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Dining News: Now Open - Coin-Op Game Room, Replacing Marilyn's On K

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Coin-Op Game Room opened this past weekend, it announced in its Facebook Page.

Nick Miller from Sac News & Review paid a visit last week:

The old Marilyn’s stage is gone. As is the bar; it’s now moved to the middle of the room, in the round (a smart move). Looks like they’ve got about 16-20 beer handles, and a list of drinks, which includes those big ol’ punch bowls and house-made Fireball-style whisky shots. Kitchen looked to be small bites, pizza and by-the-slice.

Game prices are the same as they were 20 years ago. And they have quarter machines, so no need to BYO.

This places should be a popular destination spot. It’s got this “BarWest in a basement with old arcades” thing going on, but it also has this “industrial minimalist hipster Chuck E Cheese” thing, too.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

Here's a little more, by Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

A food menu features "small bites" ranging from meatballs to roasted broccoli, as well as some salads. But the main focus is pizza, and the venue uses pizza dough made by nearby business Estelle's Patisserie.

Pepperoni, veggie and cheese pizzas are available by the slice. If you want a full pie, you can choose from a wider selection, including pesto and "carnivore" varieties.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

Coin-Op Game Room is located at 908 K Street, and can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/coinopsac.

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Dining News: Catching Up on South

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South might be Sacramento's longest incubating restaurant. The project was first announced in Aug. 2012, but they're making progress.

First, an update from Sactown Mag in July:

Husband and wife team Ian and N'Gina Kavookjian, who previously owned Eight American Bistro in Granite Bay, say they’ll open South at 11th and T streets, in the former location of Chinese grocery store Cheung Hing Company, which closed in 2012. They intend to start renovations on the 1,500-square-foot space in August.

The news follows the Kavookjians’ attempt to open South five blocks away at the former location of the historic Paris French Bakery. Complications with city permits and renovations pushed the project back and recently spawned an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $5,600 (those funds will now be used toward the new space).

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

On their Web site, N'Gina provided an update in early Oct. on the travails on opening a new restaurant.

The challenges of our new schedule, of cleaning all day and then parenting at night, are starting to take their toll. We worry if we will open on time, can we make it this second time around, how are the kids holding up, all that self doubt shit that you do to sabotage your progress.  Panic attacks, arguing, apologizing, forcing each other to get some sleep, and that therapeutic glass of wine in the shower while washing off the grime that covers every inch of our skin.

That said, our tribe of friends and family is strong. They've helped clean, offered their skills for projects that we could have never tackled alone, had the come to Jesus talks with us when we are not seeing the forest for the trees and they have shared more than a couple beers at the end of the long days. When South opens I hope people understand how much so many people put into the birth of this baby. It's not just ours, it's really everyone's. So thank you to those that have helped and those that continue to support us. I know the wait has been long, but we are almost there and it will be well worth it.

Read the entire post on WeHeartFriedChicken.com.

Finally, the Sac Bee's Chris Macias has an update on when they expect to open.

I've had Chef Rachel's food at Revolution Wines several times in the last year, and always found it to be excellent. I look forward to giving South a try.

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Dining News: Chef Pajo Bruich's Favorite Things

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In celebration of his birthday, Enotria Chef Pajo Bruich set up the restaurant's bar area with a couple of his favorite things - namely rap music, tequila and Mexican food on Thursday evening.

With all the Mexican small bites at $10 or less, it was a very affordable way to sample some of the acclaimed chef's cuisine without breaking the bank. It also gave me the opportunity to pick up the October and November shipments of the Enotria Wine Club.

Here were the small plates we had:

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Chips & Salsa ($3)

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Shrimp ceviche, chiles, pineapple, lime ($10)

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Pozole, braised pork shoulder, hominy, cabbage ($5)

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Mole de pollo estilo Jalisco ($10)

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Tacos adobada, picked onions, cotija, tapatio (2 for $6)

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Churros, guajillo lime caramel ($5)

Since it was a one night event, I won't really write a long review. But I do want to say that the ingredients were fresh and the flavors were sharp. My favorite course was the churros (especially the caramel dipping sauce), followed by pozole and the ceviche. The tacos were a little too spicy for my pallate, but my dining partner with a hardier pallate loved the tacos.

