Our House

Dining Deals: Burgess Brothers' Burgers, Leatherby's Family Creamery

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I haven't been to Burgess Bro's Burgers yet, even though I live in the neighborhood. Earlier this month, Sac News & Review wrote a very positive review of the place - especially their bbq menu items.

I must have passed the restaurant 100 times without realizing they had more than burgers. Fortunately, they lugged their smoker over to the Track 7 Brewing Co. parking lot one Sunday, where I discovered them. The pork and beef ribs I tasted then were both incredibly tender and flavorful, brushed with a tomato-based hickory-flavored sauce.

Lucky for us, the have a deal for us to give it a try.

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Dining Deals: Dive Bar, Jamba Juice, Our House

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Whenever I grab a drink downtown after work, there's a good chance it'll be at Dive Bar. With its proximity, great prices and free snacks, it's an obvious choice. But it's even better when you can go outside of happy hour and stil get half off.

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Daily Dining Deals: Our House in Davis, Bombay Bar and Grill

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Our House in Davis received a harsh review from Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson at the end of April. But based on recent Yelp reviews, they really got the message and things have improved. At half price, it may be worth giving them a second chance.

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Daily Dining News: Davis's Our House 'Overpromises and Underdelivers'

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Our House in Davis has recieved mixed reviews. In Sactown Mag, Rick Kushman said that with "its eclectic vibe and its modern take on classic fare, Our House is definitely on the right track."

But the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson has a different opinion. (Click here for happy hour info.)

From a menu that looks like it was designed by a fussy eater to "live" music that included an up-tempo piano version of "Send in the Clowns," Our House might lure you in with the promise of fine dining, but it sends you packing with a lingering rhetorical thought – "You can't be serious..."

Even in Davis, where the dining standards are inexplicably lower than in Sacramento, there are certain things we shouldn't be able to do at a fine-dining restaurant – such as looking up from our table at a flat-screen TV and realize the Kings are in the midst of another drubbing...

Though we felt wildly misled by the promise of fine dining, our Our House experiences were not a failure. It's not a bad restaurant. It's a so-so restaurant, thoroughly, unabashedly and almost defiantly mediocre.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

I've eaten at Our House once, and found its price point higher than the food and service would justify. A group of 4 of us went, each ordered an entree, two desserts for the group and one bottle of their most modestly priced wine, and after the $30 Groupon, we still spent $160, including tax and tip. I also recall having to wait a long time for our food -- much longer than seemed appropriate for the then half-full restaurant. If we would have gotten the same food and service at a neighborhood bistro with neighborhood bistro prices, I would have been thoroughly satisfied. But their service lacked polish and their food lacked anything to set them apart.

Have you been to Our House? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Counter Culture: Café Vinoteca a tasty choice for pizza and pasta - Café Vinoteca is a high- energy neighborhood kind of place, largely populated with regulars who know each other by sight, if not by name. It may have a local angle, but its fare easily competes with higher-end, more-formal Italian restaurants in our area. Its lengthy lunch menu shows soups and salads (grilled prawn Louie, grilled romaine lettuce), small plates (meatball sliders, Kobe beef carpaccio), panini (eggplant Parmesan, grilled chicken), pasta (much of it house-made, served with mild, subtle sauces), and soup-salad-panini combos. Prices range from $4 to $16. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Plaza Café Lounge now open - Plaza Café Coffee Lounge opened April 2 after numerous construction delays. The coffee bar at Seventh and K streets fronts St. Rose of Lima Park, and co-owner Omar Tarin said Friday that it is already attracting regulars. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

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Sactown Mag's Food Content Hits the Web

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Since Sactown Mag's launch in 2006, they've done a great job as another voice for our vibrant city. But one thing they didn't do was post much of their content online. That's changed. I'm not sure when exactly they made the switch, but I was tipped off to it by loyal reader Tania a couple weeks ago.

Here's a quick sample of the long form profiles they've published recently:

Local Motives - A new Davis eatery with a decidedly local spin opens next to the city’s train depot. With its eclectic vibe and its modern take on classic fare, Our House is definitely on the right track. Rick Kushman in Sactown Mag.

The Lyon King - The former chef-owner of the Zagat dining guide’s highest-rated restaurant in the Sacramento region, La Bonne Soupe Café, is back in business with a cozy new boîte in Folsom. Rob Turner in Sactown Mag.

La Dolce Biba - Martha Stewart helped make her a national treasure and Darrell Corti says she makes the single best dish in Sacramento. With a new cookbook, a new-look restaurant, and a decidedly old school work ethic, this celebrated restaurateur has served up the city’s most authentic Italian food for 25 years. Viva la Biba! Rick Kushman in Sactown Mag.

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Daily Dining Deals: Fuzion Eatz Food Truck, Our House in Davis

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Following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Mini Burger Truck and Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, Fuzion Eatz is part of the second wave of food trucks coming to City of Sacramento. Despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to track them down to give them a try. One time, the person before me got the last of the food, and another time, they switched locations at the last minute. But from the buzz I'm seeing, they're worth the try, especially at half off.

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