Good beer; Good food; Good serviceBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Doyle's Pub and Taproom
312 E. Bidwell Street
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Happy Hour: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday - $2 off appetizers, $1 off drafts & wine, $5 select cocktails
If you are looking for that homey-feel away from home, Doyle's Pub and Taproom may be your new spot.
Hidden in a historic shopping center at the end of E. Bidwell Street, this little gem is not what it appears from the outside.
Owners Melanie Ottersen and Pat Doyle opened their hometown pub in 2015 and have strived on servicing their guests with exactly what they want – good beer, good food and good service.
The two partners, in life and business, met nearly 10 years ago in the restaurant industry and combined have close to 30 years of experience.
“This is what we have always done,” said Doyle. “I think it was just a natural progression for us to open our own place. A few years back, we saw craft beer kind of take a head, and we thought it was a good opportunity.”
With 18 taps, Doyle’s has a variety of options for any beer drinker. Ottersen said they have a balanced list, and it was important to them that they had something for everyone.
Doyle said all the taps rotate regularly, but there is always one that never changes.
“It was really important for us to have one beer on tap that is really light and easy to drink,” Ottersen said.
Doyle’s has their own light brew made especially for them by Tap It Brewing Company.
Doyle’s may be beer-driven, but they offer much more.
For the non-beer drinker, Doyle’s also has a full bar and bartenders with experience and skills. Doyle said they know how to make a good drink.
“We’re beer-driven, but I am definitely proud of our food. I think our food is awesome,” Ottersen said. “We make a lot of our items in-house which I think makes a big difference.”
Doyle’s menu is simple and straightforward, but well-thought out. At Doyle’s customers can count on fresh ingredients and fresh food.
“None of our meats are frozen; our produce is always fresh,” Doyle said. “Something that means more work on our end, but the end result is a much better product. We have the best wings in Folsom. I wish there was some kind of secret, but it’s just fresh products.”
Popular menu items include the Doyle burger, nachos, the bacon grilled cheese, the southwest BBQ chicken salad, wings and more, Ottersen said.
Something unique that Doyle’s offers on their menu is called Roll the Dice. For $3.50, customers will get a die to roll. On the bar there are canisters labeled one through six. Whatever number the die lands on, the customer gets a shot of whatever is under the corresponding numbered canister.
“That is our No. 1 selling drink. It’s a lot of fun,” Doyle said. “We originally did it to get rid of some bottles we didn’t use, but it just took off. Now we’re searching for fun bottles to put in there.”
Another unique aspect of Doyle’s is there is a fridge in the back full of rare bottles for purchase.
When asked what they favorite part about their business was, Doyle and Ottersen both said working together.
“My favorite part is working with my partner, my mate,” Doyle said. “Some people can’t imagine spending a bunch of time with their significant other, but we met at work, so it has always been natural for us. I personally like getting up and going to work, and she’s here.”
Ottersen said she doesn’t know if they would have opened Doyle’s if one of them did it without the other.
“It’s nice to be together. We are here all the time,” she said. “We enjoy the fruits of our labor. We’re successful, we’re doing well and we did it together.”
When it all comes down to it, Doyle said the bottom line is they thrive on treating their customers the right way.
“There are a lot of places that have let their service fall by the wayside, but it is something we take very seriously,” he said. “We want to give the people what they want.”