Great Places to Enjoy a Post-Ride Meal
After many miles and an exhilarating ride working up a sweat, it’s time to rest and refuel. Across Butte County, you can find many excellent spots for a post-ride meal and drink. Explore a few of the recommendations below.
Sit Down and Refuel
Enjoy burgers, pub fare, patios perfect for people watching, and more at these restaurants
Burgers & Brew
Downtown Chico has an abundance of delicious, bike-friendly restaurants all within walking (or riding) distance of each other to choose from for a post-ride meal. Burgers & Brew is one of them. With ample outdoor seating on its large patio right on Broadway, you can keep an eye on your bike and all the Downtown activity while sipping one of the 30 beers on tap or chowing down on a 100% Niman Ranch burger. Afterwards, you can easily explore Downtown Chico before hopping on your bike again.
Parkside Tap House
Just around the corner on West 3rd, you can enjoy some creative comfort food at Parkside Tap House, where you can relax for lunch or dinner on its huge outdoor patio, complete with games such as cornhole and giant Jenga. Pair your meal with one of over 20 beers on tap, and share a plate or two with your buddies after a long ride. Even your four-legged friends are welcome here!
If you're looking for something other than a burger or pub fare, head back to Broadway to grab a patio seat at Tres Hombres, which serves modern Mexican food and its long-running “Best of Chico” margaritas. Its outdoor patio is perfectly located for ample people-watching while enjoying a frozen margarita and fresh guacamole. With Chico State and Bidwell Mansion nearby, you can fill up and then hop on your bike to explore more afterwards.
From Chico, you can ride down the Midway, a classic, almond tree-lined road that takes you to Richvale, and near the end of it, you’ll find the Richvale Café. If you’re enjoying a weekday morning ride, you have to stop at this cozy country diner for its always hot coffee and hearty food. It’s the perfect stop before heading on to Oroville for more riding or before returning to Chico, and a great place to experience the small-town charm found throughout Butte County.
Beer First, Then Food
Whether the end-of-the-ride drink is your motivation to get through it, or you just like the taste of a cold one after working up a sweat, you can find great places for a post-ride beer in Butte County.
Secret Trail Brewing Co.
In Chico, head over to Secret Trail Brewing Co., where you can enjoy a few pints in the comfortable, rustic-modern taproom. Don’t worry if you end up feeling a little peckish—most nights of the week, there are food trucks on site to help satisfy your cravings. Whatever you crave, Secret Trail wants to help you “Live and Drink Off the Beaten Path!”
Sierra Nevada Brewery
For most people, a visit to the famous Sierra Nevada Brewery is a must if you're riding through the area. Its Taproom and Restaurant serves up 19 of its famous beers on tap to pair with its extensive menu of dishes made with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy a sampling flight on the outdoor patio and a hearty meal sure to get you refueled for your next ride.
The Handle Bar
If you're looking to really lean in to a bike-themed day, you'll want to stop at The Handle Bar, a Chico mainstay since 2012. This bicycle-themed bar next door to AMain Cycling offers 20 taps of specialty and craft beers and a German-inspired pub menu. You can park your bike on the beautiful patio and enjoy an afternoon with friends, or catch a game on one of their big screen TVs inside.