Friday, April 24, 2015

Pub scene booming in Davis

From page A10 | December 11, 2011 |

Who doesn’t want a bar at City Hall? City Hall Tavern opened a couple of weeks ago on the F Street side of Bistro 33. The bar uses the Historic City Hall entrance at 226 F St. The menu is different from Bistro’s, but the food is prepared in the same kitchen.

The fun new venue features bicycle wheels on the ceiling, large screen TVs, a ping-pong table and “33 bottles of beer on the wall.” For draft fans like me, there are nine on tap.

The bar food includes a wide range of traditional items with a pub theme, like beer-battered onion rings, Guinness brats and Dead Guy Ale BBQ meatball sliders. If you need to work off some of those calories, there are two stationary road bikes poised for spinning competitions.

Brothers Fred and Matt Haines of SRO Family of Fine Restaurants also own 33rd Street Bistro, Suzie Burger and Riverside Clubhouse in Sacramento.


Zindagi Indian Bistro is the name of the restaurant going in at 213 E St., Suite C. It’s the spot where Queen of Sheba was, and before that, Pita Pit.

Surinder Sidhu of The Britannia Group Inc. of Yuba City owns the restaurant. Balwinder Sidhu is listed in the public notice as secretary.

Next door at another suite at 213 E, construction is also under way at Luigi’s, a pizza parlor and live music venue filling the long-ago Discoveries space. I don’t have a firm timeline for either eatery yet.


E Street has certainly been busy with construction lately. And thanks to de Vere’s Irish Pub, it’s a destination. It has been open for a month and is still packed with patrons. De Vere’s is definitely the place to go in Davis right now.

I’ve been there twice on weekend nights and although it’s crowded and loud, the service and food have been great. The free Irish brown bread is addictive. Visit its website at and choose the Davis location.

And if you didn’t know, UC Davis English professor Andy Jones’ Pub Quiz — displaced by Bistro 33’s City Hall Tavern remodel — found a popular new home. It’s at de Vere’s at 7 p.m. Monday nights. Teams of four to six people start saving tables as early as 4:45 for a chance to test their trivia knowledge. Learn more at


Fish’s Wild, ”Fish Grill & More” is open at 516 Second St., next to Uncle Vito’s. It fills the spaces left by Mishka’s Café and Cartridge World, which both moved.

The menu offers more than seafood: grilled beef short ribs, grilled chicken and chicken katsu. Fish choices include salmon, tilapia, trout, shrimp, Mahi Mahi and others. Most of the choices are grilled, but fans of fried food aren’t left out. There are traditional plates, salads, tacos and wraps. Side orders are brown or white rice, grilled zucchini, steamed veggies and French fries.

I ordered a grilled shrimp plate, which comes with steamed veggies and brown rice. Delicious and guilt-free!

Its phone is (530) 753-8815. Visit


Pho King 4 will soon replace Orange Hut at 226 Third St., near the university. There is a Pho King 2 on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. It looks like it should be open about the time the students return for winter quarter.

The Sacramento location specializes in Bun Bo Hue, a spicy beef noodle soup.


Newsbeat owners Terence and Janis Lott closed their downtown Sacramento store last month. The store, at 1050 20th St., was “always subsidized by the Davis location,” Terence told The Sacramento Bee’s Bob Shallit.

The Davis store, at 514 Third St., sells a wide range of magazines and newspapers, greeting cards, cigars and — my boys will point out — an interesting array of candy.

— Wendy Weitzel is a Davis resident. Her column runs occasionally on Sundays, but her Comings & Goings blog at has more frequent updates. Comings & Goings is also on Facebook. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].



Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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