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15 Most Popular Happy Hours of February 2014

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of February 2014 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Pour House (Last month's rank: 3)
  3. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 4)
  5. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 5)
  6. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 6)
  7. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 7)
  8. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 10)
  9. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 8)
  10. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 11)
  11. Capital Dime (Last month's rank: 13)
  12. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month's rank: 11)
  13. Tank House (Last month: Unranked)
  14. Coyote Tap House (Last month's rank: 12)
  15. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month: Unranked)

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Dining News: Mixed Reviews for Dickey's BBQ in Natomas

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Dickey's BBQ in Natomas has been open less than a month, and it's been wildly popular. But is it a novelty, or is the BBQ actually good? Reviews are decidedly mixed.

A friend Jen, whose taste I trust, tweeted recently, that Dickey's is "My new favorite place. Bad news bears." Bad news for her diet, that is.

The Sac Bee's Allen Pierleoni has a different opinion.

"These ribs are just the way I like them – slathered in sauce and falling off the bone," said a lunch pal. The St. Louis-style pork ribs – not babybacks – were rich and moist, but lacked any "chew" texture. Again, the smoke was distant.

We found the sausage too greasy (the clots of cheese contributed) and the slices of rubbery turkey breast not worth cutting into after the first bites. The mac 'n' cheese was OK, the potatoes double-OK.

If you've never had real fried okra, you still haven't. The pre-battered and frozen nuggets didn't resemble the fresh, crisp coins fried with cornmeal that are a staple in the South.

Longtime readers of Pierleoni's Counter Culture column find that he's the consummate optimist, willing to praise positives while being understanding to missteps. This is the harshest review I've ever read from him.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Staff picks: Ettore's European Bakery and Restaurant - Once a customer walks into Ettore’s, they are greeted with a large glass case displaying dozens of their award winning cakes, cookies, and pastries which can all be ordered whole or by the slice. Judging by the restaurant and bakery and seeing how busy it was, I can see why people liked coming here. Jane Park and Camille Anglo in the Sac State Hornet.

Preserve: Hoe a new row - The surprisingly large Preserve exists not far from the main intersection in this little ag-centric town—just a block from the old favorite, Putah Creek Cafe (1 Main Street). It’s steampunk in its sensibilities, with heavy wood and riveted metal tables and a fashionably rusted delivery truck parked next to the back patio. The menu has an Old West-style font but boasts 21st-century offerings...In general, the food is quite good but needs a few more of those unique additions, like in-house sausages and jams to set it apart. Think of it as a slowly fermenting pickle—working on a transcendent flavor that’s almost there.  Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of February 2013

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of February 2013 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 9)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 6)
  5. Pour House (Last month's rank: 7)
  6. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 8)
  7. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  8. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville) (Last month's rank: 4)
  9. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 9)
  10. Coyote Tap House (Last month: Unranked)
  11. Fat's Asia Bistro (Folsom & Roseville) (Last month's rank: 13)
  12. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. Chicago Fire Pizza (Last month's rank: 12)
  14. McCormick & Schmick's (Last month's rank: 13)
  15. Red Rabbit (Last month: Unranked)
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Dining News: Fat Face Leaving Bows & Arrows

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Fat Face, the home of the artisan popsicle, is leaving its hope at Bows & Arrows and concentrating on its fast-growing frozen treat business, reports Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Now, Gabe Nokes will be able to get his start in the space, creating his own unique menu and leaving his impression on the business.

“What we’ll be doing is really focusing more on what Bows & Arrows is really good at, which is doing events and being a nice place to hang out,” Nokes said.

He plans to keep a similar type of menu at lunch, focusing on sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients, but he will serve dinner later – likely from 6 p.m. to closing time at 11 p.m., with an emphasis on hot plates.

“In the future I’d like to have a grill going on on the back patio and actually be doing grilled sandwiches to order, or sausages and grilled vegetables – things like that,” Nokes said.

Read more about the future of Fat Face on their Facebook Page.

In honor of their last week of business in Midtown, Fat Face is giving away one of their amazing popsicles with the purchase of a sandwich. Offer ends Friday, Nov. 30.

Read more about the future of Bows & Arrows in Sac Press.

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Dining review: Vientiane's food mostly overcomes lack of ambiance - Vientiane is tucked away, too – into a West Sacramento strip mall near an Interstate off-ramp. The view: a Chevron station. And thus, the odds are stacked against this place, which tends to soar with its food and crash with the way it presents itself to unsuspecting passers-by. For years an underdog on the culinary scene, Vientiane has long been a favorite of foodies and those with a sense of adventure. But it remains largely unknown to many who just might appreciate its honest cooking, lively flavors and pretty incredible prices. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Try It: Knuckehead Hot Dog Diner's "Code Blue" - Since most of us eschew dieting during the holidays – there’s simply too much delicious food to miss out on – now’s the time to get really naughty and try Knucklehead Hot Dog Diner’s “Code Blue.” This tasty, thigh-thickening nosh is composed of a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog (yes, really) nestled in a bun and drizzled with blue cheese dressing. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Daily Dining News: New Indian Fusion Truck Launched

New food truck OM Karmabile, which launched in August, serves Indian/Fijian food, reports Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Like many food truck owners, Voltair and Seronika Ignacio tried to open a traditional restaurant, but couldn’t secure loans in the post-Great Recession business climate.

