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Wildflower Café’s honey glazed seared salmon is made with their own High Sierra Honey. Photo submitted

Wildflower Café: Plumas County welcomes new dining destination

By Meg Upon

   Spend any length of time talking to locals about dining and you’ll get an earful of what people think they want up in the Lost Sierra. Many ideas of course aren’t that sustainable: 24 hour Thai food for example or national chains. When a restaurant closes down in Plumas County everyone mourns the loss of one more choice of where to eat when not at home.

   Enter Sara Frigo and Chris Connell, the couple who own and operate Wildflower Café where Jeffrey’s Pub and the Courthouse Café used to be. But the Wildflower is a vastly different space than its predecessors and that means Plumas County has a new game in town to look forward to.

   “We opened the Wildflower Cafe to try and create a beautiful space with homemade food. It’s mostly Italian, but we do specials that are a little different. Moroccan, French, Spanish. We’re constantly exploring new ideas, and we still have a lot to learn,” said Frigo, who is using some of the recipes of her Italian mother-in-law.

   “For me, it’s like being at my Italian mother-in-law’s house where the foods and flavors were happy,” said Frigo. Her daughter is also involved in the new restaurant.

   It definitely has that European pace of not rushing you out the door—and that’s intentional. It’s already become a destination for friend and family gatherings, birthday parties, etc.

   “We’re happy when people enjoy their meal and drinks and linger to chat,” said Frigo. After a few months run, they’ve begun to work out the kinks of running a new business and are focusing on delivering high quality meals and memorable experiences.

   Indeed this Tuesday, Feb. 14, they’re offering a prix fixe Valentine’s menu with a wine pairing.  The menu can be found on their facebook page.

   “Wildflower will be a place to gather, try different food, talk and laugh, hear different music, and more down the road, I hope,” said Frigo

   Frigo and Connell also cultivated a hands-on staff to help them, who Frigo says are absolutely great and up to the task. The wait staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. You can also find Frigo and Connell waiting tables too.

   Wildflower Café’s hours of operation are 11 a.m to 8 p.m (for the kitchen) and till about 9 pm for the bar, Monday through Friday depending on how busy the bar is.

Saturdays they’re open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner with the bar staying open till 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. depending on foot traffic.

   Wildflower Café is located at 521 Main Street in downtown Quincy, and can be reached at (530) 557-2222 or [email protected].

   They’ll be open this Sunday for the Super Bowl starting at noon.

Quincy, meet your newest restaurant proprietors: Sara Frigo and Chris Connell. Photo submitted

They have an array of salads including roasted beet salad with goat cheese, pears, and pistachios. Photo submitted

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