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.
Explore El Dorado County’s delicious culinary gems
Amazing food in an unassuming building at the mouth of the Fair Play wine region. Owner and Chef Greg Kemp is an artist in the kitchen, blending unique flavors that will sweep you off your feet. The list of local wines is impressive. This is where you will meet friendly locals and a popular spot for the areas winemakers and winery owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.