This relatively new and revamped hotel includes both a coffee shop (skip) and a downstairs bar and restaurant. We went during the World Series, so the place was a big "livelier" than it might be usually, but it was clear the locals already love this spot.
I ordered apps because that's how I like to eat and had an amazing mushroom risotto that was so redolent of wild mushrooms, I wasn't sure how they did it. Bacon wrapped prawns featured huge prawns and a delicious and lean peppered bacon. Another member of our party had pork that was braised so perfectly. The chef managed to plate it so that it looked perfect, but as soon as you touched it, the meltingly delicious meat fell off the bone. A knife was unnecessary.
They also featured a good beer menu, which complimented the food. It was a great place for dinner or a snack. And getting to see the renovated hotel (clearly the nicest place in town) was a treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The National Hotel has just completed a four million dollar renovation and updating, while maintaining the grand dame's wild west, gold country roots. Rooms and public areas have many of their original fixtures (phones & lighting) and furniture. All rooms are luxury, many with jacuzzis, balconies, heated floors, fireplaces and so much more. Most of the 150 year old bar has been kept in tact and now is an elegant venue for meeting and imbibing, or while waiting for your table at our fine dinner house. ... more less