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Mud Pie Stand

A bakery that doesn’t use butter, cream or eggs? That’s MUD PIE STAND, a 100% vegan bakery and cafe that recently opened in downtown Sac. Don’t worry: They use vegan substitutes for animal products...
sac design details mercantile

Sac Design – Details Mercantile

Kevin and Loretta Schell hadn’t even decided how they would use the retail space in a handsome midcentury building across from Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery when they jumped at the opportunity to lease it....
Best Barbecue in Sacramento

Barbecue Joints

To borrow a phrase from the 19th century English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in summer this girl’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of—wait for it—meat. Barbecued meat, to be precise. Yes, I have a...
hemly cider

Hemly Cider

An old airplane hangar, once home to a Delta crop duster, has been converted into a taproom for Hemly Cider. Located in Courtland, the company makes estate-grown pear and apple hard cider. The Hemly...

Rock Paper Scissors

RO SHAM BEAUX might seem like a funny name for a natural wine bar. But it actually makes perfect sense, according to co-owner Trevor Easter. Say you and your friend can’t decide whether to...
Saba Rahimian and Seth Helmly opened Joon Market

Takeaway Lesson – Joon Market

Though it’s been devastating to the restaurant industry, the pandemic has also delivered some delightful surprises. All during this difficult year, new businesses have popped up (and old ones have revamped themselves), proof of...
slim husky's pizza beeria

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria

Pizzas are like snowflakes: No two are exactly the same. That’s definitely the case at SLIM & HUSKY’S PIZZA BEERIA, which opened last summer in the Oak Park neighborhood. The Nashville-based chain serves “personal pizzas” in two...
la flor

La Flor Perseveres

An extinction event. That’s what New York restaurateur and “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio recently called the pandemic, warning bleakly that as many as 85 percent of the nation’s independent restaurants could close permanently as a result of COVID-19. Imagine...