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Dining News: 'Magpie Visits Revealed Remarkably High Consistency in Food Quality'


With Magpie Cafe's move to a new and larger space over the summer, is it still as good? Sac Bee dining critic Carla Meyer gives her two cents:

Magpie visits revealed remarkably high consistency in food quality and comfortable places to sit in a space I initially found too austere...

One can and should order the excellent burger, which is new to this location and already has evolved since the summer. The first burger was bigger, had cheese and was becoming too unwieldy to make for a place that’s not a dedicated burger joint, Roehr said. Diners often wanted to customize, creating 10 different experiences for every 10 burgers.

Magpie now offers one burger experience, which involves a house-baked brioche bun with a dark patch atop it courtesy of a grill flipover. The Niman chuck patty is cooked just past medium, so the salt and char tastes come through prominently. Brightened by mustard aioli and house dill and bread and butter pickles, and then peppered by arugula, this burger’s missing nothing, even with no cheese.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

I've had several meals in their new space - including the aforementioned burger at a recent lunch - and all of my experiences have been delightful.


Magpie Cafe is located at 1601 16th Street, and can be found online at

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Dig IPAs? Track 7 Brewing to host legit IPA ‘Invitational’ during Sacramento Beer Week - The city’s most popular local brewery, Track 7, will host its first ever Invitational Festival this year during Sacramento Beer Week. Nick Miller in Sac News & Review.

Roll-it-yourself: Hand rolls, Fish Face Poke Bar - Fish Face Poke Bar gets a lot of love for its DIY poke bowls, but its sushi is pretty genius as well. A few hand rolls ($4) are always ready to go. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Hidden Breakfast Gem: Harry’s Cafe - Harry’s Café serves Chinese, Vietnamese, and American food, all of which is a reflection of owner Harry Luong – a Chinese man who grew up in Vietnam and moved to the United States in search of the American Dream. While the lunch and dinner options are good (try the oxtail stew), it’s the breakfast options that keep me coming back. Tony Cervo in Sac Press.

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Dining News: Meet & Eat to Replace Crepe Escape on Freeport

Cafe dantorels

After fire closed Crepe Escape in Land Park in 2013, Meet & Eat, by the owners of Cafe Dantorels in Curtis Park, will fill the space, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Turns out it’s going to be called Meet and Eat and will have a mix of locally sourced menu options. The opening date? That’s still not certain. And a beer and wine license application for the place is still pending...

One employee, who asked not to be identified, said the new place will have a “European” feel with a smaller menu than Dantorels and will provide full service at dinner as opposed to the counter service offered at the Curtis Park location.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

If you've never been to Cafe Dantorels, here's what then-Sac Bee dining critic Blair Anthony Robertson said in May 2014:

My search for answers about why this restaurant is so crowded so often came up with the only one that makes sense: The people in the Curtis Park neighborhood really want it there and want to see it succeed. It’s certainly not a destination eatery, and I can’t say it’s worth driving across town to check it out. I do recommend it as a place for a quick bite and some good beer or wine. It’s also a good bet for breakfast with quality coffee.

But if Cafe Dantorels is going to maintain its momentum and embrace the obvious goodwill from the neighborhood, it must take a careful look at what’s missing in the kitchen and take meaningful steps to improve the food.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

If there's one thing going for it, Meet and Eat doesn't face strong competition in that part of town. I hope they find success.

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Drinking with your dog: Canine-friendly breweries, wineries abound - Sacramento is fast becoming a dog-friendly city, with a dozen off-leash parks and a long list of restaurants allowing pooches on patios. For wineries and breweries, which typically don’t have the health complications of having food preparation on the premises, courting canines seems like a no-brainier. Many drinking establishments with outdoor areas easily accommodate pet lovers without degrading the experience for those with allergies or fear of dogs. Others have created special playpens to accommodate animals. All stress that owners are ultimately responsible for their dogs’ behavior. Featuring Track 7, Bike Dog Brewing, Oak Park Brewing and many others. Sammy Caiola in the Sac Bee.

