Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Friends Day Out in Old Sacramento

Last year, we made some amazing new friends and we have been making an effort to get together once a month for a fun day out.  This month we decided to do a day in Old Sacramento since our friends recently signed the lease on their new business, Neo Escape Rooms.  They wanted to show us the space before they started construction and we wanted to check out what Old Sac has to offer for a group of friends.

This post is in collaboration with Fats Restaurant Group.  We were given a meal in exchange for an honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  

First off, we met up for lunch at Fat City Bar and Cafe.  Fat City is owned and run by Fats Restaurant Group which are the same people who bring you Frank Fats and Fat's Asia Bistro.  However, Fat City is a very different concept.  It is right in Old Sac across from the Embarcadero and offers an eclectic menu of upscale cuisine.  They have everything from nachos and sandwiches to French Beouf Bourguignon and Jambalaya Pasta.  With their extensive menu, we were able to find something to suit every person in our group's appetite.  

We started with some appetizers.  We got the nachos and the calamari.  I asked for cocktail sauce for the calamari and the waiter said they didn't have any BUT he would MAKE me some.  Talk about great service!  It was also the best cocktail sauce I've ever had!  Then we moved onto entrees, my husband and one of our friends got the Burger of the Week.  The week we went it was a BBQ Bison Burger and they both enjoyed it very much.  My friend Acme got the Chicken Pot Pie which was brought back my popular demand.  Rightly so, it was delicious!  My friend Alex got the Beouf Bourguignon which was tender and flavorful.  It came with lovely vegetables.  I got the Osso Buco since I haven't seen that on many menus.  It was fall off the bone tender and so full of flavor!  We loved all our meals and the staff was delightful!  I can't wait to come back to try more Fat City Bar and Cafe's menu, maybe next time for brunch!

After our filling lunch, we walked around Old Sac to digest.  We happened to be there on May the Fourth Day and we decided to dress to theme.  There was a Star Wars themed scavenger hunt but unfortunately we didn't have time to complete it.  We did however enjoy the decorations and visited with some cosplayers.  We also took some pictures.

Then, we toured the space that will be Neo Escape Rooms.  Our friends Gabriel and Acme won a contest called Calling All Dreamers which helps people with business ideas with resources to open their own business in Downtown Sacramento.  They recently signed the lease on a large space next to Firehouse Restaurant.  They will be transforming the space into three Sacramento themed escape rooms.  I can't wait for them to open because escape rooms are the perfect way to spend time with friends!

We finished our day off with a sweet treat from another Calling All Dreamers contest winner, Milk House Shakes.  The owner's name is Kelly and she created fabulous Presidential inspired milkshakes such as the Abraham Lincoln which is an Oreo shake and the Theodore Roosevelt which is a coffee shake since he was rumored to drink a gallon of coffee a day.  The cute little shop is a family affair where you can often find Kelly's mom and twin sister scooping up some delicious shakes.  My husband and I tried a traditional Oreo Shake which the other guys mixed a bunch of flavors together.  We enjoyed our shakes outside at the picnic tables and it was a lovely end to a lovely day!

Old Sacramento is going through a revitalization.  The Embarcadero they built is the perfect place to see many iconic Sacramento features such as the Tower Bridge and The Ziggurat.  Old Sac draws tourist for a reason.  There's great restaurants, fun shops, and more and more events happening all the time.  Next time you're out for a friend's day, give it a shot!

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