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Folsom Tap House

31 Jul

FolsomTapHouse

There’s a new beer place in Folsom.

Brought to you by a local restaurant owner who we already know knows how to build and run a great place – Jeff Back of Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

Folsom Tap House is located in the old Sports Bar building is in the same business area as Back Wine Bar & Bistro. The site of the new Tap House had also housed several other restaurants before including an old French Bistro run by a couple from England.

Needless to say, Jeff has done it again.  It took a few weeks to iron out the new opening bugs but the place is running very well and we have enjoyed visiting, dining and enjoy some very good beers at Folsom Tap House.

To summarize, Folsom Tap House is a very nice place. The ambiance was good, the service outstanding and the food and beer were excellent.

As soon as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and seated. Waters arrived right away and beers were ordered and served quickly. It took us a while to pick what we wanted to eat (great selections) and every few minutes someone would stop by and ask if we needed help or were ready to order – I could not ask for better service then that.

We tried a couple of the beer samplers which happened to be 50% off that day – nice! The beers were great, we enjoyed them all and it was nice how all the styles and brands were explained in detail.

The draft beer list AND the bottled beer list are fantastic! This place has a lot of great beers available.

For food we ordered the salmon sliders and chicken wings and wow they were good!
I’m not even a fan of chicken wings but theirs were great and I already looking forward to going back and having them again.

Through out our evening we were checked in on often by staff which was great. The beers we ordered never sat empty and overall we had a very enjoyable time at Folsom Tap House. We plan to be frequent flyers at this place – it’s that good! and well worth it.

Folsom Tap House
http://folsomtaphouse.com/
25005 Blue Ravine Rd #140
Folsom, CA  95630

Sinfully Delicious Burger

6 Oct

The “Cootie Burger” with Chili Cheese Fries served at Samuel Horne’s Tavern in old town Folsom on Sutter Street.

I must confess, this is one of my all time favorite burger and chili cheese fries combos, I know it is bad as far as cholesterol, fat, sodium and all that goes.  However, the great taste, the high quality ingredients, the perfect meld of flavors,  they all make it very well worth it.

I’ve tried a lot of burgers over the years but this one really stands out with it’s unique combination of ingredients:
Pepperjack Cheese, Raw Spinach, Mayo, Pepperoncini’s and topped with an Over Easy Fried Egg .  Oh so good! That burger along with a side of their outstanding Chili and Cheese fries is pure burger nirvana!   Save up your appetite and try this out sometime!

Smash Burger in Folsom

29 Aug


The NorCal Burger with fries

Last year a Northern California burger joint opened in Folsom on E. Bidwell Blvd.  Smash Burger was highly anticipated as a restaurant that makes burgers really well and has some unique combinations of ingredients.  I was also told they also have very good shakes made with Dryer’s ice cream.

I had to go see what it was all about so I made plans to stop by there for lunch.
Smash Burger is located in Folsom at 703 E. Bidwell near Wales St.

I decided to try the signature NorCal Smash Burger which consisted of Brie Cheese, Apple wood smoked Bacon, sliced balsamic-marinated tomatoes, grilled onions, lettuce and mayo on a sourdough bun.

It was a good burger, had a very good presentation, service was nice and the burger and fries were tasty.  The combo of flavors was good, but I must admit, it was not my favorite, I think I will try a regular Smash burger next time. I don’t think the brie mix worked for me.

All in all it was a good experience, next time I’m going to try something else on their menu to see what else they have.

As of today 8-29-11 Smash Burger has a 50% off deal on Groupon – $6 for $12 worth of food.
This 50% off Groupon coupon deal can be found at http://gr.pn/qE18dB

Check out Smash Burger sometime and let me know what you think of their food – feel free to add your comments below.

Urban Dog & Sausage

26 Aug
Urban Dog & Sausage

Located at 424 E. Bidwell in Folsom, this restaurant specializes in hot dogs, sausages, burgers and beef.

Urban Dog & Sausage has got a festive industrial meets neighborhood ambiance with plenty of tables and a very friendly staff. You select your dog off the chalk board, place your order at the counter and select your table and wait for one of the most tasty hot dogs you’ve ever had. Beer and wine is also available, including one of my favorites on tap: Shocktop

Below are a few selections from the menu, many of these are very creative concoctions. All dogs are the best brand on the planet – Vienna Beef.

