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.
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.
Nestled within the La Borgata shopping center, Sienna's atmosphere evokes a feeling of Tuscany with its warm earth tones, high ceilings, and heavy stone and wood furnishings. Once settled into plush, damask dining chairs, guests may choose from 11 signature cocktails, including refreshing watermelon-basil martinis and sparkling strawberry cocktails made with real fruit. By the light of four glowing fireplaces, eyes scan Asian-infused dinner plates, including starters such as crab wontons served with pineapple marmalade. When ordering entrees, diners may choose from the restaurant's five pizzas, which crisp in the heat of a wood-fired oven, or steer toward specialty dishes such as short ribs braised in house-brewed Sienna ale and accompanied by parmesan potatoes. The spiced pork tenderloin rests amid black cabbage, butternut-squash tortellini, and persimmon jam, and tender soy-ginger-glazed salmon finds a worthy complement in a crunchy pickled ginger-cucumber salad.