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The coast of the Golden State may get all the glory for the food scene and rightly so but that doesn’t mean it stops at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Here’s just a small bite of the award-winning food to be found in the High Sierra!

Squeeze In


Squeeze In Truckee award winning food in the high sierra
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The famous author Robert A. Heinlein once said, “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast”, and when it comes to the first meal of the day, the original Squeeze In on Main Street in the historic town of Truckee is a must for all. Featured on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”, this cozy breakfast spot has all the normal fixin’s but the star of the show is their omelets. Serving up over 60 different variations including the “Racy Tracy” which was on the show.

Note: As the name dictates this place is a bit tight when it comes to space so be sure to come early or late or you’ll have to wait.

Lila and Sage Cupcakes


Lila and Sage Cupcakes Cupcake Wars Winner award winning food in the high sierra
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Sometimes on vacation you just gotta eat cake… or better yet a cupcake! While strolling the main drag of the cozy town of Murphys, make sure to set aside some time to stop in the comfy digs of Lila and Sage Cupcakes. Winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and as seen on Style Me Pretty, Green Shoes and more, you won’t be disappointed. Wondering which flavor won? It was their lavender honey! In addition to their award-winning cupcakes, you’ll find espresso, specialty drinks, gifts, and desserts like their whoopie pie. A sandwich mash-up of one-part frosting, two parts cake, and three parts silly good fun!

Cover’s Apple Ranch


Covers Apple Ranch award winning food in the high sierra
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Not just a restaurant, but a destination in and of itself, Cover’s Apple Ranch in Tuolumne is a great pit stop on your way up to Yosemite National Park. Founded in 1949, this is a haven of everything apple. They feature varieties you normally don’t see on your grocer’s aisle like Bisbys, Paragons, Winesap, and Kind Davids. They even sell apple pies, dutch apple, and mile-high versions all chockfull of their delicious tart apples from their property.

Erick Schat’s Bakkery


Erik Schatt's Bakery Bishop California award winning food in the high sierra
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Around the 1800s immigrants from the Basque country straddling the border of France and Spain arrived in places like Bishop to become shepherds. It was a few of these hardy folks who missed the bread of their homeland began to create what is now known as the Sheepherder’s Bread since 1907 (trademarked since 1938). Still made from scratch, including their baker’s yeast and baked in stone hearth ovens, using no preservatives it’s like no other bread out there. How good is it? Well, they produce over 25,000 loaves per day, outnumbering the population of Bishop by 6. That’s how good it is.

As you can see it’s time to spoil your inner foodie and make a road trip to try some of the tastiest food not just in the state of California but in the country!  

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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