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151 UNION SQUARE
This loft-style event center, restaurant and wine bar is housed in the historic Union Building in downtown Grass Valley and features lighter-fare entrees using local ingredients when available. The event center can accommodate parties up to 132. Local wines and microbrews on tap. Fri. and Sat. evenings, lunch Wed-Sun. 12-4 p.m. Evening events listed on website.
151 Mill St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-205-9513 151UnionSquare.com
BAM DAZY BBQ
“Put a little Bam in your Dazy!” at this north Auburn BBQ restaurant. With down home hospitality serving competition quality BBQ, their menu is extensive—ribs, pulled pork, chicken and brisket, along with fantastic sandwiches, salads and daily specials. The sides are their home recipes with a splash of southern comfort. Their catering services are convenient and affordable. Let Bam Dazy make your special event the most memorable ever. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.- Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
12005 Shale Ridge Lane, Auburn 530-886-8000 BamDazyBBQ.com
BEAR RIVER PASTA CO.
Fresh, homemade gourmet meals to eat there or take out. The selections include cheese ravioli, spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, linguine and clams, stuffed shells and chicken parmesan, among others. There’s Italian and American juices and sodas, and bottled water. The store also offers multiple flavors of gelato. Mon.-Sat.10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
109 Bank St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-274-1760 BearRiverPasta.com
BRIARPATCH CO-OP NATURAL FOODS COMMUNITY MARKET
Breakfast, lunch and dinner: hot soups, entrees, salad bar, wraps, sandwiches, burritos, burgers and more. Meat, vegetarian, vegan, glutten-free and raw dishes using organic or natural ingredients. Open 7 days 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Breakfast to order Mon.-Fri. 7-10 a.m.
290 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-272-5333 Briarpatch.Coop
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A trattoria just off I-80 in downtown Loomis. The menu includes fresh seafood, Italian dishes, steak, chicken, pizza and salads. Cafe Zorro’s wine selection is varied and affordable. Craft brews are offered on tap. Owner Matt Williams is an Italian trained chef and wine connoisseur. The ambiance is casual, set with linens and local art hanging on the wall. A hidden gem. Open for Dinner, Tues.-Sat. 5-8:30 p.m., Fri. until 9 p.m.
5911 King, Rd., Loomis, CA 95650; 916-660-1612 CafeZorro.com
CARPE VINO (21+ Establishment)
Carpe Vino’s innovative menu is California themed yet French-inspired. The menu changes virtually weekly, with new selections added based on farmers market availability. Award-winning wine list: Upwards of 40 wines are available by the glass. Dinner: Tues.-Sun. 5-9 p.m., Wine Bar Tues.-Sun. noon-10 p.m. Reservations of 5 or more most contact Carpe Vino directly.
1568 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 823-0320 CarpeVinoAuburn.com
CLUB 141 / Union Square Catering
Intimate, comfortable location for private dining and events featuring “Jim Es” culinary talents. Menus from the simple to the superb from the area’s longest-running caterer. Cooking school too. Friday and Saturday dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch.
141 E. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-273-3600 JimEsCatering.com
A South American inspired café that is known for some of the most succulent flavors around. A foothill favorite for more than 10 years, their eclectic menu is made with love and attention to quality. From their savory gourmet sandwiches, grass-fed beef, local organic veggies, to their robust salads and soups made from scratch, Diegos’s offers a tasty variety for the hearty meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diner. Daily, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. REVIEW
217 Colfax Hwy., GV 477-1460 DiegosRestaurant.com
Upscale gourmet dining in a sophisticated setting where warm California cuisine meets rich, modern elegance. Specialities like house-made tagliarini, crispy duck confit and slow-roasted short ribs are accompanied with locally grown produce of the highest quality. Happy Hour Tue.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. Serving Lunch Tue-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner Tue.-Thur. and Sun. 5-9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 10 p.m. Brunch 2nd Sunday monthly 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
5530 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, CA 95747; 916-791-6200 HawksRestaurant.com
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HIGH STEAKS AT THUNDER VALLEY CASINO RESORT
High Steaks steakhouse prepares the finest cuts of Prime beef broiled to perfection alongside unique appetizers and side dishes such as our signature Bacon-Wrapped Prawns or Sweet Corn Brûlée. Complement your meal with an award-winning wine selection. Sun.-Thur. 5-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. until 11 p.m., Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. 1200 Athens Avenue Lincoln, CA 95648 (916) 408-8327 ThunderValleyResort.com
Menu ranges from soup, salad and sandwiches to steak, pasta and seafood in an authentic Victorian setting. Steak & Lobster special on Tuesday night. Full bar. Breakfast Sat. 8-11 a.m., Sunday Brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. until 3 p.m., Dinner all week 5:30-9:30 p.m.
