Hitting the Road with Chef Michael Tuohy

By Chef Michael Tuohy
Published in Sacramento Magazine

When I moved from Atlanta to California in 2009 to be the founding chef of Sacramento’s Grange Restaurant & Bar, I was actually coming home. (I grew up in the Bay Area.) In the years since, I’ve bounced around a little, living and working for a time in Napa Valley before returning to Sacramento to open Block Butcher Bar. A few months ago, I took on an exciting new challenge as executive chef for Sacramento’s downtown Entertainment and Sports Complex, future home to the Sacramento Kings. I’ve always been an enthusiastic food dude who loves to travel, seeking out food and drink at exceptional places wherever I go. Here’s a look at some of my favorite restaurants, bars and more based on recent day trips to San Francisco, West Marin and Napa….

The city of Napa, situated at the southernmost portion of the great wine-growing valley with the same name, has become a major destination.Oxbow Public Marketis the perfect place to stop for lunch or a late breakfast before a day of wine tasting. Check out the wine and cheese counter, the small but well-stocked produce market or, for a quick snack,Hog Island Oyster Co., which has an outpost here.610 & 644 First St., Napa; (707) 226-6529;oxbowpublicmarket.com

Also at Oxbow Public Market:Fatted CalfButcher and charcutier extraordinaire Taylor Boetticher is responsible for this operation, which helped relaunch America’s love affair with cured meats and inspired a new generation of fans of whole-animal butchery, charcuterie and salumi making. The shop sells local, responsibly raised, humanely pastured meats and foraged products.644 First St., Napa; (707) 256-3684;fattedcalf.com

Kitchen DoorA pedigreed culinary talent, chef-owner Todd Humphries can cook with the best, and he creates delicious, craveable flavors in a polished yet simple and comfortable place with a beautiful view of the Napa River. The wood-burning grill, rotisserie and oven set the stage for the delicious treats that are offered. The duck banh mi, spicy lamb flatbread and brunch huevos rancheros are remarkable. Good selection of local wines, craft beer and cocktails.610 First St., Napa; (707) 226-1560;kitchendoornapa.com.

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