Caballo Blanco's menu is full of hearty Mexican dishes that have been honed over the course of the restaurant's 50 years. Diners can revive hibernating chewing muscles with complimentary flour chips, which, unlike corn chips, arrive in a basket rather than on a cob. Lunch and dinner combos cater to indecisive diners and feature edible groupings such as two cheese enchiladas and one beef taco ($10.95), and the chili colorado synthesizes savory ingredients including cubed beef, chili sauce, rice, and beans in one bowl-style hat ($10.75). Sea-favoring foodies can feast on the shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes of the camarones rancheros ($12.95), and all parties can revel in Caballo Blanco’s friendly atmosphere by confidently kazooing along to the dining room's culturally diverse playlist.
Spin Burger Bar, a bicycle-themed eatery, sates carbo-carnivorous cravings with a bevy of specialty burgers. Adventurous appetites can strike out for uncharted gustatory territories with the corned beef burger served Reuben style on rye ($7.25), the ostrich burger saddled with roasted red peppers and pesto goat cheese ($7.95), or the mango curry sauce-soaked lamb and hot italian sausage burger buried beneath brie ($7.25). Accompany taste buds on a stroll through the garden burger, a homemade veggie patty dressed to the nines in sriracha ranch, pickled relish, and jack cheese ($7.25). Pub patrons can accessorize burgers with inventive accouterments, including a fried egg, pastrami, or a tasteful monocle and top hat combo ($1–$1.50 each), or sauces such as pomegranate ketchup, salsa verde mayonnaise, and tzatziki ($0.50 each).
Featured on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, The Squeeze Inn crowds flavor into a full menu headlined by the Squeeze with cheese burger ($6.35), named 2010’s Best Burger by Sacramento Magazine. Guests can step inside to sink into a third-pound of 100 percent fresh ground beef, dressed up in the eatery's signature "cheese skirt," a crunchy ring of cheese cooked on the grill and matched with a cheese sweater set, on top of a sesame-seed bun. A veggie burger ($4.50), grilled cheddar-cheese sandwich ($3.75), or chicken taco ($3.05) alongside fries ($2.95/small, $4.25/large) satisfies those uninterested in bovine bliss. Pricing may vary by location.
The Midtown hot-dog haven offers a dazzling display of bun-clad hot-dog and sausage dinners. The menu boasts 10 types of links, including the basic beef frankfurter ($3.49), a Polish sausage ($4.69), a steamed vegan dog ($3.49), and a crispy corn dog ($2.59, available in vegetarian, too). Customize your dining delight with any of Capitol Dawg's 45 plus toppings (up to $1.50 each) or opt for one of the specialty dogs, such as the Tesla Dawg ($4.19), loaded with mustard, chili, and onions, or the El Senador Dawg ($5.59), a Sonoran-style bacon-wrapped dog nestled under a cozy blanket of pinto beans, cheese, jalapeños, grilled onions, and chopped fresh veggies. Dogs can also be paired with french fries and a fountain drink to form a mighty meal ($7.39+) or matched with one of their succulent sides, such as beer-battered onion rings ($3.49) or sweet-potato fries ($3.49) for a customized creation.
Luncherites can order from Sweetwater's savory menu of sandwiches and bar fare. Make a beeline for the sliders—miniature seasoned ground chuck burgers with cheddar and caramelized onion ($8)—and relish the nostalgia for your second-grade field trip to Lilliput. The hot pastrami stack with Swiss on marble rye is crowned with Dijon aioli ($11), and an Italian dip prime rib sandwich incorporates gooey mozzarella and hot giardiniera on a hoagie roll ($13). For furnishing fare to evening stomachs, crack open a dinner menu and open a dinnerlogue with the Big Easy (prawns with hot sauce and a bourbon-garlic-butter mix, $9). Further your food-whispering skills with the cowboy steak, a spice-rubbed flat-iron steak with chimichurri and a four-potato medley ($17), or declare yourself the menu-wide gossip and stick your nose in the Blue Nose sea bass's business, accompanied by asparagus puree, risotto cake, and sweet peppers ($18). Complement your meal with one of Sweetwater's featured cocktails or wines by the glass ($6–$9).