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Three Very Good Restaurants In Very Northern California (Hopland Inn, Benbow Inn and La Grange Cafe or LaGrange Cafe) - PART THREE

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Three Very Good Restaurants In Very Northern California (Hopland Inn, Benbow Inn and La Grange Cafe or LaGrange Cafe) - PART THREE

Family Man | Sep 5, 2003 03:05 PM

This is Part Three of our culinary journey since we can only post one link and image file per post.

Hello fellow Chowhounds! My wife and I just returned from Very Northern California and we would like to share with you three very good restaurants in the event that you visit the area and are looking for some very good places to eat. There aren’t too many good restaurants in Very Northern California we discovered so we thought we’d save you the agony of eating in a hovel by letting you in on our experience. The titles of these posts have the name of all the restaurants we ate at so that you can look it up on the find feature on your browser. LaGrange Café is spelled also La Grange Café. This is so you can locate it either way you spell it.

Begin Part Three:

After our fantastic lunch in Garberville, we drove north on U.S. 101 through the beautiful Redwoods. 75 miles north of Garberville and 279 miles north of San Francisco, we turned east on CA State Hwy 299. We drove an extremely scenic 96 miles east to Weaverville through gorgeous coastal mountains and the deep river gorge of the Trinity River. We also had views of the spectacular Trinity Alps. Good thing we knew about LaGrange Café in Weaverville because there was not a single restaurant along the route we would have eaten at even if we had been paid. If LaGrange Café didn’t exist, we would have bought food from the supermarket in Weaverville and used the microwave in our motel room to cook it. That evening we looked at our odometer and saw that we were 375 miles from San Francisco. We were now in Very Northern California.

My wife and I headed off to LaGrange Café. The atmosphere is tasteful and comfortable. Casual dress is what most people wore, though a few families were dressed in suits and ties. We had a hard time choosing what to eat since there were many interesting choices on the menu: venison bratwurst, wild boar sausages and buffalo burgers. There were also more conventional choices like filet mignon with charbroiled prawns and portobello mushroom ravioli. My wife settled for spaghetti marinara with grilled chicken and I chose the pork ribs with oven roasted potatoes. While the food is not gourmet like the previous two restaurants, it is extremely well prepared and bountiful. LaGrange smokes its own pork ribs and they taste fantastic. My wife was surprised how homemade her marinara was considering that most restaurants off the beaten track will try to get away with a jar of ragu. Overall, we were very impressed with this restaurant and if we return to Weaverville, this is where we will eat!

Very Northern California is beautiful to visit and there is no reason why our fellow Chowhounds should have to go hungry or eat in a hovel! We hope this information helps you enjoy your culinary taste buds the next time you travel to Very Northern California. So Long!

Link: http://www.redding.com/date/stories/2...

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