Hook & Ladder has us “Hooked” on their NEW lunch menu

By Cristina Guccione

Cristina Guccione
Cristina Guccione

Back in 2012, Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) took over the old space at Hangar 17 located at 1630 S Street, with the goal of rejuvenating this historic space.  Lisa Page from GOTG visited Hook & Ladder for brunch and another time for dinner with fellow GOTG blogger Becky Warren in November of 2012 and wrote about her experience here.

This June, Hook & Ladder launched a NEW lunch menu so of course we had to go back and try it out.

The Vibe:
This was my first time at Hook & Ladder since it was Hangar 17 and although it looks similar on the outside, it’s very much changed on the inside. In addition to a myriad of tables and chairs, and a large, well laid out bar, they have a decorative sitting nook that changes with the seasons.  It reminded me of sitting in a friend’s living room having a glass of wine and talking about celebrity gossip, social media trawling, and the ever so engrossing 2016 presidential election.  They also have a nice back patio that is perfectly shaded for hot Sacramento summer afternoons.

Hook and Ladder 1

Price Range (Lunch): Between $5.00 – $18.00.  They have two sizes (and costs) for their pasta entrees which is nice as you can either get a portion you can finish, or a large one to share.  

The NEW Lunch Menu

I went to Hook & Ladder with some friends so that I could sample more than one item. We ordered the following:

Green Goddess Hummus Hook and Ladder 2

Roasted Garlic Flat Bread, Toasted Pepitas & Goat Cheese

My palate said: SO good.  Perfect portion and the bread was toasted and sprinkled with sea salt.  I would definitely get this again.



Hook and Ladder 4Falafel Burger

Tzatziki, Zhug Marinated Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion

My palate said: The flavor was definitely there but it wasn’t the easiest burger to eat as the falafels rolled out the sides of the bun.  I would have preferred this to be in the flat bread from the appetizer or a pita.

Hook and Ladder 6

Muffalata Sandwich

Sliced Genoa, Mortadella & Coppa Salami, Provolone, Olive Salad

My palate said: I love Italian sandwiches.  While it was a well-made sandwich with high quality ingredients and very delicious, it was not a traditional Muffalata rather, an Italian hoagie.

Daily Pasta Special Hook and Ladder 5

The pasta special was homemade Farfalle pasta with pancetta, spinach, and roasted red peppers

My palate said: Yummy but heavy on the garlic.  The homemade pasta was very good and served al dente, which is hard to achieve for fresh pasta.



Who are the owners or chef and what is their unique story?  Hook & Ladder is brought to us by the owners of Golden Bear and they do not disappoint.  Same great food with a cozier ambiance.

Food for Thought:

  • They serve Rainier beer in 16 ounce cans.  I am a Bud Light fan and just found my new favorite thirst quencher. 
  • This is not their fault but parking is hard to find and it’s only one hour.  I like to take my time while I eat and drink so while it’s great for the quick lunch spot, you may have to walk a bit if you plan on staying longer.


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