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Dining News: Liege Style Waffles Now Readily Available in Midtown

Liege waffles are addictive.

This type of waffle is "is a richer, denser, sweeter, and chewier waffle...They're an adaptation of brioche bread dough, featuring chunks of pearl sugar which caramelize on the outside of the waffle when baked. It is the most common type of waffle available in Belgium and prepared in plain, vanilla and cinnamon varieties by street vendors across the nation," per Wikipedia.

Liege waffles were rare until food truck Volkswaffle served them as they occasionally showed up at events. They've become slightly easier to get, and are available regularly in Natomas (Waffle Experience), Carmichael (Volkswaffle brick & mortar) and some Saturdays at the Midtown Farmer's Market (Volkswaffle truck). But now, you can find them regularly at The Mill.

Here's what some local chefs are saying about it:

  • "If you haven't been by to try the new waffles yet......run!" - Chef Michael Touhy
  • "If nick and ilah [owners of The Mill] were restaurateurs they would have my bet for the first Michelin star in Sacramento. Their patience with their product development and standards of execution is rare to find anywhere. Plus they got soul. They inspire me." Chef Michael Thiemann of Mother and Empress Tavern.

Right now, you have three choices:

  • $4.25 Waffle in Hand - Liege style yeasted waffle dusted with powdered sugar. Served-to-go.
  • $6.50 Maple Waffle - Pure maple syrup and whipped butter atop Liege style yeasted waffle.
  • $7.25 Jam Waffle - Dapple Dandy Pluot Jam or Pink Lady apple Butter, Whipped butter atop Liege style yeasted waffle.

I can't wait to pay them a visit.

The Mill is located at 1827 I Street and can be found online at http://www.themillsacramento.com/.

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Local Roots Food Tours expands its lineup of regional culinary escapades - Local Roots Food Tours, which showcases the region’s bounty through guided culinary bus excursions, farm visits and walking tours in the Sacramento region, is expanding its tour offerings...On the cards for February is a brand new walking tour through the R Street Corridor that touches on the history of the historic railroad and commerce district and will make stops at popular restaurants in the neighborhood, including potentially Cafe Bernardo, R15, Iron Horse Tavern and Shady Lady Saloon. This spring, Local Roots will also begin a guided East Sacramento tour, likely hitting spots like One Speed Pizza, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Cielito Lindo and Formoli’s Bistro, while walking through the Fabulous 40s neighborhood to learn about historic homes like the 1945 Tudor on 45th Street where Ronald Reagan lived during his term as California’s governor. Tori Masucci Cummins in Sactown Mag.

A Day at V. Miller Meats - I recently had the pleasure of stopping by V. Miller Meats in East Sac for a quick chat with company co-owner, Matt Azevedo. As I was waiting to ask him about the amazing assortment of meats they had in their cases, I got to watch him and his staff do some expert butchery and slice up some seriously large pieces of various animals. It. Was. Awesome. Shaun Slaughter in City Scouts Mag.

New pizza here - Hot Italian is open at 500 First St., in Davis Commons, in the corner spot last occupied by The Melt. It opened that portion on Jan. 5, which includes the kitchen, ordering station, and a few tables inside and out. The second section, which adds more indoor seating, was scheduled to open by this weekend. That space was formerly home to Verizon Wireless. (Verizon moved to Pinkberry’s former space). An expanded patio, with more outdoor seating, will come this spring. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

Noodle movement - Mongolian barbecue is weird. The name alone makes little sense. It’s not Mongolian, it’s Taiwanese. And it’s not barbecue, it’s stir-fry via a giant, circular griddle...One local spot managed to last for 35 whopping years: Mongolian Bar-B-Q by Great Wall (1537 Howe Avenue). It lost its lease and closed last week, though its owners intend to reopen somewhere else soon. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review. (Second item.)

Big news for coffee drinkers in Elk Grove - Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis is selling his two Grace Coffee Roasters locations in the city to separate buyers who will run them under new names. Between serving as mayor and family demands, "owning these two coffee shops puts just a bit too much on my plate," Davis said on his Facebook page. One of the locations is a drive-thru and the other a traditional cafe. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Now Open - Coin-Op Game Room, Replacing Marilyn's On K


Coin-Op Game Room opened this past weekend, it announced in its Facebook Page.

