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.
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.
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.
Auburn Alehouse's menu features hearty burgers, and crowd-pleasing appetizers alongside award-winning brews handcrafted in small, fresh batches using a traditional 10-barrel system. After savoring a pitcher of American Pale Ale ($15.25), hops-seekers can toast beloved bards with bawdy haikus and pints of Old Town Brown, a complex potion descended from English mild ale and crystal malts ($4.25). Guests may then top off their guzzle tanks with pints of Gold Country pilsner, which took a bronze medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival before sweeping the Olympic lager-luge finals ($4.25).
Executive chef and co-owner Ty Rowe uses his years of international culinary experience to craft a well-balanced seasonal menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients and European-bistro-style small plates. Treat palates to rich bites of classic French-style escargot in a garlic-parsley butter ($10), which, like most arrest warrants, is served with or without blue cheese. Oysters recline on the half shell ($3) before the bourbon- and brown-sugar-marinated flat-iron steak arrives, glistening under a layer of blue cheese ($20). Diners can pair an entree of Asian-style short ribs ($21) with a frothy pour from the extensive beer list featuring belgian ales by the bottle ($4+) and international drafts by the pint ($3+), half-yard ($8+), yard ($19+), or metric boot ($19+). The wine list fills glasses with an equally extensive array of more than 50 intoxicating pours.
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.