Friday, February 25, 2011

1 North: Mendocino, Cafe Beaujolais

Cafe Beaujolais 961 Ukiah St., (707) 937-5614. L W-Sun, D daily; $$-$$$. Reservations advised. This long-time restaurant operates within an 1893 Victorian farmhouse, now updated with a clean-lined contemporary sleek style featuring sedate colors and dangling track lights. According to one local resident, “This is the best restaurant in town.” Lunch items are enticing and might include a Niman Ranch burger, crab cakes Benedict, or quiche. Dinner entrees might include roasted chicken with plenty of mashed potatoes and roasted garlic, a vegetarian spanakopita with sunchokes, or the house specialty pan-roasted California sturgeon fillet with housemade tagliatelle and wild forest mushrooms. For dessert, it’s hard to go wrong with coconut cream pie in a chocolate macaroon crust accompanied by herbal tea served in special plunger pots.

Exceptional breads, including a dense Austrian sunflower version, are baked out back in the Brickery’s wood-burning oven. Do return to pick up a loaf and perhaps a package of the delicious Early Bird Cashew Granola before leaving town.

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