We dragged our 8 year-old daughter out for an impromptu dinner at 58 Degrees Bar & Bistro last Sunday night. Braving an aggressive rainstorm, we fled our bare refrigerator and chilly living room for 58 Degrees’ warm, urban conviviality. Best known for its fabulous wine list – which is broken into fun categories like “whites with some heft” and “unabashedly full-bodied reds,” the wine bar also has an exciting, creative menu. I was blown away by the chef’s warm Brussels leaves salad, lightly tossed in a golden balsamic dressing with silky, tender chunks of chanterelle mushroom, melty-soft torpedo onion and bits of pancetta; and my husband’s seared hangar steak sandwich – embellished with melted brie and caramelized onion aioli – was also a knockout. Spirits revived, we all savored 58 Degrees’ beautiful cheese plate, adorned with a sweet-tangy cranberry compote and enticing pile of roasted, spice-dusted nuts (the perfect partner: a goblet of Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé). If you’re seeking a unique, intimate dining experience, check out this cozy midtown wine bar.
1217 18th Street, Sacramento, (916) 442-5858; www.58degrees.com