New California grill comes to Nevada City |

New California grill comes to Nevada City

Tom’s (formerly The Silk Road) features California-style cuisine prepared in gourmet fashion. Tom Byg transformed the theme of his restaurant and made a few changes to the decor, as well. The background jazz music and warm halogen lighting add to the pleasant bistro ambiance.

We were immediately served Ciobatta bread with an artichoke and roasted garlic spread that was a big hit, even with our kids. For our appetizers, we ordered Caesar salad and a smoked salmon roll with cucumbers, red onion, capers, greens and a mustard dill sauce that was fabulous. In addition, we sampled the pear salad with baby greens, gorgonzola and candied nuts topped with a honey mustard vinaigrette dressing and the heirloom beets with walnuts and stilton cheese in a sweet balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Salads are not included with the entrees.

Our entrees included smoked duck Alfredo with a gorgonzola-chipotle cream sauce, a Halibut filet with a lime butter sauce and garlic mashed potatoes. Since we are rib fanatics, we ordered the St. Louis-style pork ribs with a pineapple-mango sauce, also served with garlic mashed potatoes. The menu also features fresh salmon filet with a white dill wine sauce, New York and ribeye steaks, pork tenderloin with an apricot chili glaze and teriyaki chicken, all smoked on an oak and mesquite grill.

The menu is limited, but everything we ate was well-seasoned and tasty (no food was left on our plates). Although there was no kid’s menu, Tom was very accommodating and prepared kid-sized portions of linguine with Alfredo sauce.

For dessert we had the New York-style cheesecake lightly drizzled with a pomegranate sauce that was wonderful. Tom’s also serves a variety of red and white wines (by the glass or bottle), Champagne, sparkling wine and beer. There is parking in the public lot behind the New Moon Cafe across the street.

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Tom’s, and look forward to returning again soon.

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

Tom Byg, proprietor

316 Commercial St., Nevada City


Open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to close.

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