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To dine can be defined as “to eat the principal meal of the day” or “to take any meal.” So while we are talking about restaurants, it is perfectly acceptable for you to picture yourself having breakfast, lunch or dinner. For that matter, let’s throw in a light supper, bar snacks or hors d’oeuvres, as Merriam Webster is unlikely to read this. The good news is, you can imagine yourself enjoying almost any combination of food and atmosphere and then make it happen in Nevada County.

Food from all of the most sought-after ethnic cuisines is well-represented here. Along with great Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Italian, we also offer the often underrepresented Swiss, German, Cornish, Creole and, uh, Kabobian. With three days and half of a tank of gas you can treat your palate to a trip around the world. And of course we feature “California Cuisine,” which is a bit hard to pin down, ethnically, but tends to be fusion featuring foods that are fresh, wholesome, in-season, healthful and bursting with flavor. Organic and locally-to-regionally sourced foods are at the top of many of our Chef’s lists. It is amazing to consider all of the things that can be grown and raised in California- and we get to celebrate it!

If you are someone with sophisticated tastes, we have some of the finest “fine dining” establishments anywhere and they are dedicated to delighting your senses. “Romantic” is one of the first words to come to mind when picturing a dining experience of this level, coupled with a stroll afterward around one of our gorgeous old historic downtowns. If you have no one to take to dinner just now, give me a call as I am totally sold on the idea.

Casual dining and grabbing something quick on your way to the river are also done exquisitely around here. We have terrific delis, grills and cafes, saloons and juice bars. We even have places called “chuck wagons” and “lil’ frosties.” I almost forgot the bakeries, which are with-coffee legendary, including bagels for which no “New York exception” need be invoked. Now that I think about it, there is even some really good food at our County Fair. The Nevada County food attitude seems to be “since we must eat to live, let’s live and eat well!” 

Photos on this page courtesy of Erin Thiem, www.outsideinn.com

The following are some of our favorite places:

 

AMERICAN

BISTRO 221
221 Broad Street, Nevada City. (530) 265-0221. American Traditional comfort food including fried chicken & waffles, rib-eye steaks, short ribs, pork chops, roast chicken, mac n’ cheese. High definition big screen TV available. Lunch 11 am to 2 pm M - Sat; Sunday Brunch 9:30 am - 3 pm. Dinner  5 - 9 pm, M - Th and 5 - 10 pm, Fri - Sat. Check out the menu on Facebook. www.Bistro221NevadaCity.com 

CIRINOS AT MAIN STREET
Awarded “Best of Restaurant” in 11 different categories. Mediterranean cuisine: tapas, seafood, pastas, risotto, steaks. Full menu to-go, extensive wine & beer selection, full bar. Lunch and dinner everyday. Hosts: Jerry & Tucker Cirino. 213-215 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. (530) 477-6000. www.cirinosatmainstreet.com 

IHOP
Breakfast, lunch and dinner - great variety of salads, sandwiches and steaks any time of day. New Simple & Fit menu items. Open Sunday - Thursday 6 am - 11 pm,day - Saturday until midnight. Wednesday. Senior Night 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm. 746 Taylorville Road, Grass Valley. (530) 272-7928.

KANE'S FAMILY RESTAURANT
120 E. Main Street, Downtown Grass Valley. (530) 273-8111. Fine food in a family-friendly atmosphere featuring gourmet selections, American and Italian favorites: Pizzas, steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, chicken, amazing desserts and daily specials. Full bar, patio dining. Find us on Facebook! Open 11 am - 9 pm S - Th, 11 am - 9:30 pm F/ Sat. www.KanesRestaurant.com 

LUMBERJACK'S RESTAURANT
2075 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. (530) 477-8900. Breakfast, (served all day) lunch, & dinner. Diner fare including omelettes, skillets, pancakes, burgers, salads, prime rib, chicken fried steak and more. Senior special menu available. Open Sun - Th 7 am - 9 pm, Fri - Sat 7 am - 10 pm. www.lumberjacksrestaurant.com 

