SAUCE'D General Manager Curtis Cole readies for the Mixology crowd at the El Dorado Hills pizza and cocktail house. Photo by Julie Samrick


Sauce’d adds new flavor to EDH restaurant scene

By July 22, 2011

El Dorado Saloon celebrated its first anniversary with plenty of bull riding and another restaurant to boot. Adjacent to the saloon, Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail House opened its doors in June, offering a unique, yet complementary, experience to saloon patrons.

General Manager Curtis Cole said the new addition gives folks more options. “People can stay in El Dorado Hills instead of going down the hill into Folsom,” he explained. “They can find an assortment of nightlife right here.”

Where El Dorado Saloon is upbeat and can accommodate large groups of people, Sauce’d is more jazzy and intimate, a perfect place to wind down. Live jazz is performed at Sauce’d on Thursdays and Sundays.

Sauce’d is getting recognition for its “Mixology,” or gourmet, signature mixed drinks. One of the highlighted concoctions award-winning mixologist Manny Hinjosa brings to Sauce’d is the “Smokin’ Kitty,” a chilled martini mixture of Grey Goose, Cointreau, agave, fresh lemon juice, strawberry and basil. To give even more credibility to its new reputation as the place for mixed drinks on the north side of town, Sauce’d has the only frosted drink rail in the region. Place a glass on the cool, silvery surface built into the bar and a drink stays perfectly chilled.

Sauce’d offers an assortment of wings, salads and specialty pizzas made in their wood burning pizza ovens. Their “Mother Earth” pizza combines olive oil, hummus, tomatoes, spinach, onions, roasted garlic, wild mushrooms, fresh basil, feta, artichokes and mozzarella.

There is also an indoor fireplace and unique water feature.  The large, oak outdoor deck is shared with El Dorado Saloon.

And on Saturday, July 23, from noon to 6 p.m. that deck will welcome families with a rodeo clown, a face painter and a bounce house. Children and their parents will also be welcomed inside the saloon for free bull rides, all as a way to thank customers and to let them know that Sauce’d and the saloon are kid-friendly, family restaurants in the daytime. Breakfast is served at the saloon on weekend mornings and their children’s menu is diverse.

“We aren’t just a bar or a club. We are a family place, too,” said Cole.

Sauce’d is the fourth restaurant owner Andrea Martin has opened in the Sacramento area, including Bulls Restaurant, The Office Lounge and, of course, the El Dorado Saloon.

Sauce’d opens daily at 3 p.m. and is located at 879 Embarcadero Drive. For more information visit

Thursday and Sunday evenings Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail House has live Jazz music.

Julie Samrick


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