In Loving Memory of our Baby Heinz
13 years loved deeply
Every day occurrence which makes me happy
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
For a treat check out the pictures we took over Fort Bragg: click here
NELLO'S MARKET & DELI: So now I have a new favorite sandwich from Eric! First off the pictures below are only half since we were to busy eating to think about taking pictures. We are keeping the ones below for later since it is a lot of food. The chicken pesto panini was so good today! Of course I had 4 people who just ordered in front of me but I have to say those sandwich making skills are amazingly fast. Mac order the turkey and his choices off of the menu item list and I was going to do the same but when I walked in and smelled that toasted bread I had to find out what Eric was making. It was one of the specials of the day; meatball was the other. He brushed the outside of the bread with butter (& pesto I think) which gave it that perfect little crunch after he grilled it. Inside was more mild pesto, not over powering at all, the chicken was moist and tender and the tomato was still cool and large enough which made every bite the same. I could only eat half but still managed to nibble on the second one...as you can see. Mac's turkey was fresh and moist also, I know because we had to taste each others. Besides having really soft bread the lettuce is crunchy and does not come out of the sandwich when you take a bite. I like that the best. Two thumbs up! ~ Lesley ~ March 19, 2015
Turkey, Swiss, mayo, mustard, lettuce & tomato on white bread!
Chicken Pesto Panini
LA PLAYA: I am so angry right now. Even after I told the owners son I was going to tell all of you what I thought he said `go ahead, I don't care' so with his blessing I will explain what happened this evening.
My friend and I were able to meet at 4pm for some girl time and we decided to go to La Playa. We sat in a booth and both ordered a beer. We had some chips and salsa which I really believe are some of the best in town. We talked for a while and order another beer; the waitress was very sweet with our time. After probably about an hour my friend ordered a ground beef taco* and I got the chunky guacamole (lesson learned). For my dinner I planned on making my own little special guac/chips/salsa meal. This is where I am going to try to make a long story short (ok, not really). The guacamole this time was served in a much smaller container (see picture below) and was full of chopped tomatoes...making it appear more than what the main substance was. First time I ordered it (4 wks ago) weirdly creamy (sent back), second time (2 wks ago) chunky, third time...explained below. (this is a 50/50 split between a bad attitude from a restaurant and their inconsistent service which is not appreciated).
We enjoyed our time and when we were ready to leave I asked our waitress why the last three times I came in and ordered the guacamole that it was prepared different each time. She explained it was the chef on duty; to me that was a really good explanation. However the owners son was walking by and I decided to ask him the same question. Completely different answer and with an attitude! He decided to educate us which did not go over very well.
That is when I started getting heated. He told me that in every order 1/2 an avocado was prepared. I asked if charging $4.00 for half of a avocado was ethical to him. He told me that avocado's cost up to $3 each; I told him was not true (crazy!!!). He completely dismissed me then walked away from our table. I then approached him at the cash register on our way out (after paying for the guac) and informed him that the crispy ground beef tacos ingredients (tortilla, beef, cheese, lettuce, salsa) cost more than half an avocado. He told me that he didn't want to hear another word from me (very rude). I then told again (in a matter of fact voice) that he can read about it and that his mother and father would be very disappointed to hear about his actions. Honestly $4 for 1/8 of a cup? Am I wrong? I don't think so.
To be straight I want every business to succeed and thrive and if I didn't I would not be posting all the restaurants for free for the last 5 years...including La Playa! No business owner has paid me a penny for this website! I do it because I love food and helping promote those that deserve it.
Anyway, as a consumer, I should have the right to ask the establishment if the next time I order a meal if it is going to be the same as the last time. I don't like being blindsided by a different chef on duty and then patronized by the owners son for questing it.
I believe I have made my point; and only because I was prodded to by the owner son. However unfortunate this is not the first time I have received rude service when the parents are not there. I hope I do not lose out on having a recipe in my book because I am giving them a bad review. However, laziness in the present and ambiguity for the future are not a recipe for success.
I actually hope this review will bring some resolve...if it is read. March 13, 2015 ~ Lesley ~
So unfortunately I did not take a picture of the guacamole but I have a container at home that is the same as what they served the avocado in. I put a paper drinking cup next to it so you can get the proportionality. Half of an avocado with chopped tomatoes were put into that little cup to the right; leveled off at the rim. That is what I paid $4 for.
