A wicked change

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Which ’wich: Wicked ’Wich is back, brick-and-mortar style.

The food truck kicked off the Broderick Roadhouse empire, which also encompasses Capital Dime and Trick Pony, back in 2011. Then it held a brief stint in Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza. Then Wicked ’Wich stopped rolling last summer—its social media accounts grew inactive, its website eventually disabled.

The next phase of Wicked ’Wich softly opened last Wednesday, as a small cafe located inside the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue). Now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the cafe offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soup and pastries along with an espresso bar. There are four small tables right by the counter, but also the rest of the community center for other seating options.

Old ’Wich truck fans won’t see any familiar sandwich names, and they might find the current menu tame. No banh mi fries, or fries stuffed in sandwiches, for example. But flavors still sound robust. One sandwich offers chipotle- and coffee-rubbed beef with jack cheese and chimichurri. A spin on a Cuban features citrus-marinated pork loin, ham, house-made mustard, Swiss cheese and bacon relish. Most sandwiches go for $8-$10.

For breakfast, think steel-cut oatmeal or breakfast panini—stuffed with an egg frittata and other savory fixins, or Nutella and bananas. Pastries—croissants, danish, muffins—come from Village Bakery in Davis.

Follow Wicked ’Wich on Facebook for more information about a grand opening celebration, probably happening any day now.

R Street attractions: I strolled through the Warehouse Artist Loft’s public market recently. Well, the construction site that will soon be the public market. It’ll host Fish Face, the take-out sushi concept from Billy Ngo of Kru, and Metro Juice Kitchen and Eatery, the second-place winner of last year’s Calling All Dreamers competition. Note the “Kitchen and Eatery,” not just “Company,” which means health-conscious food on top of juice cleanses.

There will be glass storefronts for a feeling of openness, and a layout prime for special-event adaptability. Plus the combination of edible attractions, art, vintage fashions and crafts in one space? A destination spot, for sure.

Warehouse Artist Lofts hosts its grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at 1108 R Street. According to developer Ali Youssefi, “The public market might take more time.”