Reset: Café By Day
727 Sutter Street, Suite B, Folsom, 916-358-9162, resetfolsom.com
Mysterious happenings occur every evening at a new locale in Historic Folsom. Perhaps it’s the spirits of inhabitants from a century past, or just some spirited trickery and unique décor by owners John and Tahni Voelz—I’ll let you decide. I can tell you this: Every day at 4 p.m., the café “resets” into a nighttime venue replate with live music on weekends (when COVID-19 restrictions lift), different lighting and uniforms, and a happy hour from 4-6 p.m. (Monday through Thursday). But no matter which iteration you choose to attend, they continue serving a carefully curated, eclectic menu—as well as hyperlocal beer and wine (sourced within a one-hour drive of Folsom), coffee, and tea. I stopped in on a Sunday for brunch and was rewarded with their California Brunch Board and Soppressata and Fig Flatbread coupled with some fresh–brewed black iced tea. The brunch board included rosemary ham, fresh fruit, avocado mash, brie, sliced baguette, fig jam, my pick of two, house-baked pastries (I chose a seasonal scone and morning cookie that was packed with oats, sun-dried apricots, and warm spices with a white chocolate drizzle and crushed pistachios), and other assorted accoutrements. The spreadable brie was topped with a tantalizing square of honeycomb, whose flavor and texture immediately transported me back to my childhood when a neighbor would tempt us with it fresh from the hive. The scratch-made flatbread—which featured fig spread, goat cheese, salty soppressata, crushed pistachios, and a blend of mozzarella and provolone—was a hit and the perfect “shareable” for a brunch party. Reset’s menu also includes fresh salads, paninis, gourmet toasts, and charcuterie (with a “char-kid-erie” option for little ones), along with an Italian espresso-style coffee bar, mimosas, beermosas, and more—making it an anytime spot for weary tourists or local foodies alike.
By Lorn RandallPhoto by Dante Fontana
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Flower Farm Café
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The Pour Choice
177 Sacramento Street, Auburn, 530-820-3451, thepourchoice.com
312 Main Street, Placerville, 530-903-3280, totemcoffeeroasters.com