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For the last 15 years or so, on my way to Lake Tahoe, I've driven past Red Apple Caf, and I'd always wondered what the restaurant would be like, but during all those trips, I never managed to stop and pay them a visit. Charter breakfast club members Dan and Bev had just come back from a trip to Apple Hill, and had told us that Red Apple Caf was under new ownership, so we decided to pay them a visit.  So Friday, October 14, 2011, we met at the parking lot at work, piled into our van, and made a road trip to Red Apple Caf.


Photo:  Red Apple Caf is under new ownership, and among the changes are a colorful mural painted on the east side of the building, a new name - the former name was simply Apple Caf - and a large, shaded patio adjacent to the main dining room.  Dan and Bev assured us that the menu hadn't changed since their last visit.  The restaurant offers ample parking, but the only drawback is making the left turn onto busy U.S. 50, as traffic doesn't slow down for you!  You basically have to be very careful and wait for a break in traffic.


Photo:  The dining room is comfortable, clean, and features an attractive, country-style decor, quite in keeping with the gold country of the Sierra Nevada foothills.  The pans hanging from the ceiling add a classic touch to the decor.


Photo:  The new owner has recently added a huge, covered patio, which offers spacious patio dining, and an outstanding view of the Sierra foothills.  If you're an aviation enthusiast, you'll love the patio, as it offers a bird's eye view of runway 5/23 of Placerville Airport, and as the airplanes takeoff, they climb and bank in plane - pun intended - view of the patio, as you enjoy your wonderful meal. Our group is seated at the table to the left, and the view can be seen past the protective fence, to keep wanderers from falling off the cliff!


Photo:  Our super friendly server, Carrie Kelly, places creamer and apple butter on our table.  She was proud to let us know that the apple butter is made-in house from fresh apples obtained from nearby Apple Hill.  Carrie was very enthusiastic when I told her about today's mission, and she remarked that it was "way too cool" that I was snapping photos and doing a write-up of their restaurant.  She mentioned that if she wasn't at work, that she would like to become a member of the Sacramento Breakfast Club.  Well Carrie, our membership is open to you at any time.


Photo:  I didn't exactly wander into the kitchen, but I managed to peek into the kitchen, use a little of the zoom lens, and snap a photo of a portion of our orders ready to be delivered to our table.  I'm a sucker for kitchen shots!


Photo:  Super friendly Carrie holds Matt's breakfast of Country Fried Steak, scrambled eggs and potatoes, and gives the camera a million=dollar smile.  Matt seems to think the whole affair is a huge joke, as Sara treats us to her beautiful smile.  This is the sort of photo that I love, as it's un-posed, spontaneous, tells the story like it is, and features beautiful women.


Photo:  Like Matt, I ordered a Country Fried Steak breakfast of battered steak, fried to a crispy, golden brown, country style potatoes, and two fried eggs, over easy.  Did I say fried?  Not shown is the bottomless cup of delicious coffee and the plate of sourdough toast.  I passed on the apple butter, as I'm not a fan of jam, jelly or any preserves on my toast... I prefer my toast lightly buttered, dry, or covered with gravy.  The photo doesn't do the meal justice - too bad I can't post a scratch 'n sniff - as this breakfast was cooked perfectly, the portions were "just right," and the food was delicious.  Matt and I compared notes, and we especially loved the gravy, as it had just a hint of spice, lots of chunks of sausage, and was just plain good.  This was an excellent breakfast and a good value.


Photo:  Today's members of the Sacramento Breakfast Club, from left to right:  Gerry Townsend, Betty Townsend, Matt Donnelly, Sara Donnelly, Eric Rench, Bev MacLeod, Dan MacLeod, and David DeMario.  Our friendly server, Carrie Kelly, graciously snapped this photo.

When you find yourself headed towards Lake Tahoe on U.S. 50, and you're in the mood for a great breakfast or lunch, the friendly folks at Red Apple Caf treat you right, serve you a delicious meal, and you'll leave with a full stomach and plenty of change in your wallet.  Red Apple Caf is highly recommended by members of the Sacramento Breakfast Club.

Red Apple Caf
2740 Hwy 50
Placerville, CA 95667
530 626-8144

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