January is restaurant month in Calaveras, when we celebrate all the great eating opportunities here in the hills! Start the year off with a visit to any of our great restaurants – here are some suggestions.
One of the newest faces on the mountain at Bear Valley is Jennifer Wren, founder of Alchemy in Murphys. For several years, she’s been catering to private clients with her tasty creations and now you can find her at the helm of the Creekside Dining Room at Bear Valley Lodge.
Soldier’s Daughter in Arnold’s Cedar Center
Arnold has a few new faces too, or rather, familiar faces in new places. Soldier’s Daughter in Cedar Center is the new iteration of chef Steve Rinauro’s vegetarian vision for locally grown seasonal food. He built a loyal following with his restaurant Mineral in Murphys (now Roquefort – amazing gourmet grilled cheese!) who will no doubt be seeking him out in Arnold. If BBQ is your preference then you won’t need to go far, just next door in Cedar Center is The Hub, currently being taken over by the team from Arnold Pantry who have made a name for themselves on the hill for their dedication to eating in season and a mean beef brisket. Sarafina’s, also a local favorite, can’t be beat for a cozy dinner of Italian comfort food. On the other end of the day, Bristol’s Ranchhouse Café serves the hearty breakfast you’ll need for a day of outdoor adventures.
Outer Aisle Foods in Murphys
The bustling Murphys restaurant scene needs little introduction at this point – unless you’ve missed the raft of travel magazines, food blogs and reality shows that have made it a point of focus in recent years. New talents have been added to the line at V Restaurant and Murphys Historic Hotel’s restaurant continues to shine in the light of its post-Gordon-Ramsay improvements. Step off Main Street for a minute to experience a sustainable farm to table dinner at Outer Aisle Foods, winner of our Innovations on Tourism award for best restaurant in 2014. Just up the highway are Hillbillies (of Restaurant Impossible fame) and Magnolia Café, both popular roadside stops for breakfast and lunch.
Sometimes what you really want is a great burger, and Angels Camp has a couple you should try. Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek has built a philosophy around the “Beauty of the Local Burger,” and a beauty it is, featuring beef sourced from Calaveras County ranchers and worth every bite. The Burger Bar, downtown Angels and a sister restaurant to Sidewinders, is one of downtown’s newer eats, and offers an eclectic variety of patties and flavors that will surely make you want to try more than one.
Griff’s BBQ and Grill in Copperopolis
In Copperopolis, head over to Griffs BBQ and Grill for meaty dishes and a fun kids’ menu, where you’ll be surrounded by rustic wood décor and the tunes to go with it. Copper Grille at Saddlecreek Resort offers fine dining along the golf course, a nice way to end the day after playing 18. If you’re in the west end of the county, a lunch at the Pickle Patch Deli in San Andreas will show you why it’s one of the locals’ most popular sandwich shops. Looking for something with a little more spice to it? Then Thai House Restaurant is your destination, in the shopping center in Valley Springs.