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Clark's Corner has mastered the art of being a neighborhood hangout, but they haven't mastered what's coming out of their kitchen, says Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

Whether you're feeling blue or blah or absolutely upbeat, whether you stop in alone or with groups of family and friends, you're likely to leave this restaurant and bar feeling just a bit better than when you arrived.

That was our experience time and again....

Clark's Corner may be superior to most places we've visited when it comes to friendly and genuine customer service, but its performance in the kitchen will determine how things shake out in months and years to come. Our experiences dining there were mixed, with more hits than misses; but we saw enough errors that we can't put Clark's Corner in the same category as heavy hitters in east Sacramento such as OneSpeed, Juno's, Formoli's, Selland's Market-Cafe, Cafe Rolle and Nopalitos.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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