Famed for being the setting of Mark Twain’s “Jumping Frog” story, Calaveras County is a beautiful mountainous region dotted with small gold-rush era towns and good food. Spread about the county, you’ll find lots of hearty American restaurants serving steakhouse, deli, and tavern food. The variety of ethnic cuisine tends to fall into the most popular categories — Mexican, Chinese, and Italian. Casual dining and fast food chains are rare, mostly in the towns where state highways converge. The county is all two-lane roads, so you won’t find big freeway interchanges with chain food clusters. For the best dining, consider the towns of San Andreas, Angels Camp, Mokelumne Hill, and the charming destination village of Murphys. This gorgeous mountain county is full of great picnic spots, especially in the higher elevation eastern region, so grabbing food to go is an excellent option.