The Firehouse 1112 2nd St./K St., in Old Sac, (916) 442-4772. L M-F, D daily; $$$+. Reservations advised. Valet parking.
High ceilings, chandelier lighting, elegant vintage oil paintings, half-moon booths, and white tablecloths all combine in this restored 1853 landmark firehouse to make for an old-time fine dining experience. And it seems that just about everything has a history--from the Cervantes bust in the courtyard flowerbed (it comes from a Market Street theater in San Francisco) to the main dining room fireplace (it comes from the Lathrope home at 7th and S streets)--and Ronald Reagan held both of his inaugural dinners here. The continental menu includes steaks and seafood but also more contemporary items. Because the restaurant is celebrating it 50th year, you can enjoy a three-course menu for two--it includes chateaubriand--at the special price of $50 per person. A five-course tasting menu is $68 ($98 with wine pairings) and includes a Peach Trio dessert with peach tarte tatin and peach fool among the delights. Bread is housebaked, butter is shaped like a rose, amuses and palate-cleansing intermezzo sorbets are inserted here and there, and chocolate truffles come with the check--making for a very special night out.
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