Whoever is taking Alice's flowers...all I have to say is...your loved ones are watching you....
February 10,1922 to December 24, 2012
Feb 10 2012
Thank you Alice for a being a beautiful, hilarious, quick witted, intelligent and devoted friend.
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Please feel free to hit the Contact Me button and ask us a question...or if you need to get a hold of a restaurant please let me know and I will help. Enjoy! Lesley
Yes! Pizza by the slice! Located on Redwood two blocks up from Main St this pizzeria has booth seating and a long counter where you can see the long time owners create your master piece. Today I decided to get a couple slices on my way home and they are huge! What a meal for under $5 between 11am and 4pm or until that last pizza is baked. Then make sure that you order your dinner to go or just take the family in and make it a night.
If your on Main St take Redwood away from the ocean, pass the next street which is Franklin and you will see Bernilllo's on the right hand side. It looks small from the street but once you walk inside you will see the booth seating on the left and the long creation counter and ovens to the right. Its perfect because you can watch the owners making the pizza right in front of you.
I just had lunch there with a friend and it was delicious, plus she ordered something that I definitely will be getting the next time I go. Pan fried Japanese noodles with beef & vegetables cooked all together and served on a dinner plate. It looked so good and the beef are sliced thin and cut in bite size pieces; she said it was very tender. I stuck to my California Rolls which is a order of 6 and perfect for a lite lunch. The thing I most appreciate about Taka's is that it always tastes fresh and there is no oil smell when you walk in. There is no oil taste when things are deep fried and their soda's are in a can served with a glass of ice (you never know whats growing in those machines). We sat on the side where the heaters are for winter...today the windows were open since it was so hot and beautiful out, we enjoyed the little zen garden they have. I also really like the sushi bar they put in with the remodel; it seats about 5-6 and faces the Chef/Owner. ~ Lesley ~
This restaurant is at the Herons old location; Herons moved next door where Chapter and Moon (closed) used to be. Mac and decided to have lunch there on Sunday and ate inside since it just wasn't quite warm enough to sit on the deck. I had the clam chowder and salad and Mac had a cheeseburger...are we seeing a theme going on with the burgers? He really likes their burgers because they are not the frozen patties but hand packed; you can tell the difference. The restaurant has changed inside with a shelf/bar seating across the wall & under the window that faces the harbor. When we walked in there was a party of 4 sitting there enjoying lunch while talking about the boats coming & going. There is also lots of outside seating for those great summer days we have. ~ Lesley ~
OFF THE HOOK - I still don't have their menu (just stating the obvious)
They have the best deep fried cream cheese stuffed monster mushrooms!! You have to get those and the jalapeno stuffed poppers. First, the mushrooms are absolutely huge; I wish I had taken a picture...next time. They're stuffed with cream cheese, battered in tempura and deep fried. The best way to eat it is to cut it in half or three sections and share, plus that will help the steam to escape so you don't burn your mouth like I did. Completely worth the oil you are going to punish your body with. There is a lot to choose from on menu that is not fried but very healthy and tempting. They have lunch specials along with a bar inside. In my opinion the portions are really good and match the prices. I would suggest starting with your top two choices and order those to share...you can always order more:) ~ Lesley ~
If you drive down into Noyo Harbor it is the first little restaurant on the left hand side after you pass Angelina's. There is lots of outside seating for having fish & chips and a beer or soda; the inside is very small with two tables. Mac and I along with a friend had lunch there and it was great. They had cheeseburgers with fries and I had a fish sandwich that also comes with fries, three bottled sodas; $26 (under $10 a person). Everything was great! I was going to order the fish & chips but it was $4 more than the fish sandwich and fries so I went for the latter. It was hot, moist and the perfect size for lunch with two deep fried fish pieces on a soft hamburger bun with the trimmings. The fries are the shoestring size which means you can eat more:) I had a bite of the cheeseburger and it was delicious also. The good thing that Mac pointed out is that the burger fit the bun which is really annoying when it doesn't match. The cheese was all melted since they just cooked it and the amount of fries was perfect. The meal is served in open container with the fries on the bottom & side & the burger/sandwich next to it. I'm glad to see that there is another place in the harbor. ~ Lesley ~
