Fort Bragg is lucky to have Noyo Harbor, a picturesque working harbor that’s become a hub for new businesses, bustling with activity day and night. Sample delicious fare at Silvers at the Wharf, a longtime Fort Bragg institution, with a full bar and varied menu of seafood, steaks, burgers, and other great sandwiches, pastas, Mexican specialties, and full meal salads–they’ll even cook a soup bone for your pooch, who can join you on the deck. Cheap but delish burgers can be found at Sea Pal Cove along with clam chowder and some of the freshest fish and chips around. Watching fishing boats cruise by is a favorite activity at both places.
Noyo Harbor: A New Foodie Oasis
Locals love Princess Seafood, and who wouldn’t? These amazing women go out in their fishing boat every morning—you’ll find the catch of the day in the deli case at their newly opened restaurant in Noyo Harbor, along with oysters on the half shell, prepared specialties like Shrimp and Crab Louie, Ceviche, smoked salmon, pickled herring and pickled halibut, poke cocktail, and shrimp and crab cocktail. They fire up the grill on the weekend and serve fish tacos, salmon, albacore, BBQ oysters and other scrumptious offerings depending on the catch.
Django’s Rough Bar is open Thursday through Sunday with live music by local artists, classic London-inspired Fish and Chips, New England clam chowder in a bread bowl and local North Coast Brewing Company suds on a covered patio with some indoor seating available, too. Mexican food lovers will relish the newly opened Casa Del Sol, a Tex-Mex restaurant where you can find oysters on the half shell, fajitas, Chicken Marsala, and scrumptious shrimp and crab wontons among the diverse menu items. Both food and service are top notch, so we’re sure it will be a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike.
Noyo Harbor: Noyo River Grill and Noyo Harbor Inn
Another happening spot with both indoor and outdoor seating and a great harbor view is Noyo River Grill—their friendly and personable staff will make you feel right at home. Try the fried calamari, Ahi Tartare, or one of their daily specials. The house made tortillas, bread, and burger buns are always outstanding. Earl Oliver and other local artists play music there—check their website for details.
Overlooking Noyo Harbor, up high on the hill, is the majestic Noyo Harbor Inn, a beautifully appointed restaurant , tavern and inn with a spectacular view of the working harbor, local fishing vessels and the Noyo river. Their menu includes a bounty of gourmet options including specials created by Chef Fabrice, like Whiskey BBQ Ribs and Kennebec Fries or a traditional cookie called a Sable from Breton with White Chocolate Mousse and Alpine Strawberries from the local farmer’s market. Pair it with a glass of tawny port. It’s a gem of a venue with a delightful ambiance that reflects our coastal beauty. Soon to be joining the mix in Noyo Harbor is Schnaubelt Distillery, planning to open a beautiful new facility by the end of the year. Schnaubelt will use wood barrels and copper stills to produce high quality vodka, rum and eventually scotch.
Noyo Harbor: Thanksgiving Coffee
A stalwart business in the harbor is Thanksgiving Coffee, one of the emerging group of B-Corp businesses we’re so proud of here in Fort Bragg. Purveyors of organic, fair trade, and sustainable coffee, they’ve developed long term partnerships with non-profit organizations, with the goal of helping to create environmental sustainability, and social and economic justice. They purchase from small scale farmer co-ops, which help support emerging democracies in developing countries. The remarkable thing is that they’ve been a sustainable business in our community since 1972. From the beginning, the company focused on making a positive contribution to the local community, and they roasted coffee in the harbor for 15 years, often trading coffee for fish to eat. Thanksgiving Coffee is one of the pioneers of craftsmanship-coffee roasting, way before anyone had heard of Starbucks! You’ll find their corporate headquarters on Noyo Harbor Drive, and if you call ahead (707-964-0118), we bet someone on staff will give you a tour.
When you visit Fort Bragg, don’t forget to explore a true working harbor in all of it’s glory. We’ll tell you all about the trips, fishing tours, and kayaking adventures you can experience in Noyo Harbor in a future blog post, so stay tuned.