*taco: small and ok
LUNA TRATTORIA: What a great meal! Luna opens at 5pm for dinner and were there tonight right at opening. They are typically packed so I got off work early and we met with the same warm, loving welcome. Once you sit down you are brought fresh warm bread to the table with oil for dipping. We ordered two cokes which came in a can with a cold glass of ice. For dinner it was hard because I love their stuffed mushrooms and calamari for appetizers so refraining and focusing on dinner was hard. For me it was between the sausage pasta or the salmon. I ended up getting the penne pasta salmon and cream sauce pictured to the right. Served steaming hot and with just the right amount of sauce to coat the noodles and still have some for dipping your bread. The salmon was flaked and mixed in with the pasta so pretty much every bite has a little bit of meat in it. The sauce was not spicy but very rich and soft in texture. I could only eat half of it so come 2am one of us will finish it off.
Below is a picture of Macs ravioli with meat sauce and one meatball. This is his favorite item on the menu at Luna and the anticipation of the meat sauce met the expectation. From the picture and it does not look like there was much but the portion is deceiving because there is a lot of food.
We ate some of the delicious soft baked bread lightly brushed with sauce and sprinkled with cheese...olive oil & balsamic for dipping.
March 11, 2015 ~ Lesley ~
BARBELOW UPDATE: Since my last visit after work to check out Tuesday Ladies Night...by the way men...its packed with women! I walked in and saw that the appetizers on the tray had little prices next to them. The shrimp dish has been elevated to a larger portion and worth the $5. Last time it was just a shrimp in a little cup with sauce ($3) and this time it was absolutely delicious with a light vinaigrette sauce mixed in with the little tidbits. The fingerling potatoes were sooo good along with the Aïoli dipping sauce; not spicy but tangy. Honestly the potatoes were the perfect texture of not to hard but not mushy and it tasted like they were rolled in a garlic seasoning and then baked. They were not greasy or powdery so you can eat them with your fingers (if you don't want a fork) and not worry about staining anything or your drink slipping thru your hands. It was a great hour just nibbling, having a beer and enjoying the atmosphere. March 9, 2015 ~ Lesley ~
MI PUEBLITO: This great little place is across from Rite Aid and GG creates everything from scratch. I had a craving for GG's red sauce on her enchiladas. We both ordered the 2 enchiladas entree place which comes with rice, beans and a little lettuce salad for accompaniment. I ordered the Red Sauce which is darker, rich and more spicy than the Suiza sauce that Mac ordered. The only difference between our dishes was the sauce and Mac had sour cream on his and it was much more milder. March 8, 2015 ~ Lesley ~
**the chicken is pulled apart not shredded
The beans are absolutely delicious and created only one way; refried. Mac loves the rice because he says it is not Spanish rice but just deliciously plain; it stands alone. Honestly the next time I think I'll ask for a little sour cream on mine since I like that cold little bit entwined with my hot food.
To both of us the cherry on top was the watermelon juice that we ordered. OMG!!! It was so amazing and refreshing!! They actually squeezed the melon and made the juice that day! I could have drank a gallon if I had not eaten...it was that good.
THE BISTRO & BARBELOW (owned & operated by the same owner) I am going to give you an overview. For the last 5 times that we have dined at The Bistro our dinner has taken almost 3 hours each time. I really love the food at the Bistro so when my Mom came to celebrate my 44th Birthday on January 11th I wanted to have her overlook the town & enjoy a dinner. The Bistro is perfect. It was such a special day because the last time I have had family on my birthday was when I was 18, and then ran for University & the stars!! Now that I have discovered paradise in our little town I am no longer running and can enjoy the beauty of present time. We started the evening by going to the Barbelow which is on the main floor and is a beautiful cocktail lounge where she ordered a Lemon Drop (holy cow!!) I had a beer and our friend had a wine. It was great until we wanted to go upstairs and we could not take our cocktails with us. We were told our table was ready but we had to drink up because we could not walk up the stairs with our drinks. Amazing. This is a owner educed policy.
My Mom & friend had a bottle of wine and I had their house soda...yeah...birthday girl sober...my Mom had a blast!
