Drytown, located 37 miles east of Sacramento on Highway 49 in the Motherlode, has the distinction of being the first town of any consequense in Amador County since the first gold was discovered in Dry Creek. The gravels were very rich, paying up to $100 a pan. Stories of its riches leaked out and the migration to Drytown started.
Drytown grew until at one time it supported 26 saloons and had a population of 8,000 whites and 2,000 chinese (the present population is 79). The store and post office building are over 130 years old. The motel and grill stand on the site of the old Drytown Hotel, one of the first built during the gold rush of the 1950's. The old well is located on the site of the restaurant and at one time was the water supply for the town.
There is a legend that $80,000 in gold bullion is buried somewhere under the swimming pool. During the gold rush there were many robberies and the posse was waiting when bandits staged a payroll holdup. They were chased to the basement of the storehouse where they were killed but the gold was not found.
The Old Well Motel and Grill 15957 Highway 49
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Next time you are Driving Through Drytown, be sure to stop by the Old Well Motel and Grill.
The 50's Style Old Well Grill features Hamburgers, Fries, Buttermilk Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Ribs, Fish and Chips, Omelets, Chicken, Steaks, Corned Beef, and much more. Don't miss the Cheesecakes and Fresh Homemade Pie.
The Motel offers Air conditioned rooms with Private Bathrooms, and Swimming Pool, gold Panning, and really nice picnic grounds.
Tuesday - Saturday 7am to 7pm
Sunday 7am to 2pm
Shepherd G. 5 STARS
Rancho Cordova, CA
This place is Americana at its finest!
I ate here countless times in the 80s and 90s and had great memories. When I returned to California recently, I decided to relive years passed by heading to the Old Well for a meal. It hasn't changed much in the past 20 years. Same owner, same cook, same food. Needless to say, I've been back multiple times and plan to continue visiting with regularity.
The food is greasy spoon style. It's gut-sticking goodness. I've eaten the sourdough burger, chicken-fried steak and prime rib since returning. All are great! It's not new-age, hoity-toity fusion junk served elsewhere. The pies are as homemade as ever too. Apricot is my favorite, but blackberry is also excellent. The crusts are soft and flaky like they ought to be and the filling is perfect! This is the real deal!
If you're looking for good food, nostalgia and a nice drive in the foothills, give the Old Well a go. You won't be disappointed!