NATIONAL HOTEL - Hoover's Steak and Lobster house
Continental/American cuisine. Open weekends for breakfast at 8 am, (summer Monday - Saturday). Sunday Champagne Brunch 10 am - 3 pm), Monday - Saturday for lunch 11 am - 2 pm, dinner 5:30 - 9:30 pm. Full bar, karaoke Friday / Saturday nights. 211 Broad Street, Nevada City. (530) 265-4551. www.thenationalhotel.com 

OLD TOWN CAFE
Serving breakfast and lunch. Omelettes, pancakes, waffles, chorizo and eggs, linguica and eggs, salads, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches. Monday - Saturday 7 am - 3 pm; Sunday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm. 110 Mill, Grass Valley. (530) 273-4303.

PAULETTE’S COUNTRY KITCHEN
Homestyle cooking including pancakes, waffles, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, soup. Made from scratch desserts. Beer & wine, takeout available. Open Monday - Friday 6 am - 3 pm, Saturday - Sunday, 7 am - 3 pm. 875 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. (530) 273-4008.

PETERSONS' CORNER
"The Gold Country's Finest Roadhouse. Serving Miners Since 1937." Located at 26130 State Hwy. 49, Nevada City.
(530)  292-3747. www.facebook.com/petersons.corner
 

SHIRLEY'S GRILL AT PROSPERITY LANES
Breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, salads. Open 9 am - 9 pm daily. 420 Henderson Street, Grass Valley. (530) 274-6484.

SMILEY GUYS SMOKEHOUSE
"Slow-Cooked Bliss"  Ribs, Sausage, Brisket, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Pork, Sandwiches, Platters, Salads, Free Darts & Pool, New Outdoor Seating. 131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley. (530) 274-2933.  (SEE COUPON)  www.SmileyGuysSmokehouse.com

the willo steakhouse & saloon
Hwy 49 at Newtown Rd., Nevada City. (530) 265-99902. Choice aged hand cut steaks, fish and chops. Voted best steak year after year. Ribs smoked daily. A Nevada County institution! www.thewillo.com

 

ASIAN

A TASTE OF THAI
Fresh, flavorful, healthy. Dine in, takeout, catering. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11:30 am - 3 pm and 5 - 9 pm; Open Saturday - Sunday 12 pm - 9:30 pm. Closed Monday. 204 West Main Street, Suite 103, Grass Valley. (530) 274-2968.

KAIDO SUSHI & GRILL
A local favorite in historic downtown Grass Valley. Owner Kazu Mukai continues a long tradition of Japanese cuisine excellence with a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes. Dinner served Wednesday - Sunday 5 - 9 pm. 207 W. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 274-0144. www.kaidosushi.com 

WONDERFUL III
Mandarin, Szechwan & Hunan specialities. Open every day 11 am - 9 pm. Beer & wine available. Catering, Weddings and Banquets. 716 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. (530) 477-8888.

BREWERIES

OL' REPUBLIC BREWERY
Classically styled European lagers and British ales made fresh in Nevada County. 124 Argall Way, Nevada City. (530) 264-7264. Follow us on Facebook for events and brewery news.   www.olrepublicbrewery.com

CATERING, WEDDINGS & BANQUETS

ALTA SIERRA COUNTRY CLUB
Open to the public. Family friendly with fresh, homemade cuisine prepared by our award-winning chef. Open Wednesday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm and Sunday 8 am - 3 pm (Brunch Menu.) Outdoor dining. 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley (530) 273-2041. www.altasierracc.com 

BILL'S CHUCKWAGON
Offering a wide variety of BBQ items with all the fixin's served from our 20 foot mobile BBQ. For more information and to reserve your date, check website. (530) 273-4519, (530) 913-4519. www.billschuckwagon.com 

CONSCIOUS CATERING
Innovative cuisine using only the freshest, local, and organic ingredients. Weddings, retreats, parties, and events. Mary Marlet owner/chef, 30 years experience. Licensed, insured, certified by the National Restaurant Association.www.MaryMarlet.com 

