I found little information when searching for where to eat in Bear Valley, Murphys, Arnold and other locations in Calaveras and Alpine Counties, so I thought I should post a report.
We ate four meals in Murphys, all of which were very good and featured fresh local produce.
Lunch at Roquefort - all vegetarian, mostly organic. It features a "grilled cheese bar". We had delicious castelvrano olives with preserved lemon, a classic (cheddar on sourdough) grilled cheese served with pickled curried cauliflower, a baby kale salad and corn/pasta/cheese fritters with aioli. All the ingredients were very high quality and nicely prepared. I wish I could have tried more of the menu!
No air conditioning, but the patio is very nice.
V Restaurant and Bar - We had two of the day's specials - strawberry gazpacho (sweet, smooth and spicy - made with strawberries, tomatoes, jalapenos, kefir and basil) and a caprese salad (buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, avocado on greens, with a raspberry dressing - I would have liked it better with just olive oil maybe lemon). We also had the ahi tacos, which had a cabbage/avocado slaw.
They have a great cocktail menu, but we had just finished wine tasting and weren't up for cocktails.
Grounds - we stopped here for a quick breakfast. There were lots of people feasting on eggs and potato pancakes and other features. We ended up eating light - yogurt, a housemade muffin and sourdough French toast. Coffee was great. They have a very nice lunch and dinner menu (on the pricier side), and indoor and outdoor seating.
Dinner at Brice Winery by Creative Catering, before the Murphys Theater outdoor performance of Twelfth Night
This was a lovely outdoor dinner in a beautiful setting. There was some sort of problem with more people reserving dinner than the caterer knew about, so portions were smaller than I'd expect. I think the caterer also would benefit from serving bread and butter with the meal. All the food was very fresh and delicious - clearly farm to table. Wine could be purchased by the glass or bottle from Brice Winery. This was the menu:
Chilled cucumber/avocado soup
Grilled pork with apricot chimichurri (we asked for a vegetarian alternative, and were each served an heirloom tomato stuffed with quinoa salad)
Grilled summer vegies
Heirloom tomato, peach and arugula salad with champagne vinaigrette
Dessert: Raspberry cheesecake muffins
I look forward to being back in the area! I would recommend any of these restaurants.
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