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Time out: Sweet Score makes points across the board

Restaurant: Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts Address: 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-642-9644 Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts is located at 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville and the phone number is 530-642-9644. Barbecue is a matter of taste and how you feel about it usually depends on where in the United States you grew up. […]

Time out: A grand time at Grand China

Restaurant: Grand China Address: 4340 Golden Center Drive, Placerville Phone: 530-621-1882   There is a perception out there that, basically, all Chinese restaurants are pretty much the same all over North America. This is categorically not true. There are differences, sometimes very subtle and sometimes not so subtle, that make the real gems stand out. […]

Sierra Nevada House — culinary gold in Coloma

Restaurant: Sierra Nevada House Address: 835 Lotus Road in Coloma Phone: 530-626-8096 Hours: Thursday through Monday at 4 p.m. and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday I am ashamed to admit this but in the five years I have lived and worked in El Dorado County I had never set foot in the gastronomic landmark that […]

Time out: Mr. Pickles is at the top of the sandwich game

Restaurant: Mr. Pickles Address: 4601 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville Phone: 530-642-1677 Hours: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mr. Pickles is in Placerville and doing very well. Did you know you can buy Mr. Pickles T-shirts, hats, hoodies, bumper stickers, even a Mr. Pickles antennae topper (all available at ‘Tis […]

Time out: Discover miraculous golden sticks at Mike’s

Restaurant: Mike’s Grill Address: 1772 Pleasant Valley Road, in Placerville Phone: 530-642-2347 Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.   There is a statistic that reports 90 percent of all new restaurants will fail and be out of business within the first 12 months. I cannot dispute this fact. That sad but all […]

Time out: The food is great at La Bou

Restaurant: La Bou Bakery and Café Address: 4540 Post St. in El Dorado Hills Phone: 916-933-3326 Hours: Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday   I’ve been searching online and I cannot find a satisfactory translation for La Bou. The closest I’ve […]

Time out: Catch a great meal at Miss P’s Train Station

Restaurant: Miss P’s Train Station Address: 4274 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs Phone: 530-677-6287 Hours: Open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week Did you know that the first diner was a horse-drawn wagon that served hot food to the employees of the Providence Journal newspaper in Rhode Island? Did you know that a […]

Time out: Placerville Co-op has it all

Restaurant: Placerville Natural Foods Co-op Address: 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-621-3663 Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. So here’s what I know about the Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative. It is located at 535 Placerville Drive […]

Time out: Two Cooks keep it simple

Restaurant: Two Cooks On Main Address: 374 Main St. in Placerville Phone: 530-626-6546 Hours: Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays If there’s one thing I don’t care for when it comes to restaurants, it is a fancy, overcrowded and schizophrenic menu. Know […]

Time out: It is great to have a Schlotzsky’s

Restaurant: Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon and Carvels Address: 3025 Forni Road in Placerville Phone: 530-621-3025 Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.   “You can bite my sandwich but please don’t pinch my buns!” Schlotzsky’s is now open in Placerville. Not only does it have great food, it also has state of the […]

Time out: Dining tidbits

I’m going to try something a little different this time out, pun definitely intended. Usually my focus is on one solitary and very worthy El Dorado County restaurant, the bulk of the content being about the food, the service and, if warranted, the ambiance. This week I had three items come across my desk that […]

Time out: Hong Kong Inn is everyone’s favorite

Restaurant: Hong Kong Inn Address: 2851 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-622-8888 Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. Did you know that there are more Chinese restaurants located right here in the good old U.S. […]

Time out: The hot dog is a culinary delight

Restaurant: Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. Address: Town Center in El Dorado Hills at 4355 Town Center Blvd., Suite 114 Phone: 916-941-Dogs (3647) Hours: Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week So we go from France to Germany, from Diamond Springs to El Dorado Hills, all within a few days of each other. Is […]

Time out: Allez for escargot

Restaurant: Allez! Address: 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs Phone: 530-621-1160 Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Oh, my gosh, you’re going to Allez? They have the best snails.” This was the reaction from a co-worker when she found out that I and another co-worker were going to have […]