EMILY'S CATERING & CAKES
Full Service Catering & Event Venue. Seasonal, Loal Organic Foods.  (530) 409-3716.  313 Commercial Street, Nevada City. Emily’s Catering & Café, Sierra College,  250 Sierra College Dr. Grass Valley. Open Monday – Thursday, 7 am - 2:30 pm.  www.EmilysCateringandCakes.com

JIM E'S
Venue for all special event needs for private parties, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday events, baby showers, business lunches and dinners. Groups up to 40; Larger venue at 151 Union Square is available for groups to 130. Monthly wine dinners, cooking classes. www.jimesclub141.com 

THE HOLBROOKE RESTAURANT
American/Regional. Open daily lunch/dinner. Lunch 11:30 am - 2 pm; Dinner 5:30 - 9 pm. Full bar/extensive wine list. “Classic Catering by the Holbrooke” available at the hotel or venues around Nevada County, perfect choice for corporate events/wedding receptions. Restaurant discounts for hotel guests and groups. 212 West Main, Grass Valley (530) 273-1353. www.holbrooke.com 

LEFTY'S GRILL
An American grill for the casual diner featuring comfort food to eclectic - grilled flatbread pizzas, salads and burgers. Open 11:30 am - 9 pm, 7 days a week. Backroom available for large parties. Follow us on Facebook. 221 Broad Street, Nevada City (530) 265 5838. www.leftysgrill.com 

OLD 5 MILE HOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR
Steaks, seafood, pasta, stone hearth, hand thrown Italian style pizza, gourmet vegetarian fare, real BBQ. Live music, patio, Bocce Ball , kids playground. Breakfast 8 am - 12 pm; Sunday brunch: 11 am - 4 pm; lunch: 12 - 4 pm, dinner: 4 - 9 pm. Closed Monday. 18851 Highway 20, Nevada City. (530) 265-5155. www.theold5milehouse.com 

SUMMERTHYME'S BAKERY & DELI
Bakery, gourmet natural foods, breakfast, salads, sandwiches (including Gluten free), organic fair trade coffees, espresso, smoothies, full catering menu. Free wifi. Monday - Saturday 6 am - 6 pm, Sunday: 7 am - 5 pm. (530) 273-2904. www.summerthymes.com 

COFFEESHOPS, BAKERIES, DELI'S, CAFES, PUBS

AFTERNOON DELI
Specialty sandwiches, burgers, gyros, falafels, soups & salads made using many organic, natural and free-range ingredients. Open Tuesday - Saturday. Beer & wine. Plenty of parking 101 McKnight Way, (left of Kmart) Grass Valley. (530) 273-6066. 

BACKPORCH MARKET
Specialty food/wine market/kitchen - fresh semolina pasta, sauces, artisan cheeses, charcuterie, imported taste treats, wines and fine chocolate. Prepared entrees, sides, soups and desserts cooked daily from scratch, using quality ingredients, fresh herbs. Variety of platters for entertaining. Open 6 days Monday - Saturday, 10 to 7. Easy parking. 135 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley. (530) 271-7111. 

BRIARPATCH MARKET
Fresh, delicious, seasonal foods made with organic and natural ingredients. Hot food bar, soups, salads, sandwiches, burritos, vegan/gluten-free choices. Breakfast M - F  7 - 10 am. Open 7 days, 7 am - 10 pm. Dogs welcome at outdoor tables.  (530) 272-5333.  www.briarpatch.coop

CALLA LILY CREPES
408 Broad St. (New York Building Parking Lot Tent), Nevada City. (530) 615-7629. Delicious crepes using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free crepes available and 14 lunch/dinner & dessert crepe options. Open 7 Days a week. Serving Crepes until 2 am every Fri & Sat. http://www.callalilycrepes.com

CAROLINE'S COFFEE ROASTERS
Celebrating thirty years as a family-owned business. Open 7 days, full espresso bar, pastries, grab and go breakfast/lunch. World class coffee roasted on premises. Free wi-fi. 128 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley. (530) 273-6424. www.Carolinescoffee.com

