My friend Russ Salazar thinks the Red Apple Café, on the south side of Highway 50 about half way between Placerville and Camino, is one of the best kept secrets around. Not only is it clean, neat and serves good food, it has a huge outside patio with a large shaded area and tables with umbrellas that give you a multi-mile view overlooking Newtown Road, the Placerville Airport and Weber Creek.
As we walked in a couple of weeks ago, we were immediately greeted by the owner, a smiling Sabrina Choe, who yelled to us, “Take a seat anywhere and I will be with you in a minute.”
We told her we first wanted to try the patio to see if it was too hot to eat outside, being it was in the high 90s. Although it was tempting, we decided to forego that and eat inside.
As we were heading back inside Russ looked back and then turned to me and said, “This is like some guy’s ideal patio.” I have to agree, it is beautiful. It would be a wonderful place for breakfast on a summer’s day and lunch, except on the very hottest days.
Back inside where the temperature was much cooler and delightful, we picked a table, sat down and started looking over the menu.
I have always loved the way the Red Apple Café is decorated inside. I am a collector of, among other things, odd kitchen utensils and the restaurant is decorated with a lot of them, giving it a very homey and quite friendly feeling.
In a couple of minutes Sabrina came by to take our order and chat. She is one of the most energetic people I know and what she has done with the restaurant since taking it over just a few years ago, is amazing. Usually she is wearing a Charles B. Mitchell Winery hat, but that day, she said it was “Just too hot.”
We, as usual, were taking way too long deciding what to eat, so we asked her for a recommendation. She replied that the Goldminer Burger was a good choice, and quite popular. She also mentioned that we could still get breakfast.
While still trying to make up our minds, we talked with her about menus and how others are sometimes confusing. She told us that you have to make them simple and tell people exactly what they are getting by listing the ingredients, something she does quite well.
We finally decided on the Goldminer Burger (avocado, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mushrooms) and the Teriyaki Aloha Chicken sandwich (pineapple, mushrooms, teriyaki sauce and cheese on a toasted bun). For sides we skipped the waffle fries and went for potato salad and Red Apple Café coleslaw.