Monday Night Football Specials at KBAR

Looking for a place to cheer on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs? KBAR has happy hour drink prices all night on Mondays.

Click here to check out their happy hour.

KBAR is located at 10th & K and find them online at http://www.paragarys.com/sacramento-restaurants/k-bar/.

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Dining News: The Violation That Led the County to Close Cafe Bernardo/KBAR


Last Tuesday, visitors to Cafe Bernardo/KBAR were greeted with a sign saying the venue had been closed by the county health department.

At the time, the reason given for the closure was "insect/rodent infestation."

The county has since posted its report online detailing the violations.

OBSERVATIONS: Major - Closure

3 live German cockroaches on wall/ledge behind 2-door reach-in refrigerator in espresso area, 3 ive cockroaches on floor along crevice between wall and floor beneath server's station across from pass thru window, 1 dying cockroach on floor of bar near cash register, 25 dead cockroaches on floor and ledge behind and beneath 2-door reach-in refrigerator in espresso area, 7 dead cockroaches on floor beneath equipment (ice bin) in bar and 1 dead cockroach on floor of dining room. Eliminate all dead and live insects. Continue with professional pest service. Last date of service 7-15-15. Seal all cracks and crevices immediately.

Read the entire report at the county's Web site.

The following day, the restaurant was reinspected (per county records), the infestation had been resolved and the restaurant and bar reopened.

As I wrote last week, it's more common than you think for restaurants to be closed by the health inspector. However, more often than not, these are isolated occurrences. I've eaten at KBAR and I plan to do so again soon.

* Headline's been edited since it was originally posted.

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Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Dinner Deals for Every Day of the Week - So you think all the Dollar-Wise bargains happen on weeknights, not weekends? Well, you’re partly right: The vast majority do. But as this little research experiment revealed, the local region offers some sweet savings every day of the week, even Fridays and Saturdays. Mark your calendar for these dinner deals, all under $20. Featuring Buckhorn Steakhouse, Cafe Eurpoa, Ten22, Danielle's Creperie, Rudy's Hideway, Revolution Wines and Sandra Dee's. Cathy Cassinos-Carr in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Cafe Bernardo/KBAR/Assembly at 10th & K Closed Due to 'Insect/Rodent Infestation'


KBar and Cafe Bernardo at the corner at 10th & K Streets were closed on Tuesday evening, according to a Cowtown Eats tipster.

Per to the sign posted on the door and e-mailed to Cowtown Eats, the restaurant was closed on Tuesday, 7/21 due to a "insect/rodent infestation."

Multiple calls to KBAR on Tuesday evening were not answered, and KBAR made no mention of it on its Facebook or Twitter accounts. Online county records have yet to be updated to include Tuesday's report, though it generally takes a day or two for the report to be put online.

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence and good or great Sacramento restaurants sometimes fall victim to closures by the county health department. In recent memory, Sapporo Grill and Daniel Pont's La Bonne Soupe Cafe were both closed by health officials. Mulvaney's B&L was also the nexus of a norovirus outbreak.

I did an interview in July 2012 with a representative of the health department, where I learned the following:

When the county comes out to inspect a restaurant, they can give a green, yellow or red placard. A green card means the level of compliance was "acceptable." A yellow placard means that violations were observed that required immediate correction and a follow-up inspection that will be conducted within 24 to 72 hours. A red placard is given for two reasons. The first is that there is an imminent danger to public health or safety. Examples of this would be cockroaches, rats, a lack of hot water or sewage issues. The second reason a red placard is given is as a punishment for multiple and repeated lessor violations, generally meaning four or more yellow or red placards in the last 24 months.

According to county records, the Cafe Bernardo/KBAR/Assembly complex passed its three most recent inspections in October 2014, December 2014 and March 2015.

Generally, restaurants clean up their act and are reopened within a day or two. I would expect the same from KBAR. I know some people find these temporary closures unsettling, once they're reopened, I don't think there's much to worry about. I ate at KBAR last week and I plan to go again soon.

