FOOD: Broderick Roadhouse in West Sacramento

After a morning of shopping at IKEA on Saturday, my wife and I tried Broderick Roadhouse restaurant in West Sacramento.

I had heard good things about it. From the outside you’d think it was just another dive bar next to the railroad tracks. Don’t let the looks deceive you!

The Roadhouse is dark, but comfortable and lively inside.

I had the Bacon Macaroni and Cheese (it’s my go-to comfort food and I’d like to think I’m a pretty good judge of Mac and Cheese).

Broderick Roadhouse is now on my short list of absolutely amazing Macaroni and Cheese!

It’s a wonderful blend of cheeses (bleu, gruyere, aged white & cheddar cheeses) and applewood smoked bacon and it’s topped with Parmesan and a curl of more bacon. Then it’s grilled (!) and served on some greens.

Awesome!

I paired it with a Bike Dog Wee Heavy Brown. Delicious!

My wife had the Flank Steak Salad and we shared some Naked Fries as an appetizer. Everything on their menu seems to be well crafted and freshly-made.

They have a nice local rotating tap list and personable service.

I’ll definitely return here.

Give it a try, you’ll love it.

Broderick Roadhouse is located at 319 6th Street in West Sacramento.

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BEERFEST: The Art of Beer: Sacramento

Last night, I had a great time at The Art of Beer: Sacramento, an enjoyable fundraiser for Ales for Autism held at the Aerospace Museum of California.

I was able to try many local beers:

  • Drake’s 1500
  • Bike Dog IPA
  • Mraz EDH IPA
  • Berryessa Pumpkin Death
  • Warped Crash of ’83 IPA
  • 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood
  • Track 7 Trein Wrak
  • Almanac IPA
  • New Helvetia Mystery Airship
  • Old Hangtown Black Ice Black IPA
  • Six Rivers Coffee Porter
  • Triple Rock Ipax IPA
  • Bear Republic Apex
  • Moylan’s Foggy Sunset Plum Saison
  • Heretic Evil Twin Red Ale
  • Speakeasy Black Hand Milk Stout
  • Almanac Bier de Chocolat
  • Quite a nice sampling. Northern California has some very talented brewers.

    Each brewery supplied an art auction item for bid. I was fortunate to win an airplane I bid on from Hangar 24 (although I really wanted the painting on wood from Bike Dog).

    I loved the Art of Beer beer journal provided this year.

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    My iPhone pictures suck, so check out the photo album from Hops to Table here.

    RECIPE: West Coast Jambalaya

    Made this for New Year’s Eve

    2 lb chicken breast, cut in 1 inch pieces
    12 oz Andouille sausage (4 links), cut in rounds
    1 yellow onion, diced
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 tsp creole seasoning
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
    2 tsp Worcestershire
    12 oz IPA (I used Seabright Brewing‘s The Blur)
    1 cup water
    1-1/2 cups long grain rice

    Heat oil at medium-high in a big pot.
    Brown chicken and sausage.
    Add onion. Stir frequently.
    Stir in creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire, IPA, water and rice. Bring to a boil.
    Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
    Stir.
    Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Note: Adjust spices to your taste.

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    FAR NORTH: Siskiyou County

    The last day of our year-end beer trip started out with a quick stop at Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland.

    It was too early for me to drink, but I grabbed a couple 22s to go and added this brewery to my “must visit” list.

    I loved the bottle covered walls!

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    Our only real beer stop would be in Weed, CA at Mt. Shasta Brewing Company, home of Legal Weed.

    Since I had a long drive ahead, I skipped the 8-beer sampler and opted for a pint of Mountain High IPA with my lunch.

    This was the best beer I had on this three day trip. Perfectly hoppy!

    I loved the feel of this “joint.” Weed only has 3,000 citizens and I imagine this place hops on a regular basis.

    My only criticism — I felt the food was good but overpriced.

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    Well, it was a fun few days on the road but we had to get back home for New Year’s Eve.

    Cheers!