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Fountain Grill

Jan 31, 2014 08:26AM ● By Style

Photography by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

Tucked away on Historic Main Street in Placerville’s Creekside Place, lies a luncheon gem—Fountain Grill.

On a recent visit to Old Hangtown, the two-year-old eatery was my first stop for a much-needed “food” fuel up.

With the kitchen, checkout counter and three small tables all within close proximity to one another, the interior exudes cozy comfort, while the outside’s café-style seating allows for additional guests.

The menu is packed with gourmet paninis, grilled sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and dessert crêpes. Avoiding my typical “dessert before lunch” tendencies, I decided on the mixed greens salad and Tuscan turkey sandwich. As Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Monika Geczy worked her magic in the kitchen just a few feet away, my mouth watered at the sight, sound and, of course, smell of the dishes being prepared. Thankfully for me, lunch was served within just a few minutes.


Strawberry Crêpe

Photography by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

Opting to grab a seat outside and enjoy the surprisingly warm winter afternoon and fountain, my fork first met the salad—chock-full of mixed greens and topped with fresh seasonal fruits, tomatoes, sliced onion, toasted walnuts and chunks of feta cheese. The eclectic mixture of ingredients, both sweet and savory, was just what my appetite ordered. In between salad bites, the Tuscan turkey sandwich warmed my belly with its marinated artichoke hearts, gooey Provolone cheese, fresh spinach, spiced basil pesto and soft focaccia roll. Not a typical turkey sub, this one offered an exciting mix of flavors and textures.

Just when I thought lunch was wrapping up, I remembered the sweet and savory crêpes. Oh, crêpes! Owners Thomas Rosa and Monika Geczy (the aforementioned chef) suggested I try the ever-popular strawberry variety, which featured the juicy fruit in a light and refreshing strawberry spread, with whipped cream and a drizzling of chocolate sauce. After a few bites of the elegant—and decadent—dessert, our lunch ended on such a sweet note.

Fountain Grill, 451 Main Street, Suite 10, Placerville, 530-626-7966. Note: Fountain Grill is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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