Yuba City - East
I was perusing Google Maps to see it there was anything I had missed within 50 miles of my house, when I discovered Café Collage in Oregon House. You start in Yuba City and cross the Feather River through the incredibly shrinking town of Marysville to head east on Hwy. 20. At the Brownsville turnoff (big gas station), you turn left (north) to the Willow Glenn Restaurant, where you turn right (east) towards Oregon House until you reach Rices Crossing Rd. A right turn (south) brings you to Café Collage. This is the road to the Renaissance Winery. http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=ig&hl=en&tab=wl
I looked at the menu online and observed it was something like a French bistro, so I called to see if they had French wines. They had a couple, which is unusual in Yuba County to say the least. I promise, I passed no banjo players on the way up. We ordered a Côtes du Rhône, which turned out to be a spicy, delicious 2008 Côtes du Rhône Villages. If this is a good example, 2008 Rhône wines leave nothing to 2007, perhaps, the best vintage ever. Our meal began with the Baked Feta with pita bread, olives, etc., which was almost enough for 4 and a Caesar Salad, which was also almost enough for 4. My wife could taste the anchovies in the chef’s Caesar dressing; I just thought it was really good, as was the pita appetizer. After doing our duty (we ate every bite) on the starters, we tackled the Chicken Moutarde for my wife and the Lamb Shank for me. For dessert, we enjoyed “Sweet Crepes with fresh strawberries & whipped cream topped with blackberry honey”. http://www.cafecollage.net/index.html
This was not the usual fare for the Yuba City area.
Marysville is a the best kept secret and a surprise it is "shrinking" because it has wonderful homes and beautiful streets and trees. It has a very charming historic downtown and it is always a pleasure to visit "The Brick Coffehouse Cafe" in the heart of the old town (316 D Street, Marysville) as the very stylish, local coffee house with the prettiest side garden cafe setting you will find in these parts. http://www.thebrickcoffeehouse.com/
Seeing farmers in overalls and a pick-ups come in an order their lattes or blueberry pancakes is what this special little city is all about. This is the place to be the genteel gentleman farmer and be able to afford to live out your values. Don't sell Marysville short. In fact it is an excellent place to invest and buy, since it is close enough to the Bay Area and Tahoe and all the recreational areas of Northern California. And Brick is part of the fabric of this unique town.
The City Cafe at 667 Plumas Street, in Yuba City is another local favorite. Plus the arrival of the Punjab farmers to Yuba City means you get some excellent N. Indian food and the annual Memorial Day Punjab-American Heritage Festival in the Yuba-Sutter County fairgrounds is a culinary can't miss.
The Brick Coffehouse Café does not serve dinner. I have eaten at City Café in Yuba City several times…it’s not a favorite. I’ve eaten at the Refuge in Yuba City many, many times…it’s not a favorite. I’ve eaten at the Bonanza Inn in Yuba City many times…it’s not a favorite. When I want a meal at this price point, I travel to Sacramento for Biba’s, Waterboy’s, etc. or to Folsom for Bidwell Street Bistro or to Roseville for La Provence and so forth. My point was that it is amazing to have a little restaurant of this quality (Café Collage) hidden in the foothills.
Having been born and raised in the area, it is shocking and sad to see business after business close and the buildings boarded-up in Marysville. On the other hand, Yuba City seems to be thriving with new malls, new theaters, new schools, new ethnic restaurants and a plethora of the new chain restaurants. I was at Andy’s Drive-In on the day it opened after the 1955 flood that destroyed Yuba City. Maybe Marysville will recover and your real estate investments will pay off.
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Bidwell Street Bistro
1004 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630