Afternoon delight

The Chocolate Martini at Rio City Café is a pleasant afternoon pick-me-up

Illustration by Kate Mitrano

On a rainy day, I found myself in Old Sac and decided to have an “after dinner drink” in the middle of the afternoon. I know, how gauche. But Rio City Café not only has a good selection of indulgent cocktails, it has a great view of the river so you can stare endlessly, hoping one looks less socially awkward than one feels. The Chocolate Martini (vanilla vodka, dark crème de cacao and Godiva white chocolate; $10) was sweet and frilly and friendly enough to lighten my mood, with a nice vodka bite to keep things rated adult. Rio City should take this martini and create a new menu: “Afternoon Delight.” 1110 Front Street