There’s a time and a place for everything. A quick workday lunch, a casual Saturday bite, or a post-soccer game treat are easily satisfied at a chain restaurant or casual eatery. But for a celebration or genuine culinary experience, reservations are required. 

Join us as we briefly visit four of our favorite restaurants producing some of our region’s most interesting and delicious dishes.

Restaurant Josephine – Nestled in Old Town Auburn, Restaurant Josephine offers a culinary journey through seasonal flavors and local ingredients. With a charming ambiance and a menu curated by Chefs Eric and Courtney Alexander, patrons indulge in farm-to-table delights, exquisite wine pairings and inventive cocktails. A Gold Country dining experience worth savoring!  

PRO TIP:  Get there early and grab a spot at the bar or for Friday/Saturday “Apero Hour.” 


HawksLed by powerhouse couple Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, Hawks delights diners with seasonal dishes showcasing locally sourced ingredients. The impeccable service and seasonal menu create an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the bounty of the region. Trust us, leave room for a cocktail and dessert!

PRO TIP: Sit out on the back patio and enjoy peaceful breezes and open space views.


Chef’s TableHelmed by Chef Nick Dedier, each dish is a masterpiece, showcasing a fusion of global flavors with locally sourced ingredients. With casual, personalized attention and a rotating menu, Chef’s Table promises a culinary adventure for those that love an intimate, festive setting.

PRO TIP: Ask for the PB&J Burger – it’s off the menu but a specialty they are known for! 


Q1227 – Chef Q of Q1227 has created a menu that is reflective of his Southern roots while embracing his love of California’s fresh ingredients, what he calls ‘modern comfort’. No visit to is complete without a tableside visit from Chef, a tradition we hope he continues at his new location at Galleria at Roseville!

PRO TIP: Local favorites are the Seafood Platter, Fried Chicken and Tomahawk Pork Chop.