Originally Posted by stevescho
beyond skiing, there is close to nothing between SLT and Sac; with the possible exception of The Divided Sky in Meyers (some live music days there); otherwise Villa Gigli (or something like that) in Markleeville (italian, reservations required), which is 20 miles out of the way, but good food.
Otherwise, it's almost worth it to drive back to Sac and try the new Zocalo's ("classy" mexican, midtown, ~18th and capitol) - which serves till 9:30/10:30 weekdays/weekends. You won't be disappointed.
We ate at Zocalos
tonight. Great place, I highly recommend the Arrachera. As far as eating along Hwy 50, St Paulis Inn is great. Features classic German food and beer in a rustic dining room, or on a deck along the American River. Or how about Strawberry Lodge? Los Hermanos in Pollock Pines for Mexican; Lil Mama DiCarlos in Placerville for Italian food. Very good French, Italian and Thai restaurants in El Dorado Hills; Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom and about 25 others worth a visit. Way too many good places to list here.
Closer to Kirkwood you might try Sorensens Resort in Hope Valley on 88. World class chef, good wine in a small dining room. Get reservations or you won't get in. (800) 423-9949
No place to stop? You need to get out more or maybe just slow down and see whats along the road.