Re-imagined in 1999 as a haven for live music, Powerhouse Pub hosts multiple concerts weekly from such sell-out performers as Elvin Bishop, Pablo Cruise, The Drifters, The Coasters, Edwin McCain, Tracy Lawerence, and Little Big Town. As the sound of music wends through the labyrinth of bars and patios, guests dance and drink a variety of uncommon libations fetched from a rolling oak ladder. When the stages die down, the owners turn up the 15 televisions and digital projection screen to capture sports action such as Monday Night Football.
Every inch of Powerhouse Pub is intricately decorated. The walls drip with musical paraphernalia and texture, the fine-grained wood is lit by intricate glass chandeliers suspended above animal- and floral-print carpets. Plush, velvet-topped stools cozy up to every horizontal surface, but leave plenty of room for games of pool and, most importantly, dancing, the only known cure for the starving artist besides money.
In Spanish, “Q’bole?” means “What’s up?” and is considered the type of greeting you’d exchange with a friend. It’s with this casual and friendly attitude that Q’bole’s team welcomes guests to their traditional Mexican restaurant. On the menu, you'll find many dishes inspired by family recipes and culinary traditions from across the country. The carnitas hails from Michoacán and the rellenos en hogada and pollo en mole come from Puebla. Q'bole's Old Town Folsom location makes it easy to grab dinner and a few margaritas or mojitos before walking to nearby trendy shops and nightclubs.
While the sun sets over the crimson outdoor patio of La Rosa Blanca's Folsom location, the vibrant orange and green walls of the Fulton Avenue restaurant grow deep beside dimming window light. However, the party is just getting started. Blenders whirr with wine margaritas in wild flavors such as papaya, mango, and watermelon, and skilled waiters erupt from the kitchens, arms stacked with hearty taco plates, burritos, and fajitas that sizzle with steak and chicken. Brave diners can slather jalapeño salsa over seafood enchiladas or utilize a tortilla and sweet mole to write a love note to the chef.
A novice might raise a skeptical eyebrow at a coriander- or sorghum-infused beer, but to craft brewer Erik Schmid, ingredients like these aren’t unusual in the least. At The Brewmeister, Erik teaches small groups of students to concoct liquid refreshments that are both distinctive and tasty. Beer-brewing classes cover the basics of fermentation, proper sanitation practices, and how to funnel beer into bottles or directly into bellies. Though Schmid prepares batches of seasonal ales in brewing classes, he can advise students on any brewing technique.
Those who wish to pursue the art of home brewing can purchase brewing equipment and ingredients such as malts, barley, and hops in The Brewmeister's shop. Schmid also stocks wine-making materials, including a variety of yeasts and rental presses with which to extract juices from grapes or grape-flavored juice boxes.
After growing up in the Basilicata region of southern Italy and training in fine Florentine restaurants, Sergio Mirabelli exported his culinary talents to America. A year later, in 1995, he and his wife, Francesca, opened their first eatery on Oakland's restaurant row. Sergio's Steak and Seafood is the Mirabelli family's latest dining establishment—another outlet for the traditional cuisine of Sergio’s childhood. “My family were hunters and we know how to cook game," Mirabelli told Art Garcia of the Folsom Telegraph. He and his Sicilian chef prove this daily by crafting specials built around wild game and fresh seafood in addition to housemade pasta and sauces.
Mirabelli and his wife typically roam the restaurant, greeting guests at the door and making people feel at home; Francesca has even started offering cooking classes where students can learn how to bake biscotti. And their gregarious personalities have won over customers and critics alike. The cozy eatery was ranked the No. 1 Folsom restaurant on TripAdvisor, and Mirabelli has appeared several times on CW 31 Good Day Sacramento's Dishin' With Tina. Even Sacramento magazine got in on the action, hailing the restaurant's "generous portions of lusty food" and old-style Italian ambiance, which is created in part by tapestries depicting scenic, Mediterranean-like landscapes, and in part by analysts predicting the fall of the Roman Empire.