Time out: Bangers ‘n’ mash score big

Restaurant: 36 Handles Pub Address: 1010 White Rock Road in the Montano Center in El Dorado Hills Phone: 916-941-3606 Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. until it closes, which varies When the recently opened 36 Handles Pub used to be called Kinnee O’Reilly’s I couldn’t wait to eat there. I walked through the door and the décor just […]

Time out: Brick Oven is wonderful

Restaurant: The Brick Oven Pub Address: 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-622-7420. They are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week at 11am. Hours: Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week at 11 a.m. This move has been a tough one. No, I am not referring to the Mountain Democrat move; […]

Time out: The Greenhouse Café is just right

Restaurant: The Greenhouse Café Address: 2864 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-626-4081 Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well, I believe most of El Dorado County knows that after 22 years at the Broadway location (we moved here on Dec. […]

Time out: Jimboy’s is tacolicious

Restaurant: Jimboy’s Tacos Address: 3431 Coach Lane in Cameron Park and 1405 Broadway in Placerville. Phone: 530-677-2411, 530-621-1511 Hours: Open seven days All right, I admit it. I have been, in the past, a little wary about eating at a “fast food” or “chain” Mexican restaurant. In other words, living in San Diego for nine years raised […]

Time out: Mountain Mike’s brings back good memories

Restaurant: Mountain Mike’s Pizza Address: 2650 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-676-9600 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week Allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment, will you? Those of you of a certain vintage should remember the good, old-fashioned pizza parlors of your youth: well worn wood plank floors and walls […]

Time out: Firehouse puts out fantastic food

Restaurant: The Firehouse Café Address: 500 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs Phone: 530-626-4757 Hours: Open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily I have driven past The Firehouse Café, 500 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs, every day for the last three years and have never stopped to eat there. There’s no excuse for […]

Time out: ‘Best Seafood’ found at Powell’s

Restaurant: Powell’s Steamer Co. & Pub Address: 425 Main St. in Placerville Phone: 530-626-1091 Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to about 10 or 11 p.m. and Sundays from noon until around 10 p.m. Powell’s Steamer Co. & Pub once again received the Mountain Democrat’s coveted Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Seafood” in 2012. […]

Time out: Breakfast shines at the Golden Waffle

Restaurant: The Golden Waffle Café Address: 1449 Broadway in Placerville Phone: 530-642-9322 Hours: Open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast is served all day. Confession time. I, and you may find this hard to believe, am a regular cup-o-joe Joe. The thought of spending more on a cup of coffee I cannot […]

Time out: The Independent stands alone

Restaurant: The Independent Restaurant and Bar Address: 629 Main St., Suite 102, in Placerville Phone: 530-344-7645 Hours: Open for lunch and dinner on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays I know it’s corny to start […]

Time out: Big burgers and more at Burgers R Us

Restaurant: Burgers R Us Address: 6454 Pony Express Trail, Suite 1 in Pollock Pines Phone: 530-344-7951 Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m   Have you ever heard of a “Juicy Lucy?” I have, but until last week I thought that they only existed on the east coast. No, a Juicy Lucy is […]

Time out: Burgers and carne asadas meet at Bubba’s 2

Restaurant: Bubba’s 2 Address: 2650 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-9205. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Part of the fun in doing a restaurant review is the hunt. I try to focus on locally owned, “ma and pa” type of […]

Time out: Amerikan Ichi is amazing

Restaurant: Amerikan Ichi Sushi Address: 1234 Broadway in Placerville Phone: 530-621-2100 Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is going to be a tough one, I can tell already. A cursory glance of the menu at Amerikan Ichi Sushi makes my head spin and my heart race. There are well over 100 items […]

Time out: Casual meets elegance at Los Pinos

Restaurant: Los Pinos Restaurant and Bar Address: 3420 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-1403 Hours: Serving lunch and dinner daily. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; later hours by demand. Chips and salsa is something you eat until you lose your appetite. They are […]

