Paris Ryan / Special to The Bee

Mike Dunham provides a lively encounter at the Dad's Kitchen bar as he pours a patron's beer.

Night Life: A different way of doing things at Dad's Kitchen

Published: Friday, Jul. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 33TICKET
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 - 7:59 am

Dad's Kitchen

2968 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento

(916) 447-3237

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday- Friday. Brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch: 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Happy hour: 2-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

The real steal: Choose from a $2 domestic pint or $7 pitcher of Pabst Blue Ribbon, $3.50 premium pint or $13 premium pitcher, and a $3 glass of Happy Red or Happy White wine by the glass during happy hour. On Tuesdays they also offer a pint of Two Rivers cider for $4.50 or pitcher for $17, and all day Tuesday all of the beers are available for the happy hour price.

Appetizers range from $1 to $9, including street or veggie tacos, mac 'n' cheese, deep-fried garbanzo beans and garlic-wine mushrooms.

The beers and ciders constantly change so you can try a plethora of new drinks such as strawberry lemonade, raspberry, blood orange and watermelon ciders.

Dad's Kitchen is health conscious, offering all-natural ciders with no sugar or additives, and serving ketchup made without corn syrup.

The vibe: This laid-back joint gives you the feel of a tap house with a health-conscious spin. Wooden tables and cushioned chairs allow for a comfortable dining experience.

Multiple ceiling fans keep the place cool, and a pair of chalkboards display daily specials – that also are photographed and posted to Dad's Kitchen's Facebook and Twitter pages. Desserts – including an apple pie from Freeport Bakery next door – are displayed near the register.

A covered patio is cooled by fans and misters.

Signature drink: There are nine beers and one cider on tap at all times, however they constantly change. Part of the fun of Dad's Kitchen is discovering a new favorite. They try to keep the beverage offerings local – Cloverdale, Knee Deep, Ale Industries, Loomis Basin, Berryessa, Speakeasy, 21st Amendment and Track 7 beers, to name a few. Premium beers are $3.50 per pint or $13 for a pitcher during happy hour.

Bathroom break: The private bathroom is easily accessed since it's on your way in or out of the restaurant.

Alternative libations: Besides beer and cider, Dad's Kitchen also offers a red and white wine by the glass for $3 during happy hour. Their Happy White is their own chardonnay made in Lodi that's light and slightly sweet without a real oaky or heavy flavor.

Something extra: Happy hour works all over the restaurant.


Sutter Club

720 Sutter St., Folsom

(916) 351-1070

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Happy hour: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday

The deals: Happy hour happens three times through the day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy $2.75 domestic draft beers and $3 well drinks. From 4 to 5 p.m. domestic draft beers are $1.50, shots are half price and well drinks cost $2. From 5 to 8 p.m. there are $2 domestic draft beers, $2.50 well drinks, 50 cents off shots. "Sunday Fundays" feature $3.50 bloody marys until 3 p.m.


1415 L St., Sacramento

(916) 440-8888

Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner: 5-9 p.m. Monday- Saturday

Happy hour: 3-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

The deals: Select from Bud Light and Budweiser beer for $3, Peroni Italian beer for $4 and well drinks for $5. They also offer select wine by the glass for $4 to $5, and a half- liter of pinot grigio or sangiovese for $10. Their specialty cocktail, the Passionista, is made with vodka and passion fruit purée for a little taste of summer and is $6 during happy hour.

A long list of appetizers includes meatball sliders with provolone for $5, margherita pizza, sausage pizza with roasted peppers and onions, smoked mozzarella, and olives for $6 during happy hour.

Original Steve's Pizza

314 F St., Davis

(530) 758-2800

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The deals: Choose from $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon or $2 Coors Light, Bud Light, or Budweiser. For something to nibble, try $2 appetizers such as a cheesy breadsticks, chicken wings and chicken bites.

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