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Big Spoon Yogurt’s special topping bar complements hot cocoa and frozen yogurt ensembles with more than 75 novel accompaniments. Beverage construction commences at Big Spoon’s topping bar, where steaming chassis of hot cocoa ($1.25–$2.59) don marshmallow tires—in mint, german chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted coconut flavors—and warm-cookie steering wheels in a rousing race to anticipating taste buds. Patrons sweeten metric-system conversions with frozen yogurt by the ounce (price varies by location), available in chocolate, vanilla, and a rotating stock of non-dairy and sugar-free flavors. Seasonal winter flavors provide the taste of frozen eggnog without the hassle of holding company Christmas parties in a polar bear’s living room, and fall flavors scour a farmer’s windowsill for apple pie and pumpkin yogurt—all customizable with the bar’s more than 75 toppings.

12240 Industry Blvd
Jackson,
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.

11213 Prospect Dr.
Martell,
CA
US

The origin story of Poor Red's Bar-B-Q sounds like a movie plot. In 1948, Kelley's Bar was put on the table when its then-owner anted up in a poker game. Red Sadler was the winner, and he named the joint after himself, of course. Today, the kitchen still sears the ribs and steaks that have made the restaurant a perennial favorite since the 50s. The bar's signature drink, called the Gold Cadillac, is a blend of Galliano liqueur and creme de cacao and named for the car of the first couple who ever took a sip.

6221 Pleasant Valley Rd
El Dorado,
CA
US

BLIMPIE "America's Sub Shop" serves uniquely fresh premium deli meats, cheeses, and crispy veggies piled high on fresh baked breads in a variety of exquisitely delicious flavors. Oh, Chiabata too.

4300 Missouri Flat Rd
Placerville,
CA
US