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36 Handles Pub & Eatery, El Dorado Hills CA

28 Dec

36Handles

Richard Righton has done it again! The owner of the successful Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom, and Relish Burger Bar in El Dorado Hills has opened his 3rd restaurant (nearly next door to Relish) called 36 Handles Irish Pub & Eatery, and from our first visit I can tell you right now that Richard has done it again – this place is great!

36 Handles is an Irish Pub with an upscale decor that is noticeable as soon as you see the ornate wood red and black doors at the entrance. Upon stepping inside it’s like being transported to Ireland, this place truly has the look and feel of an authentic Irish Pub – it’s very nicely done with excellent quality furnishings and interesting wall hangings. The bar itself is a sight to behold, you don’t see really cool large wood bars like that very much anymore and this one is great, and very well equipped.

The staff and the service deserve special notice because we could not have wished for better service then we received at 36 Handles on our first visit today, simply put – the service was outstanding.

From the minute we sat down at our table in the bar area, we were handed menus and a minute or two later we had our drink orders in. Our waitress was very attentive and had a really great attitude. I’ll discuss the food later, for now I want to tell you more about the great service. My wife’s order of fish and chips came out wrong, she ordered panko crusted instead of traditional but that was no problem and did not end up being an issue, in fact it helped us experience another level of service that is sometimes awkward. Our waitress immediately took care of the mix up and promptly kept us informed on the status of the order every few minutes and she even brought over a plate of fries until the new order of fish and chips arrived. That mix up was easily forgotten when getting to experience this kind of top notch service.

The beer list is great with lots of excellent choices of beers of all types, and what’s really amazing is that for an Irish BEER Pub, they have a pretty good selection of good wines too! My wife enjoyed a nice Hess Chardonnay while I had a Kroenenbourg beer.

Photo from 36 Handles Website

The menu has a nice selection of traditional pub fare and more. For food I tried the Corn Beefed Reuben Sandwich made of marble rye, corned beef, white cheddar, braised cabbage, whole grain & served with pub fries. My wife had the fish and chips with Cod (there are 3 choices of fish) and she had it panko style (it’s also served traditional style).

My wife and I have had some pretty good fish and chips at another local restaurant lately, so that was what we used as a benchmark to measure how well 36 Handles makes their fish and chips. The results were immediately recognized, the fish and chips at 36 Handles BEAT the competition! The flavor was outstanding, the sauce amazing and the fish was cooked absolutely perfectly, very nice and flaky and tasty.

36 Handles, has it all – great ambiance, great service AND great food – two thumbs up here! We will be back – often!

36 Handles Pub & Eatery
1010 White Rock Rd.
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 941-3606

http://www.36handles.com/

https://www.facebook.com/36Handles

Purple Place Burger

10 Aug
The Purple Place

Went to the Purple Place last week to try their burger that has won a few “best of” contests.

I’d been here years ago, but since then its changed ownership and the entire place upgraded. There’s a really nice menu now that consists not only of bar food basics such as hot wings and nacho’s but they also serve seared sea scallops, pot stickers and more. For their entree’s they range from scallop risotto (which I can’t wait to try!), prawns, new york steak, ribs, tacos and a line up of burgers, sandwiches & panini’s.


I tried the cheeseburger with cheddar with the works along with garlic fries. It all was very tasty and I look forward to going back to The Purple Place to try some of the other items on the menu.

Located at 363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills
http://www.purpleplacebarandgrill.com

Manderes Re-Visited

3 Aug

Manderes Re-visited
Manderes has relocated! New Address is 1004 E. Bidwell
(near Bidwell Street Bistro, Target Center)

One of my favorite beer joints / restaurants in Folsom is a small (now larger) pub and grill at 1004 E. Bidwell, Suite 600 called Manderes. They have a motto that says “No Crap on Tap” and they mean it. This place is just like Cheers. Brent (pictured above), the owner, along with staff members Avalon, Lindsay, Tim and the rest of the crew are super friendly and always make you feel welcomed in their “home”

Manderes only serves the best of the best beers and wines, and their food is very good.Some of their great beers include my favorites: Alagash, Leinenkugel, Anderson Valley, Deschutes, Lagunitas and at least 100 more choices between on tap and bottled.


I’ve had a lot of fun going to this place over the past 3 years since they opened and once a month they (used to but soon will again) host a really fun beer tasting event that always packs the house. They usually showcase a brand or style of beer each time that includes a tasting of the best selections along with an entree’ for $18. It’s held on the 2nd Wedensday of every month

If you’re ever in the Folsom area, I highly recommend you all check out this restaurant and bar.

They have daily food specials consisting of grilled salmon, pork chops, and more, and their regular menu consists of such tasty dishes as Chimay Glazed Chicken, Korean Bulgogi (which you know I like) and they do up a really great steak, ribs, shrimp and more.

Be sure to try their cheesecake blintz dessert sometime too!

Another thing to note about this great little place, they’ve won many awards since opening: They’re in the list of Draft magazines Top 200 bars in the NATION, they were ranked in Sacramento Magazine as one of the best things to do in the Sacramento area. They won KCRA 13′s Best Beer Selection in Sacramento, and they have won several times for Best Bar in MyFolsom.com’s Best of Folsom selection.

