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Jun 16, 2013 12:21 PM

3 days in Eureka-Arcata

my wife, 21 year old son and I will be spending 3 days in the Eureka-Arcata area, visiting the Redwoods and just relaxing. We are interested in suggestions for lunches and dinners; we enjoy almost any type of cuisine but would prefer to experience any regional specialties that are not necessarily available elsewhere. We plan to bring only casual clothes so nothing too fancy please. Thanks!

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  1. On our July 3rd trip to Eureka (63 degrees) to escape the 112 degree heat at home, my wife and I enjoyed a great meal at Brick & Fire Bistro. They feature a huge, wood-fired oven. We shared Whole Monterey Bay Calamari, Grilled Romaine Caesar with olives and anchovies, Basil Oregano Parmesan Crust pizza, Brick Oven Roasted Pork Loin Chop and Our Own Classic Tiramisu as described on the website. We matched this to the 2010 Soffocone di Vincigliata Sangiovese, in which you can really taste that classic, Italian Sangiovese cherry flavor that went so well with the various dishes. Recently, we have been slightly disappointed in the food offerings in the Fort Bragg, Mendocino area, which seem to be simplified and the wine lists reduced during the recent economic downturn. Brick & Fire was a great discovery for us, delicious food and an extensive, fun wine list. The thick pork chop was exceptionally tender and tasty, while the Tiramiau may have been the best we’ve had. Our motel hosts warned us that reservations are a must because of their popularity.

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