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Top 15 Happy Hours of June 2014


The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of June 2014 on were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 4)
  5. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 6)
  6. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River (Last month's rank: 8)
  7. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 5)
  8. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 10)
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 9)
  10. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 11)
  11. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month's rank: 15)
  12. Pour House (Last month's rank: 7)
  13. Chili's Bar & Grill (Last month: Unranked)
  14. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 13)
  15. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 12)

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Dining News: Big Changes at Trick Pony, Capital Dime

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Just one month after Trick Pony opened and about three months after Capital Dime hired a new chef, the ownership group has decided to bring in the folks behind Broderick to help right the ship, scoops the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

Chris Jarosz, co-owner of Broderick and the popular food truck Wicked ’Wich, said he and his team will assume control of Capital Dime, a high-profile restaurant located at 1801 L St., and Trick Pony, a fledgling pizzeria at 2031 S St...

Jarosz said he fell into the orbit of Capital Dime and Trick Pony owners Rick Lobley and Melissa Sanchez after seeing them having a drink at Broderick’s bar. Sanchez left Jarosz a voice mail and they eventually began talking and hammering out details...

The Broderick owners now own a large, but undisclosed, stake in both eateries, which will undergo significant changes, Jarosz said.

Capital Dime will return to its original vision and become an “American-style tapas restaurant,” with many items sold a la carte at $10 – the “dime” price point initially trumpeted by Zonca. The restaurant, which had cut its hours and eliminated lunch service, will be closed for a few days for cleanup and minor remodeling. It is set to reopen next week for dinner only, and the following week for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant will also continue its weekend brunch.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

I don't have strong feelings about Capital Dime. It underperformed during each of the (at least) 3 times I ate there, so the change in ownership/management is probably a good thing.

I do think that Trick Pony wasn't given enough time to find its clientele and hit its stride as a restaurant. While I obviously don't have insight into the financial condition of the restaurant, I enjoyed my initial visit to the restaurant, mostly because the pizza was unique to the region. But then again I wasn't the one (presumably) with an underperforming financial asset.

The new owners say they will revamp the pizza so it's a thin crust, New York or Italian style pizza (per the article), but there's enough of that in Sacramento. Could they eventually be a little better than Hot Italian or Masullo? Maybe, but that would all be variations on basically the same style of pizza. What Trick Pony was doing was both good and truly different in the market. If they get rid of the pizza they served, Sacramento would have lost some of its pizza diversity.

But with that said, like I did with Trick Pony, I'll try not to pre-judge the food. Maybe what the Broderick team has in store for us will be great, and Trick Pony 1.0's pizza will be just a pleasant memory.

** Update at about 11 p.m. on Monday night. Ran across these two bits of info as I was catching up on Twitter.

Secondly, Johnny Breedlove appears to be the new pizza chef at Trick Pony. His Twitter profile formerly read "Chef, Line Cook extraordinaire i cook food in sacramento. @broderick1893" now reads:


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Roseville’s Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant to reopen - Roseville’s Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant is set to reopen in the fall after the legendary rock star’s two sons agreed to take over operations. Richard Chang in the Sac Bee.

Sammy Hagar may not be involved with Roseville Galleria spot - Sammy Hagar is increasing his involvement in a branded restaurant in downtown Roseville, but it’s not clear if that's the case for an eatery in the works at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville that was supposed to be affiliated with the rocker. Space at the mall that was going to be a 4,000-square-foot restaurant bearing Hagar’s name and likeness is instead up for grabs again, said Gina Jacobs of Edelman, which handles public relations for the Galleria. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.

Popular Thai Restaurant in Natomas Closes - A popular Thai restaurant in Natomas has abruptly closed to the disappointment of loyal customers. According to legal documents posted by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Bangkok Garden has been evicted from its 3230 Arena Boulevard Suite 215 location effective June 15. On Natomas Buzz.

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Top 15 Happy Hours of of May 2014


The 15 most popular Sacramento happy hours of May 2014 on were:

  1. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse (Last month's rank: 1)
  2. Bento Box (Last month's rank: 2)
  3. Lucca Restaurant (Last month's rank: 3)
  4. Firestone Public House (Last month's rank: 5)
  5. Hook & Ladder (Last month's rank: 4)
  6. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Last month's rank: 9)
  7. Pour House (Last month's rank: 8)
  8. Chevy's Fresh Mex - On the River
  9. Blackbird Kitchen & Beer Gallery (Last month's rank: 7)
  10. Buffalo Wild Wings (Last month's rank: 14)
  11. Chicago Fire (Last month's rank: 10)
  12. Burgers & Brew (Last month's rank: 11)
  13. Zocalo (Last month's rank: 9)
  14. 33rd St. Bistro (Last month: Unranked)
  15. Shady Lady Saloon (Last month: Unranked)

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Dining News: Now Open - Trick Pony


Trick Pony, which replaces Tuli Bistro at 21st & S, opened to the public on Thursday evening.

The new restaurant has not been without controversy, with one of its owners apparently trashing local pizza joints in the Sacramento Bee, and then accused the Sac Bee of bias against the restaurant.

That said, they say they "want to raise the bar" for local pizza. With a kitchen helmed by Paul Caravelli (who competed against Adam Pechal on the first season of ABC's The Taste), I'm eager to give the place a try.

I'm a sports fan, so I'll look at this through that lens. The owners talked a little trash before opening the restaurant. That's only acceptable if you can back it up. I look forward to finding out if they can back it up and be the LeBron James of local pizza or be Jimmer Fredette.

Trick Pony is locaed at 2031 S St, and can be found online at

Thanks to Erik Davis for the tip, via Twitter.

