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Help me kick off my road trip, SF-->Fort Bragg/Mendocino-->Oregon

Hi Chowsters,

I'm taking an 11-day road trip starting in San Fran, and would love to kick off the first few days with great food. Coming from NYC so desperate for excellent, local Mexican, fresh californian, local eats. Mostly budget, can do some splurges for special spots, looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and road-trip take-along snacks.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Which days will you be in SF?

    1. I suggest Silver's At the Wharf. It doesn't look like much (but it is Fort Bragg and nothing looks like much there). They have great food and I have been craving the mussel steamers for the past year and I don't usualy like seafood. My husband loves their clam chowder.

      1. Mendo Bistro in Fort Bragg is excellent and an absolute bargain compared to what you will find in Mendocino. They won the local cab cake contest so many times that they were banned from entering anymore!

        Mendo Bistro
        301 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

        1. The fish and chips at North Coast brewery is incredible, and the rest of the menu is generally delicious; especially when paired with the freshly brewed beer (sadly, I think the brewery is still closed for tours)

          1. I'd start with a taco at El Tonayense truck at the Best Buy at Division and Harrison.

            I'd also stop at Samoa Cookhouse in Arcata. I've never been. It's on my list.

            1. Folks, we'd like to remind you that Fort Bragg and Mendocino need to be discussed on the California board, and the rest of the trip should be discussed on the Pacific Northwest board. We'll need to remove further off-topic replies.

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              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Oops, sorry - I just meant my query for the CA part. Thanks so much for the recommends everyone - they look fantastic. Robert, I'll really just be flying into SF and then maybe there for lunch, but hitting the road north same day.


                1. re: Jel212

                  Which day of the week?

                  You should start a topic on the California board.

              2. If you arrive Tuesday midday and are heading north, then dim sum or Shanghai dumplings or other regional Chinese in the Sunset or Richmond near 101 would be a logical lunch stop.

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  On this coast, you can only get dim sum on Sat/Sun. I'm definitely interested! Can you recommend any places?

                  1. re: Jel212

                    If you're going from SFO over the Golden Gate Bridge, the Richmond district is on the way, just before the bridge. For dim sum, there's Hong Kong Lounge, Ton Kiang. For XLB dumplings, there's Shanghai Dumpling King.

                    Ton Kiang
                    5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                    Shanghai Dumpling King
                    3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

                    Hong Kong Lounge
                    5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

                    1. re: ML8000

                      Good call. Nothing says welcome to the west coast like Shanghai food.

                      Regrettably in the reverse order, I would suggest a stop at Polly Ann's for Durian ice cream.

                    2. re: Jel212

                      South Sea Seafood Village serves until 2:30. Ton Kiang serves all afternoon.

                      Ton Kiang
                      5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                      South Sea Seafood Village
                      1420 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                        1. re: Jel212

                          Well, I ended up desperate for tacos when we got off the plane, and we found a nice little spot outside the Trader Joe's on the way out of town (Publico)? I'd been waiting since 2007 to have a true CA taco again (I'm in NYC) and I almost cried with joy when I bit into the Chicken Salsa Verde one. It was all I'd dreamt of, and with two weeks of dining, might have been my single favorite bite out of the trip.

                          Thanks for the recommends, and Happy New Year!

                          Chicken Salsa
                          12019 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070