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Peter | Aug 17, 200307:26 PM    

I just made a second trip up to the Mendocino Coast.

I ate at the Mendo Bistro in Fort Bragg: I give it high marks for service, a flight of three local reds with a generous pour of 4 oz. each (Husch Pinot Noir 2000 was very good, I stopped at the winery on the way home and tasted other wines and picked up a couple of bottles.) The ribeye steak was bigger than usual, a good sign that they offer value.

I had lunch at Sharon's in Noyo Harbor, sitting outside overlooking the water and ate a fresh off the boat rockfish sandwich with homemade potato chips. I will definately make that a stop on future trips.

Dinner at the Mendocino Hotel is good for atmosphere in a Victorian setting, the service was fine and the food was good but not outstanding, I was in the mood for meat and had their prime rib which was fine but not special.

The North Coast Brewing Company's Tap Room and Grill is the place to stop before walking the beach and heading out to dinner. They have two stouts, the Old 38 which is close to Guiness style, very drinkable and Old Rasputin which is a little more bitter and higher alchohol. The Red Seal is great and not too sweet which red beers usually are. I drink their Blue Star at home so it was fun to taste the others at the source.

I stopped for dinner and beer at the Buckhorn Saloon in Boonville, standard pub food, with lots of locally made beer, more stout, (I forgot the brewer),lots of local people and a local travel agent who had suggestions for restaurants on 101 in Hopland and Ukiah, she said to skip Willits. The bartender made a wine cooler that was lemonade mixed with a varietal from Husch, it seemed sacreligous to do that to good wine, but he was mixing a lot of them.

I plan to go back in one month, where have some of you been and recommend for destination dining, with local chefs and food?

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