Golden 1 Center Roundup

By: Harrison Reilly


We at SacFoodies are very excited for the Golden 1 Center’s grand opening this weekend. We are not only excited to watch our hometown Kings play in a brand new arena, but for all the new restaurants and bars opening up downtown. With our office only a block away from the new arena, our plan is to review as many of these restaurants as possible. A new era is starting in Downtown Sacramento and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it!

To get you ready for the Golden 1 Center’s opening, we have compiled a roundup of restaurants and bars opening up in and around the arena.

Inside Golden 1 Center

Let’s kick this list off with some delicious options within the arena itself. One of Golden 1 Center’s goals is to showcase Sacramento as America’s Farm-to Fork Capital. The arena plans to have at least 90% of their culinary ingredients sourced from within a 150 mile radius, taking advantage of the abundance of farming in the Sacramento Valley.

Local restaurants participating in the Golden 1 Center’s concessions are Café Bernardo, Block Butcher Bar, Centro, Lowbrau, Petra Greek, Mikuni Sushi, Star Ginger and many more. Out of town visitors and local foodies alike will be able to taste food from some of the city’s most established restaurants all within a central location.

WHIRED Wine, 410 L St.

Looking for a wine bar with small bites before heading to the game or concert? Look no further than WHIRED Wine Bar. Right across from Macy’s and the arena, WHIRED describes itself as “a wine bar for newbies and connoisseurs, cork-dorks and wine-geeks.”

Along with a large selection of whites and reds, WHIRED offers draft beers and small bites that include flatbreads, sandwiches and charcuterie plates.

The Foundation Restaurant & Bar, 400 L St.

Right next to WHIRED is The Foundation. This restaurant is a minimalist bar and eatery serving locally sourced American style dishes.

Their happy hour is perfect for a pre-game snack.  The happy hour menu includes house made potato chips with gorgonzola cheese sauce, Asian beef short rib skewers, BBQ chicken flatbread and fish tacos. Pair those items with a $5 wine happy hour special, it’s a great way to start the night.

Malt & Mash Irish Bar, 715 K St.

Malt & Mash prides itself in being a “high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the beautiful history of Irish-American culture.” The bar features whiskey from around the world, classic pints and a new twist on pub food.

The cocktail menu includes a drink called the Dublin Gravy, which includes Guinness Drought, Chocolate Fish nitro coffee, topped with Irish whipped cream and a shot of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey. Sounds like a dream for this Irishman.

El Rey On K, 723 K St.

Owned in part by former Sacramento Kings player Kenny Thomas, El Rey (“The King” in Spanish) is positioning itself as Sacramento’s premiere cantina, offering the “freshest Mexican street food experience” and a connection to the Kings.

Their menu includes smoked carnitas nachos, blistered peppers with sea salt, lime and garlic confit crème and a large selection of gourmet tacos.

These are just some of the restaurants that are open right now. Over 30 new restaurants are expected to open up along the K Street mall in the next year. So keep following SacFoodies for the latest and greatest on all the new eateries across the Downtown area.

Also, look out for a post next week about the Sacramento Kings Fan Fest at the Golden1 Center, where we will get to enter the new arena for the first time and have the opportunity to try some of the in-house food offerings.

Share | Tags: · · · ·

SacFoodies Survey: Favorite Herb + more free prints!

by the SacFoodies

We love all things flavorful here at Sacfoodies and cooking with fresh herbs is one of our favorite ways to turn up the tasty in any dish.

In this installment of SacFoodies Survey, we set out to discover the preferred culinary herbs of our authors.

Check out our top picks in the info graphic below.


We’ve also created more free prints for your empty wall space. Feast your eyes on these awesome illustrations of our favorite herbs! Which would get your vote?



Share | Tags: · · · · ·

Farm-To-Fork Restaurant Weeks 2016


It’s that time of year! The best of Sacramento’s bounty is on the big stage for Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks. Get ready to enjoy all that delicious, seasonal ingredients Sacramento has to offer, served up by some of our city’s premiere restaurants and chefs.

Last night, the Sacfoodies had the opportunity to get a “first taste” at Il Fornaio’s Farm-to-Fork menu and all we have to say is—wow! Here’s what you can enjoy now through September 25th at Il Fornaio:

Insalata di Bietole:


  • Light and sweet!

Primi Cappaelacci di Zucca:


  • Rich and delicious—must order!!

