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Good Eats from San Francisco to Tomales up the coastal route to Eureka

I will be traveling in a few weeks from SF to Tomales (stopping at Ramini Mozarella) and heading up the coastal route to Eureka. I am looking for good eats, any interesting food stops/stores/stands.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. You should also post on the California board since you will go beyond the limits of the SF Bay Area board past Sonoma county.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Those are discussed on the SF Bay Area board, where this post started. So are Sea Ranch and Cazadero.

      2. River's End, Jenner (note name is identical for both the inn and the restaurant)

        The moderators might move my post to the CA board, as per Tripeler's warning:

        We were flabbergasted at how bad the food was at the highly-rated 301 restaurant in the Carter House Inn/Eureka. On a 5-1/2 week trip from Oakland through the PNW and back, it ranked dead last; the worst meal by far. Brick & Fire Bistro was pretty good, Kyoto's Japanese food surprised the heck out of us (spouse and I are both Asian) for excellent quality at reasonable prices.

        Mendocino's food scene has flagged badly due to a crushing lack of tourists, in the usual delayed hit of the recession. A number of B&Bs have closed or admit they are suffering. We had a terrible meal at Cafe Beaujolas/Mendocino last year, which heretofore had been a destination restaurant for us. We were really shocked; this was our fourth visit and bore no resemblance to the great, perfectly balanced food we had eaten before.

        Just south of Fortuna is Northern CA's best gem/mineral shop: Chapmanā€™s Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum. Really stunning specimens at remarkable prices well under what you find in the Bay Area. Even if you're not a rockhunter (and we aren't), it's worth the stop.

        1. This will probably get moved too, but Two Fish Bakery in Sea Ranch has pizza nights on Friday and Saturday. I haven't had the baked goods but have heard good things.


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          1. re: BAnders

            Sea Ranch is in Sonoma County. Gualala, the nearest town, is in Mendocino County.

            Raymond's Bakery in Cazadero has pizza night on Fridays. Fun local scene.


              1. re: BellaDonna

                For hole in the wall in Fort Bragg, Piaci is a good thin crust pizza place with an even better beer selection.


              2. If you are willing to drive 20 minutes north beyond Eureka, we are fond of Larrupin Cafe in Trinidad.

                Avoid St Orres - I don't know if it ever deserved its reputation of years gone by, but it was pretty dire when we were there last year. It seems to survive on the culinarily uncritical population of Sea Ranch.

                1. If you like beer, North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg is a great stop. Wonderful beers (especially their Belgian-style ales), and the food (sort of upgraded pub food) is pretty good as well.

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                  1. re: TVHilton

                    +1 for North Coast, not only as a brewery but also as a great restaurant.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      The food is really good there. I don't really think of it as a destination restaurant, the way I think of it as a destination brewpub. But if one loves beer, that distinction becomes minimal.

                    2. re: TVHilton

                      I don't know anywhere around here that makes fish and chips as good as North Coast's.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        That I absolutely agree with.

                        I didn't mean to damn them with faint praise. We eat there every time we go to Fort Bragg, and we love it.

                    3. The best food I had last summer in Fort Bragg was at The Q. Barbecue and grilled salmon, more info here,

                      Cowlick's in Fort Bragg is known for its wild candy cap mushroom ice cream. Tastes like maple,

                      Also in Fort Bragg, Roundman's Smokehouse is worth a look-see.