Our appetizers arrive quickly; hunks of poached chicken and avocado float in the tomatoey, savory tortilla soup. The menu doesn’t specify that the avocado spring rolls are deep-fried, but unfortunately, they are. Hot avocado is never a good idea. The pizza emerges from the handsome yellow-tiled wood-fired pizza oven with a good char and bubble on the crust, but the thick blanket of grated mozzarella makes it taste old school, for good and for bad. The restaurant does, however, also offer a simple pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce.
The Ahi Tuna Burger patty has a mushy texture and lacks flavor, but the quick-pickled sliced cucumbers, Sriracha-sauce mayonnaise and daikon sprouts add crunch and a slightly spicy bite. A drippy chicken salad, served between thick slices of sourdough, is made with generous chunks of chicken and tastes of celery. The Reuben sandwich would be the real deal if the too-thick bread had more than a passing acquaintance with rye flour. Still, its fatty, delightful corned beef makes it close enough for jazz.
On another visit, this one on a Saturday night, the wait is 45 minutes, and the short shorts and flesh-colored platform heels are in full effect with the ladies. Firestone seems to have mastered the trick of exuding a casual, flip-flop vibe during the day and serving as a dressy see-and-be-seen spot at night. The DeVere Whites and the Wongs know what Sacramento wants: good beer, solid pub grub, and a casual, unpretentious atmosphere.
Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.
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Rubicon begins construction on West Sac brewery - Construction has begun on space Rubicon Brewing Co. leased late last year in West Sacramento, where Rubicon plans to make up to 10 times more beer than at its midtown eatery. The brewery has not been able to keep up with demand for its beer, and Rubicon’s owners are ready to diversify, especially as the craft-beer market is thriving. Last December, Rubicon leased 16,380 square feet at 885 Stillwater Road, near Ikea, to brew more beer. Melanie Turner in Sac Biz Journal.
Cocktail Week concludes - Let’s be honest: You could probably use a drink. The fifth annual Midtown Cocktail Week is already underway, but comes to an end Sunday night. There are still a few classy happenings this weekend that you definitely won’t want to miss. So get out there and celebrate cocktails at these unique events. Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.
El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen - El Toro Bravo Mexican Kitchen should open this fall, a co-owner said. It replaces the closed Baja Fresh at 237 D St...The food will be a Mexican fusion style. It will have the same “value-driven concept” he and his partner offer at nearby Burgers & Brew and Crepeville. Lunch patrons will order at the counter, while dinner guests can expect full service. Wendy Weitzel in the Davis Enterprise.
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