2968 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento
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.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
720 Sutter St., Folsom
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
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
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.