We recently had the pleasure of revisiting Grounds in Murphys, CA. Murphys is a sleeply little Mother Lode town that is beginning to awaken--the downtown is about 4 blocks long, and has now filled in with tourist-oriented businesses--restaurants, gift shops, the historic Murphys Hotel.
One of these is Grounds. The food is excellent, and so is the coffee. Four of us lunched for under $40, tax and tip included.
Murphys is a bit off the beaten track, but worth a visit.