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Juice It Up adding Sacramento State location - A juice and smoothie franchise is coming to California State University Sacramento. Irvine-based Juice It Up plans to open at the university this fall. It will be the company’s eighth college campus location and third store in the Sacramento region. Square footage for the new store was not immediately available. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Third Strike Cafe Coming to West Sac on May 27


Third Strike Cafe, serving "essential comfort food," is scheduled to open one block from the Rivercats stadium in late May.

The location will serve the large DGS and CalSTRS state worker populations during the mornings and hungry minor league baseball fans in the evening.

Per their Web site, they'll serve dinner starting on May 27 for game days from 4 to 7 p.m. and and be open for breakfast service starting on June 2.

They describe dining options as BBQ ribs and chicken, mac and cheese, beer, artisan coffee and sweet pastries.

I stopped by earlier in the week to check the place out, but it was all locked up. I'll definitely give the place a try on my way to a Rivercats Game.

Third Strike Cafe is located at 630 3rd St. in West Sacramento, across from the Ziggurat Building, and can be found online at

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Shady Lady team and Deftones drummer to open Amaro Italian Bistro & Bar - Downtown’s R Street corridor will soon get a taste of Italian food and drink, via a partnership that includes the owners of Shady Lady Saloon and a Sacramento rock star. Amaro Italian Bistro & Bar is slated to open this fall at the corner of 11th and R streets, featuring a menu that includes 11 pasta dishes and eight pizzas. The setting is the historic Rochdale Building, which was vacant for a decade before being conceived as a mixed-use project by developers Bay Miry and Ali Youssefi. The 4,000-square-foot Amaro will occupy the ground floor of the three-story building at 1100 R Street. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

A Yacht, Not a Dinghy; What to expect when you’re expecting to dine on the river - The style coming out of the kitchenat Crawdads is mostly of the beige, fried variety, but with a few Cajun additions. Don’t go expecting the same world-class execution and brilliant flavors of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant 13. Pechal isn’t in the kitchen here. Yet there are some highlights that show Pechal’s hand in designing the menu. Greg Brown at Inside Publications.

The Cultured and the Cured brings unique cheeses to town - East Sacramento’s food scene continues to expand as it welcomes the artisanal cheese shop, The Cultured and the Cured, offering unique cheeses, cured meats and a small but alluring menu. Located on 3644 J St., The Cultured and the Cured focuses on delivering the best cheeses from farms all over the West Coast. Cailin Jessup in the Sac State Hornet.

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Dining News: Orphan Improved, but Still 'Second Tier'


Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair A. Robertson wrote in 2009 that East Sac's Orphan  'badly needs to adopt the idea of flavor.'

He's revisited the place, and has given it a re-review.

While Orphan has, indeed, grown up into a reliably good restaurant with polished service and consistent cooking, it also faces stiffer competition than it did during those early, awkward days...

For lunch, you can still order breakfast items or go in the sandwich direction. We loved the health-conscious “zen breakfast” featuring grilled tofu, egg whites and steamed spinach, a dish that takes a balanced and simple approach to flavor.

The burrito with chicken was substantial and nicely assembled, including seasoned black beans and an overall eating experience of heft and rich flavor. Orphan makes three dishes featuring scrambled eggs, including an avocado scramble that had large slices of creamy avocado, scallions, tomatoes and melted Monterrey Jack cheese.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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Craving Dessert? Three Sweets To Seek Out - ’Tis the season be gluttonous, and I’ve been devouring desserts with abandon. Three I tried recently have been real standouts. Featuring The Firehouse's vanilla creme brulee, Shady Lady Saloon's warm almond pear cake and The Waterboy's apple crostada. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

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Dining News: Sac BLT Week Kicks Off Monday

If there's one thing there seems to be an insatiable demand for, it's bacon. To help give the public what it wants is BLT Week, from the same people who brought us the annual BaconFest celebration each January.

Daniel Romandia has more details in Sac Press:

The idea for BLT Week, which started in last year, came to Guido because he wanted to showcase the local talent and ingredients from farmers in the area. This year’s edition will run from Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20.

Throughout the week, chefs will engage in some friendly competition to create their own version of an American classic. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. has revealed a BLT ravioli that will only be available for the week. Grange is adding many bacon-laden items to its menu – like a grilled wagyu BLT burger, a BLT omelet, and even a BLT cocktail. Pangea has their own version called the BSLT – a sandwich with half-inch thick house-smoked bacon cured with brown sugar and spices, steak, tomatoes and crisp lettuce.

At the end of the week, there will be the “Beer and Bacon on the Boulevard” block party to bring the festivities to a close. The party will be a BLT celebration and a fifth year anniversary celebration for Pangea.

Read the entire article in Sac Press.

Particiating restaurants include:

  • Mulvaney's B&L
  • Bacon & Butter
  • Thir13en
  • Tuli Bistro
  • Golden Bear
  • Hook & Ladder
  • Grange
  • Magpie Cafe
  • Formoli's
  • Selland's
  • Ella Dining Room & Bar
  • Shady Lady
  • LowBrau
  • Cafe Bernardo's
  • Esquire Grille
  • The Porch
  • Capitol Garage
  • Capitol Dime
  • Bows & Arrows
  • The Eatery
  • Hawks
  • Broderick Roadhouse
  • State Bear
  • Papa Dales Food Truck
  • Pangaea Cafe
  • Samuel Horne's Tavern
  • Fat Rabbit
  • Red Rabbit
  • Lucca Restaurant
  • Mighty Tavern
  • Ten 22
  • Firehouse
  • Revolution Wines

For more information visit them at

More video and audio about BLT Week after the jump.

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