Bonboniere used to be our favorite hometown ice cream parlour -- but they closed the doors forever last Saturday night. People were lined up around the block for their last change at this great little place.
This is a wonderful ice cream parlour with homemade ice cream. It is fairly new but is actually a reincarnation of an old ice cream parlour with the same name that occupied the same location for decades before petering out. The place thus has a beautiful old marble counter and general lovely old feel, plus great ice cream. It is located on F St near 2nd, in the heart of Old Town.
This is a great restaurant in old town. The location was once a saloon back around 1900 and it still has the old chandelier and bar. Food is very good and it has a good beer selection, including some local beers.
Where to go to dinner in a town that closes down at 9pm? How about the only restaurant that stays open until 9:30? On our journey through Eureka, Chapala Mexican Cafe was one of the only places we could find that was open for a late dinner. Luckily it turned out to be an above average Mexican restaurant with excellent service and low prices.
I had the burrito de carne asada, a large burrito with strips of steak, beans, onions, and rice for only about $8.50. I also had a few good local Lost Coast Brewery beers such as the Great White. Laura had some very tasty margaritas.
Most meals here are just $7-9 while the dinners are all about $12-15. the restaurant has a large downstairs with a bar, plus a semi-private upstairs area overlooking the main downstairs area, perfect for private parties. A special bonus, some of the tables near the sidewalk windows offer a 10 percent discount (which we gladly took advantage of) for just enjoying your meal and being happy.
8:30 AM at the House of Omelettes... or is that omelets? The place is packed, mostly with local gray hairs, so it must be good. We are seated in one of the last remaining tables, which happens to be next to the front windows, so life is good. Coffee is a good start to any breakfast, and this is no exception. A quick glance at the Chalet menu and prices are deceivingly high: two eggs for $6.15? Where are we, Carmel-by-the-Sea? Oh, OK... that price includes your choice of two pancakes or has browns and toast. Even though this is the house of omelettes/omelets I decide on the bacon and two egg breakfast with hash browns and toast for $7.35. It arrives hot and fresh, and I leave satisfied, ready to begin another day of travel north along the West Coast of this great nation.
The Samoa Cookhouse serves food "lumber camp style" in their dining rooms. The restaurant rooms feature the lumber and logging industries of Northern California.
The food is plentiful and good and enjoyed at the same tables that the lumberjacks ate!
When you are finished eating or while you are waiting to be seated you can browse through a small gift shop. They have aprons that advertise their store and other items that are nice to look at.
Favorite Dish: There is no menu. You just eat what the cooks has fixed for the day. No worry, it's a wonderful downhome style cooking. Homemade peach cobbler might be on the menu for dessert.
To the side of the restaurant is a museum with relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days.
Bring your appetite !!!
Favorite Dish: Everything is served 'Lumber Camp Style' at long tables. The food is brought to the table in large bowls and platters - so you just pass it around. They offer fresh baked bread and deliver at least two types of fresh baked pies - even if it's just two people. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One of my favorite restaurants in Eureka is Chapala Cafe...mexican food! They also feature live Cowboy music on friday nights!!
Great art in the restaurant! This place participates in Arts Alive...a monthly event featuring lacal artists! Great Fun!
Favorite Dish: I love the carne asada tacos!!