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Downtown dining on a student’s budget


Spring break is a often a time for taking trips out of town, visiting family or, for some students, finishing those big semester projects.

For the City College students who are stuck in the Sacramento area, it may seem like there isn’t much fun to be had. However, if cheap food and/or drinks are enough to cure the boredom, you’re in luck. Happy hour is a perfect time to put some pants on, hop in your car or grab the light rail and head out to one of the many establishments that offer deals and a comfortable seat so you can take your mind o of your worries.

Take a look at our list of the best local joints that offer special during that special time of day.

1806 Capitol Ave

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. All ages are welcome at this casual Italian eatery.
The deals: $5 appetizers, $3 cocktails and draft beer

During the lunch and dinner hours, this local hotspot is almost impossible to get in without a long wait. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and it is best to get there before the 5 p.m. rush.  The crispy polenta fries ($5) are a must and on the regular menu, check out some of the best little known pizza in the Sacramento area. Paesanos is part of a local restaurant group with additional locations in Davis and Elk Grove.

1117 11th St

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. All ages on the patio; 21 at the bar.
The deals: $5 appetizers, $3 cocktails and draft beer
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Located right next to the Capitol and reminiscent of the old school steak house, the restaurant comes o semi-pretentious with white table clothes and its pricey menu. However, come for happy hour and head out to the patio for an affordable late lunch or early dinner. Not to mention the local color.  The “Chops” chopped salad ($8) and the Capitol Burger ($8) are straightforward, satisfying  selections. And the current seasonal Green Plate ($6) with grilled asparagus, half grilled artichoke and sautéed Brussels sprouts will tempt even the most carnivorous City College student.

Firestone Public House
1132 16th Street

Happy hour: Monday to Friday 3 to 6 p.m., children not suggested.
Late night Happy Hour: Sunday – 8 p.m. to close. Monday to Wednesday – 10 p.m. to close 21 and over

Bring a couple of friends, during happy hour Firestone’s chili cheese fries ($5) and pulled pork nachos ($5) are not served in moderation.  This Sacramento “in-crowd” sports bar and restaurant frequented by KJ offers a lot of really good bar food, not to mention a 22-ounce draft pour for the spring break drinker. The Giant Bavarian Pretzel ($8.95) and the blow-your-diet Brandy Fried Chicken ($14.95) on the regular menu are great for sharing and should not be missed.

Ella Dining Room and Bar
113 K Street

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. All ages on the patio; 21 at the bar.
The deals: $5 small bite plates

Eat to say you ate there. Ella is arguably one of the best restaurants in town, and features a happy hour that showcases the menu and the talents of the chef.  The small bar plates are reasonably priced and if nothing else you can impress a date even if its only for happy hour. Try the Collards and Burrata Cheese with Kale Chips ($5), Fried Rock Shrimp with Lemon Aioli ($5). If you are going to drink, impress your friends with the signature Gin and Tonic with Rainforest quinine and sugarcane simple syrup.

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