Ballad of chicken hearts - All around, the flavors were simple but spot-on; the execution flawless...With the bustling open kitchen, large and striking full bar and ridiculous beer bottle list of something like 40 rare brews, Empress promises to be one of the hottest destinations in town. My only question: Can you eat too many chicken hearts? Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival sets a record — and it hasn't even started - This year, the festival features five live cooking demonstration stages, up from three last year. The festival is a chance to meet the region’s chefs, growers, farmers, grocers and other foodie-type groups in the community. The vendors include everything from food trucks to ranches and supermarket displays to restaurants and museums. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New Galleria restaurant opened this week - A major new addition to the dining lineup at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville is almost ready to serve customers. Locally owned restaurant Land Ocean opened at 11 a.m. Friday, pending final approvals, according to a post on the eatery's Facebook page. It's the second location for Land Ocean, which is co-owned by Mark Platt and Karoline Platt. The restaurant serves entrees such as steaks, chicken and seafood. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

New wine bar to open downtown in October - Oenophiles, get ready to be wined (and dined). San Francisco restaurateur John Marco is adding to downtown Sacramento’s transformation with the opening of a new wine bar at 4th and L, next to Foundation Restaurant & Bar and one block from the Golden 1 Center. Whired Wine (which gets its name from the combination of “white” and “red”) is set to open its doors in mid-October, and will feature a rotating menu of local wines, along with six taps of regional beers and even sake. It will also serve small plates, cheese and charcuterie. Amanda Lash in Sactown Mag.

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Dining News: Uber Hosts 'Taco Tuesday on Demand,' Delivers Chando's Tacos on Tuesday


To celebrate one million rides in Sacramento, Uber is will deliver Chando's Tacos from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Specifically, you'll get three carne asada tacos and a side of chips for $5, a 20% savings from the menu price. Plus they deliver it to you instead of you having to drive to their restaurant.

While Uber only provides rides in Sacramento, it has dabbled in food delivery in other cities such as Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago and San Francisco. In those cities, Uber partners with a handful of restaurants to deliver food from, with the restaurants changing daily. Click here to learn more.

Earlier this month, Postmates launched their delivery service in Sacramento. Unlike Uber, Postmates will deliver from any restaurant as long as they do to go orders. However, Postmates faces a backlash from some restaurants. Here's a really interesting Eater story on the dynamic between Postmates and some restaurant owners.

Sacramentans who want to order the $5 Chandos combo can do so via the Uber app, which you can download at

Photo via Chando's Tacos Facebook Page.

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Cold poke, Hot Italian and a warm Temple welcome - Hoping to start a wave in Davis, a Sacramento couple plans to open a Hawaiian poke restaurant, featuring build-your-own sushi bowls and boozy shaved ice. Zuma Poke and Lush Ice will fill the last ground-floor spot in the 3+G building, next to Temple Fine Coffee and Tea at Third and G streets. They hope to have it open by late November. Wendy Weitzel in The Davis Enterprise.

Track 7 Brewery Holds Annual Chili Cook-Off - Band leader and trumpeter Harry James once said, “Next to music there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.” I think Harry may have been onto something, because spirits were lifted and souls were strengthened at the Third Annual Track 7 chili-cook-off at the taproom in Curtis Park. Greg Brown on SacramentoLand.

Hot Italian Coming to Davis - I have confirmed that the pizza and panini bar Hot Italian has plans to come to Davis Commons, filling the former Ben & Jerry’s spot last occupied by The Melt. The details are still being finalized, owner Andrea Lepore said Thursday. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise. (Third Item.)

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Dining News: Localis to Open on Friday


Localis, the latest outpost in the rapidly-expanding Team Broderick empire, will open on Friday, July 10.

The restaurant, led by chef Chris Barnum (most recently at Cibo 7 in Roseville), has been holding tastings for local chefs over the last week as they fine tune their menu. Among the chefs who have participated are Adam Pechal (Tuli), Noah Zonca (The Kitchen & Capital Dime), Bobby Coyote (Dos Coyotes), Jason Azevedo (Esquire Grill) and Michael Touhy (formerly of Grange, Lowbrau/Block Butcher Bar and now with Executive Chef & General Manager Legends Hospitality - Golden1 Center).

According to pictures posted on their Facebook page, Localis will be serving:




Duck two ways


Surf & Turf



Chef Pechal, who once ran Tuli at that location, commented on Facebook: "The best meal I've had in a long time. So happy to see "my baby" in such capable hands. Keep up the good work!"

You can start making reservations now by e-mailing [email protected].

Localis is located at 2031 S Street, and can be found online at

* Edit on Tuesday morning - added another chef who participated in the preview dinners.

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Boatload of flavor: Ho Mok Seafood, Orchid Thai Restaurant & Bar - It's easy to get distracted by all of the fancy modern décor and glamor of 16 Powerhouse, but forget that: What's the chow like? If you're looking for Thai fishiness, a plate of Ho Mok Seafood ($16.50) is a great choice. Anthony Siino in Sac News & Review.

