Heyday Café–the Place to Be in Historic Placerville’s Downtown.
Savvy travelers coming to El Dorado County for outstanding wines will be thrilled to find excellent food and a welcome atmosphere at the local favorite, Heyday Café in historic Placerville. Located in the oldest part of “Old Hangtown” dating back to the Gold Rush era, Heyday Café occupies what was originally the gold assay office. The well-worn wood floors, old plaster and brick walls and exposed original ceiling give the restaurant a comforting, rustic feel providing a friendly place to enjoy a fine lunch or dinner.
Heyday is small and bustling so expect to get to know your dining neighbors, especially if you are seated at the large communal table in the center of the restaurant. But count this as an enriching part of your experience—you may be lucky enough to be seated next to a local winemaker, many of whom frequent the café on a regular basis.
Fresh produce is delivered to Heyday daily and the restaurant is known for its high-quality fresh menu. If you choose to have lunch to fortify you for a day of wine tasting, menu selections include grilled Panini such as grilled chicken breast with herb aioli and mango chutney or try their popular twist on the BLT. Other favorites include prosciutto, caramelized onion and sautéed spinach thin crust pizza or consider Heyday’s version of the classic Margherita. The most popular salad is the Heyday salad, a perfect combination of mixed greens, candied pecans, apples, and bleu cheese dressed with a apple-cider vanilla vinaigrette, but don’t pass up the beautiful roasted butternut squash salad with crumbled bacon, goat cheese, and brown sugar cider vinaigrette. “Every town should have a restaurant like Placerville’s Heyday Café….the lunch crowd arrives early and fast, ready for Heyday’s yummy selection of salads, pizzas, and sandwiches…the restaurant also turns out an excellent Caesar Salad.” Sacramento Magazine (October 2008)
Heyday remains open between the lunch and dinner hours and welcomes passers by to come in and enjoy a draft beer or one of the 40 wines available by the glass. A comprehensive selection of old world and new world wines, choice local California wines, sparkling wines, and port is available with food paring suggestions by the knowledgeable staff. Dinner reservations can be accommodated for parties of two or more and are highly recommended.
Dinner service begins around 5:00 pm and includes their signature pizza and salad as well as a great selection of appetizers such as their sashimi style Hawaiian Ahi Poke, artisanal cheese and fruit plate, or peanut chicken skewers. Dinner salads include their famous Heyday salad as well as Greek Salad and seasonal Insalata Caprese. Current entreés include Seared Salmon, Chicken Milanese, Marinated Flat Iron Steak, Pork Tenderloin with Honey & Caramelized Onion Glaze, and two vegetarian dishes—Basil Ravioli and their Baked Vegetable Ziti. Owner Jeff Thoma would love to have you stop by to try one of their nightly specials prepared by Head Cook Keith Erickson, which are wildly popular and can be found on the restaurant’s facebook page.