Top Choice Creole in Nevada City

Ike’s Quarter Cafe

Right out of New Orleans' Garden District, Ike’s serves splendid brunch fare with a sassy charm. Sit outside under the cherry tree or in the cluttered, funky interior. There's eggs Sardou, jambalaya, vegetarian po'b…
Top Choice Cafe in Sonora & Jamestown

Legends Books, Antiques & Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain

The place to sip sarsaparilla, snack on a Polish dog or share a scoop of huckleberry ice cream at a 26ft-long mahogany bar here since 1850. Then browse antiques and books downstairs in the old tunnel miners used to …
Top Choice Californian in Nevada City

New Moon Cafe

Pure elegance, Peter Selaya’s organic- and local-ingredient menu changes with the seasons. If you visit during spring or summer, go for the line-caught fish or the house-made, moon-shaped fresh ravioli. The wine lis…
Top Choice Mexican in Downieville

La Cocina de Oro Taqueria

Chef-owner Feather Ortiz uses herbs and peppers from her garden and sources everything else from local growers to make the freshest food around. The burritos are the size of Chihuahuas. No credit cards.
Top Choice Californian in Plymouth & Amador City


Book a table at Taste, where excellent Amador County wines are paired with a fine menu of California-style cooking (big on meat and game). There's open seating in the wine bar.
Top Choice American in Coloma-Lotus Valley

Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe

Truly delicious soups, sandwiches, baked goods and coffee from well-known Sacramento and local purveyors find their way to this little wooden house in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Crowds of schoolkid…
American in Jackson

Mel’s & Faye’s Diner

A local institution near Hwy 88 that dates back to 1956: there's a takeout window but it's not meant for quick stops. Take a seat on the bottle-green leather benches for solid diner fare that includes huge breakfast…
Thai in Nevada City

Sopa Thai

Huge quantities of delicious mango red curry, steamed mussels and spring rolls in the region's best and most popular Thai restaurant. The rugged red-brick interior is furnished with imported carvings, silks and lant…
American in Coloma-Lotus Valley

Cafe Mahjaic

House-baked breads and organic meats, with a sophisticated menu and Japanese and Mexican influences in the cooking. The four-course prix fixe for $35 is a great deal. The owners also run the three-room Lotus Inn (ro…
Sweets in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium

This sweet shop gets downright enchanting when town icon Stevens Price takes to the 1919 Milton piano and plays ragtime. The former proprietor still stops by in between organizing the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival e…