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Mendocino - Some New Recs

Kivarita | Jul 6, 200506:07 PM

Hey all -
Just wanted to share a couple of different recs for Mendocino -- other than the ones I've seen here before -- The Moosse Cafe, Cafe Beaujolais, Stevenswood, etc. My husband and I just spent the July 4 weekend up at the Stanford Inn (dog-friendly and quite a nice place to stay). So starting off with...

THE RAVENS (the Stanford Inn's restaurant) -- specializes in vegetarian fare (w/ vegan options), the food is something to crow (pun intended!) about and most of the veggies and fruits are grown at the Inn's own Big River Nursery. Entrees are typically $15-25. Dinner for me included the Harvest Salad (fresh mesclun-ish mixed greens with shaved fennel, what I think were turnips, blue cheese and a poppy seed vinaigrette. Very fresh, very tasty. Followed by...vegetable gratin including zucchini, yellow squash, roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes served alongside DuPuy lentils. Husband started with the Caesar salad, dressing was a bit heavy for his taste, followed by vegetable lasagna -- two layers of tomato pasta with ricotta and basil bechamel, yellow squash, zucchini and possibly carrots (so the husband says). Finished off with a grasshopper-eque Valrhona chocolate brownie with real mint ice cream sandwiched between it, as well as a selection of sorbets -- mango, grapefruit, meyer lemon and (**to die for**) huckelberry. Desserts $6.50-7.50. Corkage $15.

FYI - equally lovely breakfasts are included with each night's stay.

Mendocino Bakery and Cafe -- features pizza on certain nights of the week - definitely Saturdays. We had a simple pie of Pepperoni, Green Pepper and Mushroom w/ red sauce. Pretty good, esp. the next day, and it beats driving to Fort Bragg for the Pizza Factory. Finished it off with a Cowboy Cookie (oatmeal choc. chip) and an oatmeal for my man.

Finally, Mendocino Cafe. We were there on Tuesday night, and luckily went on the early side around 6:30 p.m. -- the place was filled by 7:30. Friendly, down-to-earth service. Husband's Thai Fire Pot eclipsed my pork ribs by a long shot (they were still plenty tasty with a thai chili sauce -- BBQ and Hoisin also available). His Fire Pot was a play on Tom Ka Gai, with a thicker full fat coconut/lemongrass/cilantro broth, as well as various squashes (everyone's gardens are exploding now) with pork. Chicken and beef also available as options. Finished it off with bread pudding and a plum nectarine cobbler. The entrees were far tastier than the desserts, but I'll almost never turn down a good cobbler of any kind in the middle of summer. Entrees were in the $10-20 range, and it was definitely on the more casual side dress wise.

Photos to be posted later -- they're a bit out of focus. I blame it on the wine. ;-)

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