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Dining News: Now Open - V. Miller Meats Butcher Shop in East Sac

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V. Miller Meats, owned by Eric Veldman Miller, who had been Chef de cuisine at Mulvaney's and Matt Azevedo, who had been Chef de cuisine at Restaurant Thir13en and Tuli, opened in East Sac on Tuesday.

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The butcher shop will focus on whole animal butchery and all of their poultry will be sourced from local farms. They'll also feature fresh and cured sausages, charcuterie, cold cuts, stocks and other creative cuts. 

I stopped by today on my way home from work and found a store with a steady flow of traffic. Since they've said they will have less popular cuts of meat, I went specifically to try to buy materials to make roasted bone marrow at home for dinner. A Bon Appetite article I found said I should find beef femur bones since they're the straight and have a large amount of marrow. (I had previously visited Taylor's, but the items were out of stock.)

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I was helped by Eric himself and he quickly produced a femur, sliced it in half lengthwise via his band saw and sold me .73 pounds at $4.99 a pound. Eric said that they were actually selling many unusual cuts of meat, but hadn't sold many pork chops yet on their opening day.

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Work was still being done on the butcher shop, and shelves in which they could make charcuterie had not yet been installed. It was evident, though, that the modestly-sized shop was clean, paid attention to detail and will become part of the East Sacramento community.

V. Miller Meats is located at 4801 Folsom Blvd. and can be found onine at http://vmillermeats.com/.

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Better than Hostess: Hand pies, Nido by Magpie - If you grew up with Hostess fruit pies and fried McDonald's pastries, you might hanker for a healthier version now. Hightail it to Nido by Magpie on R Street. Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review.

This company thinks Sacramento diners need a new breakfast option - There's been talk of a cupcake bubble. A sushi bubble. Even a brewery bubble. But at least in Sacramento, a breakfast bubble has yet to arrive. That's according to Robert Maynard, CEO of Famous Toastery, a North Carolina-based eatery. Maynard wants to eventually have 10 Famous Toastery locations across Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Orchid Thai - The midtown outpost of the original Lincoln location began serving a one-of-a-kind brunch menu on Oct. 10. Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to try one of their eight Thai-influenced American brunch favorites like chicken and waffles with seasoned panko-crusted chicken on a fluffy waffle topped with palm syrup and mangos, or the two eggs cooked in an omelet-like fashion wrapped around fried rice. Heather Kemp and Johanna Pugh in Sactown Magazine. (Second Item.)

Counter Culture: Q’bolé in Historic Folsom - The trio of chicken street tacos was a delish snack, the moist and tender pieces of fowl topped with cilantro and onion, squeezes of lime and spills of salsa. A simpler but equally satisfying dish was by special request – a plate of cilantro rice and black beans. Lime and salsa added more yum. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Midtown's Orchid Thai Still a Work in Progress

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Orchid Thai, which opened at 16 Powerhouse over the summer, still has some work to do, says Carla Meyer in the Sac Bee.

The larb vote count, of 2-2, reflects my larger, split-down-the-middle experience at Orchid Thai, a 3-month-old restaurant that sits next to Magpie Cafe in the new 16 Powerhouse building at 16th and P streets. For every dish that wowed (a piquant yet soothing tom yum soup), another disappointed (drunken noodles with too-dry pork).

Orchid Thai also suffers from over-service, that phenomenon in which too many members of the staff arrive at one’s table during a meal. Forging a connection with one’s server, no matter how fleeting that connection might be, enhances the dining experience. But on our first visit to Orchid Thai, our original server’s face became a dim memory as other people – either other servers or food runners, and maybe even the bartender? – approached our table to deliver dishes or ask how we were doing.

Clearly, Orchid Thai’s owners, Wa Tchang and Danny Fung (Tchang also owns the original Orchid Thai, in Lincoln), want to ensure diners are taken care of. But the team approach did not prevent service gaps.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Orchid Thai is located at 1609 16th St and can be found online at http://www.orchidthai916.com/.

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Beer Run: Brewers help resurrect area’s vibrant hop past - On a recent afternoon, the back part of Rubicon Brewing’s pub was awash in small, bright green cones alive with aroma. To those who brew beer, these compact buds are things of beauty. This batch, picked the day before near Winters and delivered to the midtown brewery within hours, will be used to brew a special seasonal “wet-hopped” beer. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Developer plans 13-story condo tower in midtown - Developer Ryan Heater is proposing to construct a tower at the southeast corner of 25th and J streets dubbed “Yamanee,” a phrase used to describe something spicy or unexpected...The city planning commission should review the project early next year and construction could begin as early as late 2016, said land use attorney Jim Wiley, whose firm Taylor & Wiley submitted the permit application. The project requires the city’s approval to build above the 65-foot height limit for that part of midtown, Wiley said. The building would have a restaurant and commercial space on the ground floor, followed by two levels of parking and 10 stories of condos. A small “amenities space” on the top floor would include a gym, spa and infinity pool, Heater said. Ryan Lillis in the Sac Bee.

