March 26, 2013
Relive St. Pat's day with corned beef (and pastrami) at Sam's


St. Patrick's Day came and went, but we're still dreaming about that corned Wagyu beef brisket and tender cabbage we feasted on for three days.

Which led us to Sam's Hof Brau on Saturday, looking for a hand-carved corned beef sandwich with a bowl of fragrant jus on the side for dipping.

Standing in the cafeteria-style order line, the thought struck: How about a combo corned beef-pastrami "heavyweight" instead? The counterman thought that was a good idea, too.

We admired his artistry with a carving knife as he sliced pieces off the two seasoned briskets in a blur of metal and meat and stacked them on rye bread. Also tempting: Polish sausage, chicken pot pie, veal cutlet and stuffed bell peppers.

Tableside, horseradish and hot mustard became involved with the delicious brisket duo, and the dipping jus was just the right touch.

Get it for $6.69 at Sam's, 2500 El Camino Ave.; (916) 482-2175,

How about some Sam's history:

Decades ago, Sam Gordon, the late founder of the long-gone Sam's Town dine-drink-and-play oasis in Cameron Park, built a chain of six restaurants in the Sacramento area. The first was Sam's Hof Brau at 17th and J streets, now Hamburger Patties, formerly Hamburger Mary's. The Denny's corporation bought the chain in 1964 and sold the restaurants several years later.

Along the way, Sam's Hof Brau on El Camino (built in 1959) was renamed Plaza Hof Brau. To commemorate the restaurant's 50th anniversary in May 2009, the "Plaza" signage was replaced by the "Sam's" original signage.

Now we know.

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