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Dining News: What's Replacing Bistro Michel?


A former operator of Pearl on the River is set to open a modern american steak and seafood restaurant with an emphasis on regional Wine Country cuisine in the space left vacant by Bistro Michel, Cowtown Eats has learned.

A lease has yet to be signed, but in an unusual step, a notice for required by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has already been posted, Dan Sneed told Cowtown Eats in an interview on Monday evening.

The restaurant has yet to be named, and a Sneed is not quite ready to name the chef yet, but he intends to serve the clientele south of the State Capitol, which tends to have fewer fancy lobbyists and more rank and file state workers. He's aiming to hit a $20 price point for the dinner crowd and emphasize service.

In addition to Pearl on the River, Sneed has worked at Ella from 2008 to 2010, The Park from 2005 to 2007, San Francisco's Gary Danko from 1999 to 2005 and The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco from 2000 to 2001. 

Strong Tower Management, owned by Steed, purchased Pearl on the River in 2012 and sold it in 2014. Since then, he's been searching for a new restaurant opportunity.

Sneed intends to "lighten up the space so that you feel as though you are in a wine country living room," and hopes to open the restaurant in November. Bistro Michel closed back in April.

When it opens, the new restaurant will be located at 1501 14th St. Stay tuned to Cowtown Eats for more details.

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Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch taking West Coast IPAs global - What’s more, those West Coast IPAs and hop-forward pale ales are becoming known to the rest of the world as APAs – American pale ales. “We literally went from 35 years ago being the country that the rest of the world laughed at – mocked – when it comes to beer, to becoming the country where all eyes are on us and they’re emulating what we do,” Koch told me. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Yes, these local restaurant and retail projects are still happening - But these three businesses still plan to become a reality, just a little later than expected. Here's an update on Cheese Louise Diner & Grille (next two months), Save Point Tavern (hoping for November) and Vela Cafe (early October). Good things come to those who wait, right? Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Hot Italian to open Davis pizzeria this fall - The Davis location of the popular pizza and panini bar, which is scheduled to open in late November or early December, will be slightly smaller than its midtown Sacramento and Emeryville locations at 1,500 square feet, with both indoor seating available for 50 and an outdoor patio that can seat up to 60. Patrons will recognize the minimalist black-and-white style and Italian design throughout the new space. Dani Anguiano in Sactown Mag.

New Restaurant Coming to Former Blockbuster Location - A lease has been signed for an Asian style restaurant with a “hot pot” concept. It’s definitely a crowded field when it comes to Asian style restaurants on Freeport Blvd. There’s a restaurant off Broadway on 18th street called Heat Shabu Bara that is similar to the concept the new restaurant will offer. A name has been picked out, but it’s not official yet. Greg Brown on SacramentoLand.

Sacramento police need help finding Thai Canteen assault suspects - Sacramento police need help in finding the suspects involved in an assault which left a Good Samaritan with serious injuries. The assault happened at Thai Canteen on 16th Street on March 5. On News 10.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar's 'Charcuterie Board Impressed Visually & on the Tongue'


The positive reviews and buzz continues to build for Block Butcher Bar. This time, by Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

The charcuterie board impressed visually and on the tongue: Shaved almonds, neat piles of meat, mustard, pickled cauliflower and beets were served with small slices of bread. The best meat was the pâté, with a rich buttery flavor that didn’t come with an iron aftertaste, as is common with other pâtés. The bresaola was the plainest—sort of like fancy beef jerky...

Block Butcher Bar’s mastery is the fact that this is slow food, served relatively fast. In other words, you won’t see Tuohy slaving away in a kitchen all day like he did when he helmed Grange. Here, he’s more of a curator. In fact, the only time I saw anyone prepping food at all was during lunch hour, when someone else was making a huge batch of some sort of salsa.

The beauty is that all the cheese, meat, pickles, etc., are already there, ready to be plated quickly—all at a price not that’s not too much more than fast food.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

I stopped by Block Butcher Bar about a month ago for dinner and found the food & service fabulous. You must try the jamon iberico. You can check out some of the pictures of my meal there on the Cowtown Eats Instagram feed.

