Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4.13.2010 - The Woodrose (Garberville, CA)

I am definitely on a lucky streak pertaining to dining out these days (thanks to great and knowledgeable friends and family) and having been dining out often and am probably paying the proverbial dietary price.

The Woodrose is a quaint little cafe nestled in the drug induced affluence of Garberville. They serve hearty, organic style fare for breakfast and lunch only. Their menu was large and diverse, but pretty darn pricey so that you may have to decide between eating there or purchasing that new bulb for your lighting system. The food was good though; I had the ABC Omelet. The eggs were fresh tasting, there was plenty of avocado, the Niman Ranch bacon was delicious (of course), and the white cheddar a nice touch. The omelet also came with some great homefries and wheat bread (not straight out of the bag). Oh, and not to sound like I'm gushing, but the coffee was awesome (which is crucial).

Ok, so it sounds like I kind of like this place, right? Right. But remember, it's pricey. That omelet I so enjoyed? $14.95. Worth it? I don't know. So go with warning, but know your food will be yummy.

911 Redwood Dr.
Garberville, CA

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4.2.2010 - Milo's City Cafe (Portland, OR)

We came here for breakfast and it was a solid choice. I had the Carbonara Hash (pepper bacon, onions, bell peppers, garlic and potatoes) which is served with two eggs and toast. I feel it was a pretty original and unique twist on regular corned beef hash (which is also served and was tough not to order) and was quite satisfying especially on a cold, rainy Portland morning. The coffee was good and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable.

Milo's City Cafe
1325 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

4.1 AND 4.5.2010 - La Hacienda (Orick, CA)

Surprise yum. I couldn't care less if this place is a drug front or an elaborate way to launder money, but something weird is going on here. As far as I can tell the owners and employees all live in Eureka and commute the 45 miles north to Orick with a population of 487 (compared to the over 26,000 people in Eureka) to run a small Mexican restaurant. The town definitely gets a good amount of traffic as highway 101 runs through it, but then again, so does Eureka. Anyway, regardless of the "why?" aspect, the food is good. The three salsas served with the house-made chips (fried corn strips which are sprayed with a salty solution as soon as they are removed from the fryer so that the whole chip has a ton of flavor) are all made fresh everyday and are excellent.

The first time I went, I ordered the carnitas sopes. The carnitas is, as my friend Jamey says, by far the best around. It is crispy yet succulent, sweet yet tangy, and delicious. The base of the sopes- a griddle cooked corn cake slightly thicker than a tortilla- is also house-made and the freshness is apparent. Beans are smeared atop the corn cake and topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. Really good.

The second time (a mere four days after the first time), I ordered the pollo asado taco salad. Served in a crispy fried tortilla shell, the taco salad was served with a hefty portion of chicken, rice, whole beans, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and sour cream. The pollo asado - BBQ chicken - was cooked perfectly and had good flavor, but in my opinion was too bbq-saucy. I am now very interested in trying the pollo a la plancha- grilled chicken- but it may be tough to order anything but the carnitas

La Hacienda
121137 Hwy 101
Orick, CA 95555