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Corn night at Libby's

hamachihil | Aug 28, 200503:52 PM

Stopped for a night at Hendy Woods in Anderson Valley at the end of a week-long camping/road trip. Had dinner at Libby's, a great Mexican place and discovered it was "corn night", which happens the last friday of the month and means that they have two women in the back making fresh, homemade corn tortillas. The menu is all specials (that meant none of their amazing carnitas). Before ordering, our adorable young waitress (perhaps the daughter of Libby?) brought over a basket of the fabulous tortillas and a dish of guacamole. It was probably the best part of the meal- really simple and fresh, made with onion, cilantro, lime jiuce and great avos. Tasted much more like what you get in Mexico than most places. We had a shrimp and cheese quesadilla which was also lovely, with very fresh tasting shrimp, chicken mole, which was just okay, and a long-cooked pork in guajilla sauce which was great.

After this carb fest, we should have stuck to eggs for breakfast but our fave Boonville breakfast spot, Horn of Zeese, was gone. After an early morning walk at Hendy, we bumped into a local in the parking lot who informed us that there would be bread baked in a brick oven with various toppings over in the garden of the Boonville hotel. Indeed, this was going on, as a promotion, it seemed for the small farmer's market next store. The bread was somewhat pizza like, yeasty and chewy, with toppings of a very fragrant walnut-pesto and an aged goat cheese. Everything was liberally strewn with garlic. All the herbs apparently come from the garden at the hotel.

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