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A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to try out some delicious food and cocktails from the new menu at Highwater with some of the City Scout gang. Formerly Pour House, the historic building on Q Street in Midtown Sacramento recently reopened to the public as Highwater, so naturally, we had to check it out. In short, we were all blown away.

I DJ at Pour House for a stint when they first opened, and, while I thought the place was okay, I can honestly say since the management/ownership change, things are much more fun and accessible there. The vibe just feels more local and the staff is really great. They’ve made minor cosmetic changes and it definitely has a sort of western, desert theme without being aggressively over the top.

Before my City Scout cohort showed up, I decided to start my day with a shot of Jameson and a Stone Brewery Unapologetic IPA because frankly, I hate being photographed and get really anxious around cameras. Both did the trick (chilling me out) and set me up to eat a ton of amazing food. Mick Stevenson and D.J. Rogers, owners of both Highwater and local delis Dad’s on J and Dad’s Sandwiches, set us up with 3 pairings to try out the new menu.

Try This: Vegan Stuffed Portabello Mushroom with The Peach Rose

We started our tasting with The Peach Rose, a slightly sweet, whiskey cocktail, and the vegan stuffed portobello mushroom. Usually, I’m not crazy excited by mushroom-centered dishes but this one was stuffed with zucchini, squash red onions and artichoke with a balsamic reduction and bursting with bright flavors. The flavor was equal parts sweet and savory.

Try This: Chicken Adobo Street Tacos with a Smoking Coyote

Next, we enjoyed a Smoking Coyote, a mezcal cocktail with Ancho Reyes, agave and a super tasty Sriracha salt rim. Holy moly, this cocktail was hands-down my favorite of the day and maybe even in Sacramento right now. So, so, so fantastic. For our second dish, we had the chicken adobo tacos which were super simple and super good. The meat was delicious and, unlike so many restaurants in Sacramento, they didn’t overdo it with toppings and extras. Just three delicious tacos with well-done meats.

Try This: Salmon BLT with a beer from their selection of local brews

Finally, for our third plate, we had the salmon BLT. Just looking at the words “salmon BLT” weirded me out, and if I saw it on a menu, I would have totally passed on it. I’m so glad I didn’t. We couldn’t stop being audibly enthralled by it. The fish was cooked perfectly and the lemon dill aioli was great with it. On top of that, the sweet potato waffle fries are out of this world. This is definitely a must-have. It was paired with some super special beer but I totally forgot it and whatever I wrote in my notes is wildly illegible.All in all, while there hasn’t been much cosmetic change, the new staff and overhaul of the cocktail and food programs are way worth checking out. Not to mention, they still do those very dangerous $2 train shots (when the train rolls by) and are now doing a ton of DJ nights — pretty much every day of the week, including my own nights, which you should totally check out.

Highwater | 1910 Q Street, Sacramento
Monday – Friday: 11am – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 2am

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