Pachamama’s Organic Cafe serves an all-organic vegetarian menu including vegan and raw options. Transform a Plain Jane breakfast bread into a deluxe, brunch-worthy bundle of nutrients and one of Pachamama's seven-grain waffles with organic maple syrup ($3.50). Aspiring wrappers find inspiration and satiation with the vegan-friendly Bhutanese Beauty, a bewitching blend of curry vegenaise, rice, tofu, almonds, craisins, mixed greens, and balsamic vinaigrette served in a sundried tomato or spinach tortilla ($4.50 half, $7.50 whole). Pachamama's salad options offer large, appetite-crushing salads, as well, such as the large Da Vinci with spinach, sweet peppers, tomato, carrots, almonds, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette ($7.50). For specialty desserts, try one of the raw organic food bars ($2). Their extensive drink menu provides a range of all-natural fruit and vegetable smoothies, organic fair-traded coffee, and tea, all suitable for quenching both thirst and trouser fires.
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.
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.
The Monkey Cat playfully claims to get its name from an exotic, cat-like jungle animal with piercing green eyes. Although the monkey cat has more in common with a unicorn than a tiger, it’s safe to assume it would enjoy the restaurant’s menu of chicken, pasta, fresh fish, and fine meats.
The chefs prepare bacon-wrapped pork loin, rack of lamb, and 16-ounce rib-eye steaks for dinner and fish tacos and burgers for lunch. Whenever possible, all of the meats arrive from sustainable farms, including hormone-free, organic hamburgers.
If the weather permits, dishes and beverages from the full bar can be eaten on the eatery’s dog-friendly patio amid tiki huts, foliage, and murals of tropical beaches. The bar’s wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass, adds some refinement to the tropically themed restaurant. The Monkey Cat also sports a private dining room that has its own bar and can seat up to 28 people.