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Bargain Bites: 25+ Great Eats for $10 & Under in El Dorado County

02/28/2018 12:00PM

The Breakroom Burger; © Style Media Group

When you’re hungry for a good plate of food that won’t cost a fortune, it can be difficult deciding where to feed the need. Luckily, we have a list of over 25 local dishes that won’t break the bank, plus a handful of the happiest hours in town. Ready, set, eat! In no particular order…

Rise and Shine: Breakfast Favorites

Build-Your-Own Omelet

$9.99 at Wally’s Pizza Bar

4079 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park, 530-677-5205,

You might not think breakfast when you hear Wally’s Pizza Bar, especially considering they do such an amazing job with their namesake pizza and cocktails. Yet the popular sports bar has added a weekend brunch that’s easily one of the best-kept local secrets…until now. Their build-your-own omelet is splendid with four eggs, copious amounts of cheese, and your choice of three toppings that run the gamut from portabella mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, and red onions, to jalapeños, baby spinach, avocado, Canadian bacon,  and sausage. Served with a generous heap of rustic country potatoes or fresh fruit ($.75), your custom masterpiece will tide you over well into lunch. Speaking of, if you decide to come back for your midday meal (we won’t judge), you’ll love owner Wally Dreher’s shared pie recipes from Lake Tahoe hotspots Rubicon, Fireside, and Basecamp Pizza Co.

Golden Waffle Combo

$9.25 at Golden Waffle Café

1449 Broadway, Placerville, 530-642-9322,

The Golden Waffle is one of those small-town relics of a diner that seems to transport you straight back to the ’70s—complete with wooden booths, vinyl seats, an orange and brown color scheme, hearty portions, and ever-flowing coffee bestowed from the friendly waitstaff. Known for, you guessed it, their waffles, the Golden Waffle combo is always a stellar deal. It arrives piping hot with a large Belgian waffle that’s equal parts chewy and perfectly crisped, two eggs your way, and a choice of smoky bacon or savory sausage links. With the syrup on the side, you could dip each bite separately or pour it over the whole kit and caboodle for a touch of maple with your bacon and scrambled eggs. Talk about a classic all-American breakfast of champions.


$10.29 at Sweetie Pie’s

577 Main Street, Placerville, 530-642-0128, 

For nearly 30 years, Sweetie Pie’s has been a staple for locals and weekend warriors alike as they pass through Placerville. From the decadent baked goods and olallieberry jam to the variety of melts and salads, there’s something for every appetite—including their daily quiche with a flaky, buttery crust and cheesy, egg custard filling. The vegetarian option is always chock-full of seasonal veggies and Emmental cheese, and served alongside hash browns or country potatoes and toast. During the brunch rush, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cold seat throughout the Victorian’s lovingly renovated rooms, so grab a mug from the counter crew and fill ’er up at the coffee bar as you enjoy the lively crowd and try to control your salivating.

French Toast

$9.25 at California Kitchen, 251 Main Street, Placerville, 530-622-7500 

California Kitchen offers a full lineup of breakfast favorites with a few Mexican influences mixed in (the huevos rancheros with mole, carnitas, and chilaquiles are all muy bueno!), yet when you wake up craving something sweet, French toast is both satisfying and perfectly respectable to order before noon. California Kitchen’s version hits the spot with thick Texas toast, generously dipped in cinnamon-vanilla egg batter, before hitting the griddle for that glorious golden brown coating. Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, and served with whipped butter, maple syrup, and a side of strawberry preserves, it’s worth rising and shining for. With one of the few full liquor licenses in Downtown Placerville, you’d be remiss to not order a Bloody Mary. With a variety of tasty pickled veggies and even a strip of bacon, it’s almost a meal in itself!

The Farm

$7 at The Argonaut Farm to Fork Café

331 Hwy 49, Coloma, 530-626-7345,

It could be argued that Coloma hit the map twice. The first time, of course, when miners discovered gold in “them thar hills,” and again when The Argonaut Farm to Fork Café opened its doors 10 years ago. The popular little roadside café along historic Highway 49 serves up innovative and inspiring breakfast and lunch fare that’s truly farm to fork. The Farm is consistently fantastic and includes a bagel of your choice (try the jalapeño cheddar for a little extra heat) piled with perfectly fluffy scrambled farm eggs, gooey melted cheddar, and spicy sriracha Vegenaise. You can also add on creamy avocado slices for an additional $2 and still stay under budget. Pair your breakfast sammie with a Temple drip coffee to go, and spend your morning exploring the gorgeous golden foothills and the South Fork of the American River. Eureka!

