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May 17, 2007 12:00 PM

Northern California (Willits, Garberville, Eureka)

Some girlfriends and I are driving from Santa Rosa to Eureka for a wedding and would like some ideas on where to stop on the way and eat. We want to take our time getting there and expore some little towns on the way, so some ideas on where to stop for good food would be great!
We are also going to be staying in the Fortuna/Ferndale area for a few days and were hoping for some suggestions on where to eat there as well. Thank you!

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  1. It's only an hour from Santa Rosa, but a really great little spot in Ukiah is OcoTime (Japanese). It's at 111 W Church St. There's also an organic brew pub downtown on the corner of State & Perkins—the food is good but pricey, and the local wines are, um, better than the in-house brews, in my opinion. Also, both Ukiah and Willits have really great natural food co-ops. The one in Willits is right on the main street, and there's a green empty lot behind it where you can have an impromptu picnic.

    1. I second the recommendation for Ukiah Brewery. I've eaten there a couple of times, and the food is great. Yeah, unfortunately, the beer is just okay. Just around the corner is a great bakery/cafe.
      In Ferndale, try Curley's. Good food, great wine list.
      In Fortuna, the Eel River Brewery is good.

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      1. re: jwbarth

        So I checked out Curley's and Eel River (both look good!). I was looking for somewhere I could get some good Italian or Seafood but I definitly love brewery/pub food as well.

        1. re: fyoulady

          I can't say for the Brewery, but Curley's does do a pasta and a seafood special every night.
          For good Italian, try Cin Cin in Old Town Eureka. Very inventive, flavorful offerings. Or Abruzzi in Arcata.
          For seafood, the best place around is a little further north, at Moonstone Grill. Its between McKinleyville and Trinidad, about 30-40 minutes from Fortuna, but well worth the drive.

          1. re: jwbarth

            In willits is Ardellas. even though some here have been down here on Ardellas it still has to be pretty good..... I beleive they are only open lunch and dinner.

            In eureka is loast Coast brewing. THEY HAVE MEAD! on tap. Great pub grub and killer beers. Indica. Downtown Brown and Great White are all brewed here..