I have been struggling with writing this review because I don't think that I have been this upset with a restaurant experience or owner. Long story short. I had to ask for our appetizers...45 minutes after ordering...I was told it was not received by the cook...apology & comped. Another 45 minutes later I had to ask where our food was...it was sad. I complained about my entree to the server and received a condescending response. Time to go home & no point in continuing.
I spoke with Chef Nicholas (owner of both Bistro & Barbelow) the following morning regarding the service and food. I honestly do not know if he was apathetic or did not care but he listened to me with his stoic domineer. Chef Nicholas is more then welcome to respond and I will print anything he would like.
~ Lesley ~
I was literally shaking when I told him...our businesses are together in the same building and we see each other every day (5 years) so it was really weird. I hope this does not affect his participation in my Recipe Book but that is up to Chef Nic.
January 11 dining experience...March 5th documented...yeah...its taken me this long to calm down:(
It really did start out fun as you can see and I made sure it was for everyone but maybe I am expecting too much...I don't know. You tell me.
VIRAPORNS: Soooooo..this is going to be long. I met my friend who is a Master Gardner at the Botanical Gardens for dinner; I got there first and was offered any table I wanted. We sat facing away from the kitchen and towards the rest of the dining area. I tell you this because there was a party of 30 in the back room that was incredibly loud. What really amazed me was that when the doors were shut it was like it was sound proof. Crazy.
We ordered the Pad Si Yu and Pad Grapow which are two entrees and a order of 2 Thai Spring Rolls. Now this is important; when we ordered we were asked if we wanted steamed or brown rice. I wanted steamed and Danielle wanted brown...the waiter showed us the menu and pointed to the options of brown or steamed. We asked for steamed.
Since the last time I was there the portions have been downsized. The Pad Si Yu was made with bean sprouts and chicken (pic left) and was not spice but had a nice rich sauce. The Thai rolls were served cut sideways and served with a sweet sauce;I asked for hot chili sauce for dipping. The Pad Grapow as you see on the right of the picture had flat soft noodles...it was really good but I think I would get the Pad Thai only because I like little noodles better. I like little noodles because for some reason I think I can eat more:) The chicken was really good and tender.
Sooo...here is where the whole thing when catdywanka. I got the bill and I saw that I was charged $1.50 for the rice. I called our server over and asked why I was being charged for something that was included. I was told that the rice was not included in the entree price. He told me that there were customers that did not eat the rice so that is why they are charging for it. I told him I had never in my life been charged for rice when ordering a entree from such an establishment.
In all honesty he did show me the menu which had the rice options on it So when he brought the menu out during our discussion to prove me wrong I point out that the Rice Option, Spring Rolls, Soups, were all on the Starter/Appetizer page which clearly indicated it was a option. The entrees were on a separate page which did not say 'rice was not included'. So my suggestion was to print on the menu `rice not included'; he thought that was great.
Now for the grand finale! While I am disputing being charge for rice (really? rice? I can buy a 5lb bag for what they were charging me for 1/2 cup cooked) we have a `huMan' at the next table complaining and staring us down, He stated loudly that I had the audacity to complain about being charge for rice. I told him I would gladly allow him to pay for ours but he declined.
Here is the lesson for the day: do not pay for what should be include and do not allow another patron to intimidate you! If you feel that that you did not get what you were charged for.
. ~ Lesley ~ February 2015
DOLPHIN ISLE MARINA DELI is located on the other side of Noyo Harbor with a huge outdoor seating area and inside seating. Mac and I went there for lunch around 2pm and it was fabulous!! I had no idea this little hot spot existed. Mac ordered his hamburger and I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich with macaroni salad. We went out onto the deck found a great picnic table and had a Pepsi out of the can while watching our meal be BBQ'd on the deck. It was great! The macaroni salad I would buy directly from them before purchasing anything from Safeway or Harvest. Weird thing it didn't have pickles in it so those of you who don't care for pickles this is your place. The chicken sandwich was on Shibata Bread and I ended up taking off the top so I would have room for the salad. It was tender and not over cooked...next time I think I'll ask for a hamburger bun or sourdough instead of what I got. However the bread was really soft but just too much for me. Mac loved his hamburger and it was huge! He's planning another trip with his buddy to check out the breakfast or another burger so I'm excited to hear how it is. We both surprisingly finished all of our food; it was that good. So, I would definitely recommend taking the beautiful little winding road to this out of the way place and enjoy yourself. I also heard that during the summers they have live music. I cannot believe that I did not know this was here! I'm slacking on my self imposed free job! ~ Lesley ~ January 2015 - week four
They serve beer and wine so if you just want to hang out on the deck and have a cocktail and socialize this is a great spot.
