It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse—the hand-crafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-paring suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Thanks to their similar height and hair color, close friends Geneva Soulier and Erin Whitely were often mistaken for sisters. So when they decided to start selling Hawaiian shaved ice—Geneva's favorite treat, according to the El Dorado Hills Telegraph—it wasn't hard to pick a name. Dubbed the ShiverSisters, the duo now dispenses soft mounds of shaved ice from a vintage Airstream trailer, earning a visit from Fox 40. Inside, a rainbow of colorful plastic bottles dispense flavors that range from cola and coconut to tiger’s blood, mango, and blue raspberry. Organic cream or a scoop of ice cream adds depth and body to combinations such as creamsicle—a blend of orange and vanilla syrups—or sour tart, which blends sour pink lemon and sour green apple flavors, giving lips ample puckering practice for kissing championships.
Sugar Lillie Bakery’s fastidious bakers combine fresh ingredients to create a host of delectable baked goods from scratch. The flaky texture of coconut macaroons is the bakery’s specialty, their nugget shapes dipped in chocolate, mixed with toasted pecans, or delivered plain and unadulterated. Custom cakes also showcase their talents, with buttercream frosting styled to pay homage to animals, birthday wishes, pendants, and fond remembrances of favorite hats. The bakery also gladly fixes up customers with breakfast pastries, cookies, brownies, pies, and tarts, which can all be enjoyed in a relaxing fashion with coffee on the patio.
Steve's Pizza has been tossing pizzas for 36 years, sating appetites with handmade pies and regularly updated recipes that include gluten-free options. The menu boasts specialty pizzas such as the The Steve chockful of meats and veggies or the Mediterranean Gourmet sprinkled with spinach, olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and Greek peppers. Steve's also offers up hearty sandwiches including a Philly cheesesteak and a meatball sandwich blanketed in freshly baked bread, and pasta classics in the form of spaghetti and meatballs and grilled chicken and vegetable pesto.
Executive Chef Heather Zamarripa lures eaters into 36 Handles with a menu rooted in popular pub food staples, most notably fish and chips prepared six different ways. Although the fish and chips, cottage pie, and bangers and mash are the first three dishes on the list of entrees, the menu isn’t strictly English. Heather and her team use many international cooking techniques to build a diverse selection including shrimp scampi with sundried tomatoes, bourbon barbecue hot wings, and pan-seared salmon with whole-grain beurre blanc.
Upon entering 36 Handles, it’s easy to become enamored by the bar’s 32 taps, which gleam colorfully and display the names of macrobrews and craft beers from America and Europe. Newcomers and neighborhood regulars alike open wide for a deluge of pub classics such as Guinness and Boddingtons, as well as more obscure beers such as Anderson Valley’s Oatmeal Stout and Kwak, a strong yet gentle-tasting Belgian pale ale. The selection stays fresh thanks to eight rotating taps and each bartender’s mind-erasing capabilities. While enjoying an ice-cold brew, patrons can also catch the game on nine big-screen televisions.
Relish Burger Bar takes burgers to gourmet levels with toppings such as crispy tobacco onions, goat cheese, and mesclun. Diners can build their own burgers with all-natural Durham Ranch beef or opt for specialty burgers smeared with bleu cheese or sculpted from tender lamb. Twelve draft beers from breweries such as Lost Coast flow through two ice towers, which get the liquid cool enough for human consumption. Bright modern art fills the dining room, and misters keep an outdoor covered patio cool during weekly special events, such as happy hours, trivia nights, and live music.