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Dining News: B-Side, West Sac's Sail Inn to Open in October


BsideFile photo of the old Monte Carlo and soon to be B-Side location.

Team Shady Lady has been busy.

Construction is underway at both B-Side (replacing dive bar Monte Carlo at 15th & S) and West Sac's Sail Inn on Jefferson, with both expecting to open in October.

First, Jessica Rine in Sactown Mag on B-Side:

On the Sacramento side of the river, B-Side—formerly the Monte Carlo Club on 14th and S Streets—is also looking at an early October opening, according to Boggs. The neighborhood joint will feature an outdoor patio and music-themed décor reminiscent of the 1970’s funk and soul era.

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

West Sac Web has the details on Sail Inn:

I stopped in and was able to talk to one of the construction workers, Marko. He was kind enough to allow me to take some pictures of the progress, which appears to be a complete remodel from the ground up. Marko also verified the name of the bar was still planning on being named the Sail Inn, and the group running it is indeed the crew from the Shady Lady. in 2014, Shady Lady is also soaking in some recent national acclaim, including its inclusion in Esquire’s 2014 list of the top 25 bars in America...

They have an aggressive potential opening date of October 2015. Please stay tuned to WSW for more information, details and photographs as they become available.

Read the entire story in West Sac Web.

Sactown Mag also reports that Amaro next to the Warehouse Artist Lofts building (where Fish Face Poke Bar is) is scheduled to oepn in November.

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Miabella Brings Gelato to Market Square at Arden - Out of that small handful of early-going, exclusive gelato pioneers, Miabella Gelato was one of the Sacramento area’s firsts. And now, it’s finally movin’ on up to the east side … er, southwest, actually. Having been in business at the Fountains in Roseville since 2008, the gelateria has now opened a second location, Miabella Gelato and Coffee, in Arden Fair’s Market Square, right alongside Smash Burger, Dos Coyotes and the United Artists movie theater. Fabian Garcia in Submerge Mag.

New seats at the table - The lineup of restaurateurs expanding in the Sacramento region is a long one. Featuring OBO' Italian, New Kru Location, Bottle & Barlow, Iron Horse Tavern, Broderick Midtown, Hawks Provision & Public House, Mesa Mercado by Tequila Museo Mayahuel's Owner, Shady Lady's owners opening B-Side, Amaro Bistro & Bar and West Sac's Sail Inn, and the Haines brother's East Sac project. In Comstocks Mag.

Pull Up a Chair: Restaurateurs are feasting on expansion opportunities across Sacramento - Around the Sacramento region, the Mulvaney’s attitude is rare. So many other chefs and owners are taking up those offers or have their own plans to expand. 2015 is proving to be a banner year for restaurant expansions, and as Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Arena rises, 2016 will surely continue the trend. Here’s just a partial lineup of what’s shaking down around the region. Rick Kushman in Comstocks Mag.

Pocket Bistro closes doors to the public; will reopen in new location - During an interview with this paper last week, Edmund Abay, who co-owns the business with his wife, Jade, was quick to make it clear that his restaurant had not experienced a permanent closure, but was instead simply preparing for a move to a different location. Edmund, who is also the restaurant’s chef, said that the new location of the restaurant will be somewhere in the vicinity of Bel Air Market in the Promenade Shopping Center at Rush River and Windbridge drives. Lance Armstrong in Valley Community News.

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Dining News: Where to Find the Best Korean Food on the Grid

Cowtown Eats first wrote about Aura Korean & Japanese Restaurant replacing Momiji at 14th & G back in July. Last week, I paid the new restaurant a lunch visit, and I'm ready to declare the place the best Korean food on The Grid.

Now, granted, there isn't a lot of competition. Tako Korean BBQ at Alhambra & T serves Korean fusion, and Bento Box at 16th & K serves some Korean dishes, but neither of tries to be a Korean restaurant.

But the statement still stands. Aura has the best Korean food I've had on The Grid.

My dining companion and I decided to do a strictly Korean dish, and a more Americanized entree.


I ordered the spicy tofu soup. I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy dishes, so I ordered it medium. It was a great bowl of lunch on a cool day. The flavors were nuanced, it came with pricey proteins like shrimp, and generally blew both of us away.


My lunch pal decided to order the Korean tacos. When we both tried one, we decided they were at least as good as the ones at Tako Korean BBQ (which we both love), if not better.

I also enjoyed the mom-and-pop vibe of the place. You can tell the place isn't the slickest, but they're trying hard to satisfy their customers. We were in and out of the place in less than an hour - perfect for a midday meal during the work week.

The menu includes many dishes I've seen at other Korean restaurants like Bi Bim Bap and seafood pancakes. I can't wait to go back, and soon. I don't think I'll need to drive out to Bradshaw to get my Korean food fix.

I hope the owners recognize that serving Korean food makes them unique and that they'll take even more steps to deemphasize the Japanese part of their menu and concentrate on continuing to make the Korean part great.

Aura Korean & Japanese food is located at 14th & G. They don't have a Web site, but you can check out their Yelp page. The server also informed us they deliver.

More News:

Ramen & Rice: Dreaming of bibimbap - On the Korean side, the bibimbap restored my faith in the dish, which I had recently sworn off. Typically, this is never as good as I want it to be, and I can never put my finger on why. Order it with the brown rice, which imparts a delightful nutty flavor. The sliced mushrooms add to the umami of this dish, and the shoyu, mustard and spicy sauces that come on the side should all be used liberally. The final bites are the best—the rice gets crispy at the bottom of the sizzling bowl. Why can’t I order a bowl of just that? A side of kimchee was served lightly spicy, and a steaming platter of bulgogi arrived sweet and tender. Becky Gruenwald in Sac News & Review.

Save Your Money, Skip the Pocket Bistro - If there ever was a restaurant that needed a Gordon Ramsay-type intervention, it would be Pocket Bistro. On a recent Sunday morning, I met up with a friend and her two adorable, well-behaved children for a brunch there. What followed was one of the more crappier dining experiences of 2013 for me. This wasn't a restaurant I planned to review, but after the sub par food and the even worse service we experienced, well, I just can't keep my mouth shut. Ally Gaffan on A Girl and Her Fork.

Jazz club planned for Old Sac - A Rancho Cordova man is getting permits to open a new music venue — dubbed City Lights Jazz Cafe & Night Club — in Old Sacramento. The space is the three-story historic structure at 910 Second St., which was most recently Vega’s Night Club & Sports Bar, which was open for about a decade. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Daily Dining Deals: Harvey House in Old Sac, Shabu Japanese Fondue, Cafe Connection


Harvey House in Old Sac is a new family restaurant in Old Sac, aimed at groups of people looking for an affordable sit down meal without paying Ten 22 or Firehouse prices. I haven't been, but at half off, it may be time to give them a try.

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Daily Dining Deals: Pocket Bistro, Shabu Japanese Fondue


Pocket Bistro is one of Sacramento's neighborhood gems. Located, as you'd guess, in the Pocket, the restaurant has the feel of an eatery where you could become a regular, and they serve fantastic, but affordable food. (Hint - I also like their happy hour.)

To entice you to given them a try and drive down to Riverside & Florin, they're having a half off deal today.

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