Strings Urban Kitchen

Dining News: Strings Urban Kitchen Celebrates One Year, Opens Espresso Bar

Strings Urban Kitchen (disclosure: longtime Cowtown Eats advertiser) is celebrating their first anniversary at Capitol Towers by opening an espresso bar.

In addition, they are giving away a free 12 oz cup of coffee, latte or mocha on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to mark the occasion.

I'm a huge fan of the place, and especially enjoy their retail wine shop with a curated selection by their in house sommelier and their great shaded patio for summer outdoor drinking.

Check them out on Saturday, or at for a happy hour soon. I think you'll enjoy it.

Strings Urban Kitchen is located at 1500 7th St. and can be found online at

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El Dorado Hills Town Center is losing one of its restaurants - The days are numbered for Chili's Grill & Bar in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. The location at 2085 Vine St. will have its final day of business on April 27, according to restaurant spokeswoman Aisha Fletcher. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Strings Urban Kitchen's Pasta Mediterranean 'Unusual & Spectacular'


Strings Urban Kitchen, the grould-floor restaurant at Capitol Towers, is "a find in downtown Sacramento," says the Sacramento Bee.

Next up was the star of the show, a bowl of pasta Mediterranean, a signature dish. Thin spaghetti is splashed with marinara sauce and an intriguing “hint of curry,” and topped with perfectly cooked prawns, coins of spicy Italian sausage, tomato, basil and Parmesan.

“This is unusual and spectacular,” [KCRA News anchor Edit Lambert] said. “I love it...”

Edie had to dash to the studio, but later sent an email: “Our family get-togethers are often centered around a shared love for and interest in good food and everything that goes into it. … I thought the food and ambiance (at Strings Urban Kitchen) were unique enough to make it a spot I would recommend to friends.”

Now for the breaking news: We agree.

Read the Allen Pierleoni's entire article in the Sac Bee.

I find Strings Urban Kitchen to be cozy and delightful. I've enjoyed every meal I've had there. (Disclosure: Strings Urban Kitchen is an advertiser on Cowtown Eats. You should give them a try since they're a) good and b) help keep the lights on around here.)

Strings Urban Kitchen is located at 1500 7th Street, and can be found online at You can also check out their happy hour here.

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Dining News: 'Traditional Dishes with New Attention to Detail & Flavor' at Strings Urban Kitchen


The reviews are starting to come in for Strings Urban Kitchen, the newish eatery at the base of Capitol Towers at 7th & O. First up, it's Ann Martin Rolke in Sac News & Review. (Full Disclosure: Strings Urban Kitchen is currently an advertiser on Cowtown Eats.)

At dinner, Strings offers table service. We shared the Bruschetta Rustico, with chunky toasts layered with seasoned cheese, grape tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. With less garlic than many versions, it’s a delicious and date-friendly choice...

It’s an old tradition that deserves renewed attention. The food at Strings is similar: traditional dishes with new attention to detail and flavor. It’s a nice addition to the downtown grid.

Read the entire article in Sac News & Review.

I've eaten there several times, including during their media preview and later for happy hour on my own dime. I've enjoyed it both times, due to its relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and solid food. On my next visit, I'll be checking out their retail wine store too.

Strings Urban Kitchen is located at 1500 7th Street, can be found online at

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Dining News: Q and A with Coriander Vietnamese Restaurant


Coriander Vietnamese Restaurant, located at S & Alhambra streets, opened in April. I e-mailed with Kristi Ng (no relation) and she gave me some more info about the restaurant.

Q: What's the concept of your restaurant?

A: Our concept is very simple:  although vietnamese food is getting more mainstream, the quality, service and cleanliness still lacks in most restaurants.  We pledge to provide excellent customer service, clean and modern atmosphere, quality ingredients that won't compromise traditional recipes.

Q: Is there any notable experience for the chef or owner in the restaurant industry?

A: There are 3 main chefs at Coriander.  Myself, Kevin and Linh.  Kevin has many years of restaurant experience though myself and Linh are great home cooks.

Q: Anything else interesting you want to share?

A: We are very careful in handling our food. What we serve at the restaurant is what we would serve at home to our families-no compromises.

She also pointed to her business pledge on Coriander's Web site.

At Coriander restaurant, diners will enjoy savory Vietnamese appetizers and entrees in a clean and modern environment without compromising quality, taste, and service.

I haven't had the chance to try it yet, but I'm sure I'll pay a visit in the fall when the air chills and I'm in the mood for soup and spicy food.

Coriander Vietnamese Restaurant is located at 1899 Alhambra Street, and can be found online at

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Dining News: Guadalajara Grill to Replace Headhunters at 20th & K


I'd noticed the change in signage for the restaurant inside Mango's, but I never had the time to track it down. Luckily, Sac Biz Journal's Mark Anderson has the news.

Guadalajara Grill operates daily during lunch and dinner at 1930 K St., and then later at night the venue becomes Mango's, a Latin night club with three dance floors sprawled out over 10,000 square feet through two buildings and a large outdoor courtyard...

Guadalajara was invited to take over the restaurant operations by Gomez, who liked the food at their other locations.

The first Taqueria Guadalajara opened in 1991. With the new midtown restaurant, there are now four locations. The others are 640 West Covell Blvd. and 417 Mace Blvd. in Davis and 6 West Court St. in Woodland.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

I've eaten at their location on Mace Blvd. and found it good for being in Davis. With Tres Hermanas just a short distance down K Street, the competition will be much higher in Midtown, but I hope the owners are ready for it.

Photo taken on May 1, 2014.

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Happy Hour at Strings Urban Kitchen


Strings Urban Kitchen
1500 7th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Web site:


Happy Hour

Monday to Friday
Drinks - 4 to 6 p.m.
Bites - 2 to 5 p.m.

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Dining News: Burgers & Brew Owners to Open Midtown Brewery


The owners of Crepeville & Burgers & Brew have purchased the building that formerly housed Purgatory, reports Sac Biz Journal's Ben van der Meer.

The owners of Burgers & Brew and Crepeville have bought a midtown Sacramento building with plans to convert it into a restaurant and brewery...

Burgers & Brew owners Derar Zawaydeh and Philippe Masoud could not be immediately reached for comment. Herrera said the concept would have a similar feel to what they’ve done at their Burgers & Brew and Crepeville locations, five in all between Sacramento, Davis and Chico.

There was no immediate word on the timing of the new venture or a possible name.  Another new bar and restaurant, Goldfield Trading Post, is scheduled to open this summer on the same block farther east in the former Hamburger Patties location.

Read the entire story in Sac Biz Journal.

One other tidbit from the piece. According to one of van der Meer's sources, Azukar (which used to be housed there before Purgatory) was doing $3 million a year in revenue. Maybe I'm not in the right demographic, but I never would have guessed that Azukar was successful in that spot.

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