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Dining News: Sac Mag's Reader's Choice Winners Named

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I'm not a huge fan of Best Of contests where readers choose (and that's why you haven't seen one on Cowtown Eats).

It becomes more of a popularity contest rather than something based that a reasoned critic might select. It also tends to clog up my social media feeds with appeals for people to vote.

However, after perusing 2015 Sac Mag's winners based on the votes of their readers, I think the list gets it mostly right. None of the winners were blatantly wrong, though I might have selected a different winner if I took the time to vote.

Here's a short sample of the winners:


The Firehouse Restaurant




The Firehouse Restaurant


Land Ocean


Freeport Bakery


Coin-op Game Room


Fahrenheit 250 BBQ, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (tie)


Oak Park Brewing Company


Tower Cafe


Burgers and Brew



Read the entire list on SacMag.com.

More News:

Happy Hour Hound: Iron Horse Tavern - Sacramento has a new laid-back and mouthwatering place where happy hour dreams really do come true. Specialty cocktails, pint-sized brews, wings, wood-fired pizzas and fried goodies are only some of the options at Iron Horse Tavern. Being an unhappy and starving artist, I had a ripe $20 bill burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided that this had to be the place. Plus, I don’t think there’s anything better than drinking somewhere on a patio at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Derek Kaplan in Submerge Mag.

Blondie's Pizza in Davis - Work has begun on Blondies New York Pizza Co., after the City Council allowed a hardship exemption from the 45-day moratorium on larger bars. The owners agreed to a long list of restrictions on hours, security and alcohol-related promotions. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.

Midtown brewpub to open with bit of ‘Soul’ - A couple of Bay Area transplants are hoping to launch a craft beer success story in the midtown Sacramento building where the Old Soul coffee company got its start. Alex Larrabee and Larissa Meltz recently leased space at 1716 L St. fronting the alley-facing cafe that Old Soul opened a decade ago and retains as its flagship location. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Doughnuts of death - Just in time for Halloween, a business has started up with a focus on terror, carnage and gore. We’re talking doughnuts here. Donut Madness opened this month at 2648 Watt Ave. with what store manager Jake Smith calls a “horror film vibe." Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee. (Second item.)

Try It: Mikuni's James Roll - If you're one of those people who cringe at the thought of sushi, the James Roll from Mikuni will most likely change your mind. It's loaded with salmon, panko-crusted shrimp, crab, and even a little bit of eel to get you out of your comfort zone. Sara Stidham in Sac Mag.

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Monday Night Football at Mikuni


I love football, and nothing makes it better than getting great food and drink deals during the game.

Mikuni, the local sushi chain, has two great deals during Monday Night Football, through December 14.

First, they're extending Happy Hour until they close at their midtown, Fair Oaks, Davis, Elk Grove, Taros by Mikuni (Arden Fair mall) and Mikuni Kaizen (Roseville) locations. For example, that means you can get their delicious Albacore tuna appetizer for only $6.50 at the midtown location.

At their Mikuni Roseville location, they're doing a sushi buffet, with prices starting at $15 for children and $27.50 for adults.

For more information, visit http://mikunisushi.com/.

Dining News: This Local App Helps You Get Discounts or Skip Long Restaurant Lines

IMG_2502Screen shot from Monday night showing restaurants giving discounts.

Requested App, by a team that includes Sonny Mayugba, a partner in midtown's Red Rabbit, recently launched version three of its restaurant app.

I asked him to help Cowtown Eats readers understand what the app does and how it works.

Here's an e-mail Q & A I did with Mayugba over the last week:

1. A third iteration of Requested was just released. How has the concept evolved over time and what does it do now?

Our core concept has not changed at all: we want to help independent merchants keep doing what they love and connect great customers to great places. However, the way we’ve tried to achieve this through the product has evolved like crazy!

First, we gave users the ability to name their own price in a Request and merchants the ability to approve or deny those Requests. People liked the concept, but the app was too complicated. We spoke with hundreds of users and restaurant partners, listened to their feedback, and simplified the experience. It is the best thing we’ve ever done. Now users view a selection of dynamically-priced table options they can book which vary in price depending on time of day.

