Soups and Stews in Grass Valley and Nevada City restaurants

GRASS VALLEY’S NOTABLE residents include retired actor Clint Walker, best known for his cowboy role as “Cheyenne Bodie” in the TV series Cheyenne. We visited with Cliff earlier this year at Grass Valley’s Gold Rush Days and, among other topics, talked about the local restaurant scene.

Clint confirmed what we’d heard: He’s a fan of the homemade chile at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro. Here’s the low-down on Tofanelli’s chile, as well as some other favorite soups and stews from our region:

Chile
Made from scratch and simmered “low and slow” with house-ground beef, beans, stewed tomatoes, fresh onions, garlic and other ingredients.
Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro
302 W. Main St., GV, 272-1468 Tofanellis.com

Pumpkin Soup
A smooth creamy pumpkin soup, with hints of ginger, is home to caramelized onions and apples, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Wheat-free, vegan and delectable. This soup brings home all the comforts of fall.
Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli
231 Colfax Ave, GV, 273-2904 SummerThymes.com

Gumbo
Not the traditional roux thickened gumbo. It is a hearty soup topped with gingered greens and served with cornbread. Changes daily. Ike’s has been “keeping it Creole” for a decade.
Ike’s Quarter Cafe
401 Commercial St., NC, 265-6138 IkesQuarterCafe.com

Jambalaya
Penne pasta with Andouille sausage, shrimp and blackened chicken with black beans and green onion in a spicy creole sauce. Served with garlic bread.
Matteo’s Public
300 Commercial St., NC, 265-0782 MatteosPublic.com

Chile Colorado
Pork sautéed with dry roasted red chiles.
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
226 E. Main St, GV, 274-2040 MariasGrassValley.com

Clam Chowder
An “old-school” New England chowder that is thick, creamy and loaded with clams. A generous portion. Kane’s Restaurant
120 E. Main St., GV, 273-8111 KanesRestaurant.com

Tom Yum
Chicken, vegetarian or shrimp in hot and sour soup with lemongrass, kaffir leaves, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Taste of Thai
204 W.MainSt.,Ste.103, GV, 274-2968

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