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Jerry Brown signs bill allowing wine tasting at farmers markets - Californians can start sipping wine at farmers markets. Immediately. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he has signed an urgency measure allowing winegrowers who bottle their own wine to conduct instructional tastings at California’s numerous farmers markets. Assembly Bill 2488, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, was approved by both houses of the Legislature without dissent. David Siders in the Sac Bee.

Feast Q&A: Edie Baker of Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters - Sean Kohmescher, owner of Temple Coffee Roasters, is collaborating with other third-wave coffee establishments to bring Specialty Coffee Week, scheduled for Oct. 13-19. “It’s a great way for people to learn more about signature beverages or to learn more about the roasting or brewing process,” says Kohmescher, who orchestrated the idea two years ago to help showcase the work of locally owned brewers. “There is a lot of great coffee out there; we want to show people how much work is involved in that process.” Fellow organizer Edie Baker, of Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, spoke with The Bee about the partnership’s ambitious effort and the java craze in town. Ernesto Garcia Morales in the Sac Bee.

Cream offers sweet way to stay cool: Custom ice cream sandwiches - If you're looking for a sweet way to cool down in Davis, stop by Cream on F St...The Davis store, which opened in September 2013, has been a big hit. Franchise owners Tommy Tu, Eric Tu and Eugene Zheng started the business with just themselves and a few employees, but soon realized they would need stronger management for it to take off the ground. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Jackrabbit Brewing to Open in West Sac in the Fall


Jackrabbit Brewing Company will open a tasting room in late Sept. or early Oct., reports Tori Masucci Cummins in Sactown Mag.

In the coming months, Jackrabbit will expand from 1,500 to 4,500 square feet with a public taproom that would be open on the weekends, a front patio and bar area. Launched in 2011, Jackrabbit is currently a production-only brewery that operates out of its location in a West Sacramento business park down the road from Yolo Brewing Company and Bike Dog Brewing Co.

Jackrabbit plans a pre-construction kickoff party scheduled for sometime in late July that will give patrons an opportunity to view the brewery space before demolition, sample free beer and sign up for an exclusive growler club.

Read the entire story in Sactown Mag.

The opening of Jackrabbit Brewing's Taphouse will be the third stop in what some are calling the Port Brewing District, with the first two being Bike Dog Brewing and the recently-opened Yolo Brewing Company.

Jackrabbit Brewing can be found at 1315 Terminal St. in West Sac, or online at

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2 Sacramento-area restaurants land spots on OpenTable’s list of 100 top neighborhood gems - Customer reviews lifted Taylor’s Kitchen in Sacramento and The Chef’s Table in Rocklin to spots on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America. “Some of our great customers must have mentioned something nice about us,” said co-owner Kathy Johnson. “We’re in the middle of a lot of neighborhoods, and a lot of them like to claim us.” Cathie Anderson in the Sac Bee.

Thai Canteen makes it through critical year in midtown - Midtown can be a tough place to open a new restaurant, especially if there are several others nearby of the same genre. Many restaurants never even make it through their first year. I'm happy to report that Thai Canteen on 16th Street just celebrated its one-year anniversary on May 28. Tee Devahasdin is relieved to have made it. “It's been a challenge; I was nervous to open in midtown,” he confesses. Devahasdin, his sister Bua and her partner Deo Suwan own the Thai Canteen in Sacramento and another one in Davis which opened in November of 2010. Bua and Deo now run the Davis store, and Tee is in charge of the one in midtown. He even moved into the apartment building above it, eliminating any commute. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Sacramento International Airport to get six new restaurants, with an emphasis on local fare - Under the 10-year, $80 million contract, SSP will bring Peet’s Coffee to Terminal A, along with three local spots: burger joint Squeeze Inn, Italian restaurant Paesanos and comfort food purveyor Cafeteria 15L, which already has a restaurant in Terminal B. Isabelle Taft in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Counting Calories at the State Fair


Food at the State Fair is undeniably delicious. But the assortment of fried and smoked delights could be a ton of calories. While I don't think calories consumed the State Fair count, apparently science disagrees.

