By Paris Ryan
Special to The Bee
Midtown: 1806 Capitol Ave., Sacramento
Davis: 139 G St., Davis
Elk Grove: 8519 Bond Road, Elk Grove
Hours: Midtown: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday
Davis: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Elk Grove: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Happy hour: Midtown, 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Davis, 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Elk Grove, 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, all day Wednesday
The real steal: Select from $3 or $5 cocktails such as Passion Rum Punch or Peach Bellini during happy hour at Paesanos. The specialty cocktail this month is the Absolut Dragon Fruit Lemonade with pomegranate, but expect a new one every four weeks or so. Their draft beers, house wine, well drinks and sangria are $3, and appetizers such as their fried ravioli and polenta fries are $4.
The vibe: This eccentric and artsy restaurant in midtown is filled with local artwork, with red brick walls and even a copper-covered bar. The bar against the side wall leads into the open kitchen where you can see some of the food being prepared for you. Black leather bar stools and dark wooden high tables are available, along with tables and chairs at the more typical heights. Against one wall are three oversize mirrors with red velvet "curtains" draped around each one. The open ceiling gives the place a warehouse-type feel, with exposed wooden beams and even a couple of skylights. Paesanos, simply put, is a blend of midtown.
Signature drink: The sangria is hands-down the house favorite. Made with red wine, white wine, dark rum, triple sec, orange juice, and lemon juice, this classic drink is a refreshing choice. Order a glass for yourself for $3 during happy hour, or a pitcher to split for $12.
Bathroom break: The private bathroom is very spacious and tucked away in the back of the restaurant. Inside, the same warm neutral tones of the restaurant show up. The dark tan to almost purple brown tiles on the floor are also placed on the bottom half of the wall. The other half of the wall is painted with a deep mustard yellow, and there is a large mirror above the sink for any touch-ups in between your drinks.
Alternative libations: Served on the rocks, the blood orange margarita is made with blood orange purée and a delectable combo of sweet and tart. This unique margarita is very popular at Paesanos and is $5 during happy hour.
Something extra: Happy hour works all over the restaurant, but the covered patio is definitely the favored spot. Heaters above you leave you feeling toasty while you enjoy your food and drink and people-watch. Seat yourself at the bistro tables and wicker wood chairs outside and enjoy the spring weather during happy hour.Casa Ramos
400 Iron Point Road, Folsom
6840 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville
925 S. State Highway 65, Lincoln
10717 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.- 0 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: Enjoy a margarita frozen or on the rocks for $3.50, or a fruit-flavored margarita strawberry, raspberry, peach, mango and lime, for instance for 50 cents more. Wine and well drinks are $3, and draft beers are all half-price (around $2.50). There are also seven beers on tap, and appetizers are half-off. The house favorites are the nachos and chicken taquitos.
221 Vernon St., Roseville
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday (depending on traffic on Friday and Saturday, the restaurant may stay open past 10 p.m.)
Happy hours: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
The deals: Select from a dollar off all pizzas and drinks. Their 12-inch wood-oven pizzas are handmade, and great to eat on your own or split with a friend. They range from about $9.95 to $16.95 during happy hour and the most popular selections are the smoked mushroom pizza and the Italian pizza. They also have a full bar with import beers and local beers and wines. Drinks are around $4.50 to $7.50 during happy hour. (Starting in April, they will be open on Tuesday as well.)
1500 Arden Way, Sacramento
6063 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 p.m. to close Saturday and Sunday
The deals: Enjoy appetizers such as their popular wok-fired chicken lettuce wraps, quick-fried soy-ginger calamari and Vietnamese spring rolls that range from $3.50 to $6.50. Their drinks range from $2 to $5 with options such as their nonalcoholic lemonade and nonalcoholic tea spritzer for $2; house margarita, St. Pauli beer, and domestic draft beers for $3; well drinks, sangria, regular craft beer, tall domestic draft beer, a nonalcoholic Kona kooler, their olu mai tai and their classic mojito for $4; and their Skyy raspberry lemon drop, tall craft beer, or Long Island iced tea for $5. They also offer $1 off wine by the glass or $3 off the bottle.Do you know of a bar that has amazingly good deals on drinks and food? Share the scoop with The Bee, and we'll highlight it as part of this Night Life feature. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BARGAIN