Nick Miller from Sac News & Review paid a visit last week:

The old Marilyn’s stage is gone. As is the bar; it’s now moved to the middle of the room, in the round (a smart move). Looks like they’ve got about 16-20 beer handles, and a list of drinks, which includes those big ol’ punch bowls and house-made Fireball-style whisky shots. Kitchen looked to be small bites, pizza and by-the-slice.

Game prices are the same as they were 20 years ago. And they have quarter machines, so no need to BYO.

This places should be a popular destination spot. It’s got this “BarWest in a basement with old arcades” thing going on, but it also has this “industrial minimalist hipster Chuck E Cheese” thing, too.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

Here's a little more, by Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

A food menu features "small bites" ranging from meatballs to roasted broccoli, as well as some salads. But the main focus is pizza, and the venue uses pizza dough made by nearby business Estelle's Patisserie.

Pepperoni, veggie and cheese pizzas are available by the slice. If you want a full pie, you can choose from a wider selection, including pesto and "carnivore" varieties.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

Coin-Op Game Room is located at 908 K Street, and can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/coinopsac.

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It’s officially summer - Ginger Elizabeth’s (1801 L Street, Suite 60) ice cream menu is back! That means giant ice cream macaron sandwiches, frozen hot chocolate and amazing—albeit, expensive—pints-to-go. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Midtown gets new coffee company, with a twist - Midtown Sacramento has a new coffee company, but you won't find cafe tables or beverage stirrers inside its facility at 1717 19th St. That's because Seasons Coffee Roasters, which began business this week, is an Internet-based subscription and delivery service for coffee lovers. Customers sign up to receive a pound of coffee on a weekly, biweekly (every other week) or monthly basis. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Half Off 'Eat Drink Be Merry' Dinner at Kupros on Thursday

Under new chef Marty Hutton, Kupros has been trying to become more of a destination known for both craft beers and good food.

As part of that effort, they've hosting a family style dinner for only $20 per person (regular price is $40 per person) on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Thus far, they've given some hints on what will be on the menu, incuding:

  • Appetizers, salads and artisan breads
  • Family style pasta course
  • Meat platter including stuffed and rolled Lucky Dog chuck roast, Berkshire Pork T-bone, braised Pig Cheeks, Nose to Tail meatloaf, sausages and duck breasts.
  • A selection fo sauces and gravies will accompany plus seasonal veggies and spuds
  • Table desserts, cheeses and coffee.

Sounds like fun and a good value.

Kupros is located at 1217 21st Street and can be found online at http://kuproscrafthouse.com/.

Dining News: Local Chefs & Restaurants Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

My Facebook feed has been full of friends taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - and now some of Sacramento's restaurants and chefs are taking it too.

Piatti's chef Lance Carlini and his staff took the challenge, posted the video on Friday, Aug. 22 and challenged all other Sacramento-area chefs to participate and donate.

On Saturday, Kupros Chef Martin Hutton took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (although it's not clear that he was accepting Piatti's challenge).

He challenged Capital Dime chef Cory Lazaldi (who appears to have replaced Stan Moore), among others.

If I see others, I'll be sure to pass them along.

Speaking of Chef Hutton at Kupros, Andrea Thompson of the Sac Biz Journal wrote an interesting profile of where he's been and what he's trying to do with the cuisine at Kupros.

Kupros chef focuses on affordable, accessible food - Chef Marty Hutton remembers when he first moved to Sacramento from England, and walked past Kupros Craft House on 21st Street in midtown. He was struck by the beauty of the craftsman-style building. Two years later, he is the newest chef of the restaurant. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Maggiano's Little Italy sets opening date for Arden Fair restaurant - The Sacramento area's first Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant will open at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. Located in Arden Fair, the Italian restaurant covers 8,300 square feet, including part of a space most recently occupied by Forever 21. The clothing store moved to another location in the mall. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

