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Marybeth Bizjak

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...
diner waffle

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...
smoked shoyu ramen

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...
fried chicken

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...
arturo vargas and martha geraty

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....
pork lion tower bridge dinner

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....
tomato coulis

The Stars Align

After years of plotting and planning, Sacramento chefs finally get The Michelin Guide to take notice. In 2009, Pajo Bruich had stars in his eyes—Michelin stars, that is. A young chef who hosted occasional pop-up...
pea soup

Hot Ticket

After seeing (and eating) the world, Gabriel Glasier returns to cook in Winters. You’ve got to be fast to score a ticket to one of Park Winters’ farm dinners. Under the direction of chef Gabriel...
Scott and Paul Origami Asian Grill


It may be the most unusual and ambitious dining experience in Sacramento. Most of the time, Origami Asian Grill is a budget-friendly, fast-casual restaurant in East Sacramento serving inexpensive sandwiches, salads, ramen and rice bowls....
grilled cheese benedict breakfast

Breakfast Boss

With the opening of his second Bacon & Butter, Billy Zoellin expands his morning empire. Ever since Billy Zoellin opened Bacon & Butter in Tahoe Park five years ago, he’s dominated the breakfast game in Sacramento....