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Though the walls at Original Mel's Diner are decked out in 1950s memorabilia, the eatery dates back to the 1940s, making its throwback aesthetic something of a natural development and not purely a put-on. The diner also owns another indelible link to the Eisenhower era: in 1973, George Lucas featured the restaurant in American Graffiti, his iconic paean to all things swell. The restaurant’s screen time didn’t end there; it would later serve as the setting for the sitcom Alice, as well as the famous breakfast laser shootout in Return of the Jedi.

True to its roots, the eatery's massive menu carries the torch for classic eats. Its bounteous American staples include steaks, third-pound burgers, sandwiches, all-day breakfast. While rocking out to '50s and '60s music from table jukeboxes, diners can sink teeth into Hawaiian burgers with teriyaki-glazed pineapple or cheesesteak hoagies, piled high with grilled sirloin steak, jalapeno, and pepperoncini. Fries come topped with gravy, garlic, cheese, or chili. An ice cream parlor-style dessert menu boasts ice cream sundaes, hand-dipped milkshakes and malts hearken back to the days when soda jerks still roamed the earth. A banquet room fit for celebrating birthdays, team gatherings, and more seats up to 50 people.

1730 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn,
CA
US

With Schoolhouse Yogurt's six self-serve yogurt stations and 35 topping choices, wannabe confection creators can blend creamy concoctions to their hearts' content. The rotating flavors please picky palates with varieties such as cookies and cream, pomegranate-raspberry sorbet, and classic vanilla. Top a tour de fro-yo at the toppings bar, selecting from sweet and savory dustings, and then allow a staffer to ring up the mighty creation to the generous tune of $0.40 per ounce. Though self-serve yogurt may seem like a self-indulgent, self-serving activity, Schoolhouse Yogurt donates 10 percent of all sweet, sweet proceeds to local schools' classrooms, chalk buckets, and kickball-ball lockers.

10063 Combie Rd
Auburn,
CA
US

Self-serve frozen yogurt, with 8 flavors of yogurt, and over 80 toppings. We offer high quality yogurt products, with seasonal fresh fruit. We are the most popular frozen yogurt shop in Nevada County, and now we have expanded into Placer County.

2985 Bell Rd
Auburn,
CA
US

Auburn Breakfast Club is a family-owned eatery that's been serving up fast-breaking meals and lunch fare for 18 years. Post-slumber stomachs will find relief with a breakfast menu served all day long,featuring such succulents as chicken-fried steak and eggs ($9.65) or Joe’s Special, a protein-heavy procession of ground beef, mushrooms, onions, spinach, eggs, and garlic that’s as hearty for humans as it is deadly to vampires ($9.45). Lunch lovers can get amorous with the chef salad, topped with ham, turkey, and hard-boiled egg ($9.95), or soften up with the chicken avocado melt ($8.99). Accentuating their menu of early-bird temptations, the Breakfast Club also makes all their own sausages, and drip $0.10 coffee between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. every weekday, providing ample excuse to rise and shine with the automatic sprinklers.

356 Elm Ave
Auburn,
CA
US

Now under new management, Pappy’s Restaurant is a family-operated eatery that slings healthy breakfasts and fresh, inventive midday meals into the open mouths of Auburn’s dinerazzi. Both the breakfast menu and the lunch menu brim with hearty dishes such as the salsa-slathered huevos rancheros ($9.25) and the chili burger ($7.45), which brazenly espouses one of Richard Nixon’s famous “because I can” laws by combining meat, beans, cheese, and onions. Three different vegetarian sandwiches ($6.50 each) mix and match chlorophyll-rich ingredients such as avocado, tomato, sprouts, and lettuce to satisfy legions of plantavores with carrot-sharpened canines, and the tuna-salad sandwich ($6.95) delivers a needle-free injection of protein before full-contact dominoes matches.

1179 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn,
CA
US

When Jim Knudson bit into his first taco during dinner at a friend's house in 1949, he knew he had tasted something special. He added the item—which many diners were pronouncing "tay-co"—to the menu at his restaurant in Grass Valley, California. Determined to introduce the food to as many people as possible, Jim and his wife, Margaret, converted a 16-foot trailer into a kitchen on wheels. They adopted the nickname Jim had earned from one of his longtime customers and drove up to Lake Tahoe, where Jimboy's Tacos found its first permanent home.

Locals, tourists, and even members of the Rat Pack flocked to the tiny taco stand for the uniquely seasoned, parmesan-dusted ground-beef taco, the anchor of a growing menu. The family eventually relocated to Roseville, California, where they set up a small taco stand and began branching out to other locations in and around Sacramento.

Today, Jim Knudson’s daughter Karen, the current president of the company, carries on the legacy of taco obsession at more than 40 locations in northern California and Nevada. Guests who arrive early for breakfast might glimpse the cooks slowly simmering beans, mashing avocados into guacamole, and preparing their signature ground beef with trans-fat-free oil. In addition to classic corn-tortilla tacos, the menu holds the mega-size flour-tortilla El Gordo, golden-fried taquitos, and even a taco burger that fuses Mexican and American culinary traditions.

13409 Bowman Rd
Auburn,
CA
US