More details about Bears linebacker's restaurant in Elk Grove - Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will be in Elk Grove on Sept. 1 for the opening of Double Nickel Smokehouse, the new restaurant he co-owns. Briggs confirmed the news in a Wednesday email to the Business Journal. He wrote: "It's always been my dream to open a smokehouse that combines the flavors from America's top BBQ (regions) with recipes from my mom's kitchen, and I couldn't be more excited to realize that dream in my hometown." Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Craft-beer venue opens in El Dorado Hills Town Center - Hop House, the new craft-beer venue in El Dorado Hills, is officially open for business. Located in the El Dorado Hills Town Center near Bistro 33, Hop House opens at 11 a.m. daily. For its first few days, the business is serving a "slightly smaller limited menu," according to owner Jason Enyeart. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: New Chef at Kupros

Kupros announced that Marty Hutton has joind the restaurant as their new executive chef.

Chef Hutton has worked at Streets of London, helped launch their food truck Big Red Bus and at Broderick.

I checked in with the restaurant and here's a short bio of the new chef, edited for clarity.

Chef Hutton hails from a region in the North East of England called Northumbria. He trained trained in London and travelled extensively cooking from royalty to pop artists.

He has been involved in championing the farm to fork culture through food festival cookery demonstrations and media.

Our goal for Kupros is to provide food for people to snack, gorge or graze on highlighting some of our regions amazing growers and producers.

By no means will Kupros be fully farm to fork as global diversity in cuisine and tastes negate this, but the bits (probably quite a few) we do use we will scream out about.

Kupros will have a new menu that I'm going to discuss with the guys and roll it out slowly.

Brunch is going to be a focus pretty much immediately and an express lunch menu to get wait times down.

So I'm intrigued. I've had some decent meals at Kupros in the last year or two. Chef Hutton's already started displaying his skills with Wednesday's lunch special. I'll give them another try soon.

Kupros is located at 1217 21st St. and can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/KuprosCraftHouse.

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Chef on Mighty Tavern cooking style and brunch: 'I just like to call it good food' - Brunch service on Sundays started in mid-June, and has been well received. The success is understandable considering that Azevedo’s passion project involves smoked and cured meats -- such as bacon. The chef owns Testa Duro Salumi, a business that sells his fresh sausages, cured hams, bacon and dreamy bacon marmalade. He recreates many of these ingredients at Mighty Tavern, and the brunch is an excellent way to showcase them. Whether it’s the chicken apple sausage alongside the standard breakfast or the smoked pork loin on the eggs Benedict, guests have several options of sampling the meats. The bacon marmalade is there too, topping the house-made cinnamon rolls. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Try It: Kathmandu Kitchen - When I have a yen for some exotic, full flavors, I often head to downtown’s charming Kathmandu Kitchen. This friendly, family-owned establishment plates up delicious Indian and Nepalese cuisine that’s surprisingly affordable and generously portioned. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Karma Brew to Replace Mochii at 16th & P in May


Karma Brew, a new cafe with a European flair focusing on more than just coffee and beer, will replace the spot formerly occupied by Mochii at 16th & P.

In a short interview on Saturday, owner Anthony Sadeghi told me that he hopes to open during the first week of May.

All the details haven't been worked out yet, but the restaurant will serve 50 types of tea, coffee, beer and wine. Sadeghi, who has advanced degrees in advertising and photography in England, was inspired by cafes he saw there and wants to combine the "European flair" with the "California flair."

As for food, he says that Karma Brew organic, local and fresh food (including wraps), paired with wine or beer.

He also realizes that there's a lot of tough competition on that part of town. "Karma Brew will be a wonderful addition to that corner," said Sadehi. "We are excited to be there. A small fish in a [big] tank."

Karma Brew will be open well into the evenings - probably until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. The restaurant will definitely serve lunch and dinner, but he is still determining whether opening for breakfast makes sense.

Karma Brew isn't the owner's first experience in the restaurant industry. He has been involved with other cafes and has served as art designer for other restaurants such as Yogurt Delite. Because of that, in addition to the work he's putting into the food and drinks, he's also very focused on how the restaurant will look.

"It's going to be cozy decor with deco Victorian design mixed with industrial flair," said Sadehi, who added that in addition to having great food and service, he also wants the place to have a great "aura."

Karma Brew is located at 1530 16th Street, and can be found online at KarmaBrews.com

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