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August: Beni Feil
September: Paul Lewis
October: Corey and Val Hogue
August 17th Natter
Swabbies on the River Restaurant & Bar
-The best Sacramento live
music venue and restaurant on the river! Located 5871 Garden Highway,
Welcome to Swabbies, the
premier destination restaurant and bar on the beautiful Sacramento River.
Let the waters of the Sacramento River wash your worries away as you relax
in the shade of 60-foot trees – one of our 19 beers on tap in one hand and a
famous Swabbies taco in the other. Seasonal in nature, yet, open year round.
Swabbies is a true Sacramento “best of” for daytime live music and outdoor
dining. Our restaurant may be in Sacramento, but our hearts and minds – not
to mention our stomachs – are in Cabo San Lucas and Honolulu. We bring
beach-front ambiance to our riverside restaurant. With authentic marina
food, drink and plenty of tropical attitude.
Check out their
Let's go and enjoy good food
and drinks sitting on the river. Lots of shade to relax. Very casual and no
It can be reached from Highway I-5, by taking the airport turnoff follow
signs. Another way is the Garden Highway off I-5. Go past Chevy's and follow
the road to Swabbies.
Beni Feil 451-7387
September 21st Natter
The Purple Place
The Purple Place Bar & Grill
363 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills,
Best use of the color purple. The Purple Place Bar & Grill went from
run-down biker bar to popular neighborhood destination.
By Raheem F. Hosseini
You really can’t miss The Purple Place Bar &
Grill. For starters, its wide-set facade is literally purple. And “El Dorado
Hill’s original roadhouse,” as it’s billed, has loomed large on Green Valley
Road since 1955.
But that doesn’t mean it was always a hit with the locals. “The Purple Place
is historic, and everyone knows about it some way or another, but it really
was a run-down biker bar when we took it over,” says co-owner Denise
Hountalas, who purchased the establishment nine years ago with husband Mike.
The couple started their new venture with 12 employees and no investors, she
adds. Now they have 58 people working for them, as well as a large cast of
regulars gobbling up an equally expansive menu.
Everything is made fresh in-house, including the chips, mayonnaise and
pasta. The loaded menu has its popular items, such as the biscuits and
gravy, the appetizing prawn cocktail and the ribs that take three days to
prepare before being served for dinner. “I think that’s made it a better
restaurant and brought in more people,” Hountalas says of their
She credits a great team and her husband Mike, who began his restaurant
career at the age of 7, cracking eggs for his father, who then owned San
Francisco’s famed Cliff House. Mike Hountalas most recently worked as
director of operations for Sacramento restaurant magnate Randy Paragary.
On a mild Thursday afternoon, it’s easy to see why the Purple Place has hit
its comfort-food stride. Outside on the dark-wooded patio, the jerk-chicken
sandwich packs a lemony zing. Despite its name, it’s a palate’s best friend.
The crammed main restaurant is decorated with murals depicting the county’s
history, but diners are too busy mowing down bacon cheeseburgers on
gluten-free buns to notice. Denise Hountalas says many of these same folks
will return later, cleaned up and sans children, to tip cocktails and enjoy
live weekend music.
Check out their
Please let Paul Lewis know by September 18th, if you will
attend, so he can let the restaurant know how many to expect.
Paul Lewis 530-676-8552