Trota alla Carciofi e Limone:


  • Cooked to perfection—highly recommend for all you fish lovers.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Try the Farm-to-Fork menu at any of these participating restaurants to take full advantage. Not only do you get to enjoy the best of the best in local, seasonal dishes, but a portion of all proceeds made during the 18-day event will be donated to the Food Literacy Center. We like to call that win-win! For more information about Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks events, check here.

Share | Tags:

SacFoodies Weekend Picks

by Brandon Smith


Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks

Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks presented by Raley’s is a celebration of the region’s premiere dining destinations and  the bounty of seasonal ingredients that surround us. The event will showcase the culinary powerhouse that is the Sacramento region, with area restaurants hosting special events, menus and opportunities to meet the farmers, winemakers and brewers who make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

Read more »

Share | Tags: · · · · · ·

Wordless Wednesday: Spicy Spice


Did you know there was a sixth Spice Girl? Did you know she writes for SacFoodies? Meet Amanda, aka “Spicy Spice,” our resident expert on entertaining.

IMG_4467 IMG_4475

Share | Tags: · · · · ·

Vote for Veggie of the Year!


It’s officially Food Literacy month — so you know what that means! It’s time to cast your vote for the 2016 Veggie of the Year! Here are this year’s contenders:

  • Tomato
  • Eggplant
  • Cauliflower
  • Cactus
  • Collards
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Squash

The polls are open now through this Thursday, September 8, so don’t delay. The top five vegetables with the most votes will be taken into a cook-off among local chefs at Leataata Floyd Elementary where more than 100 K-5th grade students will help determine the Veggie of the Year! What’s your veggie of choice?

FLC veggies

SacFoodies is bell-pepper proud to work with the Food Literacy Center on their efforts to inspire kids to each their veggies!

Share | Tags: · ·

Got wall space?

Enjoy these free prints customized by your favorite SacFoodies!





Share | Tags: · · · · · ·

Hawks Public House


Hawks Public House, which opened last year, sits on an unassuming corner on Alhambra Blvd.  Drive by and you may not even notice it – but if you’re in need of a bite, I’d suggest venturing out of midtown and stopping in. I’ve been in for both dinner and brunch and enjoyed both the casual atmosphere and tasty drinks and eats. (Tip: No wait for a table at brunch and there’s ample parking!)

Here are four reasons to try Hawks Public House:

  1. Spaghetti Carbonara. With an egg on it. For brunch.

You read that right! Dining with girlfriends a few weeks back, we had to try this dish. We left wondering why pasta with eggs and bacon hadn’t made its way to brunch menus sooner.


Read more »

Share | Tags: · · ·

A Hole in One: A Preview of Topgolf Roseville

By: Harrison Reilly


Photo by John Decker

Northern California is a golf hotbed with world-renowned courses like Pebble Beach, Olympic Club, Harding Park, Haggin Oaks and Darkhorse sprinkled across the area.  With so many great venues and a rich history of golf, it only makes sense that the first Topgolf location in California will open up in Roseville on September 2nd.

We at SacFoodies were lucky enough to attend a media preview of the facility and we are happy to say there is truly something for everyone at Topgolf, for experienced and new golfers alike.

First, a little background on Topgolf: initially established in Watford, England, the founders of Topgolf sought to liven up the driving range experience. In doing so, they made a driving range that included food, drinks, endless HDTVs, music and driving range games that are tailored to any skill level of golfer. Since 2000, they have moved their headquarters to Dallas, Texas and have opened up 29 locations across the globe. They plan to open seven to ten locations a year.

Open 363 days a year, the brand new Roseville location has 102 driving bays across three floors that can accommodate up to six people each. There are also two full service bars and over 200 TVs on the property. This is golf’s version of a bowling alley.

Read more »

Share |

Sacramento Cocktail Week 2016

by Brandon Smith

Bathrobe-clad bartenders, a hole-in-one, rum punch, Caribbean jerk chicken, a race against time and brandied cherries. What do all these things have in common? You probably experienced at least one of these things if you attended a Sacramento Cocktail Week event.

As we previously mentioned, Sacramento Cocktail Week is a week-long celebration uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails. Restaurants, bars, bartenders and patrons from around the greater Sacramento area came together to create, celebrate and of course, drink cocktails.

I jumped at the chance to be a part of the action. I had been looking for an excuse to get out and experience more of the incredible bar and craft cocktail scene in Sacramento and cocktail week seemed like the perfect opportunity. I made it a goal to attend at least five Sacramento Cocktail Week events to make the most out of the experience.

Read more »