Restaurants: Delicious Options and Hidden Gems
Finding a great restaurant in Fort Bragg and on the Mendocino Coast is always a big draw—who doesn’t like to discover the hidden gems and hometown favorites of any area? Whether you are a visitor or a local, there’s always a great new place or an old favorite to explore. Restaurant activity has been exciting in Fort Bragg and environs lately, and we’d like to share a few of our finds and favorites.
Restaurant Los Gallitos
The ever-popular Mexican eatery, known locally as “Los G’s”, has opened in a spacious new location right next to the post office on Franklin Street. Step into the beautifully decorated space (with uber comfy custom-made chairs from Mexico) and you’ll immediately see an attractive new u-shaped bar in the middle of the restaurant. Now, in addition to cerveza, Micheladas, and soft drinks, the restaurant boasts a full cocktail menu, (including Margaritas, of course) to compliment their popular culinary offerings—they haven’t raised prices or changed the menu. Try the excellent Wet Burrito, Taquitos, Enchiladas, and other beef, pork, vegetarian, and seafood offerings from the menu, or ask for Shrimp Poblano Enchiladas or homemade tamales, which are often available. Homemade tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole are consistently good, and you’ll often find locals and tourists who like Menudo enjoying that specialty on a Sunday.
Restaurant in Noyo Harbor: Princess Seafood
Oh my goodness. The intrepid women of Princess Seafood have done it again. Not only do they venture out in the early mornings on their beautiful boat to find the catch of the day, they now have an incredible brick and mortar location down in Noyo Harbor, where you can choose (in season) some of the freshest fish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, and other seafood for sale by the pound, or as prepared food for take out or dining on their deck. They are constantly adding new things. The crab sandwich has been very popular during crab season, and we’ve enjoyed their Shrimp Ceviche, Crab Cocktail, Shrimp Salad, Shrimp or Crab Louie, and Soup of the Day, among other menu selections. Lots of nice condiments, pickles, smoked, tinned, and pickled fish and specialty items to compliment your seafood selection. Soon, they’ll be firing up a grill to offer Fish Tacos, BBQ Oysters, and fresh seasonal fish caught that day. Their goal is to highlight the freshest catch of the day, grill it, and serve with a side salad and bread. Mmm…can’t wait! If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to stop by. It’s one of the friendliest spots in town.
Restaurant: Overtime Brewing on Elm Street
The long-awaited Overtime Brewing is open on Elm Street with an interesting menu and industrial-style decor. Appetizers include Grilled Asparagus and Shishito Pepper Poppers, and the John Ford Ranch grass-fed beef burgers are prepared to your specs on homemade buns . They also make an appealing Pulled Pork Sandwich lightly doused with BBQ sauce, and the fries are hand-cut. They feature four kinds of Panini Sandwiches, too. Other specialties on offer range from Baby Back Ribs and Mac & Cheese to Jambalaya. Their Seafood Chowder is a yummy medley of mussels, shrimp, scallops, cod, crab, bacon and potatoes in a light broth. Drink options include their American Pale Ale, Lemon Ginger Ale and India Peach Ale, and they also serve Anderson Valley champagne and wines. There’s a cozy little patio for outdoor dining and drinks, and when you’re in the dining room you can see the gleaming stainless steel tanks of beer a brewin’.
Restaurant: Fog Eater Cafe is coming!
We’ve experienced a couple of the excellent Pop-up Dinners orchestrated by two talented women and their partners, and now we’re happy to report that they’ll be opening a restaurant in the heart of Mendocino, in a charming historic building with a beautiful garden patio! Haley and Erica moved to the area in the summer of 2016, and have been exploring the essence of southern food and drink with our local bounty of organic and heirloom produce and hand made products. The Fog Eater Cafe menu will highlight vegetarian fare as an environmentally sustainable and healthy alternative to conventional options. Traditional southern preservation techniques like pickling, jam making, and fermenting, along with great baked goods including biscuits, cornbread, pastries, and of course, PIE are part of the plan—with gluten-free and other options available for those with allergen sensitivities. Locally produced wines and beers, and creative cocktails (both mock and alcoholic) will feature avant-garde techniques like herbal infusions and clarification. We’ve tasted their cocktails and found them truly extraordinary! Can’t wait to see this charming duo add their talents to the coastal dining scene.
Looks like this will have to be a “to-be-continued” blog post as there are so many new and exciting developments in the restaurant business all up and down the coast. Can’t wait to share more in weeks to come! Visit Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast and taste for yourself – these and many other culinary delights await!