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Brioche

$8.50 at Selland’s Market-Café

4370 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 120, El Dorado Hills, 916-932-5025,

From the owners of Ella and OBO, Selland’s Market-Café now has three locations, including one on Broadway and their flagship in East Sacramento. The El Dorado Hills spot, which is tucked inside Town Center, is the perfect brunch destination during a day of shopping or before catching a matinee at the nearby Regal Theaters. The brioche sandwiches are always divine, as the bread is warm, buttery, and fluffy on the inside with a golden crust. My favorite is the bacon, egg, and cheese variety with peppered bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes, and green onions. With an amazing combo deal for lunch, you might just want to stop in after the movie, too; for $9.50, pick your choice of any two items: a cup of soup or chili, 1/2 cold sandwich, cold side, or variety of small side salads.

Three-Egg Cajun Sausage Omelet Breakfast

$9.59 at The Purple Place Bar and Grill

363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-2313,

Established in 1955, The Purple Place has long been a laid-back, family-friendly roadhouse serving delicious, seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Renowned also for their large covered patio (umbrellas and misters in the summer and heaters during winter), pool tables, shuffleboard, Etch A Sketches, a whopping 10 high-definition TVs, live entertainment, and awesome specialty cocktails, there’s plenty of reasons why this is “the place” to go in El Dorado Hills. Breakfast features fan favorites like egg bennies, pancakes, French toast, and signature omelets. Try their three-egg omelet with farm-fresh eggs, diced Cajun sausage, cheddar cheese, hearty seasoned country potatoes, and your choice of toast. Pets are welcome here, too, so be sure to check out their “Purple Pooch” menu for your furry friend! 

Coconutty Toast

Coconutty Toast; © Style Media Group

$7.60 at Totem Coffee Co.

312 Main Street, Suite 104, Placerville, 530-903-3280,

When Totem Coffee entered the caffeine scene in the fall of 2015, they quickly became known as the little roasters that could, offering ethically sourced, quality grounds from around the world. One of their first featured food items, breakfast toast in an array of flavors (both sweet and savory), is still a fan favorite. I mean, who doesn’t love toast? Heywood Banks even wrote the aptly named song “Toast!” with a good chance he was crooning about Totem’s coconutty option. It’s equal parts healthy and heavenly with thick, rustic slices of organic bread (from Auburn’s The Baker and The Cakemaker) slathered in creamy coconut peanut butter, ripe banana slices, a drizzle of honey, and a heavy sprinkle of hemp and chia seeds for a bit of crunch. Enjoy it while cozied up listening to some vinyl inside the chic, warm interior or outside on the ivy-covered and sun-dappled patio. We’ll toast to that!

Two-Egg Breakfast

$9.49 at Diamond Springs Hotel

545 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, 530-621-1730,

When you’re hankering for some good country cooking, Diamond Springs Hotel never disappoints. Their hefty menu tempts with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, but it’s the classic two-egg breakfast that guarantees a bright, light start to any day. Two eggs (cooked your way) are plated with either three strips of crispy bacon or freshly made sausage patties and your choice of toast or a buttery English muffin. The historic hotel is a charmer with its antique-filled dining room, red-and-white checkered tablecloths, and staff that’s fluent in homegrown hospitality. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the owner’s second venture, the newly refurbished Sportsman’s Hall in Pollock Pines—another historic Gold Rush stop along the famed Pony Express Trail, with equally delicious food.

Lunch Break: Midday Meals

La Veg Baguette

$8 at Allez!

