Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Le Monde Makes Way for Manzanilla

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 6:02 PM

On March 20, after the county's shelter in place order began, Le Monde owner Alex Begovic posted on Facebook that the Henderson Center restaurant would be closed until further notice. The restaurant was already up for sale that month but, according to Begovic, the sale fell through amid shelter in place and by April he'd decided to close Le Monde.
The reservation book at the former Le Monde. - PHOTO BY AMY KUMLER
  • Photo by Amy Kumler
  • The reservation book at the former Le Monde.
Those gazing into the dining room through the glass to reminisce about the duck confit and crème brûlée will see signs of the next restaurant to inhabit the space, Manzanilla Restaurant. Chef David Velasco-Guzman is opening the Mediterranean spot with partner and sous chef Walter Rubke and Diana Guerrero Garcia, who'll be working in front of the house. Velasco-Guzman is currently head chef at Arcata's Plaza Grill and formerly at Fregoso's Comida Mexicana (once Savory Grill and Cafe), where he created the Best Raw Oyster at last year's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival — an al pastor-marinated Kumamoto. Rubke's local resume includes Cafe Brio and Restaurant Five Eleven.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Online Oyster Fest's Menu

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Like the mollusk itself, much of the information about this weekend's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival developed in secret. But now, on the cusp of its opening, the slow rollout of details is complete and all is revealed, including the players and schedule for this first virtual iteration of the annual food festival.

A press release from Arcata Main Street includes the itinerary in the form of a plaza map. Once participants have picked up their optional DIY kits filled with local oysters, beverages and swag ($140-$160), they can start live streaming the event at www.arcatamainstreet.com or its Facebook page.

ARCATA MAIN STREET
  • Arcata Main Street
It kicks off at 10 a.m. with a welcome and an intro to some local oyster producers and live music. From there, it's the annual Best Oyster competition (this year including chef demos) and Oyster Calling Contest, with more live music, kids' entertainment and a "History of the Arcata Bay" segment in between. The whole thing winds up with celebrating graduating seniors and a message from the Arcata Police Department's Chief Brian Ahearn at 4:30 p.m. (See the full schedule and press release below.)

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Jerk Kitchen Opens in Eureka

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 9:50 AM

The former Rita's Mexican restaurant on Harris is empty no more, festooned with black, gold and green Jamaican flags and filled with the smell of simmering oxtail. Jerk Kitchen, the popular Jamaican stall at the Arcata Farmers Market, has found a home there and plans its official opening Friday.

Husband and wife owners Joanne Kerr and Dell Bryan are serving a limited takeout menu Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with rotating entrees — curry chicken, beef stew, oxtail — and their signature jerk chicken every day, along with traditional sides like plantains and rice and peas.

Jerk Kitchen flies its colors at the old Rita's on Harris Street in Eureka. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Jerk Kitchen flies its colors at the old Rita's on Harris Street in Eureka.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Old Town Nooner No More

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Lorrena and Joe Filgas, owners of Cafe Nooner, Cafe Nooner Too and their associated catering business, announced on Facebook that they will be closing the original Old Town location in Opera Alley due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple will maintain the Henderson Center restaurant Cafe Nooner Too. Read the full post below.
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"Despite the federal disaster assistance loans we have received we simply cannot re-construct all three from what amounts to be a cold start status in a concurrent manner," states the post. "It’s not a money issue, but rather there just aren’t enough of us who are experienced and able to re-start three stand alone businesses concurrently and meet our standards." They also hint at a future venture to be named later.

In an interview with the Journal ("Reopening Dining ... Or Not," June 4), Joe Filgas discussed the decision not to open either restaurant for dine-in service and the upheavals he sees in the restaurant industry at large due to the pandemic.

"You're going to see a major shift in the business model and how these businesses are run as long as COVID is around," he said. "Dine-in has died. Whether or not it will recover remains to be seen."

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Arcata Main Street's Virtual Oyster Fest Kits

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 5:22 PM

As the rollout of details about this month's virtual Oyster Fest continues, Arcata Main Street has unveiled its kits for celebrating at home. The at-home festival packages are available for pre-order through the organization's website for $140-$160. They include beer, wine or cider from local purveyors Eel River Brewing Co., Mad River Brewing Co., Gyppo Ale Mill, and Six Rivers Brewery, along with festival swag and, of course, two dozen oysters.
Pre-order kits for remote Oyster Fest-ing. - FROM THE ARCATA MAIN STREET WEBSITE
  • From the Arcata Main Street website
  • Pre-order kits for remote Oyster Fest-ing.
Shells shucked and beverages decanted into commemorative cups, you can then cue up the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival YouTube channel and slurp away as you learn about the harvesting of oysters, check out brewery backstories, hear local music and see who won Best Oyster this year. 
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Takeout Menu

Where to get food to go in Humboldt

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 2:04 PM

Masked, gloved and good to go at Arcata Pizza and Deli. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Masked, gloved and good to go at Arcata Pizza and Deli.

At this stage of shelter in place, takeout is the name of the game. Scores of local restaurants have made the move to curbside, delivery and to-go menus, re-shuffling their hours and ordering to keep their patrons and staff safer. We've compiled a partial list here — if you don't see your own establishment, let us know by emailing calendar@northcoastjournal.com and we'll update.