I dropped in to get some noodles and chicken and it was sooooo good!! Loaded into one of those big Styrofoam containers you can tell by the weight its going to be good. After I got it home I popped open the lid and let the piping hot noodles, spices and chicken steam away...it didn't even make it onto a plate. We just kept hovering over it and taking turns until we were stuffed, you know the kind where you walk away and say `that's it' well guess again, it not. I spoke with the owners and they still have the dinner buffet but I would definitely recommend going there for the lunch specials they have. Its basically the same cost as what the buffet was but its made to order and really hot. Plus they have a big screen HDTV there which is nice if you're dining alone. ~ Lesley ~
I went to Lee's for lunch with a work colleague and had the medium Hot & Sour Soup and split a 1/2 order of Egg Rolls (two rolls). My friend had the Vegetable Rice place which is a daily lunch special and Teresa's favorite veggie dish at Lee's. I have to say this is the first time I ordered a individual soup so I am really happy to say that it was just the right amount. I did a test at home and it comes out to about 4-5 cups (measuring cups) of soup in the perfect size bowl. The half order of egg rolls are two cut in half so it feels like you are eating two...but really only one. Make sure to ask for the hot chili paste and hot mustard to mix & dip! Yummy!
If you haven't eaten at Lee's: when you walk in they will ask you to seat yourself. The service is pretty much consistent on ordering and receiving your food in a really timely manner. If you see the place is packed (2-3 tables left) then just add about 15-20 minutes to your meal time...and that is really not that bad based on the average time frame. Your waitress who takes the order will also bring you your bill and cash it in for you; if you want to go to the counter to pay you can. There are also small trinkets and gifts available for purchase at the cashiers desk so if your a visitor I would look for a souvenir. ~ Lesley ~
Happy Birthday to me! Halfway between Ft Bragg and Mendo you will find this incredible restaurant tucked behind a hotel. Mac took this panoramic picture from the right side of the restaurant. From the front you would never know how elaborate and beautiful it is inside with vaulted ceilings and a incredibly huge front entrance and two dining halls. We are in the left smaller dining area which has less noice and faces the water, looking thru those open doors you see the large dining area with family style and couple seating. Since it was my birthday we went all out and ordered the chicken coconut soup, spring rolls, chicken curry and chicken pad thai. Amazing! The remainder of the soup is placed on the table in a self serving flamed pot which I love! The spring rolls were hot, crispy and everything I had been anticipating. By the time the entrees arrived we were so full from the soup and spring rolls (two; cut in half for us) we nibbled on the hot noodles and saucy chicken.
The left overs were so good. My only recommendation is that if you want your veggies soft (any dish that has them including the soup) please make sure and let them know otherwise they come out very al dente. In the soup and curry the sliced carrots for example were to crunchy for Mac and even a little bit for me who likes them on the harder side. However the service was so fast and at the same time the food tasted like it had been simmering and creating its authentic taste for hours. If you've never eaten Thai food just remember that the spices used are totally different from Chinese and Japanese but are still deep in flavor. If you're on the lighter side of spicy you can get it mild and ask for extra spicy sauce on the side at no cost; believe me you won't need much. Check the hours before heading out. ~ Lesley ~
This is our favorite restaurant which is casual dining but in an elegant, warm atmosphere. We adore Madelyn who is just one of their sweetest assets who helps us with our evening. I had to take a picture of the wall display which changes often and is just as gorgeous as this harvest setting. We recently had friends from out of town and made reservations which were waiting for us in the full house. I had my go to flatten/pounded calamari breaded steak with potatoes and veggies. Of course we had to have the clam chowder to start. Julie had the pork chops which we heard rave reviews; wonderful experience for one who had never tasted it before. The men both had cheeseburgers with their choice of sliced fried potatoes. One of the favorite parts of our dining at The Restaurant is experiencing the different artwork that Jim the owner has painted. It seems like every time we have dinner we find a new scene. It is worth paying the extra $5-7 a person per plate compared to other restaurants in town; plus you'll have left overs. Another thing you can do which we have done is go for the clam chowder and a order of crab cakes; perfect order for two. My mouth is watering again.~ Lesley~
We love the new items added to the menu! First the Veggie hot dog tastes just like real beef without that rubbery coating. Mac has tried most all of the different ones to find that soft dog, this is it! I love the Tamales pictured upper right, which by the way are huge and homemade. Get them hot or to go and Yuri will give the secret way to reheat them in the microwave; brilliant! The nacho's as you can see are also gigantic and loaded with everything that covers all the chips.