4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, Diamond Springs, 530-621-1160,

Considering Chef Christian Masse first opened his French eatery as a tiny take-out spot in nearby El Dorado, the name Allez, which translates to “go,” makes more sense. Though they’ve since moved to larger digs in Diamond Springs—complete with a wine bar, dining room, and outside seating—you can still take your meal to-go, or sit down with a friend and take a proper lunch break. With a splendid variety of baguette sandwiches on the menu, the la veg variety is c'est magnifique for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, with roasted seasonal vegetables such as zucchini and eggplant, creamy French feta, a splash of sweetly tart balsamic, and their signature garlic aioli—all alongside a helping of pasta salad. You’ll be back in no time to try all the other delicious options, such as crab cake, chicken and applewood bacon, or tri-tip with caramelized onions.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf; © Style Media Group

$8.95 at 36 Handles

1010 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-3606,

If ever a place has captured the “Irish pub” vibe, 36 Handles has it. From the dark interior, dart boards, and “Pub Fare Menu,” the feeling that you’re sitting in a strip mall in El Dorado Hills evaporates as fast as the bubbles in your beer…unless it’s a dark Irish stout. The “Lunch Portion Menu” features Irish pub favorites like bangers and mash, The 36 Reuben, and Mary’s Chicken and Brie sandwich; all include soup, salad, or fries—and all are only $8.95. The bacon-wrapped meatloaf caught my eye immediately—possibly because of its bacon and beef bathed in Guinness gravy…and I’ll take my Guinness any way you serve it!


$8.95 at Placerville Brewing Company

155 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-295-9166,

Since 2005, Placerville Brewing Company (PBC) has been keeping the community satisfied, thanks to an expansive pub menu and signature beers and ciders (all brewed on-site) that rotate by the season. If you’re one of many that have the attitude that everything is better with bacon, then you won’t be disappointed with PBC’s BLT paired with their crispy, natural-cut French fries and a side of chunky blue cheese dressing. (If you’re able to splurge by upgrading to their garlic and Parmesan fries, do it!) Loaded with fat slices of bacon and the traditional crisp lettuce, juicy red tomatoes, and grilled sourdough, this BLT is far from ordinary. Although the beer is constantly flowing, PBC is a casual family place; on a nice day, be sure to snag a spot on the patio to enjoy the sunshine.   

Falafel Sandwich

$9 at Farmer’s Delicatessen and Bakery

3952 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park, 530-672-6800,

Getting their start at local farmers’ markets, the aptly named Farmer’s Delicatessen and Bakery opened their much-anticipated storefront in an unassuming area of Cameron Park with a few inside tables and lots of authentic flavor. Specializing in European cuisine that's made from scratch, Farmer’s also offers frozen items for you to take home and prepare (their rosemary focaccia, garlic knots, and lamb meatballs are a must), as well as breakfast sandwiches and sweets. Their selection of lunch fare, however, including the falafel sandwich, will transport you straight back to the motherland. The warm and soft pita is brimming with flavorful falafel, farm-fresh cucumbers, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and their heavenly tzatziki with a sprinkle of paprika and secret spices. If you like a little heat, ask for it spicy, and the gracious staff will happily comply.

Picadillo Enchilada Lunch Combination

Picadillo Enchilada Lunch Combination; © Style Media Group

$8.50 at Casa Ramos

6840 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville, 530-622-2303, 

Marco Ramos and his family have owned and operated restaurants in Northern California since the ’90s, with several “House of Ramos” locations throughout the foothills. Placerville’s Casa Ramos—which has loyal fans, thanks to time-tested and tasty family recipes, generous portions, and huge margaritas—introduced a new lunch menu recently with several specials for those watching their budgets. The “Lunch #1” offers your choice of an enchilada, taco, tamale, or tostada with a side of their Mexican or cilantro rice and your choice of beans. The picadillo enchilada is especially exceptional and comes with slow-roasted shredded beef mixed with pork and your choice of house-made sauce (salsa is traditional, but you’ll love the mole). Prepare to leave satisfied but not grossly stuffed.

