Featured Business: Matteo’s Public

Matteo’s Public is the first business to be in featured in the “Featured Business” section of our blog and they completely deserve that honor. They have an incredible beer selection both bottled and on tap, delicious pub style grub, petite meals for the half pints, and desserts almost too beautiful to eat. Their specials change daily.  They have live music every night indoors and when the weather permits the musicians move outdoors onto their beautiful patio. The service is great and they have a massive menu so you can always try something new.

Location and Interior:

Matteo’s is located on the corner of North Pine and Commercial Street. They have a relaxed atmosphere and an authentic interior. On their brick walls hang the works of the talented painter Paul Honatke. Behind their bar is the beers they offer on tap and the beers they offer in the bottle and right next to the bar is the live music. On the other side of the bar sits a handful of tables and next to those tables is the entryway to the patio.



Matteo’s Public view from the street.



Some of Paul Honatke’s paintings hanging in Matteo’s Public.



Beer’s on tap at the bar.


One of the many tables with a view of the patio at Matteo’s.

Beer on Tap:

Matteo’s has a great section of local beer on tap including but not limited to Ol’ Republic, Three Forks, Auburn Brewing Company, and Mammoth Brewing Company. They also have bottled belgian beers and more.



Matteo’s is very kid-friendly. Their half pint menu is full of options for a delicious lunch or dinner. Matteo’s offers milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, house-made lemonade, and hot chocolate piled with whipped cream. Their children’s menu comes with a small bowl of crayons and lots of coloring space.

Lots of space for scribbles and cute animals to color in on the half pint menu for kid’s 12 and under. The menu offer’s refreshing drinks, sliders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, a bowl of fruit, organic apples and caramel sauce, and soft salted pretzels served with house mustard all in child-sized portions and prices.


Mini Beef Burger served with organic apples and caramel sauce for kids 12 and under.



Matteo’s has a talented musician performing every night they are open. The music adds even more liveliness to the pub.


Chuck Richards at Matteo’s Public.



When the weather permits the live music moves out onto a spacious patio.


Outdoor music


The patio during a popular lunch rush.



Looking to beat that huge dinner rush but still want to go to a great restaurant, Matteo’s, which opens at 11:30, serves lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. Their specials change daily and their service really is amazing. Your warm meal whether it be one of their signature dishes such as fish and chips or a pulled pork sandwich or whether it’s oysters, fish tacos, a hamburger, fries, onion rings, soups, or pastas has a creative presentation and is delivered to your table in barely any time. Their soups which change every few days range from clam chowder to cream potato to roasted red pepper to french onion.


People enjoying lunch in the dining area of Matteo’s near the patio.


Enjoying an afternoon lunch at Matteo’s



Matteo’s Menu is the same for lunch and dinner. Their signature dishes are their pulled pork sandwich and salad, their fish and chips, and the Matteo’s Pub Burger, a half pound patty served with house mustard and topped with smoked bacon and a crispy cheddar cheese skirt.

Matteo’s pub burger in all it’s glory.


Freshly caught cod beer battered and fried to perfection is served with french fries, sesame slaw and malt vinegar to make a delicious fish and chips.


Fish Tacos of wild cod served on tortillas with cheese, homemade guacamole, grilled pineapple salsa, chipotle sour cream & slaw.


Salad of tomatoes, greens, cucumbers, and onions.


Fluffy salted pretzels  crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle served with house-made mustard.


Mini beef burgers served with fries seasoned with house seasoning.


Laura Apple is the dessert chef at Matteo’s Public and she makes beautifully decadent desserts almost too pretty to eat. She uses organic ingredients and puts time and effort into each and it shows in the presentation of these treats. Laura makes an assortment of desserts from cakes to cookies to pies to puddings.



Laura’s cheesecakes change seasonally. This one is a rich peanut butter. Some other ones that she makes are bourbon pumpkin, peppermint bark,  summer berry, and lavender peach.


 Flourless Chocolate Cake:

The flourless chocolate cake is a gluten free delight that is rich and creamy with a delicious raspberry and chocolate sauce. This dark chocolate cake is dense and not top sweet perfect with a glass of red wine.


Banana Cream Pie:

Laura makes a luscious banana Cream pie with ripe bananas and a crunchy gram cracker crust garnished with tart strawberries.



Lady Fingers in creamy layers and topped in chocolate sauce make a delicious tiramisu.


Hazelnut liqueur bread pudding:

Served hot and made with Challah bread, almond and Frangelico, this treat is topped with a warm caramel sauce. and tart strawberries.


The desserts not shown are warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk and dark chocolate kahlua mousse (gluten free).



Delicious pub-style food, a wide selection of beer on tap and bottled, lot’s of options for the little ones, great service, a beautiful patio, and talented musicians makes Matteo’s the amazing pub it is. Whether you come in for a cold beer, a warm meal, or an exquisite dessert, Matteo’s has something for everyone.


Photos by Faye White at http://fayewhitephoto.com


Great Hot Chocolates and Where to Get Them in Nevada City

Although hot chocolate is traditionally a winter treat, these hot chocolates are so good they can be sipped all year long. Here are 6 great places to get a hot chocolate in downtown Nevada City in no particular order.


Curly Wolf:


As the steams rises slowly from the warm mug in your hands the aroma of chocolate fills the air and as the rich hot chocolate glides down your throat you hold a small piece of rich, chocolatey heaven. Curly Wolf makes a thick, rich hot chocolate topped with chocolate shavings and a soft layer of foam. Their hot chocolate is soft as silk and easily quenches that chocolate craving so the next time your in town swing by and pick up your own mug of this heavenly hot chocolate. For more information click here.


Java Johns:


Fluffy whipped cream doused with sprinkles if desired sits delicately on top of a light, foamy hot chocolate. The ceramic mug is filled to the brim with this liquid delight. This hot chocolate is thin so you can drink more and more of this sweet beverage. As you near the end and your spoon scrapes the bottom of the mug you’ll find yourself ordering seconds. Kids will love their wide selection of colorful sprinkles. To visit their website click here.

The Chocolate Shoppe:


The spiraling whipped cream piled high and topped in chocolate shavings on the glass makes a picture perfect hot chocolate, one that is  a creamy light chocolate flavor. Step back from life as you enjoy this smooth beverage of chocolatey goodness. To visit their website click here or to visit their Facebook page click here.



This elegant drink is served with a dollop of whipped cream and is made from dark chocolate shavings. The hot chocolate is served at the perfect temperature to enjoy as it trickles down your throat warming you body on cold winter days or in the summer you can get a scoop of ice cream in it as well as an extra treat. To visit their website click here or to visit their Facebook page click here.




This light hot chocolate is a decadent one with impressive foam swirls and a sweet, mouth-watering texture. It’s extraordinarily lovely and a joy to sip in Mekka’s cozy surroundings. It’s magical taste and sweetness make this a great choice for those who enjoy light foamy drinks where you’ll be craving seconds. For more information on this charming cafe click here.

Broad Street Bistro:

untitled-3269This is one of the richest and darkest hot chocolates in town, very similar to curly wolf, one you’ll want to sip slowly to savor every drop of this exquisite drink. It’s velvety smooth texture is pure comfort in a cup to be enjoyed at broad street bistro. For more information click here.

Good-bye To The Fix Restaurant

IMG_3095 If you haven’t eaten at The Fix restaurant in Nevada City, now would be the time.

The Fix is closing soon.

Great tasting healthy food is what The Fix is known for.


Super foods, beautiful ambience, and delicious smoothies are just a few reasons why you should grab a seat at their table before they close their doors.