Top Hidden Gem Restaurants in Nevada County

Top Hidden Gem Restaurants in Nevada County

Have you ever wanted to embark on a culinary adventure and discover the hidden gems of Nevada County? From cozy cafes with a local flair to family-owned eateries serving up tradition, this article will guide you through the hidden gem restaurants that are sure to delight your taste buds. Get ready to explore farm-to-table restaurants for fresh flavors, indulge in international cuisine that will transport you around the world, and uncover dessert destinations for the sweet tooth in you. Join me, Kendra Evans as we take a delicious journey through Nevada County’s best-kept secret dining spots.,

Cozy Cafe with a Local Flair

Now, let’s delve into the charming world of cozy cafes with a local flair, where you can unwind and savor the essence of Nevada County’s culinary scene. Three Forks Brewery in Historic Downtown Nevada City offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast or catching up with friends over a steaming cup of coffee. Absolutely to die for flatbreads and pizzas, healthy salads, and incredible local brews. In the winter the soups are the best! With a focus on using locally sourced ingredients, this hidden gem offers lovely outside seating and an easy order-at-the-counter atmosphere. They take pride in showcasing the flavors and character of the region using local farms for produce and meats. Get ready to experience a delightful blend of community charm and delectable dishes and delish pastries in Nevada County.

Nevada City local Brewery and Cafe with local farm to fork pizzas and food.

Funky Bar & Grill With Amazing Food

Crazy Horse Bar has been around for over 100 years and is known for serving incredible food and amazing music. For those craving good ole’ loaded taters (Tachos!) or an amazing salmon burger while listening to the best in local music, look no further than the family-owned Crazy Horse Bar N’ Grille in Nevada City. As a local, this is one of my favorite places to eat. It’s surprisingly healthy food from a place that looks more like a New Orleans bar than a restaurant but it definitely boasts some of the best food in Nevada County! From eclectic healthy dishes to classic dishes that never go out of style, this local landmark prides itself on serving up more than just a meal – they offer a glimpse into the history of Nevada City and the funky hippy style that Nevada County is known for. This place is loved by locals and definitely a hidden gem of Nevada County.

International Cuisine That Will Transport You Around the World

If you are looking for international cuisine Diego’s Chilean-inspired South American cuisine is your spot! This is another funky and super cool spot to get an incredible meal. I cannot tell you more how amazing their rolls are!!! They actually sell the rolls ready to bake at the holidays because they are such an amazing hit. They are served fresh and hot with garlic butter and a side of cilantro lime sauce for dipping…yummm! My boyfriend says this is the best burger in town, I however usually go for the tri-tip salad with grilled veggies and cilantro lime dressing. Everything here is Farm-to-Table and served on a funky mish-mosh of vintage plates and silverware. This hidden gem is a short walk from Downtown Grass Valley and its incredible promenade. I would recommend sitting on the patio. This is a absolute must try, you won’t find anything like it elsewhere!

Hidden Gem off the Beaten Path

For those looking to explore the lesser-known culinary treasures of Nevada County, The 5 Mile House is your place! Just 5 miles (duh lol) from Historic Nevada City is a landmark and home to mountain bikers and after-lake trippers. Just across from the access trail to the Hwy 20 mountain bike trails is a fun pub style restaurant with an incredible outside patio including bocce ball and live music. Perfect for grabbing a brew after your bike ride. Or with the family after a fun day on the lake. I will say its worth the drive though even if you haven’t been out enjoying Nevada County’s amazing outdoor recreation. Worth it just to sit on the incredible patio and enjoy a cocktail surrounded by amazing pine trees and enjoy the cooler weather if your from the valley!

Off the beaten path restaurant in Nevada City California

gems off the beaten path just waiting to be discovered. These charming restaurants may not be as well-known as some of the more popular spots, but they offer unique dining experiences that are worth seeking out. From quaint cafes tucked away in historic buildings to cozy diners serving up homestyle cooking, these hidden gems showcase the local flavors and hospitality that make Nevada County a true foodie destination. So, after sampling the diverse international cuisine offerings, continue your culinary adventure by uncovering these off-the-beaten-path delights that are sure to surprise and delight. And for those with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of dessert destinations in Nevada County just waiting to satisfy your cravings.,

Dessert Destinations for the Sweet Tooth

If you have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying, Nevada County has plenty of dessert destinations just waiting for you to indulge in. From decadent chocolate shops to charming bakeries offering homemade treats, there is a wide array of options to choose from. Whether you crave homemade organic ice cream or a candy shop with vintage goodies and gelato Nevada County will leave you wanting more!

Treats in Nevada City

Treats is an adorable little shop that is insanely popular in Nevada City. Their ice creams are all homemade, organic, and naturally flavored. It’s perfect on a hot day, though I can say it’s a popular spot year-round! My favorite is the mint chip which is not dyed green and is flavored with real mint it’s pretty mind-blowing and I absolutely recommend it!

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Lazy Dog Chocolateria

Located on the lovely promenade in Downtown Grass Valley, Lazy Dog Chocolateria has been a local presence since I was a kid. They are a family-owned ice cream, gelato, salt water taffy, homemade fudges, and chocolate treats. You will always find a friendly teenager working there giving the place a youthful feeling. I would say their homemade ice cream drumstick are the biggest and best I’ve ever had! With its quaint pink retro decor its a spot not to skip on a trip to Grass Valley.

Nevada County is overflowing with unique and delicious restaurants, you not only treat your taste buds but also support local businesses. So, why not plan your next foodie adventure today and uncover the flavors of Nevada County? As the saying goes, “Good food is good mood,” and these hidden gems are sure to leave you with a satisfied smile on your face. Bon appétit!

My name is Kendra and I am a Nevada County born and raised local. I am Mom, Boxer lover, wine-drinking, sun-loving maternity and motherhood photographer. I have a studio in lovely Downtown Historic Nevada City and absolutely love my job working with Mommas and making them feel amazing and beautiful! Please take a moment to check out my website Making a trip to Nevada City can be your time for Maternity or Motherhood photos, and then after enjoy the Nevada County Restaurants.