Grilling is a magical process by which normal food becomes the smoky, charred man-fuel that powers America. Load up on sweet, delicious freedom at the Sheepherder Bar and Grille, a savory steakhouse in Rancho Cordova.
Peruse the menu at Sheepherder long enough to order a lamb-chop starter ($11) with some crab cakes ($12), but not long enough to see the hidden Mooninite in the Magic Eye watermark. Get into the meaty spirit of the grill with a 12-ounce prime rib, slow roasted and served with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, jus, and creamy horseradish ($23, come in on Friday and order it as the $18.95 special), or get benthic with an order of salmon and bacon-wrapped scallops with saffron risotto and cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and peas in a red-pepper coulis ($23). You can also take a stand on your mouth's rampantly expanding calorie debt with a Sheepherder-approved black Angus chuck cheeseburger bailout, served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, mayo, and a side of fries ($13).
Sheepherder's stone columns, exposed ceiling beams, and chandeliers make diners feel relaxed and classy at the same time, like the legal version of horse tranquilizers combined with monocles. Take a special someone or a large group of ruminants out for a friendly, elegant meal.
Sheepherder Bar & Grille
In 1913, the Sheepherder Bar & Grille’s building on Folsom Boulevard was known as the Citrus Inn, and the hoteliers supplemented their income selling produce in front of the building. A 2006 renovation restored the hotel to glory with beautiful wooden rafters, three grand fireplaces, and solid stone columns, creating a refined, rustic vibe. The food has gotten an upgrade since then, too. Guests can enjoy tender prime rib from Niman Ranch or burgers with Boar's Head bacon, traditional shepherd’s pie, or wild-caught salmon with dill-infused tartar sauce. The double-cut pork chop comes drenched in red wine sauce and apple-cinnamon butter, and the meatloaf sports a coat of house-made Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. Later, head over to the Citrus Bar (named in honor of the original establishment) for an after-dinner drink and staring contest. Guests arriving on Friday nights will find live music wafting through the restaurant, and a happy hour held from 3–7 p.m. invites diners to kick dinner off in style.