From hand-selecting all of the restaurant's produce at a local farmers' market to testing recipes to ensure authenticity, the owner of My Thai Table influences every dish that emerges from the kitchen. Each platters carry an additional personal touch from the chefs, whose close ties to Phetchabun, Thailand ensure that their entrees simmered, stir-fried, and spiced according to the country’s culinary traditions. Noodle staples such as pad thai and pad see ew accompany four types of curry and three kinds of fried rice, as well as signature house specialties such as shish kabobs that bookend beef, shrimp, and chicken with mushrooms and pineapples.
A chic lounge attached to the dining area beckons guests to recline on sky blue ottomans and benches. The square tables set throughout the space play host to glasses of Napa Valley wines and frothy bottles of imported Chang and Singha beers. During private events, the rhythms of smooth jazz float from the restaurant’s live ensemble, enticing passersby to glance through the floor-to-ceiling windows and try to catch the echoes of a fading bass line with their bare hands. Starting December 20, customers can revel in live jazz every Thursday from 6—9 p.m.
Formerly a cardroom where Sacramento's poker players regularly congregated to play a late-night game and talk about their crushes, the Phoenix Lounge has been reborn as a 5,000-square-foot sports bar, event center, and dart-throwing arena. Add a wall of flat-screen TVs, weekly trivia contests, and a regular lineup of standup comedians, and what remains is a spot to relax, laugh, and tip back a brew or two any night of the week.
The term "couch potato" usually applies to lazy people, a description that doesn’t at all befit The Couch's executive chef, who hustles to to his own culinary play calls nightly. To create the bar's couch potatoes, he hand-cuts housemade french fries every day, serving them plain or tossed in a choice of six zesty seasonings. His other elevated bar fare demands a similar level of dedication, from housemade soups to sandwich meats slow roasted in-house, such as barbecue pulled pork and roast beef.
True to its name, The Couch––founded by local Del campo graduates and high school sweethearts, along with their close friend––houses plenty of couches to lounge on, as well as tranquil patio seating. Throughout each feast, nine flat-screen TVs and and two 106-inch projector screens broadcast the latest sports, from baseball in the summer to polar bears playing baseball in the winter. Besides sports, The Couch's weekly entertainment lineup includes karaoke every Wednesday and live music every Saturday night.
Guests rarely glance at their watches at Liaison Lounge and Restaurant, where smooth jazz music and soft lighting create an unhurried and easygoing atmosphere. Instead, diners fix their attention on conversations with friends, occasionally signaling the bartender for another glass of wine. Servers dart nimbly around the white-clothed tables, bearing plates of upscale pub fare, such as warm paninis, juicy pork sliders, and smoked salmon bites. Occasionally, live performers fill the patio with soft music.
Though they are experts in traditional Japanese cooking and sushi-rolling, the chefs at District enhance their menu by adding in modern flourishes. Using seafood sourced from North American, European, and Asian waters, they wrap ingredients such as spicy salmon, fried scallops, oshinko radish, and avocado into more than 30 maki rolls. They also plate signature dishes such as miso-glazed white fish, grilled lime salmon, and ginger-soy-marinated AAA strip steak. Servers ferry these dishes, along with sake and soju cocktails, to intimate bistro tables. Ornate crystal chandeliers punctuate the sleek interior.