Got a Taste for Adventure?

Fork in the Road was designed to with you in mind. We’re showcasing El Dorado County’s hidden gems, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover amazing cuisine, seasonal specialties, innovative chefs, and unique experiences in places you never knew existed.  There has never been a better time to start your next culinary adventure.

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Explore El Dorado County’s delicious culinary gems

 

50 Grand Restaurant Pollock Pines El Dorado County Endive, pear, and brie salad with roasted shallot dressing.

50 Grand Restaurant & Bar

Delicious gourmet food in the heart of Pollock Pines.  

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The Divide Restaurant in Georgetown, El Dorado County

The Divide Restaurant

Take off-the-beaten-path to a new level at The Divide Restaurant. You won’t be sorry once you arrive! The decor gives the restaurant a cave/mine feel which fits into the area’s history. Breakfast features one of the best mimosas you will ever encounter, badass BLT a popular lunch choice and the dinner menu favorites include the prime rib, cedar plank salmon, and Shrimp Scampi.

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Amore Mio Italian Bistro

A spot where friends and family can meet and along, with the authentic dishes from Italy, can enjoy their time in Placerville. 

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The Farm Table Restaurant

You can’t get closer to the farm with being on the farm.  Almost everything is made from scratch – seasonal menus featuring lots of great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Lunch and dinner feature charcuterie, house-made sausages and house-cured ham, and served with freshly baked bread. All of these specialty meats are for sale by the pound at the meat counter.

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Heyday Café

Whether you are local or just want to feel like one Heyday Cafe is a great choice. This bistro-style restaurant is a popular local lunch spot with a great vibe and wonderful seasonal options. The lobster bisque soup, Heyday salad, and butternut squash salad are a few menu favorites.

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36 Handles Pub

Enjoy a fine selection of 36 beers on tap and several more bottled beers hand-picked from quality breweries in the US and Europe. 

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Smith Flat House

Built in 1853 on top of a gold mine. The Cellar Restaurant contains the entrance to the gold mine and still houses the original bar which Mark Twain is rumored to have sat at and written about. The powder room contains the cave that stored the blasting powder for the old mine. You can still see the powder marks on the walls. They use local wine and local ingredients whenever possible with a seasonal menu that highlights the bounty of the region. It’s located just a half-mile off Highway 50, the main thoroughfare to Lake Tahoe.

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Poor Red’s

A local icon and what a colorful history. Built as a Wells Fargo Stage Coach stop, in 1945 Poor Red won the bar in a game of dice, he and his wife and bookkeeper Rich Opal took ownership. Known for BBQ and the world famous cocktail they invented Golden Cadillac. Poor Reds sells more Galliano, an ingredient of this famous concoction, than anywhere else in the world.

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Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant

Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant is a cornerstone in the El Dorado Hills community and has been recognized for its outstanding Asian cuisine, excellent service, and friendly staff. 

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Allez!

Owner and Chef Christine Masse has worked all over the world and now has a tiny cafe tucked away off of Highway 49 in the town of Diamond Springs. Allez offers real French cuisine that you would never expect to get in this cafe with a dining space of four or five tables in an unsuspected location. They also offer a box lunch to go designed for wine tasters. Allez is located just a few miles from the Pleasant Valley Wineries, El Dorado County’s’ Rhone Zone. 

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Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge

We make all our gourmet chocolates on location and on a daily basis; always leaving you with the freshest candy! 

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Apple Bistro

Apple Bistro proudly represents traditions through our outstanding cuisine, service excellence, regional wine favorites, and legendary fresh baked goods!  

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The Purple Place

El Dorado Hill’s original roadhouse, with a cafe, sports bar, and dog-friendly outdoor patio.

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The Little Italian Place

The Place is my Ode to my Family, a labor of love. After many years of saving, planning, perfecting my dough and building, The Place came to life. Some recipes are inherited from family, others stem from my passion for the craft. One thing is for sure, everything we do here is fresh and original.  

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The Independent Restaurant & Bar

Opened in the fall of 2011, The Independent Restaurant and Bar is a dining destination presenting an outstanding American fusion menu and a top-tier full bar staffed by our friendly crew. 

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