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

April 14, 2018 Esmeralda Fenner

Pioneer is a census-designated place in Amador County, California. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) east-northeast of Pine Grove, at an elevation of 2986 feet (910 m), along State Route 88. The community is in ZIP code 95666 and area code 209. The population was 1,094 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Pioneer

1. Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery

20145 State Highway 88, 95665i, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9508 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American +1 209-296-4400
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery

It on Highway 88 about 8 miles east of Jackson, CA, three miles from Volcano, CA, about an hour before you get to Kirkwood Ski Resort.

Reviewed By Tina S - Pioneer, California

This is one of my favorite ice cream places to visit. After leaving the Bay Area and not having access to Fenton's in Oakland, it's nice to be able to get top notch ice cream! I pick it up for special occasions to serve guests as well. Not a sundae bar, but you can't beat the quality. Waffle cones are yummy and make the parlor smell heavenly!

2. Volcano Union Inn + Pub

21375 Consolation St., Volcano, CA 95689 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast 209-296-7711
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Volcano Union Inn + Pub

Reviewed By tfagerskog - Truckee, California

Had a great lunch here. We stared with the duck wing appetizer with a slightly spicy asian glaze, they were delicious. My wife had the garden salad with prawns and I had the fried chicken salad which I washed down with a Sculpin IPA. Both salads were great. We sat outside in the shady garden and were well looked after by the wait staff. It would be great to stay here next time we are in Amador/El Dorado Wine Country and try the dinner menu.

3. Gold Dust Pizza

20 Eureka St, Sutter Creek, CA 95685-4186 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 209-267-1900
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Gold Dust Pizza

Reviewed By Amy O - Sacramento, California

Had dinner with my sister. Got the chicken and artichoke heart. This is some seriously good pizza. I’m not a huge pizza fan but this pizza was excellent. They don’t skimp on the toppings. Better than even fancy pizza places.

4. 88 Giant Burgers to Go

19845 State Highway 88, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9460 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 209-296-7277
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

88 Giant Burgers to Go

Reviewed By Leslie_David_79 - Pine Grove, California

Good portions, great burger and fries. Small hole in the wall, so not much seating. Staff and customers very friendly.

5. Kneading Dough

16154 Main St, Volcano, CA 95689-9901 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 3 - SGD 12 +1 209-296-4663
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Kneading Dough

Fresh baked breads and pastries every day serving breakfast and lunch, and soups and sandwiches. We also do special-order baking and cakes for any occasion!

Reviewed By KomillaS - Brentwood, California

From a town of 100 people a wonderful little cafe that does fabulous baked goods , and has a selection of vegetarian and vegan food. Loved it. Bought their grain bread to take home too
My sandwich was delicious and coffee good, lovely atmosphere. After eating you can take a short walk in Volcano to enjoy tire Americana and old building preserved
A real gem

6. Pearl's

27649 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9119 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 209-295-BEAN
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 33 reviews

Pearl's

Reviewed By Sharon M - Pioneer, California

Pearl's is more than a wonderful experience. It's healthy, Vegan, Homemade Desserts, wonderful owners. Their personalities, as cooks Ed and Sandra are charming and GOOD COOKS! This is a real experience. The food is unique, delicious and soothes the soul. Pearl's is an experience, warm, and friendly!

7. Wok and Roll

19885 Ca-88, Pine Grove, CA 95665 Lunch, Dinner +1 209-296-4800
Excellent
0%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Ann M - Volcano, California

Experienced two remarkable dishes. The Pho noodle bowl and the clay pot. Both dishes were delicious and plentiful. Service is a bit slow, so bring your patience and time, worth the wait. The only thing that wasn't to our liking was the pot sticker appetizers. Prefer a steamed pot sticker.

8. Cook's Station

31950 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9170 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 209-295-2244
Excellent
47%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Cook's Station

Reviewed By waddo100 - Ashford, United Kingdom

En route to Yosemite we came across Cook's Station on Highway 89. It was an unexpected find and a real treasure. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the menu was fantastic. The food didn't disappoint either and the whole family of five were delighted with their choices. Top class diner - great food - great people - recommended

9. Las Minas Mexican Restaurant

20220 Hwy 88, Pine Grove, CA 95665 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 209-296-6400
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Las Minas Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By Foothill-Bill - Sierra Nevadas

We have been steady customers of Las Minas for many years. Other reviews here have pretty much covered everything, but we wanted to add our two cents worth. The food is excellent, the servings quite generous, the staff is efficient and very pleasant, the prices very reasonable. Some favorites are: The large combos, the shrimp dishes, the tamales, and the crisp tacos. Of special note is the Huevos Rancheros Dinner: A big serving covered in a steak ranchero sauce makes for the best huevos I have ever found anywhere--most places just serve a meatless mild red sauce, which is really wimpy in comparison. We are locals and major fans of Las Minas.

10. Country Store

16146 Main St, Volcano, CA 95689-9901 Takeout, Reservations, Seating American Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Country Store

Reviewed By RE M - Maui, Hawaii

Come in and be prepared to enter another time.....
Come see the way your Grandparents or Great Grandparents enjoyed life in a small country store atmosphere.
Be sure to notice the old wooden floors along with the many antique bottle and cans collections.

Don't forget to take a souvenir of this place with you for the trip back home.

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