Dine downtown

Illustration by Mark Stivers

More eats: Two high-profile restaurants—and a downtown wine bar—opened last week, making February an exciting time to explore the grid.

San Francisco’s Skool expanded into the local market with Skool on K (2319 K Street), replacing Turkish bistro Anatolian Table with upscale, Japanese-accented and sustainably-minded seafood. The San Francisco restaurant is, naturally, super hip and pretty expensive. Lucky for us, the Sacramento edition offers many of the same dishes at a lower price point. For example, the signature squid ink spaghettina with shrimp, curry, lemongrass dashi broth, seaweed butter, enoki mushrooms and shiso costs $18 locally vs. $23 in San Francisco.

RailBridge Cellars & Company (921 11th Street) is also open, serving American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Morning selections are minimal but ramp up at 11 a.m. with lots of sandwiches ($10-$16), soups ($6.50) and salads ($8-$10) served all day. After 2 p.m. the happy hour and dinner fare kicks in. Small plates are a little more interesting, such as lamb rib with baba ghanoush and pomegranate ($14), whereas entrees veer classic, such as pork osso bucco ($18).

Finally, there’s Whired Wine (410 L Street), banking on an influx of business from the Golden 1 Center. Whired is pronounced “wired,” and comes from mixing the words white and red, as in wines. It boasts a dark, sleek and modern interior, plus beer and sake on tap for those unenthused by its extensive wine list.

Juicy: WholeHearted Juice Co. is on the move. Its post in the MARRS building has been abandoned in favor of a spot at 28th and S streets. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for more details. Meanwhile, Sun & Soil Juice Co. is adding a location in Davis at 527 G Street.

Also in Davis: Winds of Change House opened in the former Café Méditerranée spot (113 D Street in Davis), offering an eclectic mix of American, Middle Eastern and French fare. Yes, that means you can order a veggie burger ($11.95), your friend can get classic chicken shawarma ($11.95) and your other pal can go fancy with duck &#;agrave; l’orange (18.95) all at the same place. Winds of Change also specializes in flambéed dishes—both dinner entrees and dessert—that are set aflame tableside.