The condiments are delivered in this great bucket.
OFF THE HOOK is usually open for dinner but can be a hit or miss on lunch. It was so good! You have to get the Magic Mushroom which is stuffed with cream cheese, coated in tempura batter and then deep fried. There's a dipping sauce that is really delicious but very optional since the mushroom is so tasty. If you look at the picture you can see that it was cut into four pieces. We ordered this for a starter and it came with two. My mom turned us on to something new; deep fried California Roll. We asked and they did it. It was amazing!! Completely changes the taste and with a warm crunchy outside, The Shrimp Dinner had nice size prawns/shrimp and served with steamed rice and a salad. I had the Chicken Teriyaki Dinner which came with a lot of tender chicken. By the time the dinners were served I was completely full from the Mushrooms and Roll. My mom had a glass of the Plum Wine and loved it! ~ Lesley ~ January 2015 - week 2
NORTH COAST BREWERY AND TAPROOM: My mom came down for my birthday and the three of us went to the Brewery for dinner. Our dinner started off with the waiter coming and giving us each freshly baked roll with soft butter. My mom ordered the Shrimp and Chips which came with a tangy coleslaw and delicious homemade dipping sauce. The huge shrimp are coated in their Scrimshaw batter and fried. Mac and my mom raved about how tender and large they were. Mac believes they are the best in town right now. I had the Calamari Steak that came with half crunchy half soft green beans and rice that didn't compliment the others. The calamari steaks were breaded in batter and fried; thinker batter then panko. Macs Linguini Frutti Di Mare was fantastic! I wish I had ordered that and next time I will. It was also really large and full of seafood just as the menu states. The noodles were cooked perfect and the fish tastes like it was cooked in the broth and not just put in at the last minute. This was a great meal and I would definitely recommend taking company here or making it a date night. ~ Lesley ~ January 2015 week 2
HERONS BY THE SEA overlooks the water down in the Noyo Harbor. You will see the sign on the left hand side right after Capt Flints. Once you turn in just follow the driveway and it will take you to Herons. We dined later in the afternoon around 2pm and sat inside next to the window; outside seating available. We split the Shrimp and Chips and when it arrived we were surprised that the chips were not french fries but thinly sliced potato chips. The taste was good but not filling and we ended asking to replace the chips with a salad and they did at no charge. The salad was good as you can see and the Shrimp were pretty large with a not to heavy coating on them. For the price I would have expected that the meal would have come with the meal or at least some coleslaw. I do have to saw that I was in the kitchen a month ago talking with the owners and it is immaculate. Very impressed with how clean and organized it was. ~ Lesley ~ January 2015 week 3
on the enchillada's and it was incredible. A little spicy but not too much for Mac. He's also had the chicken and craved them so much the other night I went to get some to go but it was toooo late:( ~Lesley ~December 2014 week 3
After about 10 minutes the waiter brought out two meals of eggs and potatoes cooked exactly as ordered, and obviously fresh eggs to boot. However, my grandson had ordered a waffle with a fresh berries and sabayon. When it arrived the waffle was rather small and covered with chopped up pieces of fruit. One of the fresh fruits was cantaloupe, something my grandson (21 yrs old) is deathly allergic to. We explained to the waiter that that was not what he ordered, nor was that what was on the menu. He apologized and explained they had run out of the berries so they substituted it with a combination of fresh fruit. We told him they should have told us that when taking the order. My grandson declined the breakfast, or anything else to take its place and went without.
Now while the two egg breakfasts were being eaten I waited about seven minutes before my leeks in Vinaigrette with poached eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce arrived. By now my two egg eaters were almost done eating. My hollandaise sauce was not creamy, but looked more like yellow grits, or polenta. Being leery by its appearance I tasted it and it tasted okay. My poached eggs were done to perfection, but sat on a piece of ham sliced so thin you could see through it. In spite of its thinness it took a steak knife to cut off the dried boarder. The leeks were uneatable.
