Chester Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Chester

April 14, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Chester (formerly Big Meadows) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plumas County, California, United States. Chester is located on Lake Almanor, 30 miles (48.3 km) north-northwest of Quincy. The town is located along State Route 36. The US Postal Service ZIP code for the community is 96020. The population was 2,144 at the 2010 census, down from 2,316 at the 2000 census.

1. Chester Old Town Cafe

150 Main St, Chester, CA 96020-9745 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 20 +1 530-258-2229
Excellent
43%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Chester Old Town Cafe

Mom and Pop owners Heath and Christi Chase specialize in traditional favorites made from scratch with tasty twists! Breakfast includes omelettes, waffles, corned beef hash, breakfast burritos and our famous buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. At lunch, enjoy our generous California Club sandwich, a Classic BLT, a decadent Cobb salad or our signature 1/2 lb. Chorizo Burger, to name just a few. Check our Facebook page for secret menu items and specials ... along with mouth-watering photos of our scrumptious scratch-made bakery items, like sticky buns, cranberry-orange scones, blueberry turnovers and morning glory muffins. Meals to go are always available (you are encouraged to call in your order in advance), and special orders are welcome with 48 hours notice. If you crave it, we'll make it!!

Reviewed By CardamomTuesday - Boulder, Colorado

Order off the specials board. Ask the waitress what she suggests. We both loved our lunch. Great old diner with tablecloths full of old-time ads for dresses, dolls, hats, etc. A regular stop for locals. We met a high school history teacher and got caught up in the local gossip. Best meal in Chester.

2. Pine Shack Frosty

321 Main, Chester, CA 96020 Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 530-258-2593
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Pine Shack Frosty

Reviewed By 241randalls - Port Townsend

If you want a nice burger on your way to Reno this is the place. Good service, good food, and absolutely delicious soft serve ice cream. Go ahead and get that cone dipped in chocolate... Zowie !!

3. Burger Depot

336 Main, Chester, CA 96020 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 530-258-1880
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Burger Depot

Reviewed By Caitlin M

Had a good burger here with decent onion rings. Reasonably priced for what you get, plus they let you dress your own burger with the little toppings bar. You order at the window when you get in. The vegetarian options were ok.

4. Coffee Station Chester Cs

Main Street, Chester, CA Cafe +1 530-258-4112
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Ron R - North Richland Hills, Texas

The Max coffee is great, smiles all around in service, terrific cinnamon rolls, free WIFI, and drive thru if you're in a hurry. But the shaded outside seating is wonderful. Stop by all day.

5. Happy Garden Restaurant

605 Main Street,, Chester, CA 96020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 530-258-2395
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Happy Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By AugustoMonteverdi - New York City, New York

The house special chow mein has so much cabbage and no taste. Another cabbage dish--mu-shu pork--also has no taste, only the crunchiness of almost raw cabbage. So perhaps it's the fault of the cabbage. I am glad the restaurant is doing well: packed house, rave reviews, best-in-Chester TripAdvisor ranking. But I prefer my Chinese food to have taste and flavor, even if that means extra oil, salt, and sugar.

6. Cravings

278 Main St, Chester, CA 96020-9745 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 530-258-2229
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Cravings

Reviewed By rsf4sail - California

My husband and I ate here 10years ago and went back this weekend while visiting Chester. the old house turned eatery has a Creekside dining patio as well as a lower room with Air conditioning. The offerings for Breakfast, which is served all day, as well as lunch are freshly prepared ingredients which are tasty and well developed. the chef took time to come out and check on how our meal was. We loved the delicious cobb salad and the basil chicken wrap. Prices are modest and the service is very friendly.

7. Kopper Kettle Cafe

243 Main, Chester, CA 96020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 530-258-2698
Excellent
25%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Kopper Kettle Cafe

Reviewed By AugustoMonteverdi - New York City, New York

The pot roast was the only item in the menu that attracted my attention, and it didn't disappoint. It was so tasty I almost finished the whole enormous portion, which could easily feed three adults. It came with a meal-size side salad, choice of potato (mashed, fries), and dinner roll. This was the best dinner I had in Chester.

8. Locker Room

300 Main St, Chester, CA 96020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 530-258-5010
Excellent
30%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Locker Room

Reviewed By ragsdad - orange county

Stopped in to pick up two sandwiches to take back to our motel. The restaurant didn't seem all that busy but it still took the kitchen 30 minutes to produce TWO sandwiches. The food wasn't bad but I'll lower my rating because my GF almost had to send out a search party to find me because it took so long.

9. Thirsty Trout Pub

159 Main St, Chester, CA 96020-9746 Seating, Waitstaff Bar, Pub +1 530-258-3395
Excellent
42%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By jerry w - Sacramento, California

Spent the day hiking at Lassen Park and needed some nice craft beers..not that easy here in Chester. Luckily our hotel called them to make sure they were open and had the beers on the menu. Off we went and were glad we did. 9 beers on tap, some local and others well thought out. Service staff very friendly, charming and knowledgeable about local activities. The grand plus is the kitchen....great Asian tacos, shrimp tacos, fresh salads, with dressings home made. It all looked good and was reasonably priced. What a gem!!

10. Carol's Ranch House

669 Main Street, Hwy 36, Chester, CA 96020 Seating, Waitstaff American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 530-258-4226
Excellent
27%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Carol's Ranch House

Reviewed By Rainier72 - Lynnwood, Washington

Not sure if I've eaten breakfast in a bar before. For a change of pace, we tried Carol's Ranch House for breakfast one morning. Almost gave up looking for a parking spot. Busy. The Ranch House is basically a rustic bar, but it does have a lot of seating and set up so you don't necessarily feel like you're in one. Pretty extensive menu for breakfast. Didn't notice as much on the dinner menu. The place is only open at certain times, so be careful with that. Went with the standard bacon and eggs breakfast with hash browns and toast. Pretty good for bar food. Our server was great and ended up having a nice conservation with her at the end. Even when a family issue came up and they closed early, there was no rush on their part to get customers out. If I had known earlier, I would have hurried a bit. Apparently this place is known for their prime rib. We were invited to come back for dinner, but didn't feel like splurging that night. Carol's is a nice place to go for a small town home feeling experience. I would go back.

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