Wings all day, err day: Lovers of crispy, saucy hunks of chicken have two new local options: Fire Wings and Kiki’s Chicken Place. On the cusp of Elk Grove, Fire Wings (8785 Center Parkway) dishes out mass quantities of wings in a massive number of flavors. Will it be 10 pieces for $7.99 or 100 pieces for $70.99? Sauces and rubs lean Asian: Malaysian curry, Thai chili, teriyaki, Sriracha, Peking. Or go with classic barbecue, Jamaican jerk or garlic Parmesan. There are more than 20 options—plus the option to go bone-in or boneless—as well as eclectic sides, such as garlic noodles, mozzarella sticks and Hawaiian rolls.
North of Carmichael, Kiki’s Chicken Place (5110 Auburn Boulevard) offers a decidedly more minimalist menu: chicken tenders, wings and fries in various size combos. You could also get chicken in sandwich or salad form. No matter what your pleasure, expect to pay $8-$10.
Crafty: Bryan Widener’s Doughbot brought much, much joy. When the artisan doughnut shop closed, it brought much, much sadness. Now, Widener’s latest venture brings understandable anticipation. It’s a food truck called Craftsmen Food, focused on nondoughnut offerings. Its debut featured a burger, cubano, bacon-broccoli chowder and vegetable fritto misto—somewhat standard-sounding food truck fare, but given Widener’s history at Magpie Cafe, everything is probably delicious. Craftsmen held its official grand opening over the weekend, so watch its Facebook page for more movement: www.facebook.com/craftsmenfood.
No more chasing: In other food truck news, Granola Girl Food Truck started parking regularly at its east Sacramento headquarters (6421 H Street) earlier this month. If you’re sick of hunting down food trucks via Twitter or hate waiting in lines at specific food truck events, now is the time to check out Granola Girl more or less whenever it suits your schedule. Granola Girl is serving its atypical, healthy breakfasts and lunches from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday.
One last quick note: First it was Blackbird Kitchen & Bar. Then it was Blackbird Kitchen + Beer Gallery. Then, when it reopened earlier this month, the restaurant rebranded itself yet again. Now it shall be known as: “Blackbird.” Yes, with the period. That is all.