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I ate at Firestone Public House on its first weekend, and was underwhelmed, as I wrote in my Instant Reaction. Since then, I've had the opportunity to visit during happy hour to give it a second look, and can tell that they've worked hard to make improvements. Their pretzel appetizer was a real standout, and the fish and chips that we shared were excellent. I intend on hitting this hotspot again -- soon. (Click here for for happy hour menu.)

Sac Mag's Kira O'Donnell paid a visit recently, and found a lot to like and a couple things they still need to work on:

If you like to graze (especially while clutching a cold glass of wild blueberry wheat ale or double nut brown porter), you’ll be thrilled with the appetizerheavy menu. It features items such as bánh mì sliders and addictive pulled-pork nachos drizzled with jalapeño cheese sauce and topped with gobs of guacamole. The crusty soft-shell crab tacos are fabulous, and the beer-battered fish ’n’ chips—surprisingly nongreasy and accompanied by a huge pile of fries—is another excellent nosh.

However, I didn’t care for the poke wrap, made with ahi tuna, avocado and mango tucked prettily into baby romaine leaves. The flavors were muddled and bland and the ensemble unimpressive. The pepperoni pizza was another disappointment. Doughy and thick, it offered only a sparse amount of topping.

Read the entire review in Sac Mag.

More News:

Cafe Roma expands in downtown Sacramento with larger food menu, adds beer and wine - Café Roma owner Abe Saadeh said his goal is to take you to Italy without having to leave Sacramento, and now he’s expanding his nearly 2-year-old resturant at 1013 L St. to add seating, beer and wine, and more dining options. “When I first conceived the cafe, I wanted to bring what I saw on my trips to Italy to Sacramento,” Saadeh said Thursday. “I thought it was great to be able to go in and feel the excitement that’s going on in the cafes.” Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Request from a reader: Trying to track down Belgian-style fries - There are at least two places in the Sacramento area that serve fantastic twice-fried French fries, AKA Belgian-style. Bistro Michel may have the best fries in town, complete with Belgian-style curried ketchup with a pinch of turmeric. The owners traveled extensively through Europe and their kitchen is faithful to the meticulous technique required to get properly cook these fries. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Food trucks make trek to Delta for wine pairing - What wine does one pair with a bacon-wrapped hot dog or with an order of garlic basil tater tots? You can find out Sunday as some of the area’s food trucks make the trek into the Delta to the Old Sugar Mill on Sunday for Grapes and Grub, a pairing of local wines and some of the area’s most popular food trucks. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

An Olympic-Sized Happy Hour at Grange Restaurant and Bar - As the world’s elite athletes gathered in London for the 30th Summer Olympic Games, the SacFoodies came together last Friday to kick off the opening celebrations with a gold medal-worthy happy hour at Grange Restaurant and Bar. On Sac Foodies.

VIDEO: Grange chef shows off English pub food - Executive chef Oliver Ridgeway from Grange restaurant whips up a little traditional English pub food in the KCRA Kitchen. On KCRA.

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