Charlie’s Café is a cafe that is like no other. Start with a chef that has been culinary school trained and takes great pride in all that he creates. All their food from hand cut rib-eye steaks, thick-sliced ham, linguica, fresh cooked breakfast potatoes, to award winning biscuits & gravy, malted waffles, pancakes, burgers, hot & cold sandwiches, fresh grilled chicken, homemade soups and fresh salads, are prepared daily so every ingredient is of the highest quality. The coffee is freshly ground and they serve local wine and ice cold beer. So come by and say “Hi” to Charlie and hang out where the locals like to come.
–145 So. Auburn St. Grass Valley, CA • 530-274-1839 • Map It
With the first restaurant opening at this site back in the 1920’s, the slogan on the front window of the Old Town Café says it all “Oldest continuous restaurant in Grass Valley”. Their menu features traditional cafe fare like eggs, hotcakes, biscuits and gravy at breakfast; burgers, sandwiches, shakes and salads for lunch. The Old Town Café is also known for its friendly, small-town atmosphere and their high level of service. Even with the staff chatting it up with regulars and greeting new visitors, they pride themselves getting their customers in and out for lunch in a half-hour.
–110 Mill St., Grass Valley, CA • 530-274-2600 • Map It
To know Sergio and Lena Martignago is to love them – or so say their long time customers. Martignago’s appreciation for food from around the world started with his parents, who moved from Italy to Argentina after world war II. He and Lena, who is originally from Russia, go back every few years to visit Sergio’s parents. The couple was married in 2002 and opened Sergio’s soon after. Now their vision of opening a modest restaurant with affordable, good food has far exceeded their initial goal, Sergio said, and his customers couldn’t be more supportive.“I’ve always loved sharing my passion for food with my customers” Martignago said. That’s why their new and expanded Sergio’s, has been met with collective enthusiasm. “It’s exciting to now be able to do that and so much more”. So stop by and see what all the buzz is about and I can promise, you will not be disappointed!
–109 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA • 530-273-3555 • Map It
Over the last 10 years, George & Suzie have bought several restaurants, some they’ve kept, some they’ve sold, but one concept is here to stay, South Pine Café. Their idea was to create a restaurant that would appeal to any type of clientele, from the biscuit and gravy connoisseur to the vegan, and anyone in between; the result is an eclectic array of specialty items that attract a very diverse mix of diners. With 10 years of testing, adjusting, changing, tweaking and perfecting, they’ve built two thriving South Pine Café locations in Grass Valley and Nevada City.
–102 N. Richardson St. Grass Valley, CA • 530-274-0261 • Map It
Tofanelli’s is owned by a third-generation restaurant family that has opened 15 very successful restaurants in California, Oregon and Nevada. Most famous were the Golden Egg Omelet House restaurants, with an incredible array of 101 omelets that have been featured on television and copied internationally. Tofanelli’s introduced that same award-winning breakfast menu featuring the 101 omelets in 2006 and its popularity has grown rapidly throughout the Gold Country foothills since.
–302 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA • 530-272-1468 • Map It