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Old Arnold Palmer pro shop tees up food with Latin flair

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Cameron Park — Those looking for upscale food with Hispanic and Latin influences need look no further than Los Pinos in Cameron Park. Co-owner Jason Anderson brings with him nearly two decades of restaurant experience to the building that was once the Arnold Palmer pro shop. In the decades since the pro-golfer moved on the location has served as a few restaurants. The newest is the brain child of Anderson and his father Jose Rodriguez, who owns Bricks and Cascada in Placerville. Drink specials, appetizer, and main courses that include Camarones a la Crema — shrimp sautéed with a mild chipotle cream sauce or Costillas estilo Uruapan — baby back ribs with a jalapeno sauce, blend exotic flavors with traditional Mexican fare. Also offered are a rack of lamb (Castillas de Borrego) and fish specialties. All entrees are served with cilantro rice and black beans. Anderson is quick to point out that he is not a chef. “I grew up in the business, but I don’t really cook,” he said. Anderson said it’s not just the location that made opening Los Pinos the right decision — it’s the food. Customers agree. Nardel Gonfiotti, of Cameron Park, said she visits the Placerville location of Cascada regularly, however, Los Pinos is closer to home and the food is just as amazing, she said. “I’ve tried a lot of things, but love the pasta with habanero sausage,” she said. “This is not traditional Mexican food. It’s just better all the way around.” Diane Lara, of Cameron Park, has visited the eatery four times since it opened three weeks ago. “We love this,” she said. “The food is really good and we no longer have to go a long way to get good Mexican food.” From the moment customers walk in the door they are greeted by a welcoming staff and relaxing décor. The bar is cozy and guests can opt to enjoy lunch, appetizers or dinner in the area. The dining room is large, yet the design allows for more intimate dining experience. Upstairs there is a large banquet room that can seat roughly 140. The wine menu, although not extensive, features local wines of El Dorado County including Lava Cap, Boeger and Madrona. Specialty cocktails include a cucumber mango martini that is popular, according to one of the bartenders, and the house margarita is also a customer favorite. * * * Los Pinos 3420 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park (530) 672-1403