Macs midnight snack is heating up a Beans Rice and Cheese burrito which are made to order. Eat it hot while you're there, or they will heat it to go or just take it cold like we do! Options will change because they sell out fast; meat choices are from chicken, pork and beef.
~ Lesley ~
Ok, now that I am complaining, the store is always freezing cold. I have complained numerous times and filled out the online survey from the receipt for every sale/visit. Nothing seems to matter. If you agree with me please look at the bottom of your receipt and use the survey to tell them. Maybe you'll win something but in the meantime hopefully they'll turn up the heat!
~ Lesley ~
We had a wonderful evening sitting in the small windo facing Laurel St.
As you can see from the pictures Mac had his favorite ravioli's with two meatballs. I had the Spicy Rock Cod with pasta and carrots.
What I love is that the portions are the right size and both dishes were steaming hot, even half way thru the meal they were still hot.
My fish was so good and the fillet was thick but flaked off perfectly. I was skeptical of the carrots with the pasta but it was a both carrots and broccoli. Steamed perfectly with the pasta being a little al dente; I ended up eating all the fish and taking the pasta home.
We didn't fill up on the bread this time but for some reason the soda we ordered (Coca Cola) was extremely delicious. Just had to add that.
Again, the tax is included in the prices; easy to round up the tip.
2013 In Review
This time we ordered our usual two tacos, Myrons side of refried beans and I went for the cheese enchilada. Wow, the tacos didn't let us down and were huge and full of everthing. The refried beans I couldn't help but grab a few spoonfuls, they are the best beans and more like a creamy soup. This time the enchilada was covered in a red sauce that was killer!! I scooped up the extra sauce with the free chips and salsa they provide. Trying not to fill up on the salsa beforehand was hard but good news...the chef is fast.
Head up Oak Street for about 4 blocks and you'll see it on the left hand side. Its a small two step ramp...the only one with steps on that side. A couple stores up from Columbi Market.
Part II: The `Q' - BBQ Joint
We finally returned and took in the cool evening; sitting under a nicely heated lamp. The dinner was AWESOME! We split a hot brisket and a half a chicken. The sides were homemade Mac & Cheese ~ cheese that strings from your fork to your lips ~ and their homemade potato salad ~ just the right amount of dressing. We ate the entire meal...I of course ate the crispy chicken skin....
This really is a must of you want to have the family out and not worry about cleaning up. The price is great and the amount of food is perfect! Usually we would take some home but this time we really couldn't stop ourselves and even Heinz our Weiner dog was left out.
Not sure about the take out but my recommendation is to eat in if you can and then special order wrap your sandwich to go!
Part I: The `Q' - BBQ Joint
So let me first start by saying that the whole night wasn't a total loss. However I would not pay $10 again for the To-Go order I got. I arrived about 3:00pm and there was one dine in & one To-Go order in front of me. I ordered The `Q` with coleslaw on the side To-Go; the wait time was perfect.
I don't live very far so when I got home & opened it up; COLD. Here is the thing and I think I figured it out; its the packaging. You take a bun, add hot meat, then add cold slaw on top, put cold slaw or what ever side next to it creates a moisture mess when the lid is shut. It made the meat cold which in turn made the fat in the meat disgustingly greasy in the top of your mouth way.