Frozen dessert shop to open in Rocklin - Vampire Penguin – a shaved-snow specialty dessert shop – is projected to open Aug. 1 in Rocklin’s Blue Oaks Town Center...Vampire Penguin owners plan to expand with four new locations slated to open in Berkeley, San Mateo, Reno and Emeryville within the next few months. Jennifer Crane in the Sac Bee.

Don't roll with it - Tsukiji Sushi is a conundrum: a terrible, repetitious sushi joint but an excellent Japanese fry and noodle house. Still, know what to order and your visit will be worth the time and money. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Track 7 Asks Some Lax Parents to, um, Parent More


Much has been written about what behavior can be expected of parents with children in restaurants.

However, as craft breweries become more mainstream and their clientele changes from beer nerds to families, the same types of problems arise.

Last week, the popular Track 7 Brewery, which now has tasting rooms in Curtis Park and Natomas, had to take to Facebook to plead with the vast minority of parents who don't supervise their kids well to be more considerate of others.


One of Track 7’s top priorities is remaining family friendly, and we need your help. We have received several complaints...

Posted by Track 7 Brewing Co. on Friday, March 20, 2015

Predictably, the thread drew much conversation with absolutists on both sides chiming in that people should never bring kids to a place that serves beer, to others that say that kids are kids and should be allowed to run wild. However, most seemed to be reasonable and understand the balance that can be achieved by being a family-friendly place without it being a free for all.

I checked in with Track 7's Becca Scott, who provided a little more detail on what led up to the request and what's happened since. Here's our e-mail Q and A:

1. Was it a specific incident, or is it just a general feeling that the issue needed to be addressed? If a specific incident, can you describe what happened?

There was not a specific incident. We received several complaints from people that there were unsupervised children playing at both taprooms. We want all people to be comfortable, and we want to make sure that both kids and customers are safe. The intent of our post was to just be a friendly reminder.

2. I noticed that this warning was added pretty soon after the Natomas location opened. Is there a difference between behavior at the Track 7 locations in Curtis Park and Natomas? I've been to the Curtis Park location many times and find the kids mostly well behaved.

There is not a difference between the Natomas and Curtis Park locations. Comments about unsupervised children have been made about both locations. Most of our customers supervise their children, and their children are well behaved. We have signs at the taproom regarding supervising children, but some people that visit might not even realize this is expected at a taproom. We thought an informative reminder would help spread the word.

We, the owners, have children, and we bring them to the brewery all the time. A brewery is different than a bar. Most people come to have a pint and talk with friends or play a game with the family. We have food trucks every night, and often times families come to have dinner or snacks. It's important that our taproom remains a gathering place for the community where everyone is welcome.

3. How's the reaction been after the post? Have things gotten better?

It is pretty soon after the post, but we have noticed parents bringing games and toys for their kids to play with while at Track 7. The majority of our customers have done this in the past as well. We have games that people can check out, and we have coloring books and crayons that children can use.

So it seems like their gentle reminder has solved the problem, at least for now.

Track 7 Brewing Company is located at 3747 West Pacific Ave. in Curtis Park and 826 Professor Lane in Natomas. They can also be found online at

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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: Wicked 'Wich Returns


Before Broderick Roadhouse, Capital Dime and Trick Pony, there was Wicked 'Wich, the food truck that has now spawned a small chain of distinctive restaurants in Sacramento.

Now, the owners have brought back the Wicked 'Wich brand with a cafe and sandwich shop format inside the West Sacramento Community Center, they revealed on Facebook. In addition to the ownership group, Jess Milbourn, formerly of The Eatery and now chef at Broderick, is involved with the project.

I e-mailed co-owner Matt Chong for more information on Sunday night, but he did not respond.

But Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review was able to get more:

Today, Wicked ‘Wich softly opened inside the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue). Now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the cafe offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soup and pastries along with an espresso bar. There are four small tables right by the counter, but also the rest of the Community Center for seating options.

Old ‘Wich truck fans won’t see any familiar sandwich names, and they might find the current menu tame. No banh mi fries, or fries stuffed in sandwiches, for example. But flavors still sound robust: one sandwich holds chipotle- and coffee-rubbed beef with jack cheese and chimichurri; a spin on a Cuban features citrus-marinated pork loin, ham, house-made mustard, Swiss cheese and bacon relish. Most sandwiches go for $8-$10.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

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