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Hampton’s on Sutter

Feb 07, 2013 07:01AM ● By Style

Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.

Being a friend sometimes can be difficult.

A few Thursdays ago, I faced a tricky situation.

The Challenge: Treat a picky friend to a home-style birthday meal.

The Problem: Second to seeing a clown, cooking is a great fear of mine.

The Solution: Hampton’s on Sutter.

On the edge of Sutter Street, the restaurant is in the renovated Donnelly House, a charming two-story built in 1894. Together, its wood interior, soft lighting and living room-styled furnishings create a cozy atmosphere. The crowd was a mixed bag of friends reuniting after work, couples on dates and men watching football. Initially told a 30-minute wait, we fortunately found seats at the bar. Despite a packed house, service was speedy and friendly; the amiable bartender even cracked jokes on his downtime.


Shrimp Vera Cruz

Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.

To start off, we shared the Shrimp Vera Cruz – four sourdough toast points topped with baked herbed goat cheese, zesty red garlic sauce and stuffed jumbo shrimp – or as we called it “spicy bruschetta.” Each bite was flavorful, surpassing our bar-food expectations.

Since Hampton’s is known for its burgers, my friend went for the Black and Blue Burger with fries, while I had the Fish and Chips. Here, you can truly have a burger your way; diners can substitute a beef patty for turkey or bison and choose from a long list of add-ons: fried egg, bacon, onion rings and avocado, to name a few. There’s even a lettuce wrap option for carbaphobes. All ingredients were fresh and well seasoned, and, to top it off, the chef branded the restaurant’s longhorn logo atop the bun. (Clever, clever…) Though thoroughly stuffed, we ordered a decadent marbled chocolate and raspberry New York-style cheesecake for the road.

With its rustic charm and sophisticated touches to familiar dishes, Hampton’s on Sutter serves up satisfying New American cuisine. And I didn’t have to touch a dish. Mission accomplished!

Hampton’s on Sutter, 608 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-985-4735,

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