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The 5 Most Inviting 1st Date Happy Hours, From The Queen of Dating

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At the recent Girls on the Grid Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette event at Mix Downtown, I met Jenn, The Queen of Dating, who provides in-person coaching for people who want to improve their dating skills.

As an avid reader of Cowtown Eats, Jenn's been using the site to tell her clients where to go on dates.

While I'm not looking to turn this into Girls Cowtown Eats on the Grid, I thought the Cowtown Eats audience would appreciate some of her professional advice and thoughts.

The Queen of Dating will I will also be teaming up to put on Cowtown Eats happy hours, starting this summer. Look for details coming soon.

So without further delay, here are the 5 most inviting first date happy hours, from Jenn, The Queen of Dating.

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Lucca - When you walk into Lucca during happy hour, the room is full of laughter, spunk and optimism.  Great drinks, cheap eats and an upscale environment provide an inviting and cost efficient first date location.  Lucca won’t break the bank and you will get to sample the menu without looking cheap.

 

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15 Most Popular Sacramento Happy Hours of 2013

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With its four locations in midtown, Roseville and two Folsom locations, it's no wonder why the region's popular deep dish pizza joint has such a popular happy hour. 2416 J St, Sacramento.

Click here for Chicago Fire's happy hour info.

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The restaurant may have changed its food operation at the middle of the year (and along with that, it's happy hour) from Drewski's to one run by the chefs behind Coast to Coast Sandwiches, but that didn't stop it from being a very popular location to grab a drink after work. 904 15th St., Sacramento.

Click here for Republic Bar & Grill's Happy Hour info.

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Paesanos is a popular midtown casual Italian restaurant with a very popular happy hour. Its empire has expanded with locations in Davis and Elk Grove. But on Cowtown Eats, the midtown location continues to please. 1806 Capitol Ave, Sacramento.

Click here for Paesanos Happy Hour info.

12. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse's happy hour is a great way to get normally-pricey food at an affordable price. with locations on Fair Oaks and in Roseville, this steakhouse with an awesome happy hour really packs the people in. 501 Pavillions Ln, Sacramento.

Click here for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse's happy hour info.

11. Zocalo Zocalo

Zocalo, the Sacramento restaurant that's been serving regional Mexican cuisine for the past decade, has a following that extends from its fabulous happy hour to its great weekend brunch. In 2012, they added a second location in Roseville. My favorite time of the year at Zocalo is hitting up happy hour on their great patio during the summer. 1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento.

Click here for Zocalo's happy hour info.

10. Coyote Tap House

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Coyote Tap House has a great location and a great space. Maybe that's why people are so attracted to their happy hour. Since it opened at the end of 2012, it has consistently racked up page views on Cowtown Eats. I might have to give this happy hour another try to figure out what all the fuss is about. 801 14th St., Sacramento.

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Dining News: Why Noah Zonca Left The Kitchen & Why He Stayed in Sacramento

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In a great piece in Sactown Magazine, Anita Chabria uncovers why former chef at The Kitchen left a dream gig, but and also why he didn't leave for greener pastures.

But he’s hardly the kid with his hands in the suds anymore. Growing older, the 37-year-old Zonca says, made him seriously consider the “scary” proposition of striking out on his own. “I knew that if I stayed until I was 40 I’d probably be there the rest of my life,” he adds. So he quit. With no plan.

He headed out of town to visit his mom in Wisconsin, then did a culinary tour of cities such as Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco. He realized he had options, “worldwide options,” he says. But he also has a son at Rio Americano High School, so he headed back to Sacramento, a place he describes as having “a small town kind of style because everybody knows everybody and I like that fact, but it’s still enough city for me."

Soon after coming home, Lobley, who had been trying for the past eight years to get Zonca to partner with him, got in touch. He managed to grab Zonca’s attention with The Dime (as insiders are abbreviating it) at 18th and L in the space formerly occupied by L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen, despite an offer from another restaurant group. At first, Zonca signed on as a consultant with a small ownership percentage, but quickly became a full partner and worked with Lobley to incorporate high-end foodie standards into a low-cost concept.

The story is a great read. Read the entire thing in Sactown Mag.

I recently paid a return to visit after my good but not great first visit. In the ensuing three months, the place has really improved. While I only sampled their happy hour fare, their cooking was more precise and their service had sharpened. I look forward to future visits, especially on their Wine Wednesdays.

Click here for more stories about Capital Dime.

