Ten 22 – A Patio of Ambient Seclusion
By Kellie Edson
In case you were living under a rock for the last few years, you may not know that the wonderful Ten 22 – sister to the Firehouse restaurant – resides in Old Sacramento.
In late fall of 2009, (on 10/22 itself I believe) this little gem opened up on Second Street. And last week, the good folks at Ten 22 saw our article profiling Sacramento’s best patios and asked us to give them another chance. So I jumped – literally jumped – at the opportunity to revisit and review their beautiful patio.
My husband and I have frequented Ten 22 several times over the years (shortly after it’s opening) for many special events, Wine and Dine weeks, and even on Easter Sunday for brunch. Needless to say, we love Ten 22. The bright ambience, live music on the weekend and fantastic food make it a go-to favorite.
This visit we decided to try an early lunch date – figuring we would stave off the heat by going early, especially since we planned to take in the patio. However on arrival, the crew had just hosed it down giving it this cool, jungle-like quality. No sunglasses needed – it was completely perfect.
The patio is separated by some beautiful wrought iron gates and draping plants with tables large and small for ample room, no matter what size party you plan to bring. I think what I love most about Ten 22’s particular patio compared to others in Sacramento, is how secluded it is.While it’s fun to look out upon the streets of midtown, sometimes it’s nice to feel cozy in your own little space. With the beautiful brick outlying it, it really feels like you are somewhere special and exotic.
Perfect for date nights (or days) and special occasions, Ten 22’s patio will surely be another regular in our roundup of the Sacramento restaurant scene.
First, if you are like me, and you have a second stomach for cheese – get the cheese plate. I promise you won’t regret this decision. Four different kinds of local yummy cheeses, including my favorite Point Reyes blue cheese. The brie it comes with even includes a truffle oil, and the whole thing is topped off with a center filled with honeycomb.
I probably could have made the cheese plate my whole meal, but we decided to share entrees. I got the sea bass sandwich special and my husband ordered the lunch rush soup and sandwich. The soup in his words was ‘the best tomato soup he’s ever had’ and mine was also delicious. But the real topper was when Chef Jay Veregge brought us out a special treat not on the menu in the form of a salmon rillette. Oh. My. God. SO good. Rillettes are coarse, pâté-like French spreads typically made from duck, pork, or rabbit. However this salmon version was amazing. The only meat I do eat is fish, so this treat from Chef Jay literally made my day. Light lemony and delicious; we left Ten 22 full, happy and ready to come back for more.
Be sure and check it out – you won’t be disappointed!