Other than that it was a good breakfast and the price was very reasonable. I’ve eaten in this restaurant numerous times for dinner and was always impressed with the quality of food and service. On a scale of 10 I’d have to give our breakfast a 3. ~ MAC~
So I have to weigh in once I was told the whole story of what happened at breakfast. I was completely embarrassed that I suggested Mac take his daughter and family here once I heard how the breakfasts were not served at the same time, changes that could've killed, and the blatant disregard for the concerns that were brought to their attention. I give you, the reader, good reviews because I know that the owners are trying but this one could not be helped. Sorry Jim but the facts are the facts. I have complained about the rude male server who is continuously allowed to treat the customers with disrespect and still no change. I have not had a bad dinner as far as food goes but we will not be back till I hear something has changed and I feel like a valued customer. Lesley
I had Jims Pasta which was the Pasta Special of the night. In the past it was not on the menu but I would order it because Mac had been dining there for almost 30 years and knew of his special. Its like falling in love again. The Restaurant was our first date and our love for Jim and Susan cannot be written in words. So, my pasta was great and both of us have another mean waiting in our refrigerator. If you want a beautiful and elegant experience to share with someone you love, you must invest in yourself and go to The Restaurant. ~ Lesley ~
NITS ~ Oh my goodness!! Mac and I along with a friend went for lunch at Nits. She makes everything herself and it was just as good as I remembered. We ordered the Pad Thai with Tofu instead of chicken and then we had the Chicken with Red Curry (just another word for sauce - doesn't taste like Indian curry) and still had food for dinner. When you get the Pad Thai make sure that after the first helping that you stir it up again from the bottom because the oil/sauce settles and swirling your portion of the noodles around in it makes seconds extra special. The veggies with the rice and chicken are sauteed to perfection and cut in beautiful decorative shapes. It is like having a picture on your place you can actually eat. The thing I really like about Nits is the quaintness of her restaurant. The sign says 26 seating capacity so your service is personable and it feels welcome. Nit is open between 11-2 for lunch so order to go or sit inside and watch the people on Main Street. Dinner 5-9 pm. ~ Lesley ~
We forgot again to take a picture before we started dishing up...so the chicken dish above isn't as pretty as it was served. However the noodles below were just delivered. Make sure to pinch off some herb & mix with the noodles because it completely changes the flavor...for the better. For the 3 of us, with soda & left overs it came to $29 before tip. Average $10 per person for 2 dishes plus enough for dinner is great.
CAP'T FLINTS ~ We took our visiting relatives to Flints since that is the nostalgic thing to do when family comes to town. We went for lunch and after they over came the shock of the price increase we all decided to kinda share lunch. To be clear the service was excellent and the food came out piping hot. We ordered the cheeseburger with fries, Treasure Chest and two orders of the shrimp wontons. I love their wontons and first off I would recommend getting that and one entree to split. The wontons are filled with chopped shrimp and cream cheese then deep fried; oh so good. Mac liked his burger and was able to build it himself. The Treasure Chest we ordered deep fried but you can get any of the fish entrees sauteed. With an extra side order of clams our lunch came out to $80 before the tip for four. Very interesting. ~ Lesley ~
Wontons are pictured above and to the left is the burger and then the Treasure Chest.
This chicken salad sandwich was soooo good. I could not believe how moist and tender the chicken was and the flavors of what Eric mixed together worked great. You can choose your bread, cheeses, extras and after made it is wrapped up in a tight little package for take out. You can also turn any of these sandwiches into a Panini which is where they press grill it on both sides. Yummy!!
So, if you are heading to Glass Beach this is the perfect place to stop and grab a few made to order or if your in a hurry look in their premade deli cabinet.
- So wonderful! Mac started with a cup of Clam Chowder which of course
is always good and hot. Then for dinner he ordered the Chicken Marsala
and as you can see there are two huge pounded tender breasts over
polenta with sauteed mushrooms and a sauce that is amazing. The veggies
are sauteed just to past the crunch stage so its tender but not to hard.
This time I decided to try the Caesar salad with a side of Crab Cakes. I really liked the salad because each lettuce leaf was completely coated with dressing. The large but not monstrous croutons looked like they would be hard but they crumble in your mouth like chips of garlic butter. YUM! Now that would be good dropped in the Clam Chowder....