Here is the solution and we as customers don't mind fixing it the way WE want it when we get home. Take the bun & meat and wrap it in foil. Give a small side of slaw to dump on top at home and we are good to go. The sandwich stays hot and it changes the entire meal.
Please let The Q know if this is a good idea and tell them. We want all of our restaurants to thrive and I love good food so lets all help each other. I also hear that the food is wonderful when you eat it right there when it is served. I have not heard one complaint about the inside dining; just the To-Go and that's why I checked it out. ~Lesley~
New Best Buffet
We decided to eat dinner and our total bill was about $23 for two drinks and two buffets. If you think about it spending $12 for a hot dinner and choosing exactly what you want is pretty inexpensive these days. The dinning room faces Main Street so you can either sit inside or near the half glass domed window to feel the sun on your head & back. The buffet is huge and hot, yes hot! They have soup, salad, many desserts and a large selection of vegetarian dishes.
As I have gotten older my ability to eat like I did at a buffet is not the same. I have slowed down considerably. The reason I love eating here is because I can take a little bit of what ever I want and enjoy everything...o.k. I'm exaggerating when I say everything. I also have my pattern for the buffet. First I start with a cup of soup, 1 stickers, a egg roll and 1 of the many sushi roll options. Then the next trip is the meat and veggies. I had sauteed green beans (so good), mushroom chicken and a deep fried zucchini. Some times I have room for one of the great fruits or pastries for dessert but most of the time I am too full. The best part of the meal is the family that takes care of you while you are there. We adore them. ~Lesley~
I come here during the afternoon for lunch with my friend Barry and always enjoy ourselves. Everyone is always so nice and pleasant and the atmosphere is warm; you can tell it is run by a family. I also had a variety of chicken and the beef was incredibly tender, sliced thin and sauteed. I will not eat tough meat and finding a place that is consistently good will always get my business. The best part about coming here is that there is no wait to be seated and you can eat right way and the food is great. So maybe you don't have the waited on service in the beginning but once you are there your drink is refilled, you leave the table to get another plate or dessert and when you come back your other plate is gone. It's like going into your kitchen and having everything already made for you with out cleaning up the mess. I recommend you check it out for a low key and pleasant evening. ♦ Mac ♦
First, I have to put their menu on the site. I need to get a menu with their prices since the official website does not give price; strange.
I have to say, I picked up a Cowboy Pizza for dinner and within 18 minutes of popping it in the oven it was done and perfect. I am so sold on this pizza. My friend who sticks to non animals gave me her coupon for The Cowboy. Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and black olives. Yippy skippy, thank you Mary Elizabeth! It was a large for $9 with the coupon and better than Round Tables delivered for $30 with a coupon.
Myron liked it so much that when I got up in the morning some of it was missing. Hmmm...the night owl strikes again!
If anyone has it before I get back over to that side please email it to me so I can put them on with prices. ~ Lesley ~
I was not feeling well and did not go to the restaurant with Mac and his friend Merlin but I was able to taste the breakfast. So here is our review from the dine in experience at the restaurant and from the take out that I received when Mac got home.
`We arrived at Eggheads about 12:30pm and decided that we (myself and Merlin) would have breakfast. I ordered the crab omelet and was not disappointed. It was full of lump crab meat and cheese and I ate the whole thing. The potatoes were cut in large bite size pieces and cooked tender. I would definitely order this again'. ♦Mac ♦
`So when Mac got home he surprised me with breakfast - to go. I am not one for breakfast in the morning but for lunch or dinner it's great. When I opened the container there was a huge omelet with potatoes and toast. I didn't know what type of omelet it was so when I started eating it ~ it was great. It was filled with diced veggies and cheeses. The thing I liked the most was that the veggies were cut into little pieces so when you took a bite you had a little bit of everything in each fork. The potatoes were also really good for being take out...not the mushy garbage that is an accessory to a plate but it had little bits of crunchy snacks that you just keep nibbling at till your stomach hurts. I really couldn't eat the whole thing but probably half. Also I must say that listening to Mac talk about his crab omelet ~ I was jealous and can't wait to go back and actually eat there while it comes out steaming hot'. ~Lesley~
The Restaurant is locate across from The Depot. When you walk in you can be helped to a seat from one of the friendly staff. We arrived around 6:30pm on Sunday night and had a seat waiting for us. We were served cold water and warm bread and butter once seated. We both ordered a cup of Clam Chowder and a Pepsi each.
