October 5, 2009
Jalapenos restaurant lauded by Sacramento Co. Public Health dept.

Talking about the Sacramento County Public Health department in terms of the local restaurant scene generally means one thing: a restaurant got shut-down because of health code violations. Remember last week's incident with the Zagat winning La Bonne Soupe?

Now here's a twist. Jalapenos (1413 21st St., Sacramento; 916-492-0727) is being recognized by Sacramento County Public Health for the restaurant's 100% smoke-free patio dining area. That's right, if you want to cap that burrito with a Marlboro light, you've got to go somewhere else, pal.

"Second hand smoke is a known human carcinogen, meaning there is no safe level of exposure - even when outdoors," said Dr. Glennah Trochet, Sacramento County public health officer, in a statement. "Smoke free outdoor dining policies help protect the health of patrons and restaurant workers."

Going smoke-free also means a bonus today for the frijoles-loving hordes. An event recognizing Jalapenos' smokeless policy runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight, and the first 15 customers who ask for patio seating will receive dinner coupons. Also look for raffles and prizes during that time, along with a booth geared toward those who want to quit smoking.

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