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Nevada City’s food gets some out-of-town love

Liz Kellar
Staff Writer

Nevada City is often touted as a great road trip destination, and its restaurants get a lot of favorable publicity as well.

This month alone, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. at 211 Commercial St. — which just had its grand opening on Friday — was the subject of a glowing review that same day in L.A. Weekly entitled “This Chef’s 7-Minute Egg is Worth the 444-Mile Drive.”

The week before, Nevada City made a list of “7 Best Foodie Trips Around Northern California,” published on the Zagat website.

The Three Forks plug comes from the pen of Sarah Miller, a former Angeleno who now calls Nevada City home.

“I was really excited there was a new place to eat in town with really fresh food … where the food was better than what I or my friends could make,” Sarah Miller said. “Also, I really love salads and I was just instantly excited about this salad. It is such a simple but great combination of stuff — and the egg was so perfectly cooked.”

Sarah Miller’s review of Three Forks, at http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014/08/15/this-chefs-7-minute-egg-is-worth-the-444-mile-drive, is an ode to chef Jes Taber’s seven-minute egg, and to other items on the menu as well.

“Nevada County’s got the Yuba River and a nice vintage store called The Parlour, and now, wonderfully, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.,” she wrote.

“It’s well worth the 444-mile drive,” Sarah Miller concluded.

A somewhat shorter road trip was espoused by the Zagat article on its San Francisco site, which can be found at http://www.zagat.com/b/san-francisco/best-foodie-trips-around-northern-california#2.

The article hails Nevada City as a “funky, artsy town that feels like Europe collided with California’s Gold Country with a little bit of New Orleans party spirit under the surface.”

The author, Virginia Miller, gives the nod to relative newcomers Treats and The Curly Wolf, as well as long-established faves “roadhouse extraordinaire” The Willo and “quirky dive bar” Mine Shaft Saloon.

Virginia Miller earlier highlighted The Willo and the Mine Shaft in an article last January for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She also raved about Sushi in the Raw, saying, “The fish is fresh and pristine and the environment in a converted Victorian boasts quirky charm, feeling like a hidden big city gem.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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