1568 Lincoln Way
Auburn , CA 530-823-0320
Situated in the heart of Auburn’s historic Old Town, this culinary gem is housed in a brick building that dates to the Gold Rush era. 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 produce from their own farm). Seasonal dishes rotate, but past favorites have included a chicken liver mousse with quince chutney, watercress and grilled bread, and steamed Penn Cove mussels with serrano chile, lemon verbena, garlic and white wine. Ultimately, it’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. Wine is a star here, with an expansive list. 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.