Smoke Gets in Your Eyes


I had dinner last night on the patio at Shady Lady Saloon and ran into the same problem my colleague Kira O’Donnell wrote about in a recent review: cigarette smoke. Specifically, a group of young women were smoking up a storm on the patio while we ate.

Surprisingly, smoking is legal in Sacramento County on restaurant patios. (The ban against smoking inside restaurants is actually a labor law—it has nothing to do with a diner’s right to eat without inhaling carcinogens.) Maybe it’s time for Sacramento to think about changing that law.

Despite the clouds of smoke, I loved the fried green tomatoes I ate as an appetizer. They were crunchy and spicy and delicious, and they came with a nicely assertive rémoulade. I’d definitely go back for those tomatoes—but I might sit inside.