Wednesday, July 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Time out: Fill me up, Buttercup

DSC_7376

JENN CASIO serves breakfast to Robert Suvulewski who is visiting from San Rafael at the Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

By
From page B4 | November 09, 2012 |

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 right.

The Buttercup Pantry wisely serves breakfast all day long and so, when it can time to order lunch it was decided to order off the  breakfast menu.

As far as the décor goes at the Buttercup, on first glance it appears that the American Pickers van must have stopped by and shared some of its collection to decorate the dining area.

A more careful examination reveals a real rhyme and reason to the multitude of vintage Americana that line the walls. It’s everywhere, but it’s quite tasteful, actually, and comforting; instantly transporting me to a simpler time and place.

I ordered the chicken fried steak and eggs (over easy), which came with O’Brian potatoes (large chunks of potato with onions and chives) and sour dough toast.

When the dishes arrived, served by a pleasant and attentive server Jenn, I could tell I wasn’t going to leave hungry.

My Chicken Fried Steak was at least 8 inches long, the breading crisp and the steak flavorful. My eggs were cooked just how I like them and the potatoes were the best I’ve had in quite a while.

It’s obvious they cook everything from scratch and with great care and attention to detail.

My companion had the ham steak and eggs, which he devoured. He remarked that the ham was moist and juicy, definitely not overcooked, and had just the right amount of flavor for his taste. Not too salty, either.

“Didn’t care too much for your breakfast?” I said as my companion was licking his bowl clean. I mean that figuratively, not literally, of course.

Next time I visit I think I’ll have to try the soup and salad. They have one of the largest and most varied salad bars in Placerville (over 16 feet in length), and the three home made soups smelled amazing.

The Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery is family owned and operated (by El Dorado County’s Huston Family; the daughter, Erica, was our host) and has been serving the community for over 27 years in the same location.

They have a fantastic selection of home baked pies and pastries, but you’d better get there early. We got there around noon, on Monday, and the pastry cases by the entrance were already half empty.

I asked Erica what the specialty was and she said: “Well, I would have to say our cinnamon buns. We put three into one. Yes, one inside the other, inside the other. They’re huge and they’re delicious.”

Just then a young woman on my left, who was clutching a paper bag tight to her chest, started to slowly move away from us while giving us the “stink eye.” I looked at her and the jig was up.

“I got the last on. You can’t have it,” she said.

The Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery is located at 222 Main St. in Placerville (and really, I couldn’t think of a better location, just as you enter the Placerville historic district). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day. They’re open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The phone number is 530-621-1320.

Comments

comments

Earle Camembert

.

News

Six file for Dist. 2

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

By News Release | From Page: B1

EID ditch customers get relief

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1

 
Veterans receive wildland fire training

By News Release | From Page: B1

Market data open for local biz

By Ross Branch | From Page: B1

 
Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Road zone of benefit protester reaches dead end

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Volunteers clean up national forest

By News Release | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

My turn: Special interests at EID

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Russian metastasis

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

The Democratic-Chronicles: Not invented here

By Gene Altshuler | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

DA hogging Main St. parking

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
CAO and staff hiring friends

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Small Farm compromise

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

EID and Dale Coco

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
.

Sports

Roundup: July 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Dolphins ring up another title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Sharks defeat Loomis Basin in season finale

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Celebrity golf at Tahoe

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

By Shane Theodore | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Prospecting

At a glance: Comets to meteors

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Taste the best at the State Fair

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Tractor Supply Store recognized

By Uc Cooperative | From Page: B3

 
Amador Fair honors cowboys

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B3

 
Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

By Arbor Day | From Page: B4

Learn about lavender and its many benefits

By Christian Women's Connection | From Page: B4

 
Lee’s Feed appreciates customers

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

 
My Time meeting in August

By Senior Day | From Page: B5

Builders’ Exchange honors scholars

By El Dorado Builders' Exchange | From Page: B5

 
En garde at Silver Screen Classic

By Auburn Silver Screen | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 8-10

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Walter Vali

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jean Lachelle Taylor

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur J. Funston

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8