221 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959; 530-265-4551 TheNationalHotel.com
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s serves organic New Orleans style cuisine with an upbeat twist and something for everyone. Menu items include classics such as Jambalaya, including a vegetarian version; bumbo, blackened catfish and po’ boy sandwiches. Ike’s burgers also are famous, made from naturally raised beef. Open daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Tuesday.
401 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95945; 530-265-6138 IkesQuarterCafe.com
JAX AT THE TRACKS
Housed in an original 1940s diner next to Truckee’s downtown railroad tracks, JAX offers honest food with a twist. Think decadent comfort food. Classic diner fare is featured on our menu, alongside innovative offerings. Open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
10144 West River St. Truckee, CA 96161 530-550-7450 JAXTruckee.com
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JERNIGAN’S GRILL & TAP HOUSE
“Fresh Food, Fresh Beer, Fresh People” sums up this Nevada City ale house and family restaurant featuring delicious homemade food, sports on big screens and a rotating menu of 18 eclectic beers on tap. Entrees range from burgers featuring Niman Ranch free-range beef, tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches, to vegetarian items including portabella or grilled tomato goat cheese sandwiches. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. and Sat ’til 10 p.m.
123 Argall Way, NC 530-265-6999 JernigansGrill.com
A Japanese restaurant offering sushi as well as tempura. Specials like the Seven Samurai Sushi Roll, with seven different layers of fish, present feasts to the eyes and the taste buds. The chef’s focus is on keeping the food light and natural. Old Japanese movies on a screen serve as a backdrop to help set the mood. Wine and beer. Dinners Wed.-Sun. 5-9 p.m.
207 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-274-0144 KaidoSushi.com
Sophisticated down home comfort food. White tablecloths, but casual and elegant attire are welcome. Italian fare and creative specials such as seafood pasta. Heart healthy dishes. Come enjoy a new lounge and outdoor patio. Free parking in the rear. Value specials 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. Open 7 days a week, Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 9:30 p.m.
120 E. Main, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-273-8111 KanesRestaurant.com
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Casual, white tablecloth dining in the heart of Nevada City’s historic district, owned and operated by two left-handed chefs, some of the area’s top talent. All dishes hand-prepared from scratch, with specialty dishes and unique sandwiches. Try the gourmet burger, award-winning grilled flatbread pizza or fresh seafood. Seasonal dinners. Lefty’s newly remodeled Back Room available for private functions. Beer and Wine. Open 7 days 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., later on Fri. & Sat. Onsite parking weeknights, all day weekends.
101 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959; 530-265-5838. LeftysGrill.com
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MANZANITA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE
Manzanita is a celebration Northern California Cuisine focusing on rustic cooking techniques, local produce and regional farms. Lunch: Daily: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Sun.-Thur. 5-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-10 p.m.
13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 562-3050 RitzCarlton.com
Family style Mexican restaurant with traditional choices plus a range of new light fare. Maria always adds her own creative twists to family recipies. Old favorites and new entrees like freshly roasted poblano chile enchiladas. Carry out and catering available. Full bar. Open daily. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
226 E. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-274-2040 MariasGrassValley.com
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“It’s pub-o-licious!” Family friendly eatery offers pub snacks to full entrees including Gnarly Garlic Fries, Wily Wonderful Wings, salad bar stocked with locally grown, organic items, fish and chips, Stinky Mac & Cheese, homemade desserts. Wine, specialty micro-brews. Rotating art exhibits. Live music Thur.-Sun. Indoor and outdoor dining. Open for dining Tues.-Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 11 p.m.
300 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959; 530-265-0782 MatteosPublic.com
One of the Sierra Foothills’ tastiest upscale bistros. The menu is varied and always offers fish, meat, poultry and pasta. At Monkey Cat you can plan to eat either inside the restaurant itself or in the outdoor patio which contains a bar. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., 11:30-2 p.m. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., 7 days a week. Dog friendly, Wi-fi accessible.
805 Lincoln Way, downtown Auburn, CA 95603; 530-888-8492 MonkeyCatAuburn.com
MORGAN’S LOBSTER SHACK AND FISH MARKET
Enjoy the freshest seafood in the Lake Tahoe area with fish arriving almost daily and locally grown produce when available at this casual restaurant. Order traditional east coast fare, lobster rolls, fried clams, haddock and west coast favorites like wild Alaskan halibut. Fresh fish market for dinners at home.