Check out Manderes at:
http://manderes.com/
1004 E. Bidwell Street
Suite 600
Folsom, CA. 95630
(916) 986-9655

The Golden Cadillac Drink, created at Poor Red’s

31 Jul


Poor Red’s, Home of The Golden Cadillac

After a fun day of riding my motorcycle in the local hills with my wife, we like to stop by a small historic western tavern in the town of El Dorado called Poor Red’s where we enjoy a nice cold drink after a day out riding in the summer heat.  www.poorredsbbq.com

Poor Red’s is a small restaurant and bar off the beaten path where stepping inside the door is like stepping back in time.  It’s truly one of a kind, a must see place.  I wonder if Guy Fieri knows about it?

Poor Red’s is famous for their award winning BBQ, and also for a world famous drink they concocted called The Golden Cadillac.  This drink tastes so good it’s like having a vanilla shake, but you can never drink it fast because you’ll get a brain freeze.

The sweet after-dinner type drink is made with the Italian liquer Galliano and a few other items (recipe below).  The Golden Cadillac drink made Poor Red’s the largest consumer of Galliano in the world.  That’s huge for such a small place, world’s largest consumer! right there in the tiny town of El Dorado, so far away from Italy.

If you can’t make it over to Poor Red’s, here’s the recipe for

The Golden Cadillac

- Ice
- Heavy Cream
- White Creme de Cacao
- Galliano

In a blender with the motor on high blend 5 ice cubes, crushed, 3 tablespoons heavy cream, and 1 ounce each of white crème de cacao and Galliano for 15 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth, and pour the mixture into a chilled saucer-shaped Champagne glass. Makes 1 drink.

Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market

30 Jul


Folsom’s Farmers Markets

The best fruits and vegetables are often not found at the grocery store, instead they can be found at local Farmers Markets, and Folsom is fortunate to have not one, but two!

Friday I went and checked out Folsom’s “other” Farmers Market that is run by the The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market Association 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays, June 4, through Oct. 1, at Briggs Ranch Plaza in Folsom.

Featured market items include fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, berries, jam, olive oil, herbs, baked goods, flowers and local merchants.  There are about 20 vendors at any given time that participate in this Farmers Market making for a very nice variety of vendors. 

On this trip I purchased some freshly picked tomatoes, some baked garlic peas that were a gourmet snack, several very nice cheeses, and some candied walnuts. I also purchased some zucchini for a ratatouille recipe I planned to make over the weekend.

In case you haven’t been yet, Folsom’s original certified Sutter Street Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays, June 13, through October 3, in the 900 block of Sutter Street. (http://folsomfoodie.com/2011/03/13/shopping-locally-at-a-farmers-market/)

Check out both Farmers Markets, support our local farmers.

Grown locally, sold locally and eaten locally is the unofficial motto of regional agriculture boosters.

Shopping at your local Farmer’s Market

13 Mar

Shopping for quality fresh food items can sometimes be hit or miss at a grocery store depending on how long items have been on a store shelf and where the item originally came from.   I’ve had the misfortune of occasionally buying what looks like fresh packed produce only to find it spoiled or rotten within a few days of the original purchase.  That can be a major disappointment, especially when spending top dollar for those poor quality items.

As much as I love Trader Joe’s, I’ve found their produce to sometimes be too old to use and frankly they should not even be stocking that produce on their shelves after the item has reached a certain age after it’s been harvested.

Produce sold at a Certified Farmers’ Markets is freshly picked and very nutritious.  Unlike store produce which is picked many days in advance and hundred of miles away, most produce at Certified Farmers’ Markets is picked within hours of market days. And the visitor can talk directly to the farmer and learn about new varieties of fruits and vegetables, farming practices and special preparation suggestions.

A Certified Farmers’ Markets is not just a place of shopping but is a community event.  Friends meet friends, swap recipes and visit with the farmers who have become their friends.

The Placerville, Cameron Park, Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. (CFMA) is an association of over 75 growers and producers who participate.

For more information about The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market check out their website at http://www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com/

Folsom has a season farmers market that usually starts in June and is held every Sunday morning in old town Folsom on Sutter Street.

Sacramento hosts a dozen different Certified Farmers Markets on various days at several different locations in the area.  A complete list of all Farmers Markets can be found at the following website: http://www.california-grown.com/Market-times.html

One of the largest local Farmers Markets is held on Sundays 8am to noon in Sacramento at 8th and W streets under the highway 50 over pass.  This one has gotten some rave reviews and I plan to go there next weekend to check it out and report back with more details and photos.

Another local Sacramento place to check out is Denio’s Market.

A good farmers market usually has more then just produce, so you can do all your shopping at once in one place.  Many markets also have local vendors selling beef, poultry, fish, shelfish, baked breads and goods and a whole lot more.  Check out your local farmers market soon and you’ll discover an abundance of some of the best food products to be found… at the best prices to be found.

Until next time, Cheers!

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