Nearly seven years ago, I had a good time exploring Trinidad harbor, visiting Katy's smokehouse, and eating a seafood dinner at Trinidad Bay Eatery. When I was asked last month to pick a dinner spot in Humboldt County for a group of 10, this seemed like a good place to break up our road trip.
A short walk from the Eatery, one can visit the lighthouse, take in some coastal scenery and then have a bite at this modestly priced restaurant with a "something for everyone" menu and sustainable seafood sourcing. I did read that it changed hands a couple years ago. But zinfanatic's post from last fall helped me feel confident in recommending it.
It turned out to be the right choice. My colleagues were charmed by the picturesque town and happy with their meals.
For an early dinner on a Wednesday evening, I had not thought we’d need to make a reservation. Well, another large group arrived before we did and took over much of the dining area. But the staff rolled with it and offered us the tables outside. We were asked to order and pay at the cashier, then our food was delivered to us outside. No alcohol can be served outdoors.
The mussels in white wine sauce appetizer was an enormous serving. Very fresh and sweet bivalves, cooked perfectly. None of the buttery juices were left behind.
Most of the entrees came with a choice of salad or cup of white clam chowder. While the chowder was thicker than I prefer, this was otherwise very good with intense clam flavor.
The person who ordered the Crab Louie salad was happy.
The linguine and clams was also well-received with very fresh, plump clams. Fish and chips was a popular order, as well as the fried seafood platter, all good.
For me, cioppino. The version here took the Dungeness out of the shell to make the eating much easier. The tomatoey broth was spiked with chipotle for a smokey bit of chile kick. This dish, plus chowder, was more than I could eat in one sitting. My colleagues enjoyed finishing my plate, mopping up the sauce with the accompanying garlic toast.
While alcohol cannot be served outdoors, the gift shop sells wine, including these chilled, canned wines ideal for a picnic.
We did not order dessert. I did buy the housemade fudge that we enjoyed later that night. This is a vanilla fudge blended with fresh raspberries. I wish I had more now.
This unassuming place delivered the goods. We were more than satisfied with our meal here.
Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery
607 Parker St
Trinidad, CA 95570