The Company Store 301 Main St.
Formerly a department store, the vintage Union Lumber Company Building has been converted into a unique indoor restaurant and shopping complex. Though the interior is dark, it has a large, informal seating area that several cafes open on to where you can dine comfortably and with WiFi.
●Living Light Culinary Institute (800) 816-2319, (707) 964-2420. Located upstairs, this is the premier organic raw vegan cooking school in the world. Classes are scheduled regularly.
Living Light Cafe & Cuisine To Go M-Sat 7-7, Sun 10-4; $. Downstairs, a cafe serves up healthy gourmet raw, organic, and vegan fare. Menu items include sprouted buckwheat granola with almond milk, coconut chia pudding, and a sunflower burger, plus salads, sandwiches, soups, and smoothies.
●Mendo Bistro (707) 964-4974. D daily; $$. No reservations.
Taking up almost the entire top floor here, which is lined with two walls of tall windows, this spacious restaurant places diners above the busy streets below with plenty to look at. Owner-chef Nicholas Petti has won many a crab cake cook-off in town, so order them when they are on the menu. One menu option is to choose your own main-course ingredient, how you want it cooked, and which sauce you want with it. I opted for one-fourth of a free-range chicken, batter fried and with roasted garlic gravy. It took an incredibly long time before I was served a really good, perfectly-fried section of chicken with a tasty crispy skin and succulent meat. It just might be the best I’ve ever had! It came with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. My husband ordered seafood risotto, which he said was also delicious.
A tangy carrot soup made a tasty appetizer, but a wilted Caesar salad was quite disappointing. Housemade pastas and larger entrees are also on the menu. Wines and beers are mostly local, and meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free.
Barbelow CLOSED takes up the center of the ground floor. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail in a more informal setting, and Mendo Bistro food is served here, too.
●Mendocino Cookie Company (888) 937-4842, (707) 964-0282.
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