Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant.
MADERA — If you are like many mountain residents, you like to explore the region, but often don’t like to leave your animals overnight. Many locals yearn for a change of scenery but aren’t aware they can find something new a little closer to home.
Consider Madera, the capital city of our beautiful county. The history of this charming agricultural community is everywhere you look. And if you are looking for some old-school charm, look no further than The Vineyard Restaurant and Bar.
Since 1977 they have been serving up old-world Italian dining with a distinctly California flare. Chef Ian Cookson doesn’t believe that you should put a label on good food. His modern influences, paired with classic dishes, create a symphony of flavors on each plate. In honor of California Restaurant Month, he will be baking a hearty chicken pot pie. This winter classic pairs perfectly with local vegetables, a green salad and dessert. All for only $21 per person.
At The Vineyard, you can enjoy wine country in Madera County, right from your table. It is well-known that the Madera Wine Trail, in the heart of California, has vintages that will knock your boots off. The San Francisco Chronicle recently presented over 20 medals and prestigious awards to these vintners.
Sample your choice at this Madera Wine Trail partner restaurant. The Vineyard Restaurant is no secret; it sits at the junction of Highway 145 and Highway 99, in the center of the San Joaquin Valley — and the state.
Generations of family have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, casual yet elegant décor, complete with grapevines growing on the building.
Make a day of it in Madera. Did you know that the Fossil Discovery Center, located at Avenue 21½ and Highway 99, is the site of one of the most extensive, middle-Pleistocene fossil excavations in North America? See giant mammoths, bears, saber-tooth tigers, and more! It’s all in your own backyard.
To see all the restaurants participating in California Restaurant Month in Madera County, click here.