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Jul 15, 2013 01:34 AM

Relish Gourmet Dogs in Fort Bragg [Mendocino County]

Fortified with a stick-to-the-ribs breakfast for lunch, I headed to the historic downtown and Relish Hot Dogs. Noting that the online menu offered up a locally made Polish sausage by Roundman's Smokehouse, I intended to buy one to taste and then decide whether to buy some from the Smokehouse to take home.

Well, another glitch. Not only were the Polish sausages sold out, Relish no longer uses Roundman's Polish nor any local sausage. The counter lady said the new owner has changed the menu.

260 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Previous stop: David's

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  1. Thanks for the updates on the current dining situation in Ft Bragg. I’m kinda chuckling as it reminds me how dysfunctional that entire County can be. We get up there about once a year to visit friends. It seems like each visit what was once the little jewel of the area has either gone under, or downhill. The last visit we had three diners out. One was quite good, the other two were solid, but would not stand out in another venue. I had a couple of lunches out. One was ok, the other was easily one of the worst I’ve had.

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    1. re: mike0989

      This little day trip certainly started off with an alternate universe sensation! Hey, and please do name names and give the guilty parties their full due.

      Edited to add: And I've noticed elsewhere that this spot is referred to just as Relish or Relish Hot Dogs, not gourmet any more.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        For dinner we ate at Piaci, Silvers at the Wharf and Los Gallitos.

        Piaci is a little pizza place that is also popular with the locals for all the different local beer on tap. The pizza is first rate and they also serve very good salads. Atmosphere is a bit dive barish, but very friendly with everyone making you feel welcome. I had a great marghrita pizza and my wife had a good dinner salad. Probably the best meal out of the trip.

        Silvers has been there forever. Good solid food at reasonable prices for the area. It also has a view which doesn’t hurt. You are not going to get a really memorable meal here, but your are not going to regret having eaten there either. We’ve eaten here several times over the years and never been disappointed.

        Los Gallitos is a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant next to a laundermat and a CVS. It has the very solid food like one will find in the better Mexican hole in the walls all over. I wouldn’t call it destination restaurant, but it is very satisfying none the less. My wife had some very good chilie verde tacos while I had a good home made pozole. They also feature fish tacos made with fresh, locally caught seafood, including salmon.

        The two lunches were Jenny’s for a burger and Caines down at Noyo harbor. Jenny gets written up a lot as having great burgers. It’s an ok burger, but nothing to write home about. The patties are preformed which suggest frozen, the fries are definitely from frozen. They do a booming business so I suspect here are not too many options (welcome to Ft Bragg).

        Carines is laughably bad. The service is friendly, though a bit odd at times (the busboy wore rubber boots like he just stepped off a boat, and also seemed a bit off). The service was very slow at times. The food tasted like they made heavy use of a can opener. The portions are quite large, which I guess is supposed to make up for it (they have a 1 lb burger on the menu). It is also a cash only restaurant which can be a bit annoying if you are unaware of it advance.

        1. re: mike0989

          Thanks a bunch for the details!

          I would have loved to try a salmon taco from Los Gallitos. Next time! The specials it offered on Cinco de Mayo sound drool-worthy: cochinita pibil, chicken mole, chile en nogada.

          Los Gallitos
          130 S Main St
          Fort Bragg, California 95437
          (707) 964-4519

          I'd had Jenny's on my list (but pretty far down) for the Angus beef handmade patty. But more than one person has hypothesized that the burgers are frozen.
          Jenny’s Giant Burger
          940 N.Main Street
          Fort Bragg, CA 95437

          1. re: mike0989

            When you eat at Silver's you cannot go wrong with the fish tacos. Reasonable and perfectly executed with fresh local cod.