Rock & Brews, the rock ’n’ roll-themed casual dining chain backed by Kiss frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, welcomed scores of classic rock fans and intrigued diners at its opening Monday in Vacaville.
Sacramento’s dining landscape, which saw considerable change in past years, felt less fevered in 2017. Splashy restaurant openings briefly slowed, there were fewer big closures, and the city’s Farm-to-Fork initiative turned 5 this year.
There’s ambition and aptitude behind the food in this restaurant located on an otherwise drab stretch of El Camino. Unfortunately, Serpentine Fox falters with clumsy execution on many dishes and conceptual confusion, its gastropub heart hidden under its loud sports-bar veneer.
Taqueria Maya on Broadway in Sacramento is a busy, happy gathering place with well-executed Mexican food that’s a cut above the average taqueria. Offering everything from simple tacos up to hearty plates of seafood, plus Taqueria Maya is equally suited to quick workday lunch or a big Sunday dinner with the family.
Yue Huang, housed inside the building of a former chain restaurant in Natomas, is a decidedly pleasant discovery, offering daily, super-fresh and high-quality dim sum service, as well as a sleeper-hit dinner menu.
The new Milagro Centre Fish Face, which opened this summer, has a full kitchen and thus expands beyond the original’s sharp focus on poke – the Hawaiian raw-fish dish that’s currently having a moment – to offer hot dishes.