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.