OK, next up on the Big Eight is Capitol Dawg on Capitol and 20th Streets. That’s right, I’m listing what is basically a hot dog stand in my top eight favorite bars in Sacramento.
Why would I do that? Well besides offering a smorgasbord of ‘specialty’ dogs and like fodder, Capitol Dawg also offers you perhaps the most elusive drinkable I’ve sought throughout Sacramento’s sprawling barosphere: the sublime Olympia lager.
Olympia beer might be the greatest beer conceived by man. Especially on a hot day. After all, this is the Summer Edition of the Big Eight, and C Dawg is a summer bar. You don’t want to sit inside, it feels like a Dairy Queen. But once you’re outside, you can enjoy the sunshine, the light touch of Capitol Dawg misters overhead, and, more than anything, the cold sting of the perfect Olympia beer.
In all my travels, I’ve discovered onlyÂ a few other locales in Sacramento that offer the perfect Oly. And none of those include a menu of over 30 delectable dogs, as well as their beloved adjuncts – the onion rings, cheezy fries, chili fries, chili cheezy fries, and … coleslaw (?).
I celebrated my 29th birthday at Capitol Dawg and I’ll probably celebrate my 30th birthday there too.
So I’ll probably take some heat for listing a hot dog place as one of my favorite summer bars. But if it gets one new person to Capitol Dawg, and if it opens that person’s eyes to the beauty of cold Olympia beer with hot dogs on a warm summer day, then I think it’s worth it.