Description and review of Firestone Public House, a sports bar and restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento at the corner of 16th and L Streets.
A friend and I met for lunch recently on a weekday at Firestone Public House. Firestone Public House is a popular sports bar with an attractive décor and “lots” of TV’s. The circle bar has multiple TV’s on all sides overhead – and other TV’s are placed throughout.
I was the first to arrive, and was shown to a booth. It quickly became obvious that it would be very difficult to hold a conversation sitting indoors as the music was blaring. I dislike having to raise my voice in order to be heard.
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It was a beautiful day so I inquired about sitting outside on one of the two patios – adding the caveat “in the shade”. Staff immediately led me to a table for two on the 16th Street patio. Both outdoor patios front busy one-way streets – but the traffic noise and the occasional motorcycle was by far the preferable option. My friend arrived shortly after I was seated.
Firestone Public House has a wide variety of beers on tap – and food offerings include sandwiches, salads, and pizza among other things.
After looking over the menu my friend decided to order the Reuben sandwich (thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese, dark rye bread ($12.95). She had her choice of French fries, criss cut fries, or a mixed green salad – and chose the salad.
I ordered the Southwestern Chicken salad (romaine lettuce, black beans, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, grilled ancho chicken, ranch dressing ($13.95).
My friend said that the Reuben sandwich and side salad were good. I thought the bread looked burnt – but she made no mention of that being the reason she did not eat the bread. I found out afterwards that she was temporarily cutting out carbs.
My salad was huge. It was chock full of good things – including avocado which was not listed on the menu. The chicken was both tender and tasty. The salad was lightly dressed – for which I was appreciative. I hate to have my salad swimming in dressing.
Although I ate steadily during lunch as we chatted, I did not even finish half of my meal and asked for the remainder to be boxed up.
The big downside of my Southwestern Chicken salad was the onion. I like onions – but this purple onion had an overpowering taste. After lunch as I was driving home that was all I could taste – and I could not wait to get home to brush my teeth and rinse my mouth with mouthwash. Truth be told – doing so lessened, but did not remove, the taste of onion.
I had the leftover salad for dinner – and even though I picked out all the onion the taste was still overpowering – so I could not really enjoy it.
Next time I visit the Firestone Public House it will be for Happy Hour as I have been told that their Happy Hour is one of the best in town.
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