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Foodie Tour Of Nevada County

Ready to embark on a tapas-style Foodie Tour of Nevada County? Let's explore the richness of its flavors and culture together.

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Truckee’s mountain cuisine scene keeps on evolving check out the latest additions to the area. And whatever you do save room to make a stop at one of the 5 best dessert spots in Truckee.

For a comprehensive list of places to dine in Grass Valley including detailed write-ups, be sure to visit Downtown Grass Valley’s dining page.

Bite into the full list of restaurants in Nevada City by visiting the chamber’s restaurant page.


By Alex Silgalis

You may come for its attractions and views, but to really immerse yourself in Nevada County’s communities, you need to indulge in a meal or two out. Food isn’t just sustenance. It’s a gateway to understanding a place, a direct link to its history, and a flavorful journey through its present. In Nevada County, culinary traditions intertwine with innovation, with some dishes dating back to the Gold Rush era while others are crafted from the freshest locally-sourced produce found at bustling Farmers Markets. Here’s but a morsel of the foodie experiences you’ll find in Nevada County.

Grass Valley

For a comprehensive list of places to dine in Grass Valley including detailed write-ups, be sure to visit Downtown Grass Valley’s dining page.

A bunch of savory pasties at Grass Valley Pasty Company
Image appears courtesy: Grass Valley Pasty Company

Grass Valley Pasty Company

When Cornish miners migrated to California’s Gold Rush towns including Grass Valley, they brought their own cuisine with them – Pasties. This scrumptious food is a handheld pie, usually filled with meat and potatoes, sealed under a crimped pastry crust. 

Grass Valley Pasty Company website
100 S Auburn St
(530) 802-5202

Golden Gate Saloon

Before the iconic Holbrooke Hotel existed, the Golden Gate Saloon stood as the quintessential “watering hole” for thirsty prospectors and industrious residents alike. Since its establishment in 1852, it has remained a mainstay, earning the distinction of being one of the longest-operating barrooms west of the Mississippi. Amidst the backdrop of expertly crafted cocktails and tales of yesteryear, indulge in some of the finest dining experiences in town.

Golden Gate Saloon website
212 W Main St
(530) 460-4078


The scenic mountain town of Truckee is filled with award-winning breweries, nationally recognized breakfast spots, mouthwatering desserts and sommelier approved wine bars that you may need to stay another few weeks to sample them all.

Waitress serves up a bowl of ramen at the Truckee location of Rakkan Ramen
Image appears courtesy: Rakkan Ramen

Rakkan Ramen

Starting as a modest 4-seater spot in Nishiazabu, Tokyo, back in 2011, Rakkan Ramen has now become one of Truckee’s newest dining sensations. Rooted in Japanese soul food, Rakkan Ramen offers a menu centered around five distinct ramen bases. Notably, their 100% plant-based broth stands out, giving you the flexibility to tailor your bowl to perfection. Whether you’re a committed vegan or a passionate protein enthusiast, Rakkan Ramen has a delicious option to suit every taste bud.

Rakkan Ramen Website
10001 Soaring Way Suite 160

Cloud Sushi

Every Wednesday, savvy locals and visitors in the know place their food orders online for convenient pickup at their chosen time. Drawing from over 15 years of experience, the skilled team at Cloud Sushi crafts dishes that you can take home, tasting as fresh as if they were just prepared at the sushi bar. What awaits you isn’t merely good sushi. It may very well be some of the best sushi you’ve ever experienced.

Cloud Sushi website
10130 W River St

Nevada City

Bite into the full list of restaurants in Nevada City by visiting the chamber’s restaurant page.

Image appears courtesy: The Stonehouse


There are days when you’re on vacation and crave something both healthy and delicious. That’s where The Heartwood comes in. Every ingredient is thoughtfully selected to showcase the region’s abundance of fresh, seasonal, and wholesome foods. Indulge in options like ramen, grain bowls, and an array of distinctive salads. And if that’s not enticing enough, it’s also one of the county’s premier artisanal coffee spots.

Heartwood website
237 Commercial St
(530) 470-6161

The Stonehouse

Originally built in 1850 as a brewery, the building unfortunately fell victim to fire in 1856. However, it was immediately reconstructed by Chinese immigrants, who painstakingly quarried granite blocks stone by stone. Amidst the stunning architecture, you’ll discover creatively crafted meals sourced from local farms, vineyards, and producers, adding a delicious touch to the historical ambiance.

The Stone House website
107 Sacramento Street 

Take in the vibrant farmers markets, embark on a local farm tour, and above all, indulge in the diverse cuisine waiting at every turn in Nevada County. We promise, you won’t be disappointed. For further inspiration, delve into our article Foodie Fun – Must Have Eats in Nevada County.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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