Dos Coyotes stalks downtown

Dos diners at Dos Coyotes

I was fishing for dish when I asked Bobby Coyote what he thought of downtown Sacramento. The owner of Dos Coyotes Border Cafe instead gave me a nugget of news: he’ll open the seventh location of his Davis-based string of fast-casual Mexican-style restaurants in downtown.

Coyote said Dos Coyotes will be one of the tenants in a project currently under construction at 15th and R streets in what used to be the building that housed the state Department of Personnel Administration, Benefits Division.

While there are currently 26 places to get Mexican food in and around downtown and Midtown, there’s always room for another restaurant that aims to use local ingredients whenever it can.

I recently dined at Dos Coyotes at Arden Fair Mall.  It was my first visit and I was impressed at how a fast-casual restaurant sources some ingredients locally, offers big portions and keeps its prices affordable for budget-minded diners.  There’s a real chef at the helm — Marke Casale, who in the ’90s cheffed with the likes of Randall Selland and Patrick Mulvaney at Cafe Donatello.

Coyote told me he and Casale are planning to roll out a guest-chef promotion in which select Sacramento chefs will create specials that will be served at all Dos Coyotes locations — Davis, Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove and Sacramento.

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