Ambience and ingredients sourced nearby make for a comfortable and flavorful visit
Paul Martin's American Bistro
1455 Eureka Road, Roseville
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. daily
The real steal: Happy hour is called "a taste of Paul Martin's" since it covers a lot. All hand-crafted draft beers are $4, cocktails are $4 or $8, and wine by the glass and appetizers are $4, $8 or $12.
Street tacos and maple cider all-natural chicken skewers cost $4. For $8, you can nibble on mesquite- grilled steak skewers or slow-cooked St. Louis-style pork ribs. And for $12, you get a burger, fries and a beer.
The vibe: A mix of upscale features and rustic elegance are in this bistro, which has dim ambient lighting and light music. The flameless candles and faux flowers add to the elegance. The exposed piping, wooden bar and furniture, as well as the brown-and-black color scheme, enhance the urban feel.
If you would like to sit outside, Paul Martin's offers two patios.
Signature drink: The $4 raspberry martini is made with a house- infused raspberry vodka, lemon juice and sweet vermouth. Contrary to what you might expect with this drink, you get more of a martini than a raspberry cocktail. There isn't an overpoweringly sweet flavor, but rather a touch of freshly muddled raspberries.
Alternative libation: The $8 mai tai is made with Sailor Jerry rum, orange Curaçao, homemade almond orgeat syrup and fresh lime juice, for a stronger, rather than sweeter, version of the classic Hawaiian cocktail.
Something extra: Enjoy local, sustainable ingredients at Paul Martin's. All cocktails are infused in-house, every piece of meat is hand-cut by the restaurant's chefs, and fish is delivered daily.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
2001 Second St., Davis
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pint Night: 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesdays
The deals: Select from 50 cents off 12-, 16- and 22-ounce beers, a dollar off liters and $1.50 off pitchers. Appetizers such as garlic Parmesan fries and avocado egg rolls are $1 off, or 50 cents off a half- order. Wednesday night is pint night for ages 21 and older, with $1 pints and a limited late-night menu with calamari, buffalo wings, garlic Parmesan fries and avocado egg rolls.
7042 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento
Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Monday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, noon-2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Tuesday
The deals: Select from $2 well drinks and pints of Miller High Life, as well as $1 sliders to nibble on.
Mexquite Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Lounge
25095 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour:3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The deals: Choose from $3 draft beers and house margaritas. Enjoy dollar-off appetizers, $2 taqueria tacos and a $3 combo platter, which comes with a small quesadilla, chimichanguita and small nachos.
This Saturday and Sunday, you can celebrate Mexico's Independence Day with $7 breakfast specials, $7 Milagros Silver shots, $5 Jose Cuervo Blanco margaritas, and $4 Dos Equis and Tecate beers. Mexquite will offer mariachi music from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.
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