`The Clam Chowder was awesome...as usual. I've been dining here for three years now and I have never had a bad meal. Tonight I had the Rockfish (coated and pan fried), it came with rice and veggies but I asked for pasta instead. Pasta is always great with butter & parm. One thing I would like to say is that the asparagus was steamed perfect with a garlic butter. We did order the bread pudding To-Go...midnight snack....' ~Lesley~ p.s. it didn't last that late...already gone and the whip cream was worth the wait
`I've been eating at "The Restaurant" for the last 26 years and it's one of my favorite restaurants. The management and employees all make you feel at home and welcomed. You sit in an ambiance of original paintings and art objects and your table has fresh roses & candles on white linen tablecloths. Tonight I started with their homemade clam chowder that's rich and creamy. My dinner was fresh filet soul, asparagus, and pasta. It was well presented, hot, and tasty. You don't walk away hungry. ♦Mac ♦
We arrived around 12:30pm for lunch. The restaurant was really busy and it seemed like everyone was eating the buffet which is the feature. We found a seat and asked for menus to check out the Vietnamese Menu to see if we wanted the buffet or to order directly. It was busy so we both decided to just grab a plate and help ourselves.
`I have such an indifference for this establishment; please let me tell you why. When I got my plate the whole buffet was basically empty. Mac just went thru and got the last egg roll and noodles...basically everything. I got some soup and a couple of CA rolls (which were really good) but then I waited. Everyone was done and paid for and it was 1:10pm when the next round of food came out. At this point I was waiting for the bill but still hungry so I headed back for the buffet. Of course everything was hot and good...unfortunately it came too late for me. ~ Lesley ~
`The food was lukewarm and some of it was stale but the most frustrating factor was that it was difficult to reach. The selection of food was limited'. ♦Mac ♦
We parked behind the Company Store and walked into the building. The Bistro is located upstairs and as soon as we walked in we were seated looking over Main Street. We were served warm home made bread and soft butter. The atmosphere is elegant and warm but with the vaulted ceilings it give you the old world feeling.
`I ordered the Fettuccine with Chicken with the salad. First the salad was just the right size with slivers of red onions which I love. Plus the pasta came out piping hot. The pasta was a little to much for me to eat the whole dish so I took it home. And just so you know, when I reheated it the pasta turned to butter which to me means it really was home made sauce. Just as good the second time... ~ Lesley~
`I ordered The Special of Mahi Mahi and it was prepared just as ordered. The salad was good and the dressing good also. The meal was worth the price paid which I believe included the scenic view.' ♦ Mac ♦
Fort Bragg Steak House
We arrived around 7:15pm Sunday night at Fort Bragg Steak House and when we walked in it was nicely lit with a clean and warm appearance. we were warmly welcomed and told we could sit anywhere. Once seated we were served cold water & warm bread & butter. We both ordered a cup of clam chowder, two soda's and a dinner entree each which comes with a salad & choice of potato.