CHRISTOPHER'S DELI
206 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. (530) 272-8919. Full Service Gourmet Deli. Only quality meat products from San Francisco or In-House baked roast beef and corned beef. Homemade salads, soups. M - F 10 - 5 Sat 11- 4. Closed Sundays (except for EC rentals) www.christophersdeli.com

FLOUR GARDEN BAKERY
Breads, muffins, danishes/croissants, soups, salads, cakes, pies/tarts and treats! Organic pizzas by the slice, 6” or 12”: Margherita, Chevre/sundried tomato, sausage/mushroom, gluten free, dairy free; espresso and coffee service to go (thermos rental). Monday - Saturday 5 am - 7 pm, Sunday 5 am - 6 pm. 999 Sutton Way, Grass Valley (530) 272-2043. 109 Neal Street, Grass Valley.
(530) 477-CAKE. www.flourgarden.com 

HARMONY RIDGE MARKET
Open daily 8 am - 8 pm, (Sunday 7 pm). Fresh sandwiches, cheeses, burgers, ribs, espresso and award winning desserts available. 18848 State Highway. 20, Nevada City. Downtown Nevada City Location: Deli, bakery, groceries, beer, wine sushi & more. (530) 265-0555. www.theharmonyridgemarket.com  

MATTEO'S PUBLIC
Pub style food, salad bar, home made soups, family friendly atmosphere, craft beer, local/not so local wines. Join us for lunch or dinner on the patio. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 12 - 9:30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 12 pm - 12 am. Closed Monday - Tuesday. 300 Commercial Street, Nevada City, (530) 265-0782, (530) 2650-PUB.
www. matteospublic.com 

PORT OF SUBS
2 Locations: 407 Hollow Way, Nevada City. (530) 478-1788; 873 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. (530) 477-2660. Great hot & cold subs, salads, soups, & desserts. Also featuring a great selection of deli trays. Open seven days. www.portofsubs.com  

SPD DELI
Full range of handmade deli sandwiches, cold salads and hot entrees. 735 Zion St. Nevada
City. 530) 265-4596. 129 McKnight Way, Grass Valley.
(530) 272-5000. www.spdmarket.com

SUMMERTHYME'S BAKERY & DELI
Bakery, gourmet natural foods, breakfast, salads, sandwiches (including Gluten free), organic fair trade coffees, espresso, smoothies, full catering menu. Free wifi. Monday - Saturday 6 am - 6 pm, Sunday 7 am - 5 pm. 421 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. (530) 273-2904. www.summerthymes.com  

CORNISH

COUSIN JACK PASTIES
Truly Cornish pasties, handmade without preservatives. Eat in or takeout. Open Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm. 203 Mill St. Grass Valley. (530) 272-2844.  

MARSHALL’S PASTIES
Truly Cornish pasties, handmade without preservatives. Eat in or takeout. Open Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm. 203 Mill St. Grass Valley. (530) 272-2844. 

ECLECTIC

ALTA SIERRA COUNTRY CLUB
Open to the public. Family friendly with fresh, homemade cuisine prepared by our award-winning chef. Open Wednesday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm and Sunday 8 am - 3 pm (Brunch Menu.) Outdoor dining. 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. (530) 273-2041. www.altasierracc.com  

FUDENJUICE
Fresh “made-to-order” organic juices, organic wraps, salads, rice bowls, home-made vegan soups, all natural fruit smoothies, organic coffees/teas, eat-in, walk-up, take-out. Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 7 pm, Sunday 9 am - 5 pm, (spring & summer). 815 Zion St., Nevada City. (530) 265-5282. www.fudenjuce.com 

THE HOLBROOKE RESTAURANT
American/Regional. Open daily lunch/dinner. Lunch 11:30 am - 2 pm; dinner 5:30 - 9 pm. Full bar/extensive wine list. “Classic Catering by the Holbrooke” available at the hotel or venues around Nevada County, perfect choice for corporate events/wedding receptions. Restaurant discounts for hotel guests and groups. 212 West Main, Grass Valley. (530) 273-1353. www.holbrooke.com 

