Friends and I visited the Oak Park Brewing Company recently to have lunch on a Friday afternoon. Oak Park Brewing Company is located on Broadway near 35th Street in the Oak Park (where else?) neighborhood in Sacramento.
It was a very nice day so we seated ourselves on the outdoor patio. The patio is really quite large, but then I am sure it can fill up on evenings and weekends. The day we were there only two other outside tables were in use.
One friend ordered a glass of white wine – Joel Gott Oregon Pinot Gris ($7.50), while the other two of us decided that drinking beer with lunch would be appropriate at a brewery. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the beers served, and both answered questions and suggested beers we might enjoy. I am not a big beer drinker – but when I responded to her question as to what beers I like she readily had some suggestions. My friend settled on the Broadway Pale Ale ($5) which was served in a 19 oz. pint glass. I ordered the Lily White Belgian Wit Bier ($5) which was served in a 13 oz. tulip glass – very cute.
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One of the people at a nearby table had brought his (well-behaved) large dog. The dog was really mellow and only moved occasionally to get out of the sun – otherwise he slept. I knew that Oak Park Brewing Company is dog friendly, but I did not drive. I keep a car seat (dog seat?) in my car and definitely would like to take my dog Mickey with me at some point. The experience would do him good.
For lunch, my friend who ordered the wine settled on the Roasted Beet Salad (arugula, feta, pomegranate seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette ($12). The special OP burger of the day – the pesto burger (1/3 lb. patty, red onion, mixed greens, aioli & pesto on a bun) ($12) – was ordered by another friend, while I chose to try the Cubano (pulled pork, OP smoked Tasso ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on sourdough ($12). I have recently been trying and comparing Cubano sandwiches around town.
The Roasted Beet Salad was said to be very tasty and I found myself wishing that I had ordered lighter fare. The salad looked great. The pesto burger was said to be very tasty as well. The bun been generously buttered and the combination of butter and pesto made the burger very rich. My Cubano sandwich was very good – no complaints – but my favorite is still the Cubano at Café Bernardo.
As we were leaving we noticed that the patio area most distant from the building itself appeared sectioned off and that the high-top round tables had signs taped on the tabletop. We could not see what the sign said, but one of the tables was in use and the patron explained that in this section wait service was not provided. In other words, go to the bar, get your drink, etc. and enjoy!
I look forward to returning to Oak Park Brewing Company to enjoy the outside patio again at least one more time this summer.
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