Sit Down and Refuel
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.
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 Cafe. 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.
If you continued your ride from Richvale to Oroville, you'll find a welcoming seat at Miner's Alley Brewing in downtown. The restaurant and brewery serves up burgers and sandwiches as well as its own brew and a variety of local wines and regional beer. With ample seating and a large outdoor dining area, the brewery is a perfect place to end the day after riding in and around Oroville.
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.
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!”
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.
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.