IKE'S QUARTER CAFE
Delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch. Fresh local organic meats, vegetables, and ingredients. Cajun specialties, mouth watering burgers, housemade desserts, vegetarian, vegan & wheat free options. Beer/wine, patio dining. Open Monday, Wed, Thursday 8 am - 3 pm, Friday - Saturday 8 am - 8 pm, Sunday 8 am. - 3 pm. Closed Tuesday. 401 Commercial St. Nevada City. (530) 265-6138 www.ikesquartercafe.com 

LEFTY'S GRILL
An American grill for the casual diner featuring comfort food to eclectic - grilled flatbread pizzas, salads and burgers. Open 11:30 am - 9 pm, 7 days a week. Backroom available for large parties. Follow us on Facebook. 221 Broad Street, Nevada City. (530) 265 5838. www.leftysgrill.com  

OLD 5 MILE HOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR
Steaks, seafood, pasta, stone hearth, hand thrown Italian style pizza, gourmet vegetarian fare, real BBQ. Live music, patio, Bocce Ball, kids playground. Weddings, banquets, catering. Breakfast 8 am - 12 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am - 4 pm; lunch 12 - 4 pm, dinner 4 - 9 pm. Closed Monday. 18851 Highway 20, Nevada City. (530) 265-5155. www.theold5milehouse.com 

OL' REPUBLIC BREWERY
Classically styled European lagers and British ales made fresh in Nevada County. 124 Argall Way, Nevada City. (530) 264-7264. Follow us on Facebook for events and brewery news.   www.olrepublicbrewery.com

TOFANELLI'S
California cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Steaks, seafood, chicken, prime rib (Friday & Saturday nights), extensive appetizer menu (15 items), full bar, cocktail lounge, summer barbecue. Atrium and outdoor patio. Open 8 am - 9 pm; Friday/Saturday 8 am - 10 pm. 302 West Main St., Grass Valley. (530) 272-1468. www.tofanellis.com 

ICE CREAM & CANDY

BASKIN ROBBINS
Ice Cream, soft serve, smoothies, sundaes, ice cream cakes, custom made cakes. Open Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 9:30 pm; Friday & Saturday 11 am - 10 pm. 151 W. McKnight Way #C, Grass Valley. (530) 274-3188. 

CRAZY 4 YOGURT
Serving frozen yogurt with over 75 different toppings available. Birthday parties a specialty! Monday - Thurday 11 am - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm. Sunday 12 - 9 pm. 10136 Commercial Avenue, Penn Valley.(530) 432-2490. Check us out on facebook. 

DORADO CHOCOLATES
Open Monday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Best of Nevada County and Reno. Artisan or traditional chocolates and the region’s best hot chocolate and mochas.104 East Main, Grass Valley. (530) 272-6715. www.doradochocolates.com 

NEVADA CITY CHOCOLATE SHOPPE
236 Broad St., Nevada City. (530) 265-3448. New owners! Old Town chocolate, confections and ice cream store. Hand made chocolates, fudge, variety of caramel apples etc. Hand dipped ice cream bars, bananas, cheesecake; great selection of nostalgic candies, bulk candy. Home of the famous Nevada City Gold! Open 7 days. www.nevadacitychocolateshoppe.com

THE TRUFFLE SHOP
Hand crafted Belgian Chocolate Truffles, torts & other delectable desserts by Chef Willem DeGroot. Specialty coffees such as the Nevada City Ice Cappuccino. Open daily 11 am - 5 pm. Serving Nevada County for over 25 years. 408 Broad St. Nevada City. (530) 265-3539 www.thetruffleshop.com  

ITALIAN

CIRINO'S AT MAIN STREET
Awarded “Best of Restaurant” in 11 different categories. Mediterranean cuisine: tapas, seafood, pastas, risotto, steaks. Full menu to-go, extensive wine & beer selection, full bar. Lunch and dinner everyday. Hosts: Jerry & Tucker Cirino. 213-215 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. (530) 477-6000.  www.cirinosatmainstreet.com

MEXICAN

MARIA'S AUTHENTIC MEXICAN GRILL
Dishes are prepared fresh daily using family recipes created in Mexico and handed down through the generations. Ask about our Daily Specials. 226 E. Main Street, Grass Valley.(530) 274-2040. www.mariasgrassvalley.com

PENN VALLEY TACO BELL
Gas, Propane, Groceries, Taco Bell. Corner of Hwy 20 and Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley. (530) 432-9090.  
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PLAZA JALISCO GRILL
760 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley Village Center, (530) 274-2307. Open 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner. Kids Menu.

