Ten good friends journied up and over to Bodega Bay last weekend to celebrate the 60th birthday of a dear friend. Our destination was the Seaweed Cafe, of which there have been mixed reviews. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/412644 (although I seem to remember a Melanie review from several years ago when she and friends were luxuriating on the Sonoma Coast for a long weekend); website: www.seaweedcafe.com Some great (food); some not so great (mostly service). So I sat down to eat with just a bit of mixed feelings, too. Other than the service which was pretty slow but always friendly, I come down on the really great side.
We were seated at a long table in the corner of the two-dining roomed restaurant. Fairly promptly we were given our menus and a Mimosa to begin the celebration. The Brunch Menu has specials which change weekly, as well as some restaruant favorites. This Sunday the tried and trued included a french toast w/ fruit compote, a garden salad w/ goat cheese, a chicken bistro salad and coastal cheese selection. The specials included a duck confit, baked queso fresco w/ egg and veggies, and the breakfast sandwich.
We started out w/ assorted homemade scones, fresh bread w/ herbs and the sweetest butter I have ever tasted. I really didn't need the starches, just give me the butter and a spoon, it was that creamy and good.
The ten guests only ordered three dishes: the french toast; the queso fresco and the ham sandwich. The french toast was made with thick country bread and a wonderdous not too tart, not too sweet berry sauce with maple syrup. The queso fresco came piping hot w/ assorted veggies and a poached egged on top. One of the guests gave it a hmmm because the potatoes tasted off. I ordered the ham sandwich and couldn't have been happier. The bread was crispy toasted; the poached egg nicely runny; the alfalfa-fed ham sweet and thin-sliced; the melted cheese some kind of Jarlsberg. My dish came w/ a side of mixed greens in a perfectly dressed viniagrette. All dishes were under $13.00.
I said earlier that the service was slow, but the waitstaff was very friendly and the dishes were served right off the grill/out of the oven. We were there for over three hours, in part due to the service but also because we were celebrating. We were never encouraged to leave.
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