The Chicago Dog $3.39
Frankfurter, yellow mustard, onions, neon relish, tomatoes, pickle, sport pepper, poppyseed bun, and celery salt

The Coney Dog $3.69
Frankfurter, meat sauce, yellow mustard, onions, poppyseed bun

Da Capone $3.79
Frankfurter, pastrami, yellow mustard, pickle, poppyseed bun

Barbie Dog $3.49
Frankfurter, barbeque sauce, smoked bacon, fried onion strands

Folsom Bulldog $3.39 
Frankfurter, mustard, grilled onions, tomato, jalapeno-lime aioli, cilantro

Royale with Cheese $4.09
Juicy stuffed double stuffed burger, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, yellow mustard

Maxwell Street Spicy Polish $4.19
Hickory smoked beef sausage, yellow mustard, grilled onions, sport Peppers, poppyseed bun

The Govna $4.19
Beer bratwurst, Dussledorf brown mustard, grilled onions or sauerkraut, Steamed roll

The Balboa $4.19
Mild Italian pork sausage, marinara, fresh mozzarella, steamed roll

Check ‘em out at …

424 E. Bidwell St. Folsom
(916) 984-1003
http://www.urbandogandsausage.com/

Best Burgers in the U.S.

10 Aug

According to Fine & Wine magazine these are the best burger places in the USA.  I am not at all surprised to see the first place on the list…. California’s own In-N-Out! Congrats!

The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at 24-hour-roadside joints and ephemeral late-night burgers sold out in mere minutes; burgers grilled in hundred-year-old cast-iron broilers and burgers steamed in state-of-the-art ovens; burgers crafted from Kobe beef imported from Japan and burgers made with Black Angus beef from just down the road; burgers innocuously topped with melted American cheese and burgers piled high with crumbly, statement-making Roquefort cheese. It’s clearly a great time to love the burger. Here, we’ve singled out the 25 best burgers around the country.

By Ratha Tep, Lawrence Marcus

California: In-N-Out Burger

Best Burgers in the U.S.: In-N-Out Burger: Cheeseburger

In-N-Out’s Cheeseburger. Photo © Jess Lander

Signature Burger: Cheeseburger.

Even superstar chef Thomas Keller is a fan of the West Coast chain—and with good reason. The cooked-to-order burgers are made from Harris Ranch beef and served with hand-cut fries. For a messier, more indulgent experience, order your burger “Animal Style” for extra sauce and chopped grilled onions. in-n-out.com 

New York City: Minetta Tavern

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Minetta Tavern

Photo © Sylvia Paret.

Signature Burger: Black Label Burger (topped with with caramelized onions).

Minetta Tavern’s excellent burgers use a beef blend—dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket and short rib—from famed purveyor Pat La Frieda, and buns from Balthazar Bakery. minettatavernny.com 

Atlanta, GA: Holeman & Finch

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Holeman & Finch

Photo © Jeff Moore.

Star chef Linton Hopkins announces “burger time”—10 p.m.—with the ringing of two bull horns; that’s when two dozen grass-fed beef burgers are up for grabs and consistently sold out within minutes. The burgers are also available on the Sunday brunch menu. holeman-finch.com 

Arlington, VA: Ray’s Hell Burger

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Ray's Hell Burger

Photo © Robyn Lee.

Signature Burger: Basic Beef Burger (served in a brioche bun).

There’s no sign, yet dedicated fans—a certain president included—come here for the freshly ground burgers with and complimentary toppings like grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac.

Boston, MA: Craigie on Main

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Craigie on Main

Photo courtesy of Craigie on Main.

Signature Burger: Beefburger.

Star chef Tony Maws adds bone marrow and dehydrated miso to his Bar Burger, and cooks it in a low heat CVap oven, followed by a quick char on the plancha. craigieonmain.com 

San Francisco, CA: Zuni Café

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Zuni Café

Photo © Bill Holmes.

Signature Burger: House-ground hamburger (served in a grilled rosemary focaccia).

Instead of traditional cucumber pickles, legendary chef-owner Judy Rodgers accents her burgers with thin-cut zucchini strips pickled in apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds and turmeric. zunicafe.com 

New Haven, CT: Louis’ Lunch

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Louis' Lunch

Photo © Michael Franzman.

Signature Burger: The Original Burger (prepared with a combination of chuck and sirloin beef).

Many restaurants claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger. Louis’ Lunch, in New Haven, Connecticut, since 1900, is a leading contender. The meaty hand-shaped patties are grilled on antique cast-iron broilers over an open flame. louislunch.com 

Memphis, TN: Dyer’s Burgers

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Dyer's Burgers

Signature Burger: Dyer’s Cheeseburger.

The legendary patties here are pounded thin before they’re cooked in a cast-iron skillet filled with grease for a deliciously crisp exterior.dyersonbeale.com 

Chicago, IL: Custom House Tavern

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Custom House Burger

Photo © Tuan Bui.

Signature Burger: Custom House Burger (short rib, sirloin and ground pork patty topped with aged cheddar cheese and shaved onion, served in a sourdough brioche bun).

The “Custom House Burger”—available only on the lunch and bar menu—comes with house-made steak saucecustomhouse.cc 

Miami, FL: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Photo courtesy of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Signature Burger: Black Angus Burger (served in a brioche bun).

An optional topping for star chef Michael Schwartz‘s Harris Ranch Black Angus beef burger: house-smoked bacon. michaelsgenuine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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