Dining Out: Milestone in El Dorado Hills
4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 116, El Dorado Hills, 916-934-0790, milestonerestaurantedh.com
I always look forward to brunch. Enjoying a Sunday out with loved ones never fails to set the tone for the remnants of a busy weekend—aka, relaxing at home. With that in mind, I made my way to Milestone in El Dorado Hills. What I discovered was a modern, cozy, and comfortable restaurant filled with friendly faces.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m a proponent of independently owned and operated establishments—and chef-owners, such as Milestone’s Nick Dedier, are at the top of the food chain in my book. Along with his wife, Alexa, they’ve constructed a morning menu that’s worth waking up for. (Lunch and dinner are equally impressive.) A small pastry, while our table talked and enjoyed coffee and mimosas, was a sublime start.
“Bacon pancake donut holes?” our server asked. Naturally, we said yes. Now I know why everyone in the place was happy—bacon pancake donut holes dusted with powdered sugar alongside warm maple syrup would bring a smile to anyone’s face.
From here on out, the possibilities had my brain scrambling: “What to do? What to do?” How about something I hated as a kid. If Milestone could pull off SOS (chipped beef on toast), I’d be a forever fan. Well, they must’ve seen me coming. The new and (greatly) improved version here included wonderfully succulent shredded short ribs in a rich, creamy gravy with fried eggs atop toast. If only my dad had known about short ribs…
Next was Milestone’s take on huevos rancheros—a hearty, Cabo resort-style version with black beans, shredded potatoes, over-medium eggs, farmers’ cheese, pickled carrots, cilantro, and large grilled shrimp in a tantalizing, slightly piquant South-of-the-border sauce. Muy delicioso!
Once more from the “count your calories tomorrow” mantra, I had to try the French dip Benedict with sliced wagyu beef, grilled onions, horseradish, poached eggs, cheese, and a silky demi-glace finish; in other words, decadence defined. Each bite had me brainstorming how I’d attempt to recreate it at home.
Moving on to something light, I opted for one of my favorite flavor combinations: a savory tartine with warm brie, apples, chicken, and walnuts. Served with a house salad, it was a simple yet satisfying choice—the perfect complement to a chilled glass of champagne and the end of a late-morning celebration of good food and friends.
Thank you, Alexa and Nick, for an enjoyable dining experience and your commitment to “Milestone for All”—a growing fund for deserving families affected by natural disasters or unforeseen hardships.
BY LORN RANDALL
Photos by Menka Belgal
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday); 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Monday-Wednesday); 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Thursday); 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Friday); 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday)
Try This: Posole (it’s not on the menu!), Bacon Pancake Donut Holes, Brussels Sprouts, The Proper Cobb, Gin & Dill House Cured Salmon, Fish & Chips, Maine Lobster Roll, Pork Chop, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Cioppino, French Dip, Cookies & Milk
Drinks: Full bar; beer, wine, and cocktails
Heads-Up: Weekly events and specials include a daily Happy Hour, Tiki Tuesday, and Lobster Wednesday; spacious patio; menu changes seasonally; bottomless mimosas on weekends during brunch; vegan and gluten-free options; kids’ menu