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A year of food: Dining reviews by restaurant critic Carla Meyer

Watch how Roseville taqueria Nixtaco makes tortillas from scratch

Owner Patricio Wise starts with heirloom corn from Mexico, which he grinds in-house. Nixtaco's menu reflects influences from Northern Mexico.
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Owner Patricio Wise starts with heirloom corn from Mexico, which he grinds in-house. Nixtaco's menu reflects influences from Northern Mexico.

Carla Meyer became The Sacramento Bee’s dining critic in the late spring of 2015. In the year since, she has assessed the fare and ambiance at dozens of restaurants in Sacramento and the surrounding region. Here is a collection of her work.

Aug. 26, 2016: Roseville’s Green Boheme offers artful food in the raw

Aug. 22, 2016: Killer condiments make Arlington Brothers’ hot dogs best in show

Aug. 19, 2016: Biba Ristorante, at 30, remains one of Sacramento’s best

Aug. 4, 2016: At Oak Park’s La Venadita taqueria, service, value lag behind food

July 29, 2016: ‘New Persian’ spot Grills & Greens thrills with secret spices, sauce

July 15, 2016: Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining offers small plates, big culinary payoffs

A binchotan charcoal grill that reaches 1,000 degrees to 1,500 degrees is the linchpin of Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining, a new restaurant in the area that was Sacramento's Japantown after World War II focused on meat and vegetable skewers and izakaya

July 8, 2016: Sail Inn space is masterfully redone, but food’s not at full mast

July 1, 2016: In Magpie’s former space, cozy Nido has a high-value menu

June 17, 2016: Skool’s in, for summer and beyond

June 10, 2016: Sage Mill a wise choice for lunch in Elk Grove

Bret Bohlmann discusses his latest Elk Grove venture, the sandwich spot and wine bar Sage Mill. Video by Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee

May 20, 2016: Service, setting outshine food at Mulvaney’s in Sacramento

May 6, 2016: Midtown’s Veg now even fresher

April 22, 2016: TableVine’s a find in downtown Sacramento

April 15, 2016: New Joe Marty’s a solid base hit

March 18, 2016: Hawks’ high quality translates to new Sacramento spot

March 11, 2016: High prices, middling food at Land Park’s Meet & Eat

Feb. 26, 2016: L Street’s Eatuscany solid but not quite a discovery

Feb. 19, 2016: Broderick Midtown loaded with fun

Feb. 11, 2016: Revamped Paragary’s lovely, flawed

Jan. 22, 2016: Food truck satisfies Maine lobster craving

"Shark Tank" veteran and Maine native Jim Tselikis explains why he and his cousin started a food-truck business in California, during a stop at Dragas Brewing.

Jan. 15, 2016: Magpie’s food excels; space requires adjustment

Dec. 18, 2015: Empress reigns among new Sacramento restaurants

Dec. 11, 2015: Granite Bay’s Farmhaus a fresh, seasonal find

Nov. 20, 2015: At Mighty Tavern, go for the burger, and the bar (now closed)

Nov. 13, 2015: Setting keeps Localis from greatness

Nov. 7, 2015: Sacramento’s Fish Face Poke Bar redefines fast casual

Oct. 23, 2015: Chicago Fire still holding its own in pizza

Oct. 16, 2015: Iron Horse Tavern offers a bumpy ride

Sept. 18, 2015: Midtown’s Orchid Thai only midway in bloom

Sept. 11, 2015: Cielito Lindo emerges from fire with good food

Aug. 27, 2015: Food, setting shine at Oak Park Brewing

Aug. 20, 2015: Pieology has quick, crispy pizza down to a science

Aug. 13, 2015: Brasserie Capitale off to promising start

July 24, 2015: Ninja Sushi in Roseville operates with precision

July 17, 2015: In Roseville, ASR’s food does not match its ambition

July 10, 2015: Putah Creek Cafe offers homey goodness in Winters

July 3, 2015: Chef’s daring drives Flavor Face food truck

June 26, 2015: At Cask & Barrel, there’s beauty with the beef

June 19, 2015: Bacon & Butter combines fatty goodness, seasonal freshness

June 12, 2015: Midtown’s Federalist Public House worth a stop

June 5, 2015: It’s always soup weather at Coriander

May 29, 2015: For a great burger, go South