Old Town Grill
● By Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Enter a world of contrasts – a cool, dark bar with stools, a myriad of old, peculiar pictures decorating the walls, and miniature John Deere tractors overhead;
meander past the bar and enter a bright sitting room with sun filtering in from the skylights. Welcome to Old Town Grill.
This small jewel of an eatery sits on Main Street in Placerville. Old Town Grill is family run and John, the owner, is the man behind the grill. Stopping in for a weekday lunch, I was transported back to the time when customer service was a top priority, along with dishing out a perfectly cooked meal. Known for their fabulous hamburgers, I had to try one. While I ordered the good Old-Fashioned Cheeseburger, my lunch partner ordered the Blue Cheese Burger with sautéed mushrooms.
My burger featured fresh, grass-fed beef – grilled to juicy perfection – and was served on a toasted bun dripping with two cheeses, all piled high with veggies. Delicious! My dining partner’s selection was described without words, just “odd pleasing sounds” as it slowly disappeared from the plate. I’m pretty sure that meant it was more than appetizing. We decided to split an order of Snowshoes – crisscrossed potatoes sprinkled with blue cheese and a barbeque spice, complemented by a small pool of mild blue cheese dip.
As we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch, we were quite impressed with the service. Our exceptionally happy server stopped by several times to look after our needs and refill our beverages from the “self-serve” soda area.
Old Town Grill may not be a fancy restaurant, but who needs frills when you have character, great food and customer service that should be standard in all eateries? Stop by and enjoy a memorable meal in the heart of Placerville!
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