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Other Gold Country restaurants
Sutter Creek Provisions: The charming mercantile in the historic Soracco building offers local and imported boutique food items, charcuterie, cheeses and hearty, changing plates like boeuf bourguignon, pork rillettes with pickled fruit and wild mushroom tart with pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy the 13 handles of craft beer, plus live music on weekends. The mercantile also offers Provisions Pantry, a new pop-up on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays where chef Tim Blankenship prepares three to four dishes. (78 Main St., Sutter Creek, 209-267-8034, .)

Volcano Union Inn + Pub: Built in 1880, the two-story mansion morphed into a charming retreat and restaurant in 2009. Seasonal pub food includes satisfying comfort plates like fish ‘n’ chips, or potato gnocchi with Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and butternut squash in a butternut cream sauce. (21375 Consolation St., Volcano, 209-2967711, .)

Flower Farm Café: Set in a working citrus orchard, the 1905 cottage café serves breakfast and lunch showcasing produce grown right on the farm. Grab some locally crafted beer or wine, and dig into mandarin orange braised pork tacos, a turkey-brie-apple chutney sandwich or a hot, three-cheese naan flatbread. (4150 Auburn Folsom Road, Loomis, 916-652-5661, .)

Tin Lantern Bar and Grill: Crowded and loud, the highenergy bistro packs folks in for top-notch New American dinners of ahi poke, maitake mushroom risotto with seared scallops and classic Mama’s lasagna. (17100 Placer Hills Road, Meadow Vista, 530-878-8888, .)

St. Charles Saloon: Tucked in the Columbia State Historic Park, the 1856 brick and wood building looks a bit run down with faded décor and peanut shells on the floor, but that’s part of its gruff charm. Sip a sarsaparilla, and snack on big, overloaded pizzas, deli sandwiches, hot dogs and the bomb — homemade jalapeno artichoke breadsticks. (22801 Main St., Columbia, (209) 288-2258.)