Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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 http://deverespub.com 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 http://www.yourquizmaster.com.


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 http://w3.fishswild.com.


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 www.davisenterprise.com 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 wendyedit@gmail.com.



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.
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Davis is not immune: Are you ready for a big quake?

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Planning begins for Davis Neighbors’ Night Out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

    Sword-attack suspect awaiting trial in Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    San Francisco is first to test urban farming law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Learn about RNA at Science Café

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Google Glass will be discussed, demonstrated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Tickets still available for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Cuddle up at Project Linus’ meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A3

    International folk dancing offered Sundays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Rose garden bricks to be dedicated Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    It’s About Time plays Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park

    By Anthony Siino | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Register year-round at Davis Chinese School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8



    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

    Have the facts before you judge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Tesla has state walking a tightrope

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A4

    Special-needs passengers ignored

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    A cure for Davis’ problems

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    A good use for the MRAP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Marriage vs. male instinct

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5



    DHS boys looking to replicate a big cross country performance

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Life without MacDonald starts Friday for DHS

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Clark recalls his hole-in-one — the first at Davis Golf Course

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Fruits of their Labor Day

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Aggies edge Quinnipiac in overtime

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Sports briefs: Hot Shots basketball tryouts coming up

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Baseball roundup: Aces end River Cats’ season

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

    Junior Blue Devils strong in home debut, winning 3 on the field

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery









    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5



    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7