“The best thing I ever ate” in Grass Valley and Nevada City

On Food Network, stars describe a different food they consider to be one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Here are some of the best things we’ve ever eaten in our region:

FRESH-FRUIT PANCAKES,
TOFANELLI’S

Fresh blueberry, pecan, or banana pancakes dusted with powder sugar and served with butter and syrup. Tof’s also has 101 omelets. A popular breakfast spot before the Downtown GrassValley Car Show on April 30.
302 W. Main St., GV
Tofanellis.com

HOUSE SALAD & SOFT-BOILED EGG,
THREE FORKS BAKERY & BREWING

Mixed greens, shredded carrot, soft-boiled egg, radish, currants, sunflower seeds (vegetarian, gluten free); vinaigrette dressing. “It’s well worth the 444-mile drive for the seven-minute egg,” wrote L.A. Weekly (see recipe below).
211 Commercial St., NC
ThreeForksNC.com

BILLY BLUE BREAD,
OWL GRILL & SALOON

Home of the original Billy Blue Bread, a delicious garlicky-Blue cheese bread that goes with the thick hand-cut steaks and chops.
134 Mill St., GV
OwlGrillandSaloon.com

CLASSIC COBB SALAD,
KANE’S RESTAURANT

On Romaine with chicken, avocado, bacon, wedged tomato, green onion, cucumber, boiled egg and Blue cheese. An updated version of the original from the Brown Derby in Hollywood. See the original recipe at our companion website SierraCulture.com.
120 E. Main St., GV
KanesRestaurant.com

PESCADO LA PLANCHA,
DIEGOS

Filet of tilapia seasoned and grilled. Topped with fresh guacamole, homemade pico and tartar sauce and served with rice, black beans and seasoned grilled veggies. Authentic South American cuisine.
217 Colfax Ave., GV
DiegosRestaurant.com

SEVEN SAMURAI SUSHI ROLL,
KAIDO

A sushi roll of yellowtail tuna, salmon, albacore, shrimp, scallop, eel and green onion. Other imaginative sushi rolls are available.
207 W Main St., GV
KaidoSushi.com

FRESH-BAKED GOODS,
SUMMER THYME’S BAKERY & DELI

Every day begins by baking European-style pastries, croissants, muffins, scones, Danish, stock buns, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls and other fresh-baked goods. The bakery and deli now offers online ordering.
231 Colfax Ave., GV
SummerThymes.com

ENCHILADAS,
MARIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

California Enchiladas stuffed with chicken, cheese, onions, smothered in a light pepper sauce. Enchiladas Suissa are stuffed with chicken, cheese and onion, then smothered in chile verde sauce and topped with sour cream and Mexican cheese.
226 E. Main St., GV
MariasGrassValley.com

PEACH PIZZA,
PETE’S PIZZA & TAP HOUSE

An imaginative, seasonal peach pizza is made with fresh peaches (local farms),mozzarella, bacon, Blue cheese and arugula, with a balsamic glaze.
114 W. Main St., GV
Petes-Pizza.com

CAJUN CUISINE,
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE

Gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, pecan crusted catfish, po’ boys, muffuletta, etouffée—all made from scratch, with fresh local ingredients.
401 Commercial St., NC
IkesQuarterCafe.com

FAJITAS,
CASA LAS KATARINAS

Strips of marinated chicken, beef, or shrimp, with bell peppers and onions, guacamole, pico de gallo and tortillas on a sizzling cast-iron skillet.
10100 Alta Sierra Dr., GV
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CELLO CHOCOLATE
Handcrafted from bean to bar in Nevada City. When available, Cello purchases Certified Fair Trade and organic beans. Its bars are made from single origin beans to showcase each region’s unique character.
CelloChocolate.com

Famous Seven-Minute Egg
Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover a few eggs, bring it to a boil, and ease eggs into the water on a spoon. Set a timer for seven minutes. Keep the water boiling as the eggs cook. When the
timer goes off, drain the eggs and run them under cold water. Cut and garnish with sea salt and pepper. SOURCE Saveur

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