Restaurants well worth the drive |

Restaurants well worth the drive

We published our first review July 31, 2002, and have since featured 16 restaurants in and around Grass Valley and Nevada City.

There are other restaurants in the area worth mentioning; and we certainly plan on writing about them in future articles.

We also feel there are several restaurants within a 45 minute drive that are excellent and well-worth driving to.

Here are a few of our recommendations. We will elaborate more on some of these restaurants in future articles.


— Miya Sushi: 770 Lincoln Way, 530-823-1252: Our favorite sushi restaurant for more than ten years and a local favorite. You must try the seared scallop appetizer.

— Kabob House: 359 Nevada Street, 530-889-0399: Excellent Greek food and very clean. Try the hummus and gyros.

Forest Hill

— Robbers Roost: 23990 Foresthill Road, 530-367-2455: Take a beautiful drive and enjoy the view from their large dining room.

The food is excellent and there is a diverse selection to choose from. Very clean and great for the kids.

I-80 to Truckee

— Rainbow Lodge in Soda Springs: one mile off Rainbow Road exit, 530-426-3661: Located next to the Truckee River, it is a beautiful and romantic setting for brunch or dinner and a cozy place to spend the night.

— Ice Lakes Lodge in Norden: Off Soda Springs exit, go to flashing light, right turn on Soda Springs Road, 2.3 miles to end of road, 530-426-7660: Located near Sugar Bowl, a great place to stay or enjoy a romantic brunch or dinner overlooking Ice Lake. Very unique menu items and excellent food.

Oregon House

— Cafe Collage: 13501 Rices Crossing Road, 530-692-2555: Located near the Renaissance Winery, has a cozy outdoor patio and a very unique menu.


— Zinfandel Grille: 5450 China Garden Road, 916-630-0400 (also located in Sacramento and Folsom): Located in the Rocklin Hotel with a beautifully designed, spacious dining room. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent.


— Buca di Beppo: 1212 Galleria Blvd, 916-771-9463: A noisy, fun place for family and friends. Large portions of favorite Italian entrees served family style.

— Cafe Bernardo: 1563 Eureka Road, 916-773-3778: Great oven-fired pizza.

— Fats Asia Bistro: 1500 Eureka Road, 916-787-3287: Incredible selection of Asian delights that melt in your mouth, wonderful atmosphere and excellent service. Two big thumbs up for Fats!

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

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