Auburn Alehouse and Restaurant: Impressive Craft Beers
Sitting right smack in the middle of Old Town Auburn is the Auburn Alehouse in an impressive old building. At first from the street it appears to be just a restaurant until you move to the side and see all the brewing equipment and storage containers on the side of the building.
While it is a restaurant I was most interested in their craft beers and brewing process. The brewery is considered a small batch single step infusion process. This of course doesn't mean much to me other than they produce small amounts of beer compared to other micro breweries. The good thing about that is the beer turns over quickly and is likely to be fresh.
The only thing I sampled in the Auburn Alehouse was the Old Town Brown. Its one of eleven different beers that they had on tap. It had a mild flavor and had tastes of roasted caramel. I thought it was pretty good.
Favorite Dish: Haven't eaten any food there just tried one of the craft beers.
Katrinas: Fabulous Breakfast
Located just outside of downtown Auburn, Katrina's is a small restaurant located on the Grass Valley Highway. While it looks like just your average run of the mill diner from the road this is a genuine gourmet breakfast establishment.
I was led to the restaurant by a combination of recommendations and reviews that I had seen on-line. The place is small with not a lot of tables. There is outdoor seating.
When I arrived on a weekday late in the morning, the place was packed. There was only one of me so it was easy to sit. In addition to a very large menu there are also specials handwritten on a board above the cash register.
It was hard to decide but I went for the tuscan scramble which was on the board. What this concoction consists of is seasoned ciabatta bread covered with goat cheese, then covered with scrambled eggs, with a kind of pesto sauce on top. Now I am not too gushy usually with my reviews but this place rocks. The taste was unforgettable and it was very tender to cut. I had the odwalla orange juice but no coffee. Service was quick and I got my food fairly quickly.
I also had the fruit side which consists of a variety of fresh fruit. There must have been at least four or five different fruits and all of them appeared to be fresh, not canned like in some breakfast places. I also had a side order of biscuits with gravy. You can order them either as a small or large. The biscuit was good nothing sensational but the gravy was to die for. I think the gravy could be served as a main course for lunch.
The menu is exhaustive. There must be at least twenty different omelettes on it alone. In addition, a wide variety of waffles, french toast, and pancakes as well. There is also a kid's menu. Katrina's also serves lunch but not dinner.
Katrina's is open only wed. to sat. from 7:00 to 2:30 p.m. and sun 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
When I came back a second time to take pictures I spoke to a lady named Allyson. She said the restaurant has been there for 27 years. So VT'ers if you are coming by in the not too distant future it is likely to be there.
Favorite Dish: Tuscan Scramble, and the homemade biscuits with gravy!
Ikeda's Country Store and Restaurant: Legendary Pies! Other Food Just Ok
When my kids were growing up and we would go skiing in the Sierra's, if there was time we would always stop in coming back at Ikeda's for pie and ice cream. That was 15 years ago and the quality of the pies and goodies at Ikea hasn't changed as I was delighted to find recently.
There are so many pies to choose from so let me give you my favorites. The dutch apple crumb pie is delicious. Served hot with vanilla ice cream I could just crawl into a bed and sleep forever.
However the place also serves many cobblers. The marionberry or blueberry cobbler is sensational. Both again with ice cream are fantastic.
They also sell whole pies. The pies are not cheap but are all produced on-site and worth the money if you are a serious pie lover.
The place also serves breakfast and lunch. I had a hamburger and fries here a few years agioand I can remember that the food was just ok. So I would stick to the pies and look around at the country market for other local and non-local fruits.
Favorite Dish: Dutch crumb apple pie, marionberry cobbler, blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
Royal Thai: Suprisingly Good Thai Food
As I hunted around old town Auburn for a restaurant I noticed that the Royal Thai was full to overflowing on a Tuesday morning. Thinking that this is a good sign I decided to go in.
A good indication of how good a Thai restaurant is to sample their drunken noodle and yellow curry. Asking the waitress what I might enjoy more she encouraged me to try the drunken noodle. The drunken noodles were generously served stuffed with bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, basil, ginger and chicken. They were very tasty.
For desert I ordered the sweet rice with mango. The rice was as it should be sticky with coconut meat and fresh mango slices. Tasted great.
Favorite Dish: Drunken noodles stuffed with vegetables. Tasty and not expensive
CARPE VINO: WINE DINING IN AUBURN, CALIFORNIA
A wine bar that also has art, now has a restaurant. CARPE VINO has taken the big step up with incorporating a restaurant to go with the wine tasting retail store.