Tortilla Soup

$9.50 at Cascada

384 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7757,

Located near Placerville’s Bell Tower, Cascada boasts some of the best people-watching windows on Main Street—both in their dining room and front bar area—and is an ideal locale for cozying up in the afternoon with a steaming bowl of their terrific tortilla soup. Cascada makes theirs with a savory, slightly spicy broth and chunks of white meat chicken along with onions, garlic, a bit of fresh cilantro, crispy corn tortilla strips, avocado slices, and a dash of cheese and sour cream. A bowl of it could make a nice lunch all on its own, yet you can’t say no to their complimentary chips and trio of dips: mild pico de gallo, hot roasted salsa, and a totally addicting creamy refried bean. 


$7.95 at Papa Gianni’s Ristorante

3450 Palmer Drive, Suite 1, Cameron Park, 530-672-2333,

Serving authentic Italian cuisine for nearly 20 years, Papa Gianni’s has always been a top choice for date nights and special events, thanks to a romantic ambiance and amazing service, but did you know the restaurant also offers some of their dishes with slightly smaller portions and less expensive price points during lunchtime? The homemade lasagna (served with their to-die-for garlic bread) is a personal favorite and comes with meaty Italian sausage, classic marinara, creamy ricotta, and layers of luscious pasta before being finished with melty mozzarella. Make it a sweet ending with one of their traditional Italian desserts: tiramisu, cannoli, and a variety of cheesecakes.

Deviled Egg Salad Sandwich

Deviled Egg Salad Sandwitch; © Style Media Group

$9.90* at Timmy’s Brown Bag

451 Main Street, Suite 10, Placerville, 530-303-3203,

Timmy’s Brown Bag offers an exciting rotation of tantalizing sandwiches with zany ingredient combinations that totally work (think Japanese curry sloppy joe with crunchy Indian snacks or smoked oysters with pepper bacon and asazuke cucumbers). Their often-featured deviled egg salad offering is piled with crunchy potato chips, crisp winter greens, sweet bread and butter pickles, V8 mayo, and bacon red onion vinaigrette on a fluffy brioche bun. Alternately, if you must stay under budget, you can opt for an equally filling order of decadent and flavorful truffle fries or tots, smoked paprika limeade, or pho black lime crinkle fries with hibiscus aioli.

House Chili

$8 at El Dorado Saloon and Grill

879 Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-3600,

Combining their two family-owned restaurants, El Dorado Saloon and Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail House, the owners recently unveiled the reinvented El Dorado Saloon and Grill. Gone is the mechanical bull in the bar, but the same great service, local live music, and mouthwatering mules are here to stay. They’ve also introduced an exciting new menu that runs the gamut from Italian, traditional Southern, American fusion, and Mexican influences. For lunch, a hearty bowl of their house chili is a welcome change from the traditional sandwich and features certified Angus ground beef and chunks of grilled tri-tip with chili beans, all topped with onions, cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. With plenty of cozy seating inside, El Dorado Saloon and Grill also boasts a pet-friendly patio in case you want to bring your favorite furry friend and enjoy your lunch in the sunshine.

Turkey Pumpkin Sandwich

$9.95 at The Farm Table

311 Main Street, Placerville, 530-295-8140,

The Farm Table is one of the pioneering farm-to-table establishments in the area, with a menu that changes by the season and uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. There’s even a small market on-site that sells house-made sausages, pantry items, and their famous duck confit. Lunchtime means a variety of tempting sandwiches, including their house specialty: turkey and pumpkin on house-baked ciabatta. It’s essentially an entire comfort meal in one bite. The sammie is stuffed with Diestel free-range smoked turkey, winter squash roasted with sage and leeks, local greens, and a sweet and tart cranberry mayo. To bring the farm home, sign up for either their “Gourmet Charcuterie” or “Seasonal Sausage Clubs” and enjoy the area’s bounty all year long.  

Supper Is Served: Dinner Deals

Brandi’s Garlic Chicken Pizza

 $10.99 (small) at Gularte’s Great Diamond Deli and Pizza, 670 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, 530-626-0550

Gularte’s has long been a local favorite for lunch with their humungous deli sandwiches, fresh salads, and Taco Tuesday special, yet their small specialty pizzas are the perfect dinner for one. After you bite into the Brandi’s garlic chicken variety, you’ll certainly be humming Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore.” White sauces can be tricky and easily overpowering but Gularte’s nails it. Topped with loads of mozzarella, white meat chicken, sliced mushrooms, diced tomatoes, green onions, and fresh basil on their perfectly chewy crust, it’s definitely one praiseworthy pie. 


