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Dining News: Capital Dime to Replace L Wine Lounge, Open This Month


Sactown Mag's Rob Turner has the scoop on Capital Dime, the new restaurant at 1801 L Street, which will replace L Wine Lounge.

It’s been two years since L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen at 1801 L Street closed, but the empty bi-level space will be reborn within two weeks as Capital Dime, a new restaurant and bar owned by Noah Zonca, previously the longtime chef at Randall Selland’s highly regarded restaurant, The Kitchen, and Rick Lobley, co-founder of local clubs and restaurants like Ink and Empire.

The name of the new eatery—which implies the number 10—hints at its price point and ambition, according to Lobley, who says most dishes will be around $10, and he’s aiming for food, service and atmosphere that are “a perfect 10” in quality.

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

I stopped by there last month, and back then, their goal was to open the first half of June. I suspect that target has slipped. I'll keep an eye out for more info. (Note: Photo was taken 5/25/2013.)

More News:

Tasty Nibbles and Fruit-Infused Tequilas at Centro - I like to drop into Centro for appetizers and the bar’s flavorful, interesting fruit-infused tequilas, which range from the Anniversary Blend, which gets its kick from the addition of fresh pineapple, strawberries, mango and kiwi; to spicy, chili-spiked concoctions and (a recent inspiration) an early-summer peach and vanilla bean-infused tequila. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Eviction fight before business burned - Just days before an April 29 fire shut down Crepe Escape on Freeport Boulevard, landlords Jeffrey and Shih Ying Tu secured a judge's ruling that they could evict the restaurant's owner. "They didn't pay their rent," said Shih Ying Tu. "We've had a lot of problems. It's been for about two years now. They keep paying installments. … A few times, it's OK because I know the economy is not that good. Everybody's money is tight." Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of May 2013


The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of May 2013 on CowtownEats.com were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 3)
  3. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 9)
  4. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 2)
  5. Pour House (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 6)
  7. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 7)
  8. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 8)
  9. Bento Box (Last month: Unranked)
  10. Chicago Fire Pizza (Last month's rank: 14)
  11. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 11)
  12. Coyote Tap House (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 9)
  14. McCormick & Schmick's (Last month's rank: 5)
  15. Mix Downtown (Last month: Unranked)
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Daily Dining News: Where to Drink Outdoors in Sacramento

As the days have warmed up and the calendar has turned to May, Sacramentans rightly partake in a Springtime tradition -- drinking outdoors. But where can you eat and drink outdoors? The Sac Bee and Girls on the Grid have both come up with lists.

Oddly enough, there is no overlap between the two lists, but here are some of their suggestions I found particularly inspired.

From the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson:

Restaurant Thir13en (1300 H St., Sacramento) - A large, comfortable patio that's great for lunch, drinks after work, dinner or brunch. Take your pick. Lots of good stuff on the menus here, but the burger is incredible.

Magpie Cafe (1409 R St., Sacramento) - I often enjoy sitting at one of the few tables outside to enjoy the tremendous food here. You'll find good people watching, too, since this block of R Street has gone from dead to lively in recent years. One of my favorite spots in town.

Paesanos (1806 Capitol Ave., Sacramento) - Great little patio out front, where you can watch the foot traffic flow past. There has always been one notoriously "hot" table that is not protected by shade. It's practically glowing at lunchtime in the summer. Don't sit there!

Zocalo (1801 Capitol Ave., Sacramento) - The outdoor seating here is especially elegant at night. A great place to relax, look around and take in midtown.

From Girls on the Grid's Marlissa Hernandez:

Red Rabbit (2718 J Street) has two patios. The street patio is great for people watching. The back patio is a great place for private parties or date night. The stone fireplace, portable heaters, patio bar and charasmatic bartenders (so far all of them) make this a very inviting place. Their back patio, is only opened on weekends for now, but, as weather permits, they are hoping to have it open every night. They offer a seasonal menu and the drinks here are fantastic, try “for whom the bell tolls.” Some of my favorite menu items include the roasted beet carpaccio, the B.L.B and the moco loco.

Mix Downtown
(16th and L Street) offers a chic and posh rooftop patio with an all-night happy hour on Thursdays! The patio has firepits, umbrellas and lounge seating. They offer handcrafted drinks, wine and beer. Although, they are known for their rooftop lounge, the food is also downright superb. They offer a variety of small plate dining that’s perfect for ordering for a group. Try their ahi tuna poke, flatbread, mac & cheese or tempura shrimp cocktail. Bonus: Music and dancing start after 9 p.m.

Golden Bear
(2326 K Street) also offers a seasonal/unique menu, crafted beer, wine, cocktails and live music. Although they were featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this is no dive. It is a simple on-street and covered patio. It’s a great place to relax and catch up with friends. Try their banh mi or pizza.

Read the entire lists in the Sac Bee, Girls on the Grid.

Photo via Zocalo's Facebook Page.

More News:

Cafe Bernardo Debuts New Downtown Location - Can’t get enough of Cafe Bernardo’s salmon BLT, grilled hanger steak or cornmeal waffle? Then you’ll be pleased to know that Sacramento’s Paragary Restaurant Group has opened up a brand new Cafe Bernardo on K and 10th streets, adjoined to their hip (also new) downtown lounge, KBAR. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Capitol Garage ranked in nation's 100 best brunches survey - Just check the late-morning restaurant lines on a given Sacramento weekend, and you'll see that this is a brunch kind of town. One popular spot also made the cut in an OpenTable survey listing the "Top 100 Best Restaurants for Brunch in the U.S." That would be the venerable Capitol Garage on 15th and K streets, which specializes in a range of eggs benedict dishes (a Sicilian style with pepperoni and mozzarella, pulled pork with bbq sauce), a fat brunch burrito and the perennial brunch favorite known as unlimited mimosas. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

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17 Recently Updated Happy Hours on Cowtown Eats

In addition to hitting as many new happy hours as possible, I do my best to keep up on changes at existing happy hours. In the last couple months, I've updated these 17 happy hours:


Happy Hour at Mix Downtown

Mix Downtown
Firestone Building
1531 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8811

Web site: http://www.mixdowntown.net/

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mix-downtown-sacramento

Happy Hour

Tuesday to Friday
4 to 7 p.m.

All Night

6 to 9 p.m.

6 to 10 p.m.

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