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.
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.
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.
Full-service snack and beverage bars provide lubrication for moistureless mouths and nourishment for nosh-needy teeth with a menu consisting of sandwiches, snacks, and sodas, and pool tables and video games keep trained fingers in pin-fighting form. The on-premises pro shop allows bowlers to accessorize their outfits with matching balls, stylish wrist guards, and spare shoes for centaur teammates.
It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Original Pete's—the handcrafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-pairing suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
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.
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.