Thursday, July 2, 2015

Magpie Cafe - the Newpie!

1601 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 452-7594

We have had a long love affair with Magpie Cafe. One of our founding members worked in a restaurant with co-owner Ed when they were both just young whippersnappers. When Magpie opened on R Street, we had to check it out and have been devoted fans every since. It's one of the few places we go more than once a year and it's a favorite spot for birthday Thursdays where we pack in 20 people at a odd shaped table configurations and have a blast.

So, when Ed & Janel asked if we would like test out the "Newpie" before they open to the public we yelled, YES PLEASE!

The place was filled with over 40 folks wearing the Magpie uniform of black and yellow outfit complete with magpie mask and ready to break in the new space. Modesto Bitters (sweet vermouth & soda) and Honey Shades (lemonade & pilsner) in hand, we embarked on an evening of Magpie goodness.

Let's start with the space. They are on the corner of 16th & P as the anchor of the 16 Powerhouse project with neighbors such as Orchid Thai and Insight Coffee. On the P Street side, they have a non-smoking/dog-friendly patio with tables, benches and a gorgeous one-ton slab of tree that serves as a place to sit, set your drink or place your cheese plate while mixing and mingling or waiting for a table inside. The wood fencing was reclaimed from the trees that were removed for the construction.

With more space and higher ceilings, the inside is a sexy black with huge windows that open to the street. During the daytime it is bright and light and at night it gets moody and full of ambiance. There is a beautiful zinc bar with many more seats than the R Street location and a full bar with RC Cola on tap. That is just rad!

They open on Monday, July 6th and you'll see some of the old favorites plus a couple of new items as they get acquainted with the new place and see what they can do with a couple of fryers, a new salamander and a bit more space. We look forward to see what new favorites they come up with.

And don't worry, Yellowbill with still be keeping you flush in baked goods and espresso while the R Street location will hatch into a new concept called Nido in the next month or so.

Congratulations Ed, Janel & all the Magpies!

We try to be gracious guests. Black & yellow.
We're crafty
The welcome!
Such a great cheese board
White bean puree with mushrooms is back! I could roll around in this.

Most of the privileged guests

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Monk's Cellar Roseville

240 Vernon St
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 786-6665

This blogger missed the first time we came here so I'm glad we are back! This is a great addition to the Vernon Street area in Roseville with craft beers and a simple menu of delicious food. I had the brown ale, salad and small cottage pie which was so yummy! From fish and chips to sausage plates and sandwiches everyone enjoyed their food. The duck fat fries are not to be missed.

The set up is great with bar space, tall bar tables, a couch area, normal dining room space and an large table in a little sequestered area that we filled in with our 11 drunks. Over all, check it out and join your neighbors here.
Sausage plate with  hasty bite missing.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Studio Movie Grill - SPY

5140 Commons Dr
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 238-9000

Most of us have loved the concept of movies with drinks and food from places in other cities and Sacramento has been lacking that. Studio Movie Grill might be a little bit too fancy for me, but I'm still going to love some snacks and a drink with a movie.

The set it pretty spacious with large comfy seats, your own personal table and enough space for waiters to walk through. The food is pretty good and there is a large array of drinks. Of course it's a little overpriced, but it's the convince you are paying for. The 2 for $25 special is petty good with a appetizer to share and two entrees.

We saw SPY with Melissa McCarthy and it was hilarious! I would highly suggest it for a funny entertaining movie with your adult friends.

Journal and my own personal table
Our row.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Out of Bound Brewing Co

4480 Yankee Hill Rd #100
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 259-1511

We love having tap rooms for our Rocklin contingent! On a very hot Thursday, this air conditioned brewery is just about perfect. They have food trucks most nights, are kid friendly and basically a great place to grab a beer and hangout with friends. 

Mac n' Cheese dog
Our grumpiest drunk looking much less grumpy!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Federalist Public House

2009 Matsui Alley
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 661-6134

The #Spaindinavia crew is back so we hit up the Federalist in midtown Sacramento for a collection of pizza's beer and salad. The pizza is fantastic! This time the kale salad was a little bit off, the pieces were so large it was hard to chew. The beer selection as always has a nice array from local places but you do have to ask what they all are which might stop people from trying them all. Overall, I will forgive the salad, because don't win friends with salad.

I love the collection of faces being made here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keeping up with the Joneses

Undisclosed Placerville Location

Tonight we dined al fresco at the lovely home of our favorite Joneses.  We ordered savory pot pies from local Hangtown institution Z Pie and enjoyed the lovely early spring weather.  It was an evening of babies, good eats & puppies chasing laser dots.  A good time was had by all.

Z Pie!

Laser pointer shenanigans

He's got daddy's eyes

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Chef's Table

6843 Lonetree Blvd Ste 103
Rocklin, CA 95765

This week marked the first of three weeks without the collective known as "the Bobs" who went off globe-trotting to Spaindinavia (or Spaindanavia, depending on where you are from). The rest of us stalwart Drunks decided to take advantage of our smaller numbers and partake of the deliciousness to be had at The Chef's Table in Rocklin. This is a fairly intimate, yet casual restaurant that serves a variety of dishes spanning the range of gourmet to comfort food, all with a local ingredients and unique, flavorful twists. Due to it's small size reservations are a must (available through OpenTable). Our party of 6 was able to get in at 8:00pm.  

Lovey's dinner: Pesto Fries & Salad; totally legit
PBJ Sriracha Burger

Southern Style Fried Free Range Chicken
Bump's blurry group shot