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Sacramento restaurant to honor Charlie Trotter with menu specials - When Keith Fergel, the GM at Taylor’s Kitchen, learned last week that famed Chicago-based chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter, 54, had died suddenly, he wanted to honor him in some way...Once the tragic news sunk in, Fergel wrote an email and began contacting local chefs, encouraging them to put a special on their menus to salute one of America’s most influential chefs...Watch for Trotter-inspired specials this week at Mulvaney’s, Ella, Kru, Taylor’s Kitchen and a host of other area restaurants. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Rosemary bread from Masullo Pizza is a slice of heaven - Recently we discovered the excellent stone-baked pizza bread cooked in the wood-fired pizza ovens by Robert Masullo and his staff at Masullo Pizza (2711 Riverside Blvd., 916-443-8929; ww.masullopizza.com). Right now, it’s sold exclusively at Taylor’s Market (2900 Freeport Blvd., 916-443-6881; www.taylorsmarket.com). Masullo shapes the focaccia-like loaves from pizza dough, baking them at high heat for about two minutes and delivering them to Taylor’s between noonish and 1:30ish p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. They’re seasoned with rosemary, olive oil and salt, and are fragrant, chewy and slightly charred ($2.99 each). If you appreciate good bread, you’ll love this. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Sports theme pub and grill hits homerun - A new family-owned restaurant blends fresh flavors, ice-cold brews and sports paraphernalia, to make Folsom’s Buck Shorts Dugout Sports Grill and Pub. Brent Neville, of Folsom, opened the sports grill and pub in May, with his long-time family friend Bill Moyer. Neville’s family helps run the location day-to-day. Laura Newell in the El Dorado Hills Telegraph.

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Dining News: Coast to Coast Sandwiches Replaces Drewski's at Republic

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After opening a new location at McClean, Drewski's has decided to stop serving food at Republic, reports Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Andrew Blaskovich says the satellite version of his Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen will end at Republic by Sept. 1. Blaskovich plans to use his upcoming McClellan Park location, which he expects to open in two weeks, as the hub of his operations which includes two food trucks and a recently opened cafe in Folsom.

"Basically, I outgrew the place," said Blaskovich about Republic. "The kitchen was too small for the overall volume of I'm dealing with. Besides, I couldn't park my trucks there and it costs me $1,300 a month for a commissary. Having my own facility saves me $1,300 out the gate and I have ample storage."

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Macias also reports that Coast to Coast Sandwiches will replace Drewski's as the food vendor at Republic under the name of Capitol Burger Kitchen.

Another mobile food vendor is already in line to take over Republic's food program. The team behind the Coast to Coast Sandwiches food truck, which also operates the kitchen at midtown's Pour House, will begin running Republic's kitchen starting Sept. 4.

Instead of branding Republic's food program under the Coast to Coast Sandwiches banner, the team of Robert Ramos  and Sean Figueroa will introduce a new business called Capitol Burger Kitchen. As the name states, burgers will be the focus here along with other hearty foods that pair well in a sports bar setting.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

More News:

Temple Coffee makes list of country's best roasters - Congratulations to Temple Coffee on being named one of the best roasters in the U.S. by national food website The Daily Meal. It's the latest kudos for Temple -- and for Sacramento's coffee scene, which continues to flourish. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Feeling Daring? Have an Offal Evening with Local Chefs - Adventurous diners will enjoy a unique event offered on Sunday, August 18th. “Have an Offal Day!,” which takes place from 2pm to 5pm at midtown’s Mulvaney's Next Door, celebrates “all those ‘other’ parts” of the animals we love to eat: including organs, feet, tongues, ears, skin and more. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of April 2013

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

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 3)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Pour House (Last month's rank: 8)
  5. McCormick & Schmick's (Last month's rank: 13)
  6. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 6)
  7. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 5)
  8. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 7)
  9. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 10)
  10. Coyote Tap House (Last month's rank: 12)
  11. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 4)
  12. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville) (Last month's rank: 11)
  13. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 9)
  14. Chicago Fire Pizza - Midtown (Last Month: Unranked)
  15. Fat's Asia Bistro - Folsom & Roseville (Last Month: Unranked)
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Top 15 Happy Hours of March 2013

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The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of March 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. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 6)
  4. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 2)
  5. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 7)
  6. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 4)
  7. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 9)
  8. Pour House (Last month's rank: 5)
  9. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 12)
  10. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last Month: Unranked)
  11. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville) (Last month's rank: 8)
  12. Coyote Tap House (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. McCormick & Schmick's (Last month's rank: 14)
  14. Red Rabbit (Last month's rank: 15)
  15. Pizza Rock (Last Month: Unranked)
Thanks for visiting Cowtown Eats! We had more than 54,600 page views (up 35 percent compared to last year) and nearly 15,200 unique visitors (plus 57 percent over last year).

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Top 15 Happy Hours of February 2013

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

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Republic Bar & Grill (Last month's rank: 9)
  3. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 2)
  4. Blackbird Kitchen & Bar (Last month's rank: 6)
  5. Pour House (Last month's rank: 7)
  6. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 8)
  7. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  8. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Roseville) (Last month's rank: 4)
  9. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 9)
  10. Coyote Tap House (Last month: Unranked)
  11. Fat's Asia Bistro (Folsom & Roseville) (Last month's rank: 13)
  12. Paesanos (Last month's rank: 10)
  13. Chicago Fire Pizza (Last month's rank: 12)
  14. McCormick & Schmick's (Last month's rank: 13)
  15. Red Rabbit (Last month: Unranked)
Thanks for visiting Cowtown Eats! We had more than 48,750  page views (up 10 percent compared to last year) and nearly 15,200 unique visitors (plus 40 percent over last year).

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