`I was really impressed with the clam chowder because it was really hot and full of little clams. It wasn't chunky but nice and smooth. For dinner I ordered the chicken with mushrooms in cream sauce and chose the baked potato & ranch for the salad dressing (great dressing). The cream sauce was absolutely amazing and the shiitake mushrooms were perfect. It also came with sliced zucchini which was cooked just right and not mushy. After finishing the bread, soup, salad, potato and not quite half the chicken I still have lunch for tomorrow. For the overall service I was really impressed, the food came out one right after each other and was hot. I will definitely go back and try breakfast' ~Lesley~
`I ordered the petite Filet Mignon medium well with a Bearnaise sauce (I think its a port wine glace) and mashed potatoes. The clam chowder was good with lots of little clams, I ordered thousand island dressing, good. When the entree came out I asked for more of the sauce for my potatoes and was told that the chef would put the pan back on and prepare more of the sauce for me. I found that impressive & liked that it was being prepared fresh. It only took a few minutes but not only did I get more of the sauce but I also got a side of horseradish dip which was very tasty (and unexpected). All I can say is the meat was perfect. I finished the whole plate. Also, and I speak for both of us on this, the plating presentation was very impressive. Now I look forward to that midnight snack of `chicken and mushrooms....' ♦Mac ♦
We decided to take an early dinner around 3pm and go to Ricarda's. We've had dinner here many times so we already knew what we wanted before going in. This is a small restaurant on the LHS of Oak St and has steps leading into the entrance. It is very cozy inside with walls filled of memories they share from childhood to grown families. The owners are warm, quiet and it seems like everyone knows each other and are friends. When we sat down we were given warm home made chips and salsa and we ordered right away. There was no one there when we arrived and by the time we were done the place was packed
`I ordered a chicken quesadilla and a Pepsi (cold in a can). I munched on the chips and salsa, I like her salsa because its really fresh, chunky and a little spic. Our food came out really fast but not to quick that we felt rushed to get out of there.The quesadilla was a half place tortilla with cheese and a ton of shredded chicken inside. I opened it up poured some salsa on, took the bed of shredded lettuce with sour cream and placed it inside and used my fork. Delicious!' ~Lesley~
`I ordered what I always get; two ground beef soft corn tortilla tacos with everything on it and a glass of milk. The taco's are huge, and what I appreciate about these is that without asking the tacos are made with two tortillas. It is so frustrating when a taco falls apart but even though the juice is all over your hands these hold up. I was still hungry after that so I ordered a bowl of re-fried beans, they are homemade and so creamy. That was just right. I have just good things to say.' ♦ Mac ♦
We arrived around 5:30pm and it was just starting to get busy. When you walk in the front there is a sushi bar to the left and seating to the right & a covered back patio (heating lamps). The chef's are in the kitchen behind the bar so you can see them preparing your food if you wanted. We decided to sit inside and was helped right way. We have had really great service lately around town and this was at the same level. Helpful but not hovering. What we noticed, now that we're looking, is that the noise level was really low and we could just have a normal conversation.
I ordered the Dinner Box of Chicken, Tempura & Ca Rolls w/Miso Soup and soda for dinner. I can't believe I ate the whole thing! First I had the Miso Soup which was good & hot (I almost burned my mouth on it & I love temp hot food/beverages...caution) The dinner box came out (it really is a box with compartments separating the food inside) and it was steaming. I love the tempura green beans & broccoli the most, the batter is really light but at the same time thick in places which is a nice crunchy treat.The Ca rolls were fresh and tight, you know the type that stay together even when an amateur chop stick user tries to dip it? The chicken was dark & white meat & tender, a big portion which I managed to almost finish. To full for dessert and not enough left to take home it was a good night. ~Lesley~
I ordered the Shrimp & Vegetable Tempera with CA Rolls Dinner Box, soda and the Miso soup which comes with it. The soup was good, really hot coming out but cooled quickly. I had two large tempura shrimp with my dinner and lots of tempura vegetables and rice. I enjoyed the dinner but found myself helping Lesley out with her chicken. I do have to say the young lady who helped us was very pleasant and smiled which was nice. ♦ Mac ♦
I have to give a thank you for the wonderful ladies and all the employees that work there. I come in just because I am welcomed with a smile and no matter how busy it is I get the same great service. I just wanted to say `thank you' and keep up the great work. ♦ Mac ♦