We could go round and round on the topic of tacos.

The casual cousin of a more formal restaurant brings a French flair to Midtown.

Last fall, when I heard Michael Thiemann was back in town and doing pop-up dinners months before he was to open his mysterious new restaurant, I was on it.

Bamiyan is a welcome oasis offering Afghan cuisine.

When Capital Dime opened last July, pushing the idea that it would serve high-caliber farm-to-fork fare at eye-popping prices, the concept got a lot of attention, and the name of this potentially high-profile eatery made a lot of sense.

It’s eye-catching, but is a sushi burrito actually worth eating?

Blackbird 2.0, six months removed from a mini scandal after it shut down suddenly and then broke the news to unsuspecting employees via email, has three new business partners, a new craft beer emphasis, a more tightly focused menu and a revamped floor plan that adds seating to the main level of this very attractive restaurant and bar.

CrepeTown 2.0 in Shingle Springs is larger, brighter and more welcoming than the original. It also has a bigger kitchen, with an expanded menu and staff.

For a place with a superb chef, a savvy and opinionated owner with a propensity for blogging, and a retail wine shop with an excellent inventory of hard-to-obtain bottles at easy-to-like prices, Carpe Vino does not generate nearly as much buzz as it should.

Fahrenheit 250 could be the new candidate for BBQ greatness.

Aji may have some hits on the menu, but this is a big restaurant with big ambitions, and the food program doesn't seem to know when to say when.

At the Roseville cafe, the Broaster is ready — an iconic dish rarely seen hereabouts.

Stepping inside Lou’s Sushi, this small but bustling neighborhood joint in midtown, it isn’t hard to understand what draws people here and turns them into fans. Humble, charismatic and talented, Lou Valente has committed the better part of his adult life to learning the craft of making sushi.

‘Homemade’ is the key at two Mexican restaurants

Koreana Plaza Market is hosting a feast.

Colfax, this tiny town in the Sierra foothills with the quaint main street and rich Gold Rush history, may be one of the last places you would expect to find pizza made in the tradition of Naples, Italy.

Step inside this charming midtown mainstay with the burlap tablecloths, gorgeous copper-topped little bar and big windows looking out toward the street, and you are expected to make yourself at home, relaxed and unhurried for as long as you care to stay.

‘Gourmet’ sandwiches take a twist at midtown lunch spot.

The expressions on my friends’ faces said it all as they took their seats, soaked in the atmosphere and spotted the food. Their heads turned. Their eyes widened. Yes, jaws dropped. It was all very big and cartoonish, but it was real, too.

Roma Pizzeria II will celebrate 33 years in April. Not much has changed over the decades, and the regulars like it that way.

Eating inside or out, dining along the river is a great way to experience the Sacramento Delta. Here are five places to eat while watching the ever-changing scene happening along our waterways.

Sacramento City Council members want to examine how smoking bans in outdoor dining areas work in other California cities before crafting an ordinance that would regulate bars and restaurants in the capital city.

The Sloughhouse Inn, nestled in the midst of a rural landscape rich in history and abundant in its agricultural bounty, is attempting a comeback.

Cafe Fina owner Dominic Mercurio opened 25 years ago with a menu that reflects his Sicilian heritage.

Midway through my second visit to this new downtown restaurant, I began to ponder a philosophical question.

A bite at a neighborhood diner, a bite at a British pub.

Source opened for business in late 2010 with ambitions to showcase “global tapas,” meaning it wouldn’t be bound by a particular cuisine when it designed its menus and that its many small plates would, we assume, be eclectic and engaging.

New Citrus Heights sushi restaurant has a sense of excitement and fun.

It was hard to do this with a straight face. I got in line at a concession stand during a recent Sacramento Kings game, caught up in the moment, sure, and submitted myself as a willing participant in a scheme to extract inappropriate amounts of money from my person.

Sure, it’s got a good beat. But can I eat bacon to it?

Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate through the smoked and sometimes boozy goodness that is Bacon Fest.

Bells, sirens and drums herald the ice cream at Farrell’s.

Michael Thiemann and company are within days of opening Mother, the vegetarian restaurant on K Street that already has whetted appetites and wowed devotees during a series of recent pop-up dinners.

Sacramento lost one of its signature restaurants Wednesday – and a struggling business district lost one of its anchor tenants.

Cielito Lindo, an aspiring upscale Mexican restaurant that opened in September, has a significant problem to overcome, partly because its menu and mostly deft cooking suggest elegance, while the building in which the magic happens is anything but.

For the new year, let’s remember that we Sacramentans are ideally positioned to get outta town. We have the unique opportunity to explore the dining and market scenes in destinations that are the envy of the world – Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the San Francisco Peninsula, the Bay Area, the Napa and Sonoma wine countries, and the Monterey region, for starters.

Three of us ventured to Arthur Henry’s Supper Club & Ruby Room in Oak Park where you are obliged to cook your own food.

Ten days. Twenty-eight restaurants. Three courses. $31. It all adds up to the ninth annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week – a chance for Sacramento food lovers to discover new restaurants and revisit old favorites.

All the dishes at this Granite Bay restaurant are from family recipes.

It was the year Sacramento’s food scene came into its own, shedding much of its inferiority complex about living in San Francisco’s shadow. In 2013, Sacramentans simply did what they do best: grew some of the country’s finest ingredients, cooked them with gusto, threw some hugely successful festivals – and never looked back.

A boulevard of broken restaurant dreams unfurls while driving down this stretch of south Sacramento.

The checks have been paid and the tables cleared as our adventures in casual dining close for 2013. For dessert, we’re serving this subjective list of the 10 places my lunch pals and I liked most this year, in order of preference.

While their strengths differ, 2013’s best servers all share a commitment and passion for service.

The oxymoronically hip and family-friendly Dad’s Kitchen in Land Park has expanded to Fair Oaks, into a venue twice the size of the mother ship. The key question is: Can an urban diner-type restaurant sell its concept of cool “American-style comfort food” in a rural-rooted town that hosts an annual chicken festival?

After multiple delays, midtown’s Der Biergarten — built from used shipping containers — eyes a January opening.

When Chris Tucker looked around for ways to challenge himself, try new things and elevate his game as bar manager at Hook & Ladder, he decided to start making cocktails in wood barrels.

I’m sitting at Orphan, a bustling east Sacramento breakfast and lunch eatery, looking down at a plate of perfectly cooked pumpkin pancakes. The morning light catches a wisp of steam billowing up from the table.

Classy fare and great views are a part of a holiday tradition.

The concept at Seasons 52, this health-conscious, calorie-aware, casual fine-dining restaurant at the Arden Fair mall, boils down to a message you may not want to hear: We are a nation of gluttons, we cannot control our impulses, and we hate ourselves when we can’t fit into our skinny jeans.

The barbecue wars have arrived in midtown. Stroll down a stretch of J Street and you can sense the tension simmering between one of country’s biggest barbecue franchises and the local upstart that could.

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