berkeley to mendocino
We're driving to Mendocino from Berkeley.
Tips on breakfast/lunch spots along the way?
Tips on places to eat in Mendocino these days? (we're still mourning The Beaujolais under the old management, but perhaps grief isn't in order, and it's, in fact, just as good in its current iteration? do tell....)
Giving your route would help with the recs.
If you are taking the 101
In Sonoma County - for lunch
Water Street Bistro in Petaluma - a delicious and affordable French restaurant set along the river. We ate there many times and the chef (Stephanie) is wonderful and always there cooking away. Amazing salads, soups, sandwiches, quiches, and specials.
Cafe St. Rose in Santa Rosa - another favorite if ours. Also a great chef (Mark). Again beautiful soups, salads, sandwiches, and specials. It is a small restaurant with just a few tables, although I believe expansion plans are in the works.
We moved from Sonoma County and I miss both of those restaurants.
I've eaten at all of the above mentioned places and they're all excellent. IMO The City of 10,000 Buddhas is worth going out of your way for. However, if you're going from Berkeley to the Mendocino coast you'll probably take highway 128, bypassing Willits, Ukiah and Hopland.
My favorite place on 128 is the Berry Patch Market (I think) in Booneville. Its a tiny natural foods store that carries a lot of locally grown produce. They have a deli case in the back of the store with a lot of tasty homemade vegetatian food. Hippie food would pretty accurately describe it. The last time i stopped in was in September and I had corn cakes with a chunky avocado and tomato salsa on top. They were really good. They also make a very good meatless loaf.
If you're driving towards the coast the Berry Patch on the right side of the street towards the far end of town. It's tiny so it's easy to miss. It looks like a ramshakle redwood cabin, actually it is a ramshakle cabin. It's across the street from the big gas station in town and has tables out front for eating when the weather is nice.
Bluebird Cafe has had good mentions for breakfast/lunch here, but I've not been. They are in Hopland and apparently now have another place in Ukiah (see link). The link does say that the business is for sale though...
For a very unique experience, you can eat on the grounds of the City of 10,000 Buddhas in Ukiah. Chinese vegetarian restaurant is called Jyun Kang and it's the best Asian veg food I've had. They grow many of their veggies on site, handmade dumplings and noodles, etc. I posted a report about it in Feb 2005 so search the board. Call for their hours.
Enjoy your trip and please report back!
re: Carb Lover
I've eaten at the Jyun Kang vegetarian restaurant a couple of times. Their food is delicious and this restaurant is situated at a very unique and tranquil place. Jyun Kang vegetarian restaurant has its own site if people would like to take a look at some of their dishes: http://www.cttbusa.org/jyunkang/jk.asp
But they have more dishes than what you see in their webpages. Ask for their menu when you're there and enjoy a yummy and healthy meal.
Willits. Ardellas. A little ten seater right off the main drag (101).Ask anyone they will direct you.
one of those palces you have only dreamed about. Where you are an old friend the second you walk in the door.
Veryt inventive recipies like carnitas and tortillas with homemade salsa and eggs.
The best biggest cinnamon rolls ever.
The best breakfast I have ever had and be sure to chat up the staff.