And if you head to one of these places, remember: Wear a mask and keep it on; wash/sanitize your hands; order, pay and tip in advance when possible; make your tip pandemic appropriate for the folks taking on risk to feed you; and stay back a full 6 feet from both staff and other customers.

ARCATA

Arcada

630-5236, arcadagameshumboldt.com

Arcata Pizza Deli

822-4650, arcatapizza.com

Bencharong Thai

825-0900, facebook.com/Bencharong-Thai-House-402867866487537

Cafe Brio

822-5922, cafebrioarcata.com

Café Phoenix

630-5021, facebook.com/cafephoenixarcata

Campground

630-5148, campgroundarcata.com

Coffee Break

825-6685, coffeebreakarcata.com

Don's Donuts

822-6465, facebook.com/Dons-Donuts-Pizza-Deli-115983365096679

Dutchy's Pizza

Online orders only, dutchyspizza.com

Hole in the Wall Arcata

822-7407, https://www.facebook.com/Hole-In-The-Wall-115790685109848/

Japhy's

826-2594, japhys.com

Kebab Cafe

826-2121, kebabcafearcata.com

La Trattoria

822-6101, latrattoriaarcata.com

Loco Fish Co. Arcata

572-6019, facebook.com/550SouthGStreetArcata-CA95521

Los Bagels, Arcata

822-3150, losbagels.com

Mazzotti's

822-1900, mazzottis.com

McIntosh Country Store

822-0487, facebook.com/Mcintoshfarmcountrystore

Mia Bella

630-5059, miabellacakes.com

Plaza Grill

826-0860, plazagrillarcata.com

Redwood Curtain Brew Arcata

826-7222, redwoodcurtainbrewing.com

Renata's Creperie

825-8783, facebook.com/RenatasCreperie

Roman's Kitchen

407-9750, romanskitchen.com

Salt

630-5300, saltfishhouse.com

Slice of Humboldt Pie

630-5100, sliceofhumboldtpie.com

Szechuan Garden

822-0277, szechuangardenarcata.com

The Jam

822-5266, thejamarcata.com

The Pub at the Creamery

630-5178, facebook.com/thepubatc

Tomo

822-1414, tomoarcata.com

Wildflower

822-0360, wildflowercafebakery.com

EEL RIVER VALLEY

Eel River Brewing

725-2739, eelriverbrewing.com

L's Kitchen

726-7779, facebook.com/LsKitchenDowntown

Pepper's

725-5580, facebook.com/peppersfortuna

Ridgetop Café

786-3900, facebook.com/RidgetopCafe

Smokin Barrels

725-9100, facebook.com/smokinbarrels2018

Taco Loco

725-5546, tacolocofortuna.com

Tornado Dave's

851-3501, facebook.com/tornadodavesrestaurant

EUREKA

A&J Ichiban

273-5299, facebook.com/ichibanaj

Amigas Burritos

443-3373, doordash.com/store/amigas-burritos-eureka-940337

Angelo's

444-9644, facebook.com/Angelos-Pizza-Parlor-105950126113837

Babe's

442-3839, babespizzapasta.com

Banana Hut

444-3447, thebananahut.com

Bandit Savory & Sweet

my-site-104573-108920.square.site

Bayfront

443-7489, zomato.com/eureka-ca/bayfront-restaurant-eureka/menu

Bella Italia

443-3070, facebook.com/Bella-Italia-Restaurant-273911026064208

Big Island Kine

(808) 938-5471, facebook.com/bigislandkine

Boardroom

572-5129, boardroomeureka.com/collections/all.

Brick & Fire Bistro

268-8959, facebook.com/109994312351912

Café Nooner

407-3664, cafenooner.com

Café Nooner Too

407-3664, cafenooner.com

Chapala

443-9514, chapalacafe.com

Chicago Dog House

502-8511, facebook.com/Chicago-DOG-HOUSE-108431577448852

Cocina Mariposa

599-2469, www.facebook.com/cocinamariposaa

Delish on 5th

273-5155, delishon5th.com

Diver Bar & Grill

798-6184, facebook.com/diverbarandgrillhumboldt

Esmerelda's

442-0887, eurekasbestmexicanfood.com

Fat Cat Bakery

444-2999, facebook.com/FatCatBakeryCarveryTapperyEureka

Frankie's NY Bagels

599-3305, frankiesnybagels.square.site

Gallagher's

442-1177, gallaghers-irishpub.com

Greene Lily

798-6083, facebook.com/greenelily

Happy Donuts & Express Asian Food

443-6812, facebook.com/HappyDonutsAsianFood

Hole in the Wall Eureka

443-5362 , facebook.com/Hole-In-The-Wall-115790685109848

Humboldt Bay Bistro

443-7339, humboldtbaybistro.com

Humboldt Smokehouse

497-6261, humboldtsmokehouse.com

Humboldt Soup Co.

268-8298, humboldtsoupcompany.com

Hunan Henderson Center

444-9241, hunaneureka.com

Jack's Seafood

273-5273, jackseafoodeureka.com

Kristina's

444-3322, facebook.com/Kristinas-Restaurant-250821115028760

La Patria

407-3848, lapatriamgrestaurant.com

Living the