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Dining News: Suggestions for Easter Brunch


Easter Brunch is a lot like eating out on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Restaurants are crowded and you often have to pay extra for a prix fixe menu.

But sometimes, it just has to be done. Luckily, Sactown Mag's Tori Masucci put together a list of recommendations, including:

Old Sacramento favorite, The Firehouse, is whipping up hearty brunch selections like a Dungeness crab omelet with asparagus and roasted red bell peppers or the fennel pollen and pistachio-crusted chicken. Leave the chocolate bunnies at home and sink your teeth into the dessert menu, featuring a very grown-up, two-layer chocolate cake with apricot jam, decadent chocolate icing and apricot coulis. Plus, a separate Easter brunch kids' menu with pint-sized plates like the sweet pear-cinnamon French toast will keep little egg hunters happy. 916-442-4772.

Mama Kim Eats on Del Paso Boulevard is hosting an Easter jazz brunch with live music from house band Kumyn (fronted by Mama Kim co-owner Phillip Rayburn) and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The menu is jazzed up, too, with special items like a Passmore Ranch trout with heirloom beets and grilled asparagus, as well as classics like its fried chicken and waffles served with a salad of chopped apples, celery, grapes, pecans with honey mustard sauce. 916-779-1140.

Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant in Arden-Arcade is serving up its regular Sunday morning brunch with favorites like omelets and its signature cinnamon roll French toast, but its assortment of sugary Easter cookies, strawberry bunny cupcakes and mini meringue “nests” filled with raspberry mousse are sure to get you hopping. 916-482-0708.

She also suggests Maranello in Fair Oaks, Hawks in Granite Bay, La Provence in Roseville and Fat's Asia Bistro's Folsom and Roseville locations.

See the entire article in Sactown Mag.

If you're in midtown, if you're not eating with your parents or with kids, try Elixir. I know it sounds strange, but I've eaten there on Easter, and it was a great experience. There was no line, the food was surprisingly tremendous (go for the home fries with the mustard seeds) and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

More News:

Josiah Humphreys reward fund to get bump from Low Brau fundraiser - While the Midtown and greater community is uniting to raise money for the Josiah Humphreys reward fund, police are chipping away at the homicide investigation. Sacramento Police Department detectives are reviewing hours of surveillance video from businesses nearby P and 18th streets, where Humphreys was beaten to death in the early hours of St. Patrick's Day, Spokesman Doug Morse said...While the police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, those close to Humpreys and his family have upped the ante. A reward fund on Justice for Josiah – a website created by a close family friend – has garnered more than $8,000 in donations, and one of Midtown's newest and hippest restaurants will host a fundraiser event this weekend. To be held Saturday night at Low Brau, $1 from each draft beer purchased will go toward the reward fund, and raffle tickets will be sold for items donated by local businesses. Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.

VIDEO: Assembly Grand Opening - Cambi Brown checked out the opening of The Assembly Theatre. On Good Day Sac.

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Daily Dining News: New Cafe Bernardo, KBAR to Open on April 26


After closing Cosmo Cafe, Randy Paragary decided to split up the space and open KBAR and add another outpost of his popular Cafe Bernardo. That new Cafe Bernardo location KBAR are set to open April 26, reports Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.

Restaurateur Randy Paragary got a permit this week to begin construction on the outside deck for his newest Cafe Bernardo location at 10th and K streets, the former home of his Cosmo Cafe.

Paragary is optimistic crews can complete the $10,000 deck for the grand opening April 26. And even if the outside isn’t completed, the inside of the restaurant is ready to go. He’s having pre-opening events this week to train his new staff of 80 employees...

The deck will be on the 10th Street side of the restaurant, and will include a new sidewalk that pushes out into the street, allowing for a larger restaurant patio. It’s similar to what was done for Grange Restaurant & Bar a block away.

Read the entire story in the Sac Biz Journal.

The hours for KBAR, starting this Thursday, are: Mon-Wed 3-10pm, Thurs-Fri 3pm-midnight, Sat 4pm-midnight, and Sun 4-10pm.

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Judge, Jury & Executioner; Food Critics: Does Anyone Care? - Perhaps you missed the brouhaha surrounding The Sacramento Bee’s restaurant critic, Blaire (sic) Anthony Robertson (a.k.a. “BAR”)? The paper’s veteran restaurant critic, Michael Dunne, ended a long, distinguished, and many would argue, still thriving career at The Sacramento Bee in 1999 by reportedly taking a buyout. The Bee brass replaced Dunne with a rigorous job interview process: a grout dinner with all applicants present and “a few days” to write the review that would secure the coveted position. Blair Anthony Robertson, who remembers the process as having been “grueling,” “came out on top”; and has been something of a nasty thorn in the region’s dining-out lions’ dens ever since. Andrea Todd in Style Magazine.

Can two restaurant stars fix what ails La Provence? - La Provence, the Roseville restaurant I reviewed rather unfavorably a few months back, has made a couple of significant changes in recent weeks - including the hiring of a restaurant superstar to oversee service and the temporary (or not-so-temporary) installment of a highly regarded local chef to showcase a prix fixe menu with wine pairings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Top 15 Cowtown Eats Posts of January


The top 15 most popular posts (aside from Happy Hours) of January 2012 were:

1. Daily Dining News: Squeeze Inn Midtown Opens Today

2. Instant Reaction: Pork Belly Grub Shack

3. Cowtowneats Guide to Late Night Happy Hours

4. Top 10 Happy Hours of 2010

5. Top 15 Happy Hours of 2011

6. Dine Downtown Week Starts Today

7. Sacramento Happy Hour Map

8. Free Small Coffee at McDonald's thru Sunday, Jan. 15

9. Daily Dining News: The Porch Restaurant Opens Today

10. How to Save 50 Percent at Good Restaurants, Second Edition

11. Daily Dining News: Chez Daniel, Pork Belly Grub Shack Reviewed

12. Buy One, Get One Free at Fat City in Old Sac for State Workers

13. Instant Reaction: Mongo Mongo Mongolian BBQ

14. Dining Downtown: Morgan’s at the Sheraton Grand

15. Daily Dining News: La Provence Ripped in Sac Bee