The Hotel Jeffrey in Coulterville has reopened under new ownership, and it is wonderful. The 1902 dining room is gorgeous, the bar is straight out of the west and lots of fun, and the food was terrific.
Most of our party had the prime rib, cooked over mesquite. Beef was high quality and prepared perfectly (ranging from VERY rare to well-down). Potato cakes were herby and delicous, salad was good, with mix of bitter and sweeter lettuces, apples, candied walnuts and nice dressing.
The saloon is straight out of the wild west, and it looked like they were serving more casual food there. You can see President Theodore Roosevelt's signature in the guest book , along with other cool goldrush history items. Saloon was not destroyed by the three fires that consumed the hotel, and it dates back to the 1850's or 60's, I think. If you get a chance, ask to see the guest room where "President Roosevelt, Theo" stayed.
The poppies are starting to bloom in the foothills,
so it made for nice afternoon excursion.