Gary Moffat and his son, Drew, have hit a gold mine in the gold country of California with their restaurant. Sitting next to the retail wine bar is the restaurant portion. This place looks like fun and upon visiting it, you know it is fun. Gary has that old home town boy approach to wine that is very refreshing and his son follows in his footsteps. The addition of the restaurant make for a wonderful late afternoon, early evening affair, that you want to last as long as possible. The chefs are Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduates and if you go to the website you will learn all about Gary, Drew, the chefs and the menu.
Visit the website and have fun with the videos that Gary and Drew create. I love the "No Country for Wine Discounters" video. It will let you see the down home personalities of the most gracious hosts at Carpe Vino.
Favorite Dish: The optional 3-course prix-fixe menu with wine is a very good selection at dinner. The menu does change seasonally, so you may not get the same thing twice. The menu also varies as to selections, that way you just might find a dish you would enjoy.
Open Wednesday-Thursday, 5pm-9pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5pm-10pm. Carpe Vino Restaurant is closed Sunday-Monday.
- Road Trip
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Auburn Alehouse: Brew Pub in Old Town
Auburn has a pretty good new brew pub in the building in old town which for many years housed the Shanghai Restaurant. It has very good food, definitely at the higher end for brewpubs. The beer seems mixed so far. The atmosphere and decor are also nice. It seems like a pretty busy place, though.
Favorite Dish: The pulled pork sandwich was very, very good and the sweet potato fries were nice.
The barleywine was good, smooth, and held up to food, but was a little on the bland side for barleywine. The brown ale was weak, thin, bland, and had too much of a burnt taste with little else. It's a lower grade version of the typical American brown ale, not the more wine-like brown ales like Newcastle or Samuel Smith's.
- Family Travel
- Beer Tasting
Various: Fast Food Paradise
Auburn and neighboring Forest Hills are a fast food paradise. There are so many to from which to choose. These are great for a quick stop before heading for Donner Pass.
Favorite Dish: In-and Out Burger is my favorite as they actually cook, rather than microwave, the burgers.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
marie callenders: basic american fare
I was preparing to give a lecture so did not have time to go outside the Holiday Inn and they said Marie Callenders which are on the premises is a full service restaurant. what a fraud!
it is just a very ordinary restaurant with very ordinary food and in fact I said to myself, this is the food to suide with, because if i ate that garbage everyday i would die.. which is the case with the asians who come to america who wish to be integrated into the cutlure and eat this rubbish, get heart diseases and die.
Favorite Dish: the breakfast was two eggs the way you wanted it and some pancakes. all disease producing food.
the waitress dressed as if just out of a german folk tale, was blond and massive
I will not recommend this place. if you dont have time to eat, dont eat. or find a place to eat when you have the time
in and out burger: if you are in the mood for a burger
How can you make a burger fancy? the people working here are friendly enough and they advertise all sorts of specials and of course, their promise that their french fries are fresh and not frozen like macdonalds..
the menu is extremely limited
burger and fries really
but it is close to holiday inn and if you are staying there and want to have something it is convenient
In-N-Out Burger: You miss out on the East coast
My uncle goes to this place every day. The staff knows him by name and the manager gives him a Christmas present every year (my uncle is just a customer, but as treasurer of the UMC in Auburn, he’s gotten In-N-Out to help fund various service projects. Since then the manager asks him to find someone who needs a little extra help during the Christmas season every year, so they can help support them).
The cool thing about In-N-Out is that, although it is a fast food chain, its branches are all family run. The French fries are yummy, and made from real, NOT FROZEN potatoes! You can see the staff converting the potatoes into fries. The milkshakes are made from real ice cream, and, the burgers are delicious (I am told). The reason the burgers taste so good is because, unlike McDonalds, etc, In-N-Out doesn’t skimp on the burger toppings (lettuce, tomato slices, etc). You can even ask to have grilled onions instead of regular onions.
If you ever feel like you didn’t get enough fries, just let them know and they’ll give you more. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a regular customer. I’ve gone with my mom and brother, no uncle, and have successfully received a few more of those fried potato wedges. You can complain about other things, if necessary, and they’ll be friendly and willing to help you.
Favorite Dish: Ask for a grilled cheese! It's a cheesburger without the burger. I'm vegetarian, so this is what I always choose, and it is delicious! If you ask for a cheeseburger without a burger at other fast food places, it tastes really bad. But, here, since they do load on the condiments...yum.
bun, special sauce, cheese, onions (grilled if wanted), tomatoe and lettuce. Guten Appetit!
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Mongolian Barbecue: Mongolian Barbecue
This restaurant has no menu, you simply take a bowl, fill it with veggies and meat and anything else you like and its cooked on a Mongolian grill in front of you...
Favorite Dish: Don't go overboard...the bowl looks smaller than it is