According to Seronika, it turned out to be a good thing.

“This seems more convenient for family life,” she said. “We work four days a week, and it’s flexible, and I get some time to stay home with the kids.”

Together, they make Indian fusion food based on Seronika’s lifelong pursuit of the culinary arts from Fiji and Voltair’s more traditional Indian tastes. Seronika said she is Indian, but she grew up in Fiji, learning how to cook from an early age from her grandmother and other relatives. Voltair grew up near McKinley Park in Sacramento.

Burritos are $6, with tacos costing $3.

Read the entire story in Sac Press. Find Om Karmabile on Facebook or Twitter.

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All things Italian will be at Hot Italian's Moderno Festival - In a mission to "reach out to the community," Hot Italian restaurant will host its third annual Moderno Italian Festival, combining "contemporary Italian food, design and film." Here's the lineup for the free fest, to be held at the restaurant and in Fremont Park (converted into a "bike-in theater" for the two movies) across the street from Hot Italian. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Chef behind The Chef's Table plans Hill's Kitchen in Roseville - David Hill, the chef in charge of The Chef’s Table in Rocklin, plans to open a new restaurant in Roseville in November. The new place will be called Hill’s Kitchen, and it will have seating for about 100 -- double the intimate seating of The Chef’s Table, which is has been open for three years at 6843 Lonetree Blvd. in Rocklin. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Daily Dining News: Sactomofo 5 Lineup Announced

SactoMoFo, the very popular mobile food truck event, has announced the lineup for its fifth iteration taking place on Saturday, July 21 at Sixth and X streets, reports Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Sacramento area vendors:

Drewski's
Krush Burger
Squeeze Inn
Simply Southern BBQ
Smoothie Patrol
Addison's Originals
Miz Shirley's
Fat Face
Star Ginger
Leila's Lumpia
Coast to Coast
Chando's Tacos
Lil Rich's Shaved Ice
Emma's Tamales
Willie's Burgers
Volkswaffle
Addy's Paella
Swabbies
Whole Foods Market
Gizmo's Rolling Video Games

Bay area and No Cal vendors:

The Chairman
Koja Kitchen
Seoul on Wheels
El Porteno
Sanguchon
Hapa SF
Curbside Cuisine
Curry Up Now
Red Truck

I'm not sure if I'm going to food truck festival. I like food as much as the next guy, but there's no banh mi or taco worth waiting 45 minutes for. Maybe I'll be smarter this time and go after the lunch rush, but before the dinner rush and hope they still have food.

Read his entire post in the Sac Bee.

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Try It: Bangkok Garden in Natomas - Thai restaurants abound in the Sacramento region, and many of them serve up some very tasty and distinctive fare. But one of my favorite spots is Bangkok Garden in Natomas, whose cozy, wood-paneled walls and tasteful, intricately decorated interior sets the stage for the kitchen’s scrumptious menu items. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Daily Dining News: 'Awe-inspiring pies' at Masullo in Land Park

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Sacramento has its share of terrific Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza. Hot Italian, One Speed and Pizza Rock are all excellent, but Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson may have just found the best artisan thin crust pizza in Sacramento.

One night a few years back, everything seemed perfect – the dough looked and felt perfect, the timing of the orders was perfect, the vibe in the room was just so – and Masullo knew he was making pizza at its highest level. He wrote on the Masullo Facebook page, "See Naples and die." Translation: It doesn't get any better than this.

That's not hype or braggadocio. We dropped by on several occasions recently to work our way through the assortment of pizzas on the menu, some with sauce, some without. We came away with a simple answer to explain this kind of greatness: Though there is certainly magic, there are no tricks.

At Masullo, it is all about time-honored techniques, old-fashioned values, quality ingredients, attention to detail, high standards and hard work.

The pizzas were so good, the flavors and textures so enthralling – from the crust to the sauce to the little cubes of premium bacon or the medallions of spicy sausage – I can recall the experience weeks later as if I had just polished off a slice moments ago.

I LOVE Masullo. I live in the neighborhood, and it's a real luxury to be able to grab a great pizza for a casual dinner. They also employ my favorite waiter in Sacramento - Andrea. His enthusiam, Italian accent and excellent service really make every meal at Masullo a special experience.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Squeeze Inn decides to add food truck - Add the Squeeze Inn as the latest brick-and-mortar restaurant to launch a food truck. The much heralded local burger franchise, which was once featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," has gone mobile. The Squeeze Inn truck, an extension of the eatery's Power Inn location, is operated by Ken Bourquin, a former Squeeze Inn employee. He was given the blessing to run the truck from restaurant owner Travis Hausauer, and started rolling about two weeks ago. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Tour de Sacramento - The Tour de France is one of summer’s great sporting spectacles, so we thought it only fitting to pay homage to the event with our own (very modest) two-wheel expedition. Unlike the elite cycling event, however, this leisurely pub ride is all about soaking up the sights and the suds along the way. To that end, we mapped out a pedal-friendly midtown loop where the patios are urban oases and the peoplewatching doesn’t disappoint. Featuring Rubicon Brewing Company, Bows & Arrows, Magpie Cafe & Firestone Public House. Catherine Warmerdam in Sac Mag.

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