Description and review of the Zebra Club, a “divey” neighborhood sports bar and grill in Midtown Sacramento.
A fellow Renaissance Society member is writing a book about Sacramento dive bars, and I plan to join her when she visits the last few on her list when I can. While my blog posts provide a here and now description and review – her book will lay bare the fascinating and colorful stories of approximately 30 establishments.
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It was late afternoon on a weekday when I joined three other members of the Renaissance Society for a late lunch. This was my first visit to the Zebra Club, so I was very interested to check it out.
As I entered, I noted a number of “regulars” sitting at the bar. On the opposite side of the room tables line the wall, and that is where two members of my group were already seated.
The Zebra Club is not as divey as it used to be, having undergone a number of interior improvements. It features a rotating list of 19+ craft beers/ciders on tap. A specialty homemade Bloody Mary is said to be top notch.
The bar and large covered patio in the back are dotted with numerous flatscreen TVs. The Zebra Club has been a long-time Premier League hub for fans of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs.
When I checked out the online menu prior, I had been surprised by the extensive breakfast and lunch-late night menu offered.
The friendly bartender was also our server, and she took very good care of us. When asked, she revealed that she was a long-time employee at the Zebra Club and enjoyed her job.
For lunch that day we ordered:
- Patty Melt (1/2 lb. fresh ground beef, charbroiled to order and served with grilled onions and choice of cheese with French fries) ($10)
- French Dip (roast beef sandwich served with homemade Au Jus plus French fries) ($10)
- Tuna Salad Sandwich (water packed tuna with lettuce and tomato) ($7.50) and Mixed Greens Salad (lettuce, tomato & cucumber) ($4)
- Crispy Tacos (chicken or beef) (3 for $7.00)
All told, there was three hits and one miss at lunch that day. The Patty Melt received high marks, and the Tuna Salad Sandwich (served on untoasted white bread as requested) and salad were enjoyed. However, the French Dip Sandwich (specifically the beef) did not live up to expectations.
I had ordered the Crispy Tacos (2 chicken & 1 beef) as they were listed as one of the Zebra Club “Specialties”. The taco fillings were what one would expect (meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese) – but the tortillas were made “crispy” in a unique (new to me) way. One side of the tortilla had been fused with cheese on the grill until it was crispy, then folded in half with the crispy side out and then the fillings added. I enjoyed the taste of the crispy cheese shell/tortilla.
I should mention that although I had planned to order a beer to accompany my lunch, I inquired as to what brand of white wine was being served. I have learned over time that at certain places it is best not to order wine but it never hurts to ask. As a result of my inquiry, I ordered a glass of chardonnay ($6). The pour was generous and the price was right.
To Sum Up
To sum up, I am glad to have had the excuse and opportunity to check out the Zebra Club. A comment was made that it is not as cheap as it used to be, but then what is? All in all, the prices seem most reasonable.
Like so many bars, the music (juke box) at the Zebra Club was too loud, a big turnoff for our group. Something to keep in mind if you want to hold a conversation.
Comments on the Zebra Club?
What has been your experience at the Zebra Club? Have you had the Bloody Mary?
Zebra Club Snapshot:
- 1900 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 442-3972
- Open 7 Days a Week: 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (next day)
- Covered Patio (Back)/dog friendly
- Juke box
- Street Parking
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