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Dining News: Sac Burger Battle is Today

Looking to taste tons of great burgers this evening while helping out a worthy cause? Look no further than the Sac Burger Battle at Raley Field. Here's a little more background, via Amy Serna in Submerge Mag.

Burger Battle features all the burger samples you can eat, desserts, beer from local breweries and live music. And don’t worry about the calories; it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

“At the burger battle, you can do a side-by-side comparison, talk it over with your friends (who doesn’t love a good burger debate) and then cast your vote for your favorite,” explains Blackwell.

The cook-off event will feature chefs from 15 local restaurants who will fight head-to-head to grill up the best tasting burger in town. Those restaurants include Bacon and Butter, de Vere’s, Broderick, Willies, Relish Burger Bar, Formoli’s Bistro, Hawks Restaurant, The Chef’s Table, Krush Burger, Ettore’s, Ten22, The Eatery, Papa Dale’s Drivin’ Diner, Roxy and Capitol Garage. The highly coveted championship belt will be awarded by an esteemed panel of judges, but the “People’s Choice” category will be up to Burger Battle attendees to decide.

“That’s the coolest thing about this event: you have a bunch of chefs that are trying to make something simple at a really high level. Every burger is going to be good at a minimum and most are great,” says Jess Milbourn, competing burger chef from The Eatery.

Read the entire story in Submerge Mag.

Tickets are $55 for general admission and about $75 for VIPs. The more expensive tickets get you in the door at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than the masses. Click here to get your tickets.

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Enotria’s guest chef program brings national culinary stars to Sacramento - Enotria launched its guest chef dinners in February. It has held four of them so far and each event sold out — in the case of Crenn, within three days of its announcement. They’ve attracted a who’s-who of Sacramento’s culinary scene as well as discerning gourmands looking for a taste from Michelin-starred chefs without leaving the 916 area code. By hosting these dinners, Bruich, 33, hopes to build bridges with the upper echelons of the Bay Area’s food community, to show that Sacramento isn’t just a pit stop for grabbing a burger on the way to Lake Tahoe. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

BevMo formally seeks midtown location - BevMo, a big-box liquor and specialty food store most commonly found in suburban shopping centers, wants to move into a key midtown location — a building that long was home to The Beat record store on J Street. According to its application to the city, BevMo would renovate the 12,484-square-foot building at 1700 J Street for selling beer, wine, spirits and other products for entertaining. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: RIP Market Club

As you might imagine, I love trying new restaurants. I keep a mental list of places that I haven't hit, but hope to soon. Unfortunately, I procrastinated too long on one of these joints, and Market Club has now closed, reports Good Day Sac.

Market Club had served a dwindling clientele of Japanese Americans and workers at the warehouses at 5th St, south of Broadway. Opened for approximately 80 years, the current owner of 18 years Jim Sakarta recently had a minor heart atack, and is retiring.

According to Yelp, it's been closed since at least Wednesday, April 17, with a sign on the door alluding to a "family emergency."

Just last month, Sac Mag featured its Friday special of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, smothered with gravy for $7 as a great blue plate special.

While I'm sure nobody ever described the food at Market Club as gourmet, I'm sure it was tasty. I'm sad I never had the chance to try it.

I won't make the same mistake with June's Cafe, another Japanese restaurant helmed by an aging owner who could retire at anytime.

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Beer Run: This version of Ruhstaller doing history proud - In the 18-month history of Ruhstaller Beer, Jan-Erik Paino has become a combination visionary, historian, salesman and evangelist for all that's outstanding about Sacramento brewing. Paino, who owns the fledgling craft beer company with partners, has based Ruhstaller's marketing strategy and brand identity upon a largely forgotten period that dates from the late 1800s to when Prohibition wiped out Sacramento's once-thriving brewing industry in 1920...And the beers have been well-received, finding their way into top Sacramento eateries such as Mulvaney's, Grange, Roxy, Tuli, Broderick and LowBrau, and onto the grocery shelves at Nugget Markets, Corti Brothers, Compton's and Taylor's, among others. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

World class, at last - Istanbul Bistro, a newcomer to the J Street strip mall that once housed Formoli’s Bistro and Vanilla Bean Bistro, has only been open for approximately two months. Turkish chef Murat Bozkurt and brother Ekrem co-own this paean to their homeland. The restaurant is open six days a week for lunch and dinner with Ekrem usually at the front of the house, infusing the small space with welcome cheer. He seats, serves and chats up the guests with unfailing warmth. He presents the menus with a flourish...The Bozkurts have clearly thrown their hearts into this venture, and the bistro radiates affection for their native cuisine and culture. It’s a place where you can feel like part of the family and pass around the generously sized plates of comforting food. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News Review.

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Daily Dining News: Burglary Scare at Doughbot Donuts


Early Wednesday morning, beloved gourmet donut restaurant Doughbot Donuts tweeted that there was trouble at the store.

There was much social media speculation. Was it a burglary? Vandalism? All hoped that not too much damage was done. In a demonstration of how close the Sac restaurant community was, many restaurants asked their customers to pay a visit to Doughbot over the next week to help out a fellow business in distress.

Doughbot later posted what exactly had been taken from the store.


But through the work of good neighbors, all's well that ends well.


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A Decadent Night at Cafeteria 15L - It’s been a while since I dined at midtown’s Cafeteria 15L, but a recent dinner at this popular spot convinced me that I need to put it on my regular rotation. We plowed enthusiastically through the kitchen’s “Le Tour of Mac and Cheese” special: three creative versions of this traditional American nosh. One bowl contained creamy lobster mac ‘n cheese, another rendition offered fried bacon and cheese “bites,” and a third sported grilled tomatoes. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Save 25% on Dinner at Iron Steaks


You can look at this offer two ways. You can see it as an early bird special, or you can see it as a happy hour. I choose to see this as a happy hour.

On Sunday to Thursday, get seated by 5:30 p.m., and save 25 percent off your entire meal at Iron Steaks.

I went to Iron Steaks for Father's Day and had a thorougly enjoyable meal for 5. The location's not on the beaten path, but it means no waits and easy parking.

To get this offer, visit the Iron Steaks Facebook Page. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2012.

Iron Steaks is located at 13th & Broadway. Click here for their happy hour info.

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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