinner at hot-ticket Sweet & Savory event - A limited number of tickets go on sale Monday for Sweet & Savory, an intimate new tasting event in which five of the region’s best pastry chefs and chocolatiers will converge to provide a uniquely flavorful dining experience for a good cause on Nov. 9. Featuring Ramon Perez (Puur Chocolat), Ginger Elizabeth Hahn (Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates), Matt Masera (Mother), Edward Martinez (Bourbon Steak) and Jane Anderson (Ella Dining Room and Bar). Jessica Rine in Sactown Magazine.

Former Streets of London in midtown gets new owner, name - The Streets of London Pub in midtown Sacramento gained a new owner, and lost most of the words in its name. The business at 1804 J St. is now simply called Streets, but customers shouldn't expect radical changes in daily operations. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Sacramento Cool Treats for the Fall Heat! - One thing we at GOTG love are cool and delicious treats.  There’s nothing like a cold treat on a hot day and while it is technically Fall now with yesterdays teaser rain, it is forcasted to be in the high 80’s for the next week! The Girls on the Grid contributors are sharing a round up of  our favorite local cool treats that you should get your hands on before the weather officially cools down. Featuring The Parlor, Cleary's Ice Cream and Cream Nation. On Girls on the Grid.

Sactoberfest Happens Oct. 10–12 - Promising “all of the traditional elements of Germany’s famed festival,” the lively event will include premium German beer and food, a full “familiennachmitagen” (family-friendly) carnival with rides, and an entertaining lineup of live music. Kira O'Donnell in Sactown Mag.

Farm to Fork celebration was quite a dish - Sacramento’s second annual Farm to Fork Week was a hit, and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau has the numbers to prove it. The SCVB acted as producer of the celebration, which ran Sept. 13-28 and showcased our region’s unique position as “the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation.” Four events in particular highlighted F2F, and their attendance set new records over last year’s inaugural. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Popcycle Stolen, Recovered

Popcycle Creamery, the bicycle mobile ice cream delivery service where all the ice cream is hand crafted and served in a push Pop form factor, was stolen early Saturday morning, owner Rachel Sprinkle-Strong announced on Popcycle's Facebook page.

Actually Sprinkle-Strong chronicled the whole adventure on her Facebook Page.






The bike locked up in a locked garage, so it was seemingly well protected. According to the CBS 13 interview (above), the bike was missing its tires, bike seat and pedals, but the rest of the bike was in tact.

Watch the video above for more info, and find Popcycle on Facebook at

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Dine Downtown Week - I have already enjoyed two Dine Downtown menus: Esquire Grill and Downtown & Vine. Downtown & Vine offers a nice range of choices on their menu, complete with a dessert and drink pairing to round out the meal, a great deal for the price. We were very pleased with our meal and will be returning again. Amber Stott on Awake at the Whisk.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar Coming from Owners of LowBrau


While they may be saving to improve the acoustics of LowBrau, the owners of the German-style beer hall at 20th & K are expanding with Block Butcher Bar next door to the current restaurant, reports Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

If LowBrau is geared for folks who want to let off steam with craft beer and a cranked DJ system, Block Butcher Bar seeks to entice a clientele that wants to chill out with fine Scotch and bourbon, plus wine, charcuterie plates and other butchery. If all goes to plan, Block would produce sausage in-house.

"It's nice to have a festive environment, but we also wanted to do something sophisticated as well," said Clay Nutting, co-owner of Low Brau and Block. "I think we can pull that off. Parts of these concepts we wanted to include in LowBrau, but couldn't because of budget and what not. Since we've had success, we can expand the concepts."

The owner hopes to have the place open as early as September.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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Lunch Break: Thai Canteen - As the name Thai Canteen implies, this is supposed to be a more casual style restaurant. Don't expect to order things family style for sharing here. These are all individual orders. Even their take-out menu has a cover photo of Thais sitting on stools outside an alley cafe in Thailand, munching in a solitary way. But that's Thailand. I would definitely bring friends to this Thai Canteen. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Hansen hopes to see R Street project dispute resolved - A surge of public concern over a proposed beer and wine tasting room at 26th and R Streets in Sacramento isn't unusual for mixed-use projects, said the city of Sacramento councilman who represents the neighborhood. Ben van der Meer in the Sac Biz Journal.

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