We also sampled a couple of their tequila-based cocktails for the night, each $8. All three were fantastic, created with the precision and attention to detail that you'd expect from a Shady Lady or Hook & Ladder.

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The Golden Rule with gold tequila, orchard pear, ginger, honey, lavender

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Cider House with milagro silver, mulled apple cider, cynar, grenadine, cinnamon

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Tequila Old Fashioned with gold tequila, angostura bitters, turbinado, orange

While restaurants often go upscale with their special meals, I loved the idea of an expensive restaurant going casual for a night. There was more energy in the room than I'd ever seen at Enotria, although I'll admit that it's only the third time I've been there since Chef Pajo took over the kitchen and that all of those times were midweek.

But even with a collection of plates at a lower price point, the two of us spent about $90, including dinner, drinks, tax and tip. We didn't intend to spend that much, but the plates seemed affordable and we just kept ordering until we were full. Looking at their regular menu, that's probably about half what a three-course meal with a wine pairing would have cost for two.

I'm glad Enotria did this type of special event, and I hope it encourages other high end restaurants to do this too. It probably helps drive business on otherwise slow nights, and given how much we enjoyed our dinner tonight, I think we'll look for another opportunity to return to eat off their regular menu soon.

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Dining News: Grilled Cheese Sandwich 'Outstanding' at The Rind

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By now, The Rind's developed a reputation for being a top notch destination for your wine and cheese needs. Every time I've been there, it's been busy, and each time, they've been better than the last.

Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell paid them a visit and found many things to live.

I ordered a cheese board on a recent visit. It included Marcona almonds, a scrumptious cherry jam and three cheeses, including two from Sonoma County’s Bellwether Farms: creamy, buttery Carmody and Pepato, a semisoft sheep’s milk cheese made with feisty whole peppercorns. The third was Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk, a bold triple-cream cheese with a beautiful red-orange rind. Other outstanding dishes included a salad of locally grown greens and beets and a crusty grilled cheese sandwich showcasing Fiscalini clothbound cheddar cheese, served with a vivacious roasted tomato soup that tasted deeply and satisfyingly of Sacramento summer.

Read the entire review in Sac Mag.

Click here for their happy hour menu.

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Exclusive - Dining News: Plan B Restaurant to Replace Capitol Dawg

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Plan B, a neighborhood favorite that moved from the Pocket to Arden, is planning to add a midtown location, Cowtown Eats has learned exclusively.

Currently located at Watt and Fair Oaks, the French restaurant has won rave reviews from people on Yelp and neighborhood diners alike.

In an interview on Thursday, owner Gregory says the midtown spot will be more casual than the Arden spot, and will feature both lunch and dinner. Initially, the restaurant will only have a beer and wine license, and it may expand its liquor license if warranted.

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What the new restaurant's location looks like today.

If all goes according to plan, the new restaurant will open in late summer, replacing the now defunct Capitol Dawg at 20th & Capitol, next to Jack's Urban Eats. Initially, the menu will feature french onion soup, salads and sandwiches for lunch, and an expanded dinner menu.

If you want to try them out now before they hit midtown, find them online at http://planbrestaurant.com/.

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Daily Dining News: Bacon & Butter Featured on Good Day Sac

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I ate there in their first couple weeks, and found that they were still ironing out some of hiccups with their service -- something all new restaurants go through. From the looks of the video, it might be time to give them a second look.

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Daily Dining News: RIP Mati's Indian Cuisine

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Mati's hasn't closed yet, but it will by the end of the month, reports Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Owner Ranjani Prasad said Monday that she’s shutting her doors for a variety of reasons.

“Even though our sales have not gone down, our costs have gone up,” she said. “People are not spending too much – they used to come in and get a two-item plate, but now they’re getting a one-item plate, and they’re not coming in as frequently.”

Many of the ingredients – notably the spices – are imported, and they continue to increase in cost. She said the mobile food trend has pinched business as well.

Don't worry, though - the owner will return to her job as an accountant for the state.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

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