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The words “Colfax Pharmacy” are still printed in big, sky-blue letters on Colfax Greek Bistro’s white-brick façade even though the building, which was built in 1880, is no longer a place to pick up a prescription. Rather, visitors shuffle in to enjoy owner Elan Vitkof’s falafel sandwiches, baklava, greek salads, and gyros made with house-roasted lamb and beef. Classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes are complemented by glasses of Greek wine and beer from Russia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. The café-style eatery boasts exposed-brick walls, couches, and live music and dance acts, making it a great place to enjoy a meal and daydream about someday teaching a horse how to play fetch.

30 N Main St.
Colfax,
CA
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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.

805 Lincoln Way
Auburn,
CA
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Drawing on three decades of brewing experience and skills acquired at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, Alfred Lee opened The Power Club Restaurant & Brewery in 2009. It takes its name from a friend of Lee's, James Power, who died the year before. Power's Irish heritage inspires the menu: hearty pub fare served alongside frosty pints brewed onsite.

Lee, a federal brewmaster, creates dozens of craft microbrews in a variety of styles—everything from light hefeweizens to flavorful red ales and stouts made with a variety of malts and grains. Each craft microbrew is served in a frosty 16-ounce mug and goes well with the pub's dishes, which include Irish staples as well as hearty angus burgers. The kitchen's specialty is slow-cooked barbecue, which is prepared over low heat to ensure sandwiches are juicier than a tantalizing gossip item related by a ripe peach.

195 Harrison Ave
Auburn,
CA
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At Valencia Club, the menu—which includes everything from specialty wings to tacos and chili-mac ‘n’ cheese––serves as an added bonus to the convivial atmosphere. A sprawling patio, two bars, horseshoe pits, pool tables, and a dance floor make for memorable evenings and Odyssian trips to and from the bathroom. Local bands on Fridays, country tunes on Saturdays, and DJ-spun beats on the patio on Fridays and Saturdays underscore the lively atmosphere. Valencia Club even holds line-dancing lessons every Saturday night, hosted by a local radio DJ.

2162 Taylor Rd
Penryn,
CA
US

At Dingus McGee's, you can play nine holes of golf, and then refuel with a half-pound burger and fries or Cajun-style crawfish etouffee. Their Creole-inspired menu offers up much more than your average club house grill. Diners can dig into alligator nuggets, house-smoked prime rib, and cedar-plank salmon imported from Vancouver Island. The vegetarian-friendly Cajun nut burger is made in-house with seasoned grains and nuts, and much of the restaurant's produce is grown in the on-site garden.

The restaurant is set in Auburn's peaceful green hills, but inside the atmosphere is always lively. Sports games play out on big screen TVs, and on select nights, live music fills the room. Diners can sip the house brewed beer or Dingus McGee's daunting Cajun Bloody Mary?which comes garnished with andouille sausage, jumbo shrimp, and a whole crawdad.

14500 Musso Rd
Auburn,
CA
US