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Big Springs Gardens, Sierra City, CA

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Big Springs Gardens, Sierra City, CA

janet of reno | Aug 15, 2005 03:12 AM

I almost posted this on "Not About Food", as really the food may be secondary at this location. But we did go to eat, and it was worth a report, so here goes: Big Springs Gardens is a little Oasis in the Sierra Buttes area. It was modeled after Monet's gardens in Giverny, and does look like them (or at least what Giverny would look like with a backdrop of pines and the Sierra Buttes...). The gardens are open for lunch several days a week, and for Sunday brunch. You eat outdoors, under the pines. Although the food is standard brunch food, and for the most part simply prepared, it is all fresh and tasty, served in all-you-can eat buffet format. Eggs, French Toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, poached salmon, smoked salmon, etc. There were about six kinds of fresh fruit, including some delicious mango. The highlight may well have been dessert: all are homemade. Today we had a choice of carrot cake, peach cobbler, and brownies...all of which could be had a la mode. I had the cobbler...excellent. Hubbie the carrot cake...it was thick and many-layered with cream cheese frosting. If you preferred, there were Sundae mixings for the ice cream. There is a short but sweet wine list, and prices seemed reasonable, with the most expensive choice being Vuelve Cliquot (sp?) at 49 dollars per bottle. Brunch is $35 per person including gratuity and tax. No credit cards, but they'll take a personal check. After brunch you can wander through the gardens and work off the food. Oh yes, seating is at communal tables, and there was lively conversation at ours....must have been the champagne. If you find yourself vacationing in this neck of the woods, or if you are looking for a nice escape from the heat of Sacramento or Reno, check it out. A beautiful spot, and a decent meal....Definitely call ahead for reservations.

Link: http://www.bigspringsgardens.com

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