Time out: The art of the Q in Shingle Springs

Restaurant: Back Forty Texas BBQ Address: 3977 Durock Road in Shingle Springs Phone: 530-676-4040   “Our concept is simple: Use only the freshest, finest ingredients, use only authentic Texas recipes and treat our guests with good old-fashioned southern hospitality.” — Back Forty Texas BBQ menu I don’t know the particulars about all of the prep […]

Time out: Waterfall Buffet is overflowing with good food

Restaurant: Waterfall Buffet at the Red Hawk Casino Address: 1 Red Hawk Parkway, just off Highway 50 Phone: 530-677-7000 Hours: Monday through Thursday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, lunch 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and […]

Time out: The Hoosegow continues to offer good food

Restaurant: The Hoosegow Address: 2864 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-626-4722 Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Hoosegow is a Placerville institution. When I moved here almost four years ago, it was the second restaurant I visited and I was impressed with not only the “down home charm” of the place […]

Time out: The gift of food

Restaurant: The Old Town Grill Address: 444 Main St. in Placerville Phone: 530-622-2631. Hours: Open Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. They are closed Tuesdays. I typically review local restaurants, as most of you are aware, so this will be a […]

Time out: Lord Sandwich would love The Courtyard Deli

Restaurant: The Courtyard Deli Address: 312 Main St., Suite 104, in Placerville Phone: 530-344-7547 Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The humble sandwich is often misunderstood as just two slices of bread with something crammed in the middle. It is, in my opinion, one of the more sadly underrated “‘food […]

Time out: When in aroma

Restaurant: Papa Gianni’s Ristorante Address: 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-2333 It is 6 p.m. and Papa Gianni’s Ristorante is humming. And it’s a Wednesday, for crying out loud. This is the second time I’ve dined at Papa Gianni’s, the first was a Tuesday, and you know what? It was packed then, too. Any […]

Time out: Time for good comfort food

Restaurant: Forester Pub and Grill Address: 4110 Carson Road, Camino Phone: 530-644-1818 Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. I really covet comfort, especially when it comes to food and especially when the leaves of El Dorado County start to turn and it starts to get chilly outside. I know I’m not alone. I think almost […]

Time out: Zac Jack’s Bistro serves great food with great service

Restaurant: Zac Jack’s Bistro Address: 3275 Coach Lane in Cameron Park Phone: 530-676-2969 Hours: Open Monday through Sunday, with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m, lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. One of my very first newspaper restaurant critiques was at a new restaurant located in San Diego, billing itself as […]

Time out: Good mornings start at El Dorado Coffee and Tea Co.

Restaurant: El Dorado Coffee and Tea Co. Address: 4068 A Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs Phone: 530-676-2623 Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday’s from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday’s from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast — breaking one’s fast. As your momma used to say, it’s “the most […]

Time out: Fill me up, Buttercup

Restaurant: Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery Address: 222 Main St. in Placerville Phone: 530-621-1320 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Man I love breakfast for lunch. There’s almost something naughty about it, you know what I mean? It feels wrong but it tastes, oh, so […]

Time out: Poor Red’s is rich in history

Restaurant: Poor Red’s Address: 6221 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado Phone: 530-622-2901 Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. I am not going to assume (because we all know when you assume something […]

Time out: It’s the year of The Golden Dragon

Restaurant: The Golden Dragon Address: 1341 Broadway in Placerville Phone: 530-621-1568 Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed Mondays Oh, man, Chinese Restaurant menus. There’s always, like, 1,400 choices and you know what? I almost always end up getting the same thing. […]

Time out: The fries have it

Restaurant: The Fountain Grill & Catering Address: 451 Main St. in downtown Placerville Phone: 530-626-7966 Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays. “Look at that burger. It’s ginormous!” “One third of a pound? Really?” “Good to see you’re seasoning it with salt and […]

Time out: A taste of history — The Diamond Springs Hotel

Restaurant: Diamond Springs Hotel Address: 545 Main St. in Diamond Springs Phone: 530-621-1730 Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.and  closed Mondays. The Diamond Springs Hotel describes itself as “Old Fashioned Country Cooking.” I […]

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