Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fine Dining at Mendocino's Cafe Beaujolais

Cafe Beaujolais has been serving visitors to Mendocino since 1969. After Margaret Fox purchased the restaurant in 1977, Cafe Beaujolais became nationally known for its outstanding breakfasts. In 1984, the restaurant began serving dinner. In 1990, the Beaujolais Brickery opened and diners could purchase wood-fired, brick-oven bread. Margaret Fox sold the restaurant in 2000 and the restaurant changed hands again in 2006.

Last year, I had a chance to buy some excellent breads from the Brickery but was not able to sample the new owners' dinners. In May, I finally had the chance to taste Executive Chef David LaMonica's French/California cuisine and can report that it was one of the best meals I've had along the Mendocino Coast. The filet mignon and sturgeon were both excellent. Service was attentive but informal, as one expects along the coast.

If you are planning a trip along the Mendocino coast, I definitely recommend dining at Cafe Beaujolais. It is open for lunch from Wednesday - Sunday and for dinner nightly. It stopped serving breakfasts many years ago, but you can purchase a cookbook with Margaret Fox's recipes. The restaurant is located at 961 Ukiah Street in the village of Mendocino. Advance reservations are recommended. If you would like to take a tour of the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coast that includes dinner at Cafe Beaujolais, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lunch in Boonville

Boonville is the largest town in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley. For many years there were not many good options for lunch. But this has changed with the Boonville General Store. Located in the center of Boonville, at 14077-A Hwy. 128, this eatery makes great sandwiches and salads mostly from organic ingredients. You can eat in the restaurant or at one of the picnic tables fronting the road. The Boonville General Store is also a great place to pick up food for a picnic at nearby Navarro Vineyards or Greenwood Ridge Vineyards. You can also taste wine before or after your lunch at Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery, whose tasting room is right next door to the General Store.

If you would like to take a private tour of the Anderson Valley that includes lunch at the Boonville General Store and tasting at the above mentioned wineries and others, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.