RICO'S TACOS
840 E Main St, Grass Valley. (530) 205-9129. Next to movie theatre. Super fresh, great quality, good flavor, excellent prices. Tuesday is $1.00 taco night. Authentic street tacos plus a whole range of burritos, enchiladas, sopes, tortas, quesadillas and much more. Meat and veggie choices, chips and salsa bar.

PIZZA

MINER MOE'S
Pizza, (also gluten free), calzone, oven-baked sandwiches, extensive salad bar. Delivery available. Open M - Th 11 - 8 pm, F 11 - 8:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am - 8 pm, Sun 12 - 8 pm. 102 Argall Way, Nevada City. (530) 265-0284. www.minermoespizza.com

SALOONS

THE STONEHOUSE/PLUMBAGO SALOON
107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City. (530) 265-5050. Local bar & event center, featuring multiple levels for entertaining, a large outdoor stone patio & a private outdoor deck for dining or cocktails. Happy Hour Thursday – Saturday  5-7 pm. $2 pint of beer + $4 house margaritas. www.stonehousenc.com  

SOUTH AMERICAN

DIEGO'S SOUTH AMERICAN RESTAURANT
217 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. (530) 477-1460. Latin flavors of Central and South America. Everything freshly made, using quality local products, free-range, naturally raised meats, wild-caught fish, organic produce whenever possible. Open daily 11 am - 9 pm. www.diegosrestaurant.com  

SPECIALITY GROCERY STORES

OLIVITALITY
126 Mill Street, Grass Valley. (530) 273-8336. Top quality olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from around the world. The tasting bar in the center of the shop provides sample pairings. Open seven days a week. www.olivevitality.com

LAKE OF THE PINES/AUBURN RESTAURANTS

BAM DAZY BBQ
12005 Shale Ridge Lane, Auburn, CA. (530) 886-8000. T - Th 11 - 7 pm, Fri - Sat 11 - 8 pm, S 11-5 pm. Closed Mondays. Full service restaurant featuring award winning BBQ and a full list of down home sides and custom sauces and ice cold beer. Premier BBQ Caterer. "No job to big or small, we'll smoke em all. Put a little Bam in your Dazy. www.bamdazybbq.com  

FLOUR GARDEN BAKERY
Breads, muffins, danishes/croissants, soups, salads, cakes, pies/tarts and treats! Organic pizzas by the slice, 6”/12”: Margherita, Chevre/sundried tomato, sausage/mushroom, gluten free, dairy free Espresso/coffee service to go (thermos rental.) Monday - Saturday 5 am - 6 pm; Sunday 6 am - 5 pm. 340 C Elm Avenue, Auburn (530) 888-1011. www.flourgarden.com  

MAX'S AUBURN
Everything You've Always Wanted to Eat. Open Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. An upscale New York Style Deli, Steak, Seafood, Pasta, Soup, Salad, Sandwich, Pastries, Dessert. 110 Grass Valley Highway,  Auburn. (530) 888-6100.  www.maxworld.com

MONKEY CAT RESTAURANT & BAR
Corner of Lincoln and Cherry St. in downtown Auburn. Fine dining with full bar and extensive wine list. Great appetizers, salads, filet mignon, chops, seafood, pasta and fabulous desserts. Outside dining at the Palapa Bar. Banquet room. Open Monday - Friday for lunch and 7 nights for dinner. 805 Lincoln Ave., Auburn (530) 888-8492. www.monkeycat.com

COLFAX RESTAURANTS

BROOKLYN'S WEST DELI
7 North Main St, Ste 1, Colfax, CA. (530) 512-5005. Classic old world style deli. Great menu - serving a sandwich for everyone's tastes, soups, salads, high quality cold cuts, sausages, and much more. Don't miss the housemade pastrami! Open Tue - Fri 10 am - 3 pm, Sat 9 am - 4 pm.

