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Hiding in plain sight along the border of Midtown and East Sac, Hawk’s Public House presents a fantastic menu of high-end American food and drink with a creative edge. Notable dishes on the seasonally-rotating menu include the gently smoky St Louis ribs, accompanied by grilled avocado, sweet summer peaches, and drizzled with an otherworldly coffee-bourbon glaze; or the generously-sized grilled salmon with sweet corn and summer beans, smothered with a sauce of cucumbers, dill, and Calabrian chilies. Smart Sacramentans mark their calendars for “Fried Chicken Mondays,” the only night of the week that Hawks makes their famous buttermilk fried chicken, served with honey mustard, mashed potatoes, and their face-slapping pickled jalapeño coleslaw. Don’t forget to check out the craft cocktail menu, which many consider to be one of the most respectable in the city.


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St Louis Pork Ribs from Hawk’s Public House
St Louis Pork Ribs from Hawk’s Public House
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