The charm and romance of old Spain jump out to greet patrons of this fine eatery. Simple burlap covers the tables surrounded by wall mural paintings. The bar lit by flickering candlelight offers a great place to wait for a table, or just to unwind and meet people. The menu presents an intriguing selection of Spanish tapas, however, the restaurant is famous for the Paella Valenciana filled with pork ribs, chicken, fish and shrimp. Patio seating is available.
Enter the glass-enclosed entrance to this historic building and the authentic detail inside will transport you back in time to the wild Gold Rush days. Among the numerous Tiffany lamps under intricate stained glass windows, tourists and locals gather for light lunches, weekend brunch, drinks and conversation at the authentic mid-19th century tables. In addition to the lean and tasty ostrich burgers, the menu offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and appetizers. Steak and seafood entrees are an interesting mix of American, Cajun and Italian cuisine.
Though this colorful eatery is located in the heart of Midtown, the tropical Caribbean feel is authentic. The artwork is vibrant and cheery and your waiter will be friendly with a relaxed attitude. There is a variety of Caribbean dishes to try here. Even the appetizers are exotic, including fried plantains, lamb fritters, shrimp croquettes, taro fritters and grio (fried pork cutlets braised a piquant mayonnaise sauce). The house gumbo is practically a meal in itself and its ingredients vary from day to day.
The walls display works from the nearby Barton Gallery, and the menu reflects the warm and comfortable feeling of the decor. A variety of classic Italian pasta and seafood mixtures are always available, while steak lovers can enjoy an excellent rosemary wine-marinated New York steak. While its claim to fame is spaghetti with meatballs, the spinach ravioli in a sage sauce is probably the most popular. The bruschetta toast is also highly recommended. See their website for a full menu.
This is a trendy upscale restaurant, which has succeeded in melding east and west cuisine into exotically presented flavors. You simply do not find rock shrimp quesadillas, curried pasta and lemon grass under tender chicken strips at any corner diner. The menu features an extensive wine list. Although the service can be slow and erratic at times, the restaurant is still very popular. An upper class Midtown Sacramento crowd frequents this dining spot. After a few dinners with wine, you too, will be a regular.
You get here by climbing a twisting staircase from the liquor store on the first floor. This bar has dartboards, sports on TV, shot specials every night, nine tap beers and happy hour. The daily shot specials include Tequila Tuesday, with Sunrises and shots; Friday's specials are Schnapps (including Jaeger, Goldschlager, Aftershock and Rumpleminz). On Saturday, you get Purple Hooters and seven and sevens. The daily business crowd gives way to a large and raucous college crowd by dark.
Hoppy Brewing Company & Restaurant serves house microbrews with names like Hoppy Face Amber Ale, Liquid Sunshine Blonde Ale, and Total Eclipse Black Ale. The menu offers more than just brewpub food. A unique menu item is the Capellini and Prawns with sauteed tomatoes, garlic, green onions, olive oil and chicken-stock served over pasta. This eatery also has a gift shop with "
"Hoppy trinkets and T-shirts for sale.
The sandwiches are tasty and almost too large to put in your mouth. A good selection of deli sandwiches, as well as vegetarian specials is available. You can purchase loaves of bread, muffins, cakes and other baked goods. Try the broccoli, cheese and potato soup served with half a sourdough bread bun. Tables are small and the main seating area gets very crowded at lunch, but you can escape to the covered patio seating.
The dining room is decorated in southwestern colors and with authentic Mexican artifacts. The chef has traveled to and spent a great deal of time in kitchens in Oaxaca and Yucatan, as well as Central America and it shows in the interesting entrees. The enchiladas with mole negro sauce, a mixture of peanuts and chocolate, are boisterous celebrations of Mexican cuisine. All ingredients are prepared fresh daily and selected with care. The full service bar has more than 30 single malt scotches, and 70 brands of tequila.
This restaurant is flooded with sunlight during most of the day. The windows, wide and draped with swooping curtains, illuminate the splashy fresh flower arrangements and murals. The cuisine, American-based, is influenced by sunny French and Italian culinary ideas. Traditional meat eaters will enjoy one of the melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Plenty of seafood dishes are featured on the menu, as well. The menu changes each month. For dessert, try the delicious Boston cream pie. You can purchase wine by the glass, bottle or just half of a glass. See their website for further information.
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