That’s just the discovery side of the app, however. The real magic of Requested is in the dining experience itself. After your table is booked, you go to the restaurant and the host already knows your name. You get excellent service and when you’re done, you can just leave. The payment for your meal, including tip (a percentage you can adjust in the app during your meal), is calculated and handled through the app. You never have to worry about waiting for the check or calculating the tip, and we email you your receipt when you walk out the door.

The seamless payment system through Requested saves servers and diners an average of 10 minutes per table, and that really adds up. The other side of it is that our default tip percentage in the app is 20%, and while users can lower the tip amount, most do not. So the value of a customer using Requested is generally higher for servers, which makes for a better, happier experience all around.

While 20% may sound steep to some people (and like I said before, they can adjust the percentage), as someone who has worked in the restaurant industry for decades and now co-owns a restaurant, I believe that staff deserves that level of tipping, so I love that the app is inadvertently helping out some of the hardest-working people I know.

2. Why did you move away from some of the previous features?

Data and behavior. When you build a product or create anything - a song, a poem, a restaurant, a new car - you have preconceived notions on how people will react. And as entrepreneurs, we’re always too optimistic. And as founders, we all have two things in common: notions of what will work and things we want to build that will make our time spent meaningful. But those two things can be nebulous and shifting. The one factor we all can agree on is data.

We launched in March of 2015. And between then and now, we shipped a few cool features. But there were three glaring data points that caused us to pivot:

Thousands of people were starting requests, but only hundreds were sending them. Of the hundreds that were sending them, only 50% were getting their request accepted.

Forcing our restaurant partners to say “no”, even to a seemingly obvious ludicrous request, was damaging across the board.

We could dive deep for hours into this question, but those were the primary factors that caused us to look at changing how the app functioned. Everyone - foodies, restaurants, press and investors - really loves our concept. But in order to accomplish our goal of making the restaurants more busy and foodies happy, we had to do the following:

Move from ~15 taps, wait 10 minutes, get a no half the time…


Make the app two taps with an instant guaranteed yes every time.

And that’s exactly what we did.

3. What restaurants in Sacramento participate?

Independent, locally owned and operated places that are awesome. We curate our merchants. You can’t just sign up. You will not see a Subway, Panera or Wendy’s on Requested. I’m not against those places, I even love In N’ Out, but our mission is to grow the business of our independent restaurants without incurring any additional fixed costs. And we’re literally doing that and it’s providing true incremental margin to their bottom line.

With the success of our latest version of the app, we’re actually a little backlogged working to get a bunch of new places live! The best way to know which places are on Requested is to take out your phone and launch the app right now. Keep checking, because the list keeps growing.

4. How does the app know how much of a discount a restaurant is offering?

Some things need to remain a secret.

5. You guys are nice guys, but there must be something for you. What's the revenue stream

Awww, thanks! Of course there’s something in it for us, we need to be around forever and you can’t do that on nothing. Our app is 100% free to consumers and there is no upfront cost or fees to our merchant partners. However, when someone places a reservation and enjoys their experience, Requested receives a percentage. We’re like eBay and HotelTonight. We only get paid if both sides of our market are successful and happy.

6. Why should someone use the Requested App instead of some of the other reservation systems out there?

There are two key differentiators:

  1. With Requested, you can get a table as usual, or get a table and score a discount on your entire bill, or score a hard-to-get table by paying a premium. We have dynamic pricing.
  2. With Requested, you pay on your phone. So when you’re done, the total sales, along with your gratuity to the server, is processed through your phone. And that saves you and the restaurant 10 minutes. We're like uber for restaurants!

7. Who is behind this app?

Requested has 8 employees, four of which are founders and we’re all local to Sacramento:

Sonny Mayugba, Nichole Barnum, Jon Shumate, and Carlos Rivera are all founders. Dani Loebs heads up growth, Randy Balzarano heads up sales, Carlos Sola-Llonch is our Senior software developer and Katie Stein is our Merchant Ambassador. We also have a key Angel investor, Dave Pringle, who leads a lot of our structure and financial development and lead our first friends and family round of investment. We have an Advisory Board of amazing and active people. Our seed series round was led by Jason Calacanis, so we work closely with him and his tribe. Plus, we were funded by Social+Capital Partnership, so they weigh in on our development as well. We also have half a dozen part-time employees. We’re a small, scrappy team driven by a love of tech and restaurants and bars.

