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Brew to Go

With so many great breweries and taprooms in the Sacramento region, there’s no reason to go thirsty. Here are a few ready to supply you with all the beer you can drink in crowlers,...

Local Distiller Steps Up With Hand Sanitizer

In response to the huge demand for hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, local gin and vodka distiller J.J. Pfister has switched gears to produce sanitizer gel. For now, the product—an 80 percent alcohol...

Dining Guide to Takeout

With so many restaurant people newly out of work as a result of the pandemic, it has never felt so altruistic to order takeout. Here are a few local eateries that are staying open...
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All in the Family

A QUARTER-CENTURY IN BUSINESS is nothing to scoff at these days. With restaurants closing right and left, one that remains open and successful (not to mention relevant) for more than two decades is close...
harry's cafe chicken soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul

A friend of mine, sick in bed for almost two weeks, recently asked me to bring her some chicken soup. It was a busy Sunday during the holidays, and I didn’t have time to...
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Reinventing the Diner

For the past decade, Lucky Rodrigues has been known as a coffee guy. Now he’s expanding into the food world with Simpleton, a midtown eatery that he opened last summer with his longtime business...
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Leveling Up

To borrow a phrase from the Passover seder, why is Kodaiko ramen shop different from all other ramen shops? Because one of its owners is Billy Ngo, the brilliant chef behind Kru. Because another of its...
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

With nine restaurants between them, Josh Nelson, Tamera Baker and Rob Archie would seem to have their hands full. After their parents’ recent retirement, Nelson and Baker assumed control of Selland Family Restaurants, which...
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Family Affair

At Casa Tulum, southern Mexican food is served from the heart. Tulum is one of the world’s most fashionable destinations—a Mexican beach town made Instagram famous by visiting models, movie stars and other beautiful people....
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Ladies’ Night

For the first time, female chefs will lead this year’s Tower Bridge dinner. In Sacramento, as in the rest of the country, female chefs don’t get as much publicity and recognition as their male counterparts....