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Hit the Mother Lode of Food in Tuolumne County

Katie Kirkland | 12/14/2018 | Eat & Drink, Exploring Tuolumne County

Need some foodie inspiration, something to fill travel desires and taste buds too Northern California's Tuolumne County is a travelers playground and a foodies paradise. Take the road less traveled and discover Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and the High Sierra. Feed your travel needs, literally, with fresh farm to table dishes, rustic wood oven pizzas, and rich fondue. Here are the six eatery suggestions for hitting the Mother Lode of food.

Emberz is nestled on the main strip of Historic Downtown Sonora. The owners have meshed the old with the new in keeping this gem uniquely hip and rustic. Just walk through the door and smell the pizza being fired up in the mosaic firewood oven, sip on a mule in a copper cup, and pay your bill in an antique book. A must try menu favorite is the Baked Emberz, while a must try secret menu item is the Fondue Burger. Mouth watering yet Try devouring their loaded tots.

The Standard Pour is housed in an old lumber yard building that has kept the original architecture from 1924, but the food has advanced into the 21st With an eclectic menu, the restaurant showcases local farm fresh specialties like a Diestel Turkey Ruben or a Half Pound Standard Burger made with locally grown and grazed beef. Thirsty for more Grab a draft wine or beer from a selection of notable breweries and wineries from across California, Oregon, and Colorado.


Gus's Steakhouse has been around a while and so has Gus. Yes, that is right, there really is a Gus at Gus's Steakhouse, but the real reason for the mention is their melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Get ready for a carb-overload with their fondue and bread, but save room for the surf and turf. Feeling sheepish about Gus's rack of lamb Surely Gus has mastered the lamb after 38 years of business. Check out their early bird specials that run Tuesday thru Saturday starting at 2pm.

Mias will have foodies gasping, oh my-ahhh with their picturesque location. Their food is notably gasp-worthy too. Start with Shishito Peppers and Truffle Fries, freshen up with a Pear Manchego Salad and for the grand finale a Mias Classic Combo brick oven pizza. Get the cameras ready to snap the pizza in the making as the brick oven is open to the public eye. Need an excuse to indulge in all this goodness A High Sierra hike should do just that. Mias is located off Highway 108, Sonora Pass, so travelers can get their Emigrant Wilderness fix then overcompensate their burnt calories with some good ol pizza and beer.


Yoshoku is the answer for those looking to spice things up. Essentially a hole in the wall (you can see end-to-end and side-to-side from the front door) this Asian inspired restaurant serves-up authentic ramen bowls. Keeping up with trends from LA and San Francisco, this ramen noodle bar is branching out in Downtown Sonora and opening a Boba Tea Shop. Ready for a challenge Yoshoku offers up a Spicy Ramen Challenge, where participants must sign a waiver/release form and complete the ramen bowl within thirty minutes.


The Peppery is a beer enthusiasts playground. This restaurant has a wall of beer where locals and visitors alike can have their named etched on a drinking glass if they can finish the wall within one business day. Soak up the suds with some Pocket Bread or Helter Skelter an oversized steak, topped with everything fried, and a side that will take up the entire plate. When it comes to the classics, you can't go wrong with the "Peppery Burger." Need something more unique This restaurant is technically named the Peppery Gar and Brill. The original owners transposed the G and B as a representation of the uniqueness of their restaurant and menu, the name has stuck in the heart of Sonora.

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