8. Is there anything else that I haven't asked that people should know about?

That’s a great question. I want our mission to be clear: we help high quality local businesses do what they love. So as we evolve, we are saluting this everyday.

On a fun note, something we’ve started with Requested that has been really fun are our happy hour parties. We partner with our restaurants and users every week or so to talk about the app, stay in the know about innovation and happenings in Sacramento and always keep the feedback and dialogue open with our users base. To find out more about our events, I’m just going to give a quick shout out to Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our events, because usually we give away free cash on the app.

One more thing! We have a pretty killer referral program built right in the app itself. Users can send $10 to their friends to try Requested, and if the friends use it, the user who sent the invite gets $10 dropped into their account as a thank you. So if you have a big social network and love Requested, we’ll pay you to spread the word.

Lastly, I encourage anyone and everyone to contact me directly. My cell is 916-320-3560 (text me) or email me at [email protected] or tweet me at @sonnymayugba. Most of all, thank you for all the support. -Sonny Mayugba

For Cowtown Eats readers who are just trying out the app, you can get a $10 credit by entering the by getting the app here. (Disclosure: I get $10 also when you get the free $10 in credit.)

The Requested Team is also holding a Happy Hour at Alley Katz on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., where they'll give you a code for $5 (which is basically buying your first beer) and 15 percent off the rest of the night. Click here to register.

More News:

Meet the chefs working this year’s Tower Bridge Dinner - The chefs team for the Bridge Dinner: from left, Matt Azevedo (Z. Miller Meats), Vinnie Lazzaretto (Hook & Ladder), Brock MacDonald (Block Butcher Bar), Ravin Patel (Selland Family Restaurants), Oliver Ridgeway (Grange), Patrick Prager (Marriott Rancho Cordova), Bret Bohlmann (Boulevard Bistro) and Jim Mills (Produce Express). Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Bottle & Barlow's Jayson Wilde - Earlier this summer, bartender Jayson Wilde teamed up with barber Anthony Giannotti to open Bottle & Barlow, Sacramento’s first bar and barbershop under one roof. Wilde grew up near Natomas and learned the cocktail business as a bartender’s assistant at Shady Lady Saloon before going to work at San Francisco’s famed Bourbon & Branch. SF Weekly named him one of San Francisco’s new generation of bar stars when he was 28. Now 33, he’s back in his hometown, planting his craft-cocktail flag on the city’s white-hot R Street Corridor. Marybeth Bizjak in Sac Mag.

Pieology has quick, crispy pizza down to a science - The thin crust is perfectly crisp, with char visible on bottom, and tastes just salty enough to be memorable. There’s not enough material here to compare it with local craft pizza houses’ crusts, which tend to be larger. But crust crispiness remained consistent through the 10 Pieology pizzas we tried. Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

Temple Coffee & Tea - The local third-wave coffee mecca is taking its first step out of Sacramento and opened its doors in a new downtown Davis location on Aug.15. The interior will feature Japanese-inspired design with a 32-foot-long solid oak community table, thoughtful touches like a mid-century modern clock. In Sactown Mag. (Fifth Item.)

Bring the Funk - It looks like 9999 Thai-Laos Boat Noodle could still use more luck. On multiple visits, the spacious restaurant was completely empty, or contained just one other party. That meant more than 120 seats lay vacant, plus a large, desolate bar. A karaoke stage and its accompanying dramatic music videos hint at 9999’s potential as a nighttime destination. But for now, it’s just another undiscovered gem in south Sacramento. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: Lord of Rice - Finalists in Mikuni's Lord of Rice competition will go head-to-head to see who reigns supreme when it comes to rice. On Good Day Sac.

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Dining News: River City Brewing Co. to Close at Downtown Plaza This Week


River City Brewing Co.'s last day at Downtown Plaza will be June 14, co-owner Beth Ayres-Brio told Cowtown Eats earlier this week.