MAYAN FUSION - This was such a treat! As you can see I remembered to take a picture but not until after we already dove in. Mayan Fusion is a new restaurant down at the Noyo Harbor, open for lunch and dinner. Side note: they take credit cards!!!
We started out splitting a cup of Mayan Clam Chowder, I asked and this is not a tomato base but tinted orange from the spices. It reminds me of the spice in a Tortilla Soup but with the crab, potatoes and crunchy tortilla strips. Perfect to split if you are timid trying it plus its very rich. It was hot, full of crab meat and delicious. Really good!
Next we had the Ravioli stuffed with crab meat and cheese drizzled with sauces and oils and we both agreed next time we are going to order two. Crab and Rock Cod Cakes were my choice and I was not disappointed with the size or the whole presentation and accompaniment. WOW! We split the two appetizers and as you can see there was a great slaw under the crab cakes. There are two cakes per order with a corn and cabbage slaw tossed in a citrus/lime sauce underneath. For the Ravioli's there are three per order but are large and also very rich and filling. We are very light eaters so for a normal couple I would suggest splitting a cup of soup, one appetizer and then ordering your entrees. The prices in our opinion are right on the money and the service and timing of food was perfect. We truly enjoyed every bite and will go back till we taste everything. Go there. ~ Lesley ~
Mayan Clam Chowder - little kick inside a thick chunky clam chowder.
with Corn Slaw
Ravioli with Crab - OMG!!!
Mayan lunch update:
Fish & Chips
For both of these lunches and two sodas it came out to $40+ (there were left overs)
I tried it out and ordered the chicken fried rice and chicken with black bean. As you can see the amount of food I received with the total coming to $14 and some change. This is completely worth the money and lasted us for 3 days. One of the best things at 2am is a being able to open up that container and grab a couple bites of cold green beans and chicken...oh yeah! They still have the buffet which you can eat there or help yourself and get what you want To-Go. ~ Lesley ~
Ravioli con Marinara Sauce $17
Spinach pasta ravioli stuffed with ricotta and parmesan in a marinara sauce...dont forget to add the Meatball!
Crêpes stuffed with ground beef, liver, cream, spinach egg, parmesan,
in marinara sauce and topped with fontina.
RHODY'S GARDEN CAFE - Mendocino Botanical Gardens
Park in the main lot and when you enter go thru the second door outside and the Cafe is to the right. The seating is outside and even with the overcast day it was actually really pleasant. Order at the window and pick up at the window. My friend and I had lunch there today and it was GREAT! We both had the special which you see to the left; Falafel Pita completely filled with a thick and soft patty (but not mushy) along with sliced avocado, tomato, sprouts and tzatziki sauce, all spaced out so that you get a portion in every bite. So good I tell you and the flavor was not over powering but mild and did not need salt. The pita bread was soft and didn't fall apart even when I got the end of the second half; it took me about 10 min to finish the first one...I'm a slow eater. I asked for more of the cucumber-yogurt tzatziki sauce even though there was plenty in the pita because I could've drank it. This was one of the specials offered on the board when entering, $8.95 and worth it based on the freshness and care in making it. The picture doesn't do it justice with the little flower or the flavor. If you want a soda or Snapple they are for sale in a vending machine or if you want a smoothie, coffee or tea you can order that at the window. ~ Lesley ~
HOME STYLE CAFE
Once you come over the Noyo Bridge heading into town you'll see the Cafe on the right hand side. Make sure that you turn into the street right before it and then into their parking area but if you go past Safeway you've gone to far. Use the front entrance and not the side door.
Yummy cheese burger with all the trimming with a choice of white or wheat; the bun is so soft. Mac and I decided to split a lunch and ordered a cheese burger and dinner salad. Sorry but we were almost done when I remembered to take a picture.... The burger comes open faced and the patty covers the entire bun along with the melted cheese. The red onions, pickles, large tomatoes and lettuce on the side. The bottom bun has mayo on it already and the other condiments are brought to the table (if you don't want mayo or want it on the side make a mental note). The salad was served on a chilled plate which I love and had cubed tomatoes, sliced cucumber and the dressing on top. It was a good amount of dressing so I would mix it first before asking for more. Along with a soda the total price was $11 and change. Worth it and the perfect amount of food for us to share. ~ 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 ~
SEA PAL COVE RESTAURANT
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 ♦