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Bike Month Deals at Local Sacramento Restaurants*

May is Bike Month in Sacramento, and to encourage the use of the two-wheeled transportation, local restaurants are offering discounts and freebies. Here's a list (that I'll keep updating as I discover more):

  • $10 pizza and pint of Shift Pale Lager at Monkey Bar (2726 Capitol Ave, Sac), KBAR (1000 K St, Sac), R15 (1431 R St, Sac) and Bar Bernardo (234 D St, Davis)
  • Happy Hour priced drinks and a special bicyclist only 3 for $10 menu all month long at Kupros Bistro!
  • $1 off any draft beer and $2 off any pizza, sandwich, or pasta at Golden Bear.
  • 15% discount for anyone who rides to Midtown Village Cafe (19th & I).
  • 10% discount Monday through Friday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. at Streets of London. Also, bicyclists also have access to their industry night, Mondays 6 p.m. to close half off well and draft.
  • 10% off drinks and treats all month long at TreyBcakes Gourmet Bakery and Eatery.
  • Free bottle of sparkling water with your meal ($10 minimum purchase required) at The Eatery in West Sac.
  • All month, bike to either Chocolate Fish Coffee location (Q & 3rd or Folsom & 48th) and mention May is Bike Month for a $2.00 Flat White or Iced Coffee.
  • Free side with purchase of a sandwich at Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen (food truck only), and you must be on your bicycle to take advantage.
  • Bicycle over to Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge on Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, May 25 to get a personal 7" pizza and a flight of 6 wines for only $15! Don't miss this great special!
  • Ride your bike to Tuli Bistro Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. and get any pizza and a Track 7 Panic IPA 22-ounce beer for $20.00.
  • Go to Yellow Bill on your bike and get a iced tea, iced coffee or fresh brewed coffee with purchase of a pastry all month long!
  • Stop by Buckhorn Grill on your bicycle and get any burger for $5 bucks for the month of May.

For more information, or for a list of non-food deals, visit http://www.mayisbikemonth.com/discounts.asp.

* Updated: 5/13/2013.

How to Save 20% to 30% on Restaurant Gift Cards at Costco


The holidays are a time for giving. But to me, they're a time for saving too. Restaurants try to entice people into purchasing gift cards for their friends by giving the buyer a little something extra. When I worked near Il Fornaio, I'd eat there once a week (or more). I figured that at $5 a visit times 52 weeks, I'd spend $260 there per year. I purchased $200 in gift cards each year in December for myself, got an extra $40 in bonus money as part of their holiday promotion, and saved a little money.

Just last week, I went to Selland's Market Cafe to purchase what I figured I'd spend at Sellands, Ella & The Kitchen over the next year. It was a lot of money to spend all at one time, but I saved nearly 20 percent by spending the money now. (If you got that type of return on your savings account or the stock market, you'd be thrilled.)

This past weekend, I was shopping at Costco and noticed that they had a full compliment of restaurant gift cards available at a discount, including:

$70 for $100

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Top 15 Happy Hours of October 2012


The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of October 2012 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Blue Cue (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 4)
  5. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville) (Last month: Unranked)
  6. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 5)
  7. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 7)
  8. Pizza Rock (Last month's rank: 12)
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 6)
  10. KBAR (Last month's rank: 10)
  11. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 9)
  12. Fat's Asia Bistro (Folsom & Roseville) (Last month's rank: 13)
  13. Chicago Fire Pizza (Last month's rank: 8)
  14. 3 Fires Lounge (Last month: Unranked)
  15. Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 15)
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Top 15 Happy Hours of September 2012


The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of September 2012 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewery (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Blue Cue (Last month: Unranked)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 3)
  5. Lucca (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 5)
  7. Burgers and Brew (Last month's rank: 6)
  8. Chicago Fire - Midtown (Last month's rank: 10)
  9. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 11)
  10. KBAR(Last month's rank: 13)
  11. Nishiki Sushi (Last month's rank: 7)
  12. Pizza Rock (Last month's rank: 9)
  13. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month's rank: 15)
  14. McCormick and Schmick’s (Last month's rank: 8)
  15. Red Rabbit (Last month's rank: 12)

Thanks for visiting Cowtown Eats! We had more than 49,700 page views (up 42 percent compared to last year) and more than 18,500 unique visitors (plus 112 percent over last year).

Thank you all for coming. If you have any suggestions/thoughts, please e-mail me at Darrel@CowtownEats.com

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* Corrected on 10/6/2012.