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Need cheap lunch or dinner on way back from Desolation Wilderness off Hwy 50-Z-Pie Report w/ pics

I'm looking for cheap eats (under $20)-probably lunch or dinner back from Desolation Wilderness (we're hiking Lake Aloha) and we're taking Hwy 50 back to Berkeley.

What's out there-Placerville eats maybe?

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  1. I've never eaten there but the St. Pauli Inn in Kaibob looks pretty interesting for German food. It's a great setting, overlooking the river. Don't know if it's open for lunch. Not sure of the prices either. You'll pass it before you leave the foothills. If you've never hiked Aloha, you will absolutely love it. Word of caution-I tried hiking there the end of June and couldn't make it all the way because of very deep snow. I didn't think it would melt till September. Check with the ranger station.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/89491031...

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    1. re: RevrendAndy

      >the St. Pauli Inn in Kaibob looks pretty interesting for German food<

      Where is Kaibob? Mapquest didn't recognize it.

      1. re: Mick Ruthven

        I think the "good Revrend" meant Kyburz, not Kaibob!

    2. We've enjoyed Z Pie in Placerville, visible from the 50 on a little side street just off the main drag there (across from a tall and hideous concrete parking structure that is also visible from the 50).

      Here's its website link: http://www.z-pie.com

      It's a comfortable little cafe and makes tasty pot pies and salads and the like. They serve some nice bottled microbrews too, if memory serves, that should hit the spot after days in the backcountry.

        1. any specific pie(s) I should get at Z-Pie?

          in an old post someone said: "One of my favourite spots in Placerville is Z-Pies. It's a funky little place that serves meat pies with salad. The steak and cabernet pie is wonderful."

          another poster said to try "High Hill Ranch, its the big farm right in Placerville just north of the freeway. (I think its one of the biggest farms). They have a crafts fair, a fishing pond, apples, cider and a pie house. Anyway, the pie at the pie house there is great. We always get a few frozen (unbaked) ones for later....Look for the fishing pond; the pie house overlooks it with big wooden decks. If you don't see a pond, you're at the wrong place. Haven't been there in a while, but for years it had some terrific pies. And great BBQ chicken.

          Another favorite stop is Boeger winery nearby. A nice (low key) place for tastings, and they have a few picnic tables in their own apple orchard which are great for a picnic.."

          Any recommendations on them?

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          1. re: hhc

            I like the apple pie at High Hill ranch...but I think its a seasonal thing....only really open (or at least only with locally picked apples) in the fall. Its really a little too early now.

            Boeger has a very nice orchard for picnics. Try their zins.

          2. Yes, I meant Kyburz. Sorry.