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
Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coffeehouse and Cafe is located in the beautiful Coloma & Lotus river valley just steps from the South Fork of the American River. They feature small-batch local artisan-roasted coffees, fresh bakery goods, breakfast and lunch fare, as well as specialty drinks, beer, and local wines.
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.
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 Christian 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 unsuspecting 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.