Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

SAN FRANCISCO HAS LONG BEEN Northern California’s culinary capital, but it is facing more competition. “Sacramento’s on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” Thrillist, the popular food and drink website, declared in January. “It’s the hub of America’s most abundant agricultural region and is finally attracting talent […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City reopens to well wishers after flood

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City has reopened after being closed since January 8, when torrential rains repeatedly flooded Little Deer Creek and water engulfed the lower level of the popular eatery. We visited Lefty’s when it reopened on Wednesday night, visited with the affable owners and noticed some new menu items, including an imaginative fruit-and-cheese […]

Nevada City: home of handcrafted beer and cocktails

FEW FOOTHILLS TOWNS HAVE EMBRACED the boom in craft beers and cocktails more than Nevada City. The foothills town has two award-winning craft beer breweries—ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery & Baking Co. for locals and visitors.** Ol’ Republic won a first place “best of show” award in the 2016 California State Fair commercial […]

Lefty’s Grill: Now serving “the perfect drink”

IN 2008, TWO LEFT-HANDED chefs—John Cammack and Chris Duncan—opened “Lefty’s Grill” in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white tablecloth dining,” including burgers, flat-bread pizzas that won international honors, creative entrees and fresh salads. Five years later, Lefty’s outgrew its space and moved to 101 Broad Street, with views of […]

Lefty’s Grill now serves cocktails to go with its imaginative dinner menu

On Valentine’s Day, Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City began serving cocktails to go with its imaginative dinner menu, another milestone in its eight-year history. This week we visited with Chef John Cammack, a co-owner and one of the “left handed chefs,” at the popular Nevada City restaurant to discuss the cocktail program, as well as […]

Chef’s Notes: Stonehouse could be revitalized in New Year, cocktails at Lefty’s

Here’s a sampling of what’s new in our region’s dining scene: STONEHOUSE The historic Stonehouse building, across the street from Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City, could be revitalized in the New Year as a destination for culinary artistry, a tapas bar, visiting chefs, weddings, events and more, we’ve learned. Jonathan Rowe, founder and CEO of […]

Dining out in Nevada City

NEVADA CITY RESTAURANTS have been pioneers of farm-to-fork cooking before it became fashionable. We consider Peter Selaya of New Moon Cafe the dean of real food cooking in the foothills. Peter’s passion for cooking came from his dad, a longtime chef at well-known Bay Area restaurants. Peter’s creativity and flair with cooking has been an […]

Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee. Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off […]

Pulled pork, ribs and chicken at Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn

FOOTBALL AND BBQ GO TOGETHER: Besides tailgating, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Simms, NFL Hall of Fame player Randy White and Pro Bowl player Al “Bubba” Baker all own popular BBQ joints. Our region has its own top-notch BBQ restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for the football season. Some of our favorites are […]

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