COLFAX CIDERHOUSE
7 North Main St. Colfax. (530)346-9500. Offering fine ciders and perry (pear champagne) from the US, England, France and Spain. One of just a few establishments in the western hemisphere of its kind. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 - 6 pm; open Sundays noon - 5 pm. www.colfaxciderhouse.com  

NEWCASTLE RESTAURANTS

NEWCASTLE PRODUCE
Hearty soups, sandwiches, casseroles, salads, quiche and wraps, homemade desserts, cookies and scones. Monday - Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday. 9230 Cypress St., Newcastle (530) 663-2016. www.newcastleproduce.net  

TRUCKEE AREA RESTAURANTS

BILL'S ROTISSERIE
11355 Deerfield Drive, Truckee. (530) 582-5652. Fast, healthy and affordable food to eat in at the restaurant, to go or order at the drive-thru window. Specializing in rotisserie chicken, tri-tip and pork. Burritos, tacos, tostadas, chicken, tri-tip and pork available separately or in combinations. www.billsrotisserie.com

COTTONWOOD RESTAURANT
Voted Truckee’s Best Restaurant. Historical Ski Lodge with spectacular view of downtown Truckee offering an eclectic menu of steaks, pastas, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor dining in the summertime and free live acoustic music. Dinner served nightly, 5 - 10 pm. 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee.
(530) 587-5711. (530) 205-9513.  www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com

JAX AT THE TRACKS
10144 West River St., Truckee. (530) 550-7450. Housed in an original 1940’s diner next to Truckee’s downtown railroad tracks. Jax offers honest food with a twist. (As seen on the Food Network, Diner’s Drive-ins & Dives.) Decadent comfort food. Classic diner fare plus innovative offerings. Available for private parties, company meetings and more. Open for breakfast 7 am - 2 pm;lunch 10 am - 4 pm and dinner 4 pm - 10 pm.  www.jaxtruckee.com  

PIANETA RISTORANTE
Northern Italian fare including antipasti, housemade pastas, risotto, braised rabbit, marinated veal chop etc. Open every day for dinner at 5:30 pm. Bar open at 5 pm. Commercial Row, Truckee (530) 587-4694. www.pianetarestaurant.com  

STELLA AT THE CEDAR HOUSE SPORT HOTEL
Creating unique food that is warm, comforting and inviting with fresh, simple ingredients, and fresh produce from“The Cedar House” gardens. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Reservations recommended. 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee. www.cedarhousesporthotel.com  

THE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB
12850 Northwoods Blvd, Truckee, CA. (530) 587-9455. In the heart of Tahoe Donner, menu with French and Pacific Rim influences. Organic meats, locally grown produce, kid’s menu, extensive award-winning wine list. Dinner 5 - 9 pm daily.www.tahoedonner.com/the/lodge  

TREAT BOX BAKERY
Sandwiches, burgers, full bakery, espresso, smoothies. Open 5 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week. 11400 Donner Pass Road, Commercial Row, Truckee. (530) 587-6554.

TRUCKEE BAGEL
Bagels baked daily. Wide range of bagel sandwiches on freshly baked bagels. Open 6 am - 3 pm weekdays, 7 am - 3 pm, Saturday. Wireless internet available. 11448 Dearfield Dr, Truckee (just past MacDonalds.) (530) 582-1852.  

WONG'S GARDEN RESTAURANT
11430 Deerfield Drive, Truckee (1/2 Block past McDonald's) (530) 587-1831. Complete selection of Szechwan specialties. Open Sunday - Thursday, 11 am - 9 pm, 11 am - 9:30 pm Friday & Saturday. 11430 Deerfield Drive, Truckee (1/2 Block past McDonald's) (530) 587-1831. www.wongstruckee.com  

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