Thank you for all Sacramento recommendations...but we wound up going to the Tower Cafe after all!!! I guess when you have a very mobile toddler, you just have to go with what works. Food was good as always, and very courteous professional service.
Beautiful wedding on the Truckee River, but the buffet disappointed so afterwards we wandered Tahoe City looking for a bite. We wound up at Rosies Diner, homestyle menu and crowded with happy looking diners. We had Pan Fried chicken that was maybe the best I've ever had, very very good, high quality chicken, spicy but not over salted or overly greasy. The soup was an amazing white bean and bacon, that was very unusual, herbs, tender beans and bacon in a flavorful broth. Overall excellent homemade food!
We were rushed to get back to LA on sunday, but we did stop at Apple Hill. Using the chowhound advice we hit Rainbow and Abels for hot out of the fryer cider donuts. Prefered Rainbow, slighty less greasy, softer crumb. It is still a bit early for apples I guess but we bought some beautiful granny smiths at Rainbow. At Mother Lode we bought Macs and Paulareds, which are the prettiest cherry red, but a bit soft for my taste. Wish we had a bit more leisure, but the chow advice certainly kept us from wasting any time getting to the good stuff. Also stopped at Summerfield Berry farm, what an amazing deal, pick your own blackberries and rasberries for $3.50 a pound. Given our time limitations I only picked enough to snack on in the car. I wished I could have picked enough for a pie. They said the blackberries were over but by going to the end rows and looking underneath there were plenty of huge juicy berries. The rasberries were small but perfectly sweet, fun to walk down the row and inhale rasberry aroma.