$8.75 at Teriyaki Junction, 1216 Broadway, Suite B, Placerville, 530-295-1413,

Teriyaki Junction has long been a local favorite for delicious Japanese food at a low price point, serving everything from bento boxes and noodle bowls to edamame and gyoza. The rice bowls are also excellent, and the owners have recently introduced the healthy SNAP bowl, in cahoots with a local gym a few doors down. It features their signature tender charbroiled chicken, steamed broccoli, carrots, and cabbage over their nutty, steamed brown rice with sauce on the side. It’s a filling yet healthy feel-good supper that you can bring home or enjoy at one of their indoor or outdoor tables.


$9 at Tortilla Flats Cantina, 564 Main Street, Placerville, 530-295-9408,

There are nachos and then there are “na-cho cheese” nachos that you are fiercely reluctant to share, such as those served at the reinvented Tortilla Flats Cantina. Starting with a huge platter of homemade tortilla chips with a terrific crunch, the chefs pile on black beans, Oaxaca cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole, before a quick dip under the broiler for that piping hot gooeyness good nachos should have. The owners have certainly breathed new life into the old Tortilla Flats space with cohesive décor and a menu featuring homemade foods, quality ingredients, and scratch-made margaritas. For an even $10, they also offer 10 amazing lunch specials every weekday, including gulf shrimp tacos, a grilled chicken salad, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and tostadas.


$5 at Hog Wild Bar-B-Que, 38 Main Street, Placerville, 530-622-3883,

Hog Wild brings the heat, and not just because of its exterior painted in red-hot flames—they also slow roast their meats every day in their all-wood Texas smoker. The menu isn’t solely BBQ fare, however. They also offer slow-smoked burgers, fresh salads, and even vegetarian enchiladas. Hog Wild also makes Tuesdays the best day of the week with their Taco Tuesday special of two tacos (pick from juicy pulled pork, tender brisket, or moist BBQ chicken). With that expertly smoked flavor, they don’t drown their meats in sauce; instead, they let their meat taste like meat, and offer the following toppings: cheese, grilled onions, salsa, sour cream, or jalapeños. With moola left over, end your meal with a slice of their dreamy vanilla buttermilk pie ($3.95) that boasts a silky-smooth vanilla custard filling, flaky golden crust, and side of old-fashioned caramel.

Rare Beef and Brisket Pho

$9.95 at Pho Tahoe, 6530 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, 530-344-7924,

There’s nothing like a giant steaming bowl of noodle soup to fix a bad mood, comfort after a busy day, or chase away last night’s Happy Hour overindulgence. The folks from Pho Tahoe finally brought the delights of pho to the foothills with their Vietnamese and American restaurant in Pollock Pines. Friendly waitstaff and complimentary wonton chips will greet you while you peruse their sizable menu. With several varieties of pho available, the rare beef and brisket is a standout with flavorful broth, razor thin slices of beef, a generous portion of vermicelli (we’re talking oodles of noodles), and green onions. Add your customized touch of accouterments—fresh basil, lime, jalapeños, bean sprouts, sriracha, and hoisin—and dig in. A large order will likely even give you leftovers, especially if one of their delicious appetizers tempts you to splurge.

General Tso’s Chicken

$9.95 at Hong Kong Inn, 2851 Ray Lawyer Drive, Placerville, 530-622-8888

Hong Kong Inn has long been one of the area’s most beloved Chinese restaurants, as their stream of annual Style’s Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate. Ordering General Tso’s chicken could also be considered a foodie’s litmus test to gauge the quality of the other protein dishes a Chinese restaurant will offer, and Hong Kong’s is pure perfection—thanks to white meat chicken that remains meaty and tender while also deliciously crispy, and a generous coating of sauce that’s balanced precisely between spicy, tangy, and sweet. The dinner special is the way to go, as along with the entrée, you also get a crackly (not greasy) pork egg roll, egg flower or hot and sour soup, and your choice of their amazing chicken chow mein and steamed or egg fried rice. Your fortune says, “you’ll leave full and happy.” 

