1568 Lincoln Way
Auburn , CA 530-823-0320
Situated in the heart of Auburn’s historic Old Town, this culinary gem housed in a brick building that dates to the Gold Rush era has outsized ambitions that belie its location in this charming foothills town. The kitchen is run by executive chef Eric Alexander and his partner, pastry chef Courtney McDonald, who update the locally sourced menu frequently (sometimes with fresh produce from their own farm). Seasonal dishes include the Passmore Ranch sturgeon served with red cabbage, chanterelle mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, as well as the duck liver mousse with foie gras, huckleberries, pickled butternut squash, buckwheat and pain d’épices. Ultimately, it’s hard to go wrong with any item on the menu, and—as the name suggests—wine is a major star here, with an impressively diverse wine list that boasts hundreds of varieties. The warm, sophisticated interior includes tables hewn from reclaimed bowling alley lanes (you can even see the guide arrows on the surface), and the service is just as inviting. It all adds up to an experience well worth the trip.