Tom Colla's First Annual Indoor Tailgate Party!

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and no-host cocktails with fellow Spartan fans as we kick-off the upcoming season! Get all the inside information from Spartan coaches and staff. Everyone's Invited, so don't miss this exciting evening! Plus its FREE! Buy Tom Colla a beer too!

Tom Colla's First Annual Indoor Tailgate Party!

Thursday, August 4th from 6 to 9 PM!

Upstairs at The Sonoma Chicken Coop in Downtown Campbell

200 East Campbell Avenue (Free parking in the garage across the street).

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and no-host cocktails with fellow Spartan fans as we kick-off the upcoming season!

Get all the inside information from Spartan coaches and staff.

Everyone's Invited... Don't miss this exciting evening...and its FREE!

Underwritten by The Quarterback Club

Official Booster Group of Spartan Football Since 1973!

Here is more information on the Sonoma chicken coop, which is owned by a Spartan alumni!

Sonoma Chicken Coop draws a crowd during sports events, but its succulent spit-roast is the real goal

The Sonoma Coop is a high-tone fast-food concept and, according to the proprietor, took wing in San Jose (not Sonoma), within blocks of Compaq Arena (now HP Pavilion) and now in Campbell. For reasonable prices, we dined on high-quality victuals served in a fast-food method. Orders are placed at one counter, and food, packed onto trays, is picked up at another. It's a smart idea, even if you're not short on time.

The Coop sports a faux Southwestern décor. It's clear that the main part of the budget is set aside for fresh, high-quality ingredients, readily appreciated when digging into the grub.

That's what's special.

The kitchen puts out a tantalizing variety of popular foods, from salads to pizza, steak and spit-roasted chicken. We opened with delicious wine-grilled artichokes ($4.99) split down the middle, seasoned heavily with herbs and served with a tame aioli. With fingers fully engaged, my guest eagerly dispatched the hearts. By the time we received our White Hot Mozzarella ($4.50), the pesto-and-cheese-layered crostini flavors stimulated the palate with aroma and basil.

The Coop specialty is the spit-roasted chicken ($6.50 quarter; $7.99 half), so good and priced so reasonably that we agreed it would make an ideal takeout item. The roasted young chickens are so succulent, they trickle with natural juices. Of the three sauces, I enjoyed the warm lemon vinaigrette the best. Fragrant virgin olive oil, capers, crushed lemon and garlic veiled the moist quarter bird. The barbecue sauce had a good liquid texture, as was the wine sauce served with the tender Wine Country Duck ($9.99).

From the Pasta and Pans section, we sampled the Red Hot Prawns ($8.99), which posed the question, Would you order it again? Even though the prawns were fresh and juicy, and the sauce Creole spicy and rich, I wouldn't order the prawns over the chicken.

In honor of Sharks fans, we spooned the Chocolate Hockey Puck (all desserts $4.50), a torte brimming with rich mousse and streaked with a sweet red, black and blue sauce. We also sampled the Banana Phyllo Sundae, a complete success housing the bananas in intoxicating rum glaze.

I will return to the Sonoma Chicken Coop.

Sonoma Chicken Coop and Brewery

200 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-2699

www.sonomachickencoop.com

Flagship Beer Labels: Krystal weisen, kolsch, pale ale, ESB, porter

Specialty Beers: Brown ale, starbock, Oktoberfest

Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, until 10pm Fri, until 9 pm on Saturdays.

See all you Spartan fans there!


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