John Pickerel and wife Melanie are the top restaurateurs in the small town of Winters, located about thirty miles west of Sacramento. Not only do the Pickerels own Putah Creek Café; they own The Buckhorn Steak and Roadhouse across the street, plus a small Buckhorn Grill chain across Northern California. Putah Creek Cafe is named for a local stream known for fly fishing.
Two display cases protected tantalizing treasures like coconut and raisin topped bread pudding, tri-nut bars, lemon bars and cookies. The countertop also held a tray of insane-looking cinnamon rolls. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the stomach space to handle sweet specimens that size.
There was a fairly large menu, plus a full blackboard featuring the day’s specials, but we kept our choices fairly simple.
We drove over an hour out of the way to sample Putah Creek’s food, and neither of us were disappointed. My only regret: that I didn’t grab a cinnamon roll to go. Given the cafe’s track record, and the high level of their food, I’m sure I’ll get another shot the next time I’m within striking-distance of Sacramento.