Kings announce first tenants for arena retail space, now called Downtown Commons - The mixed-use development around Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento has a name – and its first three confirmed tenants. Officials with the Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures said they have dubbed retail space in a redeveloped portion of Downtown Plaza, along with the mixed-use hotel tower now under construction, as "Downtown Commons." Faturing Pour Society, Punch Bowl Social and Sauced BBQ & Spirits. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Local chef in running for 'America's best breakfast recipe' - An intense war is underway, and the weapon chest includes spatulas. Chefs nationwide are competing in a Hometown Breakfast Battle, including a contender from the Sacramento region. Ed Lopez, chef de cuisine at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, is among the 135 chefs in the contest presented by Thomas' Breads. Lopez said the company, known for its English muffins, contacted him this summer and asked him to participate. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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15 Most Popular Happy Hours of August 2015

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Here are the 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of August 2015 (based on page views) on Cowtown Eats:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 5)
  5. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Fat's Asia Bistro (Last month's rank: 6)
  7. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 12)
  8. Cheesecake Factory (Last month's rank: 8)
  9. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 10)
  10. 33rd St. Bistro (Last month's rank: 11)
  11. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month's rank: 12)
  12. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. Brasserie Capitale (Last Month: Unranked)
  14. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 9)
  15. Orchid Thai (Last Month: Unranked)

Thanks for visiting Cowtown Eats! We had nearly 59,000 page views and more than 23,750 unique visitors.

I also want to give a special shout out to Cask & Barrel for generously sponsoring Cowtown Eats and keeping the lights on here. 

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

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Dining News: Malt & Mash to be Joined by El Rey & Common Place at 7th & K

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Three restaurants are coming to the space that was formerly occupied by Three Monkeys at 7th & K.

Details have slowly dribbled out on Malt & Mash, an Irish pub scheduled to open in late 2015. Now, Bob Shallit has more on the other two restaurants, in the Sac Bee.

The other venues will be a “vibrant, high-energy taqueria” called El Rey and a “medium-priced, farm-to-fork” restaurant called Common Place, according to Simpson and Shults. Two of the operations – the pub and Common Place – will have spacious parkside patios...

The partners plan a late 2015 opening for El Rey and Malt & Mash, which will feature Irish beers on tap, fine whiskeys and an Irish coffee that will give San Francisco’s popular Buena Vista Cafe “a run for its money,” Simpson said.

The partners are holding off Common Place’s debut until the fall of 2016, when the arena opening is projected to bring many more people downtown.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Shallit also reports that the owners - Bob Simpson and Trevor Shults - did their homework when selecting these concepts by visitng a half dozen cities with a vibrant entertainment and restaurant scene built around arenas.

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Counter Culture: It’s love (and lots of flavor) at new cafe in Fair Oaks - There’s only one thing Sacramentans clamor for more than barbecue and burgers, and that’s breakfast. The long-anticipated Love at First Bite Cafe opened seven weeks ago in the semi-hidden Olive Gate Plaza in restaurant-starved Fair Oaks. It’s a find. We took a table and admired its immaculate neatness, welcoming vibe, vases of fresh flowers and natural light flooding through the front windows. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Finding horrific sanitary conditions, feds shut down Sacramento tofu producer - Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have shut down a Sacramento tofu maker who was making and distributing unsafe food. The operator, David Ly, and his employees, Kin Ly and Thahn Ly, produced and distributed tofu, fried bean cakes and soy bean cakes operating as Henh Wong Fresh Produce, the U.S. Attorney's office said. The company also grew and sold mung beans and soy bean sprouts. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

Former Mr. Pickle's in Roseville getting a major makeover - The pickles aren't disappearing, but big changes are underway at a former Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop in Roseville. AJ Broadway purchased the business at 5131 Foothills Blvd. in June, but quickly decided the concept wasn't working at the location. Now, the restaurant is closed while Broadway transforms it into Pickles 'N Brew. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Bowled over: A-Game Acai bowl, Granola Girl Food Truck - The A-Game Acai bowl ($12) sold by the folks inside the Granola Girl Food Truck is almost twice as expensive as the kind you'd buy at a corporate smoothie place but it's also twice as good. Rachel Leibrock in Sac News & Review.

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Happy Hour at Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar

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Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar
1609 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-476-3681

Web site: http://www.orchidthai916.com/

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/orchid-thai-restaurant-and-bar-sacramento

Happy Hour

Monday to Friday
3 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday
All Day

Late Night Happy Hour

Friday and Saturday
10 pm. to 2 a.m.

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