FOX 40 plays the role of buzz killer and takes a look at just how many calories some of our favorite State Fair treats pack:

  • Fried Twinkies: 420 Calories
  • Funnel Cake: (no toppings) 800 Calories
  • Chocolate Covered Banana: 260 Calories
  • Chocolate Covered Cheesecake With Bacon: 650 Calories

FOX 40 also has the fat content of these treats and the number of calories in a turkey leg and a Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger (with video), on

And in case you missed it, my review of Fried Nutella, Fried Cap'n Crunch and Fried Peaches.

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It's BLT Week! - BLT lovers, rejoice! This week, your favorite sandwich is being lavishly (and creatively) celebrated by an impressive lineup of chefs in the region. It’s BLT Week July 15th through the 21st, and the iconic, bacon-laden nosh will be showcased in restaurants such as Mulvaney's B&L, Bacon & Butter, Tuli Bistro, the Golden Bear, Shady Lady Saloon and Hawks in Roseville. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

First Impressions: Thai Canteen gets off to a promising start - Our spring rolls were nicely deep-fried, crisp and tasty. The pad thai was done with precision and showed all the hallmarks of a very good Thai dish – noodles that were tender without being gloppy, and clear, vibrant seasonings throughout. For starters, the deep-fried corn was a tasty treat...Try it if: You're looking for a new Thai restaurant with urban style, good cooking and great prices. Forget it if: You insist on full table service and more traditional décor. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Block Butcher Bar Coming from Owners of LowBrau


While they may be saving to improve the acoustics of LowBrau, the owners of the German-style beer hall at 20th & K are expanding with Block Butcher Bar next door to the current restaurant, reports Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

If LowBrau is geared for folks who want to let off steam with craft beer and a cranked DJ system, Block Butcher Bar seeks to entice a clientele that wants to chill out with fine Scotch and bourbon, plus wine, charcuterie plates and other butchery. If all goes to plan, Block would produce sausage in-house.

"It's nice to have a festive environment, but we also wanted to do something sophisticated as well," said Clay Nutting, co-owner of Low Brau and Block. "I think we can pull that off. Parts of these concepts we wanted to include in LowBrau, but couldn't because of budget and what not. Since we've had success, we can expand the concepts."

The owner hopes to have the place open as early as September.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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Lunch Break: Thai Canteen - As the name Thai Canteen implies, this is supposed to be a more casual style restaurant. Don't expect to order things family style for sharing here. These are all individual orders. Even their take-out menu has a cover photo of Thais sitting on stools outside an alley cafe in Thailand, munching in a solitary way. But that's Thailand. I would definitely bring friends to this Thai Canteen. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Hansen hopes to see R Street project dispute resolved - A surge of public concern over a proposed beer and wine tasting room at 26th and R Streets in Sacramento isn't unusual for mixed-use projects, said the city of Sacramento councilman who represents the neighborhood. Ben van der Meer in the Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Now Open - Midtown's Thai Canteen

Thai Canteen, which originated in Davis, opened its midtown location at 16th & P on Monday, said T Devahasbin in an interview on Wednesday evening.

They'll serve the same menu as their Davis location, but their specials may vary. The restaurant will be open daily at 11 a.m., and close Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m., and at 1 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

They also plan to have a happy hour...eventually.

For now, they don't have a liquor license, but they're working on it. They will hold an official grand opening when they receive a liquor license, hopefully in July.

For more information about Thai Canteen, read this post from February.

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Chipotle, Papa Murphy's planned for East Sacramento shopping center - After months of rumors, here’s an answer about two of the tenants locating in a new building within the Camellia Center in East Sacramento. Chipotle Mexican Grill is indeed coming to the new 5,926-square-foot building constructed in front of the Save Mart-anchored shopping center on Folsom Boulevard near 59th Street. Last week, the eatery requested a Sacramento city permit for its tenant improvements, said Stacia Cosgrove, a senior planner with the city of Sacramento. Kelly Johnson in the Sac Biz Journal.

Almond Joy - With Sacramento’s new emphasis on its farm-to-fork merits, there’s never been a better reason to bring back the Blue Diamond almond factory tours that helped put our local food on the world map. It’s time to polish this diamond in the rough. Rob Turner in Sactown Magazine

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