Sacramento and the Gold Country Restaurants

American, Italian, and Mexican are common Gold Country fare, but chefs also prepare ambitious European, French, and contemporary regional cuisine that mixes California ingredients with international preparations. Grass Valley's meat- and vegetable-stuffed pasties, introduced by 19th-century gold miners from Cornwall, are one of the region's more unusual treats.

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  • 1. Allez

    $$ | French

    The tale of how the couple running this spot for to-go or dine-in French food came to be husband and wife says all one needs to know about their...Read More

  • 2. Aria Bakery & Espresso Cafe

    $ | Bakery

    For a place as small as it is, this bakery café often smelled before seen turns out a staggering array of sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches...Read More

  • 3. Cafeteria 15L

    $$ | Downtown | American

    The exposed brick, reclaimed wood, mismatched chairs, and natural light streaming through large-paned windows of this easygoing hangout for...Read More

  • 4. Charles Street Dinner House

    $$$ | American

    Centrally located Charles Street, its rustic decor heavy on the wood and Old West adornments, at once evokes gold-rush days and the 1980s, when...Read More

  • 5. Cousin Jack Pasties

    $ | British

    Meat- and vegetable-stuffed pasties are a taste of the region's history, having come across the Atlantic with Cornish miners and their families...Read More

  • 6. Gold Dust Pizza

    $$ | Pizza

    Zesty well-made pies like the Miner Moe's BBQ Chicken, with red onions, pineapple, bacon, and cheese make this casual spot a few steps off Main...Read More

  • 7. Heyday Cafe

    $$ | American

    Inside an exposed-brick 1857 former assay office where miners exchanged gold nuggets for the coin of the realm, the Heyday is a happy haven...Read More

  • 8. Kitchen428 and Mojo's Lounge

    $$ | American

    Erected in 1891 to house luxury apartments, the Jackson building roared back to life as a showcase for locally sourced California cuisine from...Read More

  • 9. Kneading Dough Bakery

    $ | American

    Breakfast entrées, soups, soufflés, and sandwiches are on the menu at this beloved spot for pastries, tarts, coffee cakes, scones, cookies,...Read More

  • 10. The Cozmic Cafe

    $ | Vegetarian

    Crowds come for healthful wraps, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and the like, including vegan and vegetarian options. Portions are big, prices...Read More

  • 11. Valentina's Organic Bistro & Bakery

    $ | American

    The emphasis is on wellness and organic non–genetically modified ingredients at this wide-windowed, simply decorated roadside restaurant, whose...Read More

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