For country food done right, check out The Purple Place in El Dorado Hills California.
In El Dorado Hills, there's a restaurant and bar that has been a landmark for over 50 years: the Purple Place. Once known as a roadhouse, it has evolved into a family establishment with the motto, "Country food done right."
Okay, let's talk about that unique color first. Legend has it that the original owner of the Purple Place was a worker on the Folsom Dam project in 1955 and had access to "spare parts" and "excess materials." He used them to build a bar. When it came time to paint it, there was, apparently, a lot of paint that just happened to be lying around, so he mixed it together and came up with "this god awful color" purple.
The locals quickly identified with it, and when a subsequent owner repainted the place green, there was such uproar that he went back to purple. In late 2002, the restaurant was bought by Matt Luther. Luther is a French-trained chef who was the executive chef at the Sheraton (now Sacramento Marriott).
Says Luther, "I told everyone this was an old-fashioned place; don't fight it. They served classic American food, and we wanted to continue with that." He did, however, make some changes; "I got rid of the hydrogenated oil and now we use only peanut oil in the fryers." He also made other healthful changes. "I eat at my own restaurant and know quite a bit about nutrition. I make the food the way I want to eat it. For instance, our beef is all USDA Choice and most of it is Black Angus."
The dining room at the Purple Place specializes in huge burgers, steaks and ribs, and a green chili. Luther enjoys cooking food the average American family likes, and provides a place with a lot of character to make you feel welcome. People around El Dorado Hills know that the restaurant with the unique color is a place where they will find great food and service, plus friendly waitresses and bartenders. It really is country food done right!
The Purple Place
363 Green Valley Road
El Dorado Hills, California 95762
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