10089 West River St., Truckee 530-582-5000 MorgansLobsterShack.com
OLD 5 MILE HOUSE
Five minutes outside of Nevada City, this re-opened restaurant serves tasty roadhouse eats from around the world. House specialities: Argentine-style churasco-fired skirt steak, Tankara tandori shrimp, plus standbys like smoked ribs, grilled fresh veggie 3-cheese lasagna and pizzas from a stone hearth oven. Full bar with unique micro-brews. Live music Tues.-Thurs. Indoor and outdoor dining. Open Tue.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
18851 State Hwy. 20, Nevada City, CA 95959; 530-265-5155 TheOldFiveMileHouse.com
PINE STREET BURGERS
A family friendly restaurant featuring Durham all-natural beef, free-range chicken, Max’s artisan burger buns and sandwich bread and Truckee sourdough sandwich rolls. Caspers famous hot dogs as well as vegetarian dishes. House-made natural and dairy-free shakes, and locally sourced fruit sodas made with organic cane sugar. Try the Smouldering Pine Burger. Open Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
1249 E. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-477-5006
SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE
Simple, true slow-cooked quality food. The menu includes pulled pork, tri-tip, chicken and ribs. Sides include coleslaw, BBQ beans and hand-cut fries. New outdoor patio Open everyday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 10 p.m., Sun. until 5 p.m.
131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-274-2933 SmileyGuysSmokeHouse.com
Family owned and operated restaurant. Authentic decor sets the mood. Patio dining available during the warmer weather. Extensive menu for entrees. The chef also prepares the level of spice to your taste, from Thai chili hot to mild. Favorite dishes include mango red curry and pineapple fried rice. 312-316 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95945; 530-470-0101 Mon.-Sun. 12-9:30 p.m.; 720 Plumas St., Yuba City 790-7672 Mon-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m., Sun. 12-9 p.m. SopaThai.net
STELLA AT CEDAR HOUSE
From an open kitchen, you can watch innovative chef Jacob Burton and his staff prepare exquisite dishes from ultra-fresh ingredients. Beef, fresh seafood, lamb, chicken and vegetarian. There’s sashimi, curry-crusted lamb, cinnamon-spiced quail and roasted Alaskan halibut. Indoor-outdoor dining. At the Cedar House Sport Hotel. Reservations required.
10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA 530-582-5665 CedarHouseSportHotel.com
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Gourmet natural food restaurant and bakery, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A warm place where friends gather to meet and enjoy healthy food and conversation. Order the awesome muffins en masse for meetings and special gatherings. Local artists rotate exhibits in their gallery. Music, Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. until 9 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
421 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-273-2904 SummerThymes.com
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TASTE OF THAI
Authentic cuisine prepared by a Thai-trained chef. The restaurant was named one of the
100 best Thai restaurants in the U.S. The food is flavorful and healthy with the freshest of ingredients (no msg). Take-out and catering. Wine and beer. Open Tue.-Fri. lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 5-9:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. noon-9:30 p.m.
204 W. Main St., Ste. 103, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-274-2968
California cuisine, Italian-inspired dishes and the tasteful kitchen artistry of owner/chef Susie. Serving gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Enjoy excellent food featuring halibut, rack of lamb, Italian meatloaf, lasagna and prime rib on Tue. and Sat. Seasonal patio dining, plus an atrium and cocktail lounge with wine list. Open Mon.- Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. ‘til 10 p.m.
302 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945; 530-272-1468 Tofanellis.com
TRE PAZZI TRATTORIA
With a play on the name associated with the famed Medici family, tre Pazzi offers authentic trattoria style Italian meals in a casual, welcoming enviornment. House specialities include hand tossed pizzas, pasta dishes and traditional Italian chicken, lamb and veal entrees. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
928 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603; 530-823-2994 TrePazzi.net
WEST SHORE CAFE
Premier lakefront dining at Lake Tahoe using fresh, seasonal produce, seafood and meats under Executive Chef Mike Davis. Enjoy lunch entrees ranging from Farmhouse Chowder to the West Shore Burger, and dinner entrees including Main Diver’s Sea Scallops to Pork Osso Bucco and Grilled Durham Ranch Beef Tenderloin. Extensive wine list. Indoor-outdoor dining. Winter hours: lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Apres Ski Fri.-Sun. 3-5:30 p.m., dinner Fri.-Mon. 5-9 p.m. Dinner reservations recommended
5160 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA 96141; 530-525-5200 WestShoreCafe.com