Choto Roll

Choto Roll; © Style Media Group

$8 at Amerikan Ichi
1234 Broadway, Suite A, Placerville, 530-621-2100,

Amerikan Ichi recently expanded when the space next door became available, so the formerly tiny spot is now expansive with a new dining room, outdoor seating, and more spots at the sushi bar to watch their awesome sushi chefs in action. They celebrate the American influence on traditional Japanese cuisine here, such as their Choto Roll that’s filled with crunchy tempura shrimp, spicy krab (imitation crab), and white onions and finished with avocado slices and a splash of house-made sauce. Their rolls are large and could certainly be a meal in itself, especially paired with a steaming bowl of miso soup. Those in the know however, know to indulge in their all-you-can-eat option that will push your fullness meter to the max and have you happily chanting “sushi, sushi, sushi,” as you saunter out the door.

The Breakroom Burger

The Breakroom Burger; © Style Media Group

$9.79 at The Breakroom

4131 South Shingle Road, Suite 7, Shingle Springs, 530-763-6761, 

The Breakroom is a playground for all ages. Arcade games for the kids and pool tables and plenty of flat-screen TVs for the adults. Add on a delicious menu and a large selection of local beer and wine, and the whole family is sure to be happy campers. Their burgers are always a hit and the namesake offering, The Breakroom, comes with 1/3 pound of hand-pressed beef, a heap of smoky house-made chipotle coleslaw, dill pickles, red onion rings, and melted Havarti. Served with a huge helping of either regular or seasoned fries, you’ll have fun sampling the large variety of dipping sauces (honey chipotle, ghost pepper ranch, garlic aioli, chipotle aioli blue cheese, buffalo, ranch, Thousand Island, or BBQ) to find your favorite. The Breakroom is also one of the few restaurants in town that’s open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, ensuring you can crush those late-night cravings. 

All-You-Can Eat Soup and Salad Bar

$9.95 at Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery

222 Main Street, Placerville, 530-621-1320 

When you’re hungry with a capital “H” but still want to eat healthily, Buttercup Pantry’s all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar comes to the rescue. Each day they offer a trio of homemade soups just like Mama used to make, along with fresh-from-the-oven cornbread muffins. When available, you must try their hearty country vegetable with chunks of carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and penne pasta, as well as their creamy navy bean and bacon. After, mosey on over to the salad bar as many times as you’d like to build a sensational salad complete with all the fixin’s, as well as fresh fruit, pasta and bean salads, and cottage cheese. A family-owned place that’s been a staple in Placerville for over 30 years, you’ll also love the restaurant’s decorations, awesome antiques, and local history.  

By Heather L. Becker

The Happiest Hours

Heyday Café hosts their Happy Hour at the bar and offers deals on wines ($2-$4 on select wines) and small plates like ginger pork samosas and an artisanal cheese plate. 325 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-9700, 

Note: Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday from 3-5 p.m.

During the Happy Hour at Fernando’s Costa Del Sol, domestic beers are $2.50 and imported beers are $3, and margaritas and the house wine are both $1 off. Their food offerings include mini taquitos, mini enchiladas, mini nachos supreme, and jalapeño poppers—all ranging from $3-$5.50. Taco 'bout some great deals! 2650 Cameron Park Drive, Suite 170, Cameron Park, 530-676-4460,

Note: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.

The Independent has plenty to satiate you while enjoying Happy Hour, including turnip fries, a wedge salad, calamari and more, all ranging from $6-$9. They also offer $2 off specialty cocktails, well liquor, and draft beers. 629 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7645,

Note: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 2-6 p.m.

Happy Hour bites at Placerville Public House include a variety of tacos for $3 each, "Just a Beer Dog" for $7, and their house-made beer cheese and macaroni for $9. Select beers are discounted and house wines are $1 off, plus you can get Happy Hour deals all day on Tuesdays. 414 Main Street, Placerville, 530-303-3792,

Note: Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Happy Hour at The Gold Digger Bar is simple: $1 off all food and drink! A variety of wines and bottled and draft beers are available, along with chips and salsa, jambalaya, and loaded nachos. 372 Main Street, Placerville, 530-748-3202,

Note: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.

By Emily Peter

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