The restaurant will close for the summer and is expected to reopen at Carmichael's Milagro Centre around Labor Day.

I did a quick e-mail Q and A with Ayres-Brio as the restaurant wined down its operations at the future site of the Kings arena.

1. Do you have a message for your loyal downtown fans?

We will miss all of our downtown customers very much and appreciate all the love they have given us the past 22 years. We are excited that a lot of people who are customers during the day, while at work, actually live out by the new location, so we will still be seeing them still.

2. Are you offering your workers a job when you eventually reopen in Carmichael?

Yes all of my employees have a job waiting for them when we reopen. So far 75% have said they are coming.

3. Anything else that people should know?

People should be excited for our reopening with lots of exciting new things, that we have been waiting to do for the past few years and now we will have the opportunity to do so.

River City Brewing Co. is planning to go out with a bang. They're hosting a Last Hurrah Downtown party on Saturday, June 13. According to the Facebook event site, "the first 100 customers get free merchandise, there will be live music starting at 1pm, Oysters on the patio and lots of great people to hang out with!"

I've spent many Fridays enjoying their BBQ oysters on the patio and drinking their beer. While their space as a local brewery isn't as unique as it was 10 years ago, I'll always have a soft spot for the restaurant.

Until the end of the week, River City Brewing Co. is located at 545 Downtown Plaza and can be found online at http://www.rivercitybrewing.net/.

* Photo via their Facebook page.

More News:

Motherclucker: Everybody Loves Fried Chicken - Sacramentans who used to go nuts over bone marrow and uni have a new food obsession these days: fried chicken. It’s the dish of the moment, seemingly everywhere, popping up on menus all over the region. Featuring South, The Porch, Sticky Gator, Sandra Dee's Hawks, Ella, Cluck N Chuck and Empress Tavern. Marybeth Bizjak in Sac Mag.

Arcade Games are Paired with Craft Beers and Cocktaisl at the Coin-Op Game Room - The new Coin-Op Game Room may have a bouncer at the top of the stairs, but this is not a typical posh downtown bar. The wooden staircase winds down into a patio, where people are sipping drinks and playing a giant version of Jenga. Inside, the space strikes a nice balance between a trendy dive bar and a friendly neighborhood pub, with neon beer signs, slices of pizza served on brightly colored Frisbee plates and beer lists printed on chalkboards decorated with pictures of Mario and Luigi. A few people are gathered around the actual bar, but everyone else is clustered around the various arcade games that line the walls—about 40 in all. After Burner, Spy Hunter, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, an entire row of pinball machines—this barcade is sure to stir up some feelings of nostalgia. Catherine Foss in Submerge Mag.

Mikuni plans new location in Folsom - This is the ninth sushi location for the restaurant group, which was founded in 1987. The group currently has seven eateries in the Sacramento region and one in Truckee. While most of its restaurants operate as Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the group has Taro's at Arden Fair and Mikuni Kaizen at Fountains at Roseville. The concept for Folsom is being finalized as the group works on the kitchen space at the new location. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Q and A with New Sac Bee Dining Critic Carla Meyer


Carla Meyer, who published her first review over the weekend after she took over for Blair Anthony Robertson as the Sac Bee's restaurant critic, graciously agreed to do an e-mail Q and A to introduce herself to Cowtown Eats readers.

1. Before we get into your new job, can you tell us a little about your journalism career?

I have been a writer and/or editor at The Bakersfield Californian, San Francisco Chronicle and The Bee. I worked in news and sports but have spent most of my career in features departments. I became a movie critic in 2000, and I have been primarily that since, though I also covered pop music and a smidge of comedy and theater for The Bee.

2. Did you start your post college life in journalism, or did you have other careers along the way?

I was still in college when I got my first job, at The Bakersfield Californian, and it has been all journalism since.

3. Why did you move to Sacramento?

To be the movie critic at The Bee.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant before, and where was it, what did you do and for how long?

All my jobs before my first newspaper job were in agriculture or food service (I am from Shafter, a farm town near Bakersfield).

I worked in a Mexican restaurant from ages 16-18. It was a mom-and-pop operation, and I waited tables, did some cooking and a lot of prep work (I lost a small piece of my thumb in a lettuce-chopping incident).

The restaurant's owner was a great cook -- my mom still says his beef burrito, made with chili Colorado, was the best she's ever had -- and he taught me a lot about flavors and ingredients. He and his wife always struggled to keep the place open, and they finally closed it down just before I graduated from high school.

That summer, I worked at a fast-food restaurant along I-5, mostly taking orders at the counter. This experience taught me how to be part of an efficient, high-volume operation. During college, I worked at a dorm cafeteria, mostly on the serving line or in the big, industrial dish-washing room. That cafeteria was clean as a whistle -- the standards were exacting. It taught me a lot about food safety.

I later worked at two other fast-food restaurants. My last food-service job, before I was hired at the Bakersfield Californian when I was 21, was as a pizza-delivery person. I mostly delivered, because I wanted the tips, but I occasionally stayed in the restaurant and made pizzas.

5. As you start your tenure as the Bee's dining critic, what is your goal/mission?

My goal is to help guide readers through the local dining scene. As a critic, I always write with the consumer in mind, whether I am writing about movies or restaurants. But I also take into consideration a chef or restaurant owner's intention and whether she or he has achieved that goal. I will judge every restaurant on that individual basis. So it won't be a scale where only fine-dining places can reach four stars. I did the same with movies. I gave four stars to very few movies in the past few years, but one was "Mad Max: Fury Road."

6. What have you seen recently at a restaurant that delights you?

Really good, innovative food for a shockingly low price. I would say more, but it might reveal the place, and I've only made one visit so far out of three. Even though I am not an anonymous critic, I still want to be low-key about my restaurant visits, and not tip anyone off that I'm coming.

7. What are your pet peeves about restaurants?

Poor service. I don't count overtaxed or overwhelmed as "poor." I understand places get busy, and co-workers call in sick unexpectedly, and restaurants suddenly become short-staffed. If I can tell a person is trying, I am sympathetic, because I worked in food service. But if a server or a counter person just looks bored or uninterested, it drives me bananas. Your job is to serve the customer. Why else are you there?  

Thanks again to Carla for agreeing to do the interview. You can find her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB.

If you missed her first review, she wrote about South, the recently-opened Southern restaurant in Southside Park.

Its fried chicken, offering a muted crunch and intriguing hints of citrus throughout, is exceptional. But it’s not the best thing on the menu, and on one of my visits, it arrived lukewarm alongside other, piping-hot items, suggesting the chicken had been sitting awhile.

South’s biggest standouts are its burger and hush puppies. The burger starts with expertly seasoned ground chuck, topped with melted havarti cheese and bacon confit and dressed with aioli, leek-shallot jam, house-made pickles and, finally, shredded lettuce that takes a brief tumble in South’s mustard-based barbecue sauce before joining its mates.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

I've only eaten at South on their very first night open, but I've been hearing buzz from friends that they're worth another trip. After reading Carla's review, I'll make sure to order the burger and Hush Puppies.

South is located at 2005 11th St., and can be found online at http://www.weheartfriedchicken.com.

More News:

Meet The Bee’s new restaurant critic - Meyer’s photo will appear with her reviews. She won’t be anonymous like previous Bee food critics, who labored to keep their identity a secret so they would receive the same treatment as average diners. Why have we decided to make this change?...By jettisoning this practice, Meyer will be able to interact more closely with Sacramento’s food and dining community. Tim Swanson in the Sac Bee.

New Shoki Ramen House set to open within two weeks - The building has a fresh coat of exterior paint. The new signage is in place. The inside has been scrubbed, and scrubbed some more. Shoki Ramen House, pending a few last-minute logistical details, is poised to open within two weeks, according to its owners, taking over the old Trails Restaurant building on 21st Street near Broadway. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

French restaurant now open in former Broiler location - A sign nearby still directs people to The Broiler, but Brasserie Capitale is officially open on the bottom floor of 1201 K St. in downtown Sacramento. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Mikuni announces new location in Folsom - The popular, locally based Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant chain Mikuni announced today that it plans to open a new location in Folsom in early 2016. The location will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space in Folsom at East Bidwell Street just off of Highway 50. Tori Masucci Cummins in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: RIP Sammy's Island Bar & Grill (Again)


Sammy's Island Bar & Grill in Roseville has closed, the restaurant announced on its Web site.

Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill closes its doors

February 16, 2015 – I’m saddened to announce to the Roseville community, our loyal customers and fans that Sammy’s Island Bar & Grill will be closing its doors. We were honored to play a part in their downtown revitalization program and are proud of what we’ve achieved together including raising more than $15 thousand dollars for the Placer Food Bank from our free outdoor concert and events.

As my fans and customers know, when our restaurants are successful we donate our profits back to local charities — that’s always been our overall goal with The Island restaurant but regretfully after almost two years we have not been able to achieve that in Roseville.

I’m very grateful to our staff, family and friends who have supported us. It’s been a great ride.


Sac Biz Journal editor Jack Robinson has a little more context.

Rocker-turned-restaurateur Sammy Hagar has closed his restaurant in downtown Roseville — only five months after it reopened....

The news is a blow to efforts to boost downtown Roseville, where the restaurant served as an anchor.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

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Galleria fills planned Sammy Hagar spot with new restaurant - Land Ocean, a locally owned restaurant, will fill the space once expected to be a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. It will be the second location for Land Ocean, which is co-owned by Mark Platt and Karoline Platt. It joins a location in Folsom. The Platts also own Sienna, a bar and restaurant in El Dorado Hills. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Federalist Public House: Not quite revolutionary - Sacramento is currently inundated with pizza restaurants, although they vary widely in style and substance. The team at Federalist wisely hired Shannon McElroy as executive chef, gaining his years of experience as sous chef at the highly regarded restaurant Masullo. While the website might still be under construction, and promises of high-tech ordering have yet to materialize, the pizzas are winners out of the gate—which is fortunate, since they dominate the menus. Coming out at about 13 inches in diameter, these pizzas are great for sharing. They lean Neopolitan in style, with a chewy, slightly charred crust and minimal but high-impact toppings. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

First Bite: Rick’s Dessert Diner - If you haven’t heard, Rick’s Dessert Diner moved recently to a new and much bigger location on J Street in midtown Sacramento. Longtime fans of the landmark establishment will be glad to know that owner Ahmed Eita has carefully replicated the 1950s vibe in this new space, complete with a jukebox, black-and-white checkered floors and a large painting of Marilyn Monroe on a back wall. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Try It: A Birthday at Mikuni - A dining experience at midtown’s Mikuni is often raucous and upbeat—but I really appreciated the restaurant’s festive ambiance recently at a family member’s birthday...When it came time to celebrate the birthday guest, restaurant staff members brought out a large prize wheel which she was able to spin, awarding her a pretty pint glass she could take home. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

The 4th Sacramento Food Film Festival is just around the corner - Four and a half years ago I had a small idea. Have a film festival for all the food documentaries that I never seemed to catch in Sacramento. At the time I figured I would need funding, so if I could get one big sponsor to say it was a good idea, I would pursue. Luckily my friends at Whole Foods Sacramento and they agreed to sponsor. That first year was one day's worth of films and I pretty much handled the entire thing on my own. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

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Extended Happy Hour During Monday Night Football at Mikuni


There are some weeks when I'm excited to catch the Monday Night Football matchup, and there are other weeks (like this week's Bears vs. Jets game) when it's just kind of an excuse to get together with friends to grab a beer.

But either way, you shouldn't pay full price for your eats and drinks.

Mikuni Sushi is offering a great Monday Night Football promotion.

From Monday, Sept. 8 to Monday, Dec. 8, Mikuni has extended happy hour on Monday to last through the end of the game.

That means bites and draft beer starting at $3.50.

This promotion is good at their midtown, Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, Davis, Taro's By Mikuni at Arden Fair Mall and Mikuni Kaizen in Roseville locations. This is not valid at the Mikuni Roseville location.

For more information, visit Mikuni.com.