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Arletta’s, New Moon excellent

Arletta’s at the

Holbrooke Hotel

Owner, Donna Weaver



The Holbrooke Hotel, a landmark in Grass Valley since the mid-1800s, was recently purchased by Donna and Matt Weaver. We happened upon the restaurant recently and returned within 24 hours to revisit the vegetarian sandwich.




We later had lunch with our young son and were pleased to see a children’s menu and some crayons for him to amuse himself. For those with kids, crayons can be a lifesaver, and a menu for kids is a must.

We started with an excellent Caesar salad, followed by our favorite sandwich – a balsamic grilled Portabello mushroom with roasted red bell pepper, avocado, parmesan cheese and chipotle chili mayonnaise served on foccacia bread. We also shared an Italian club sandwich that was fantastic.

On a later visit, we tried the Chinese chicken salad, which was accompanied by warm wilted spinach instead of the traditional lettuce (we may get hooked). We then split the barbecued tri-tip sandwich and warm brie served over fresh fruit chutney with homemade foccacia bread. We plan on returning to try out the champagne brunch ($16.95), and we are anxious to sample some of the dinner fare, which can all be viewed on the hotel’s Web site at http://www.holbrooke.com. (We love to check out Web site menus prior to choosing a dining spot.) The Holbrooke has an outdoor patio area with plenty of shade, and has its own parking lot.

New Moon Cafe

Owners Peter Selaya and Buzz Crouch

The New Moon Cafe in Nevada City is one of the finest restaurants in the area. Presentation is key. Colorful flowers and artwork make it one of the most visually attractive dining spots, and it gets Fran’s vote for the most comfortable seating.

Although we have been patrons of New Moon for years, we requested a sampler platter so we could experience a wider variety of fare. We were accommodated by co-owner Peter Selaya himself. The star-shaped appetizer plates were beautifully decorated works of art, as was the red glass platter that contained the appetizer.

We started with a crab cake drizzled with a house-made dill sauce and a jicama salad with olives and thinly sliced carrots. For our entree, we feasted on a grilled Portabello mushroom sandwich with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, a coulotte steak on toasted garlic French bread that was tender and delicious, and a Thai chicken noodle salad that was fantastic. We also enjoyed the smoked salmon sandwich with cucumber and cream cheese and the fresh-roasted turkey “Metro” sandwich with bacon, tomato and white cheddar cheese.

All of the sandwiches are served on the restaurant’s freshly baked bread. The bacon is thick and crisp and crackles with flavor.

For dessert, we sampled the seedless blackberry ice cream, New York cheesecake that was the lightest and fluffiest we’ve ever tasted, a chocolate caramel macadamia truffle that was sinfully good, and an excellent peach torte.

Although we are not wine drinkers, our guest was astounded at the superb selection of fine wines sold by the glass or half or full bottle. The quality of the food and service at New Moon Cafe is absolutely stellar.

If you are budget conscious, we recommend that you try the New Moon for lunch. There is limited parking in front of the restaurant, public parking in back, and a covered outdoor seating area.

Steve and Fran Lantz of Grass Valley love to eat out. Contact them c/o The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945.

Arletta1s at the Holbrooke Hotel

212 W. Main St., Grass Valley

273-1353

Open for lunch, 11:30 am to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday; for dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Champagne brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday.

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New Moon Cafe

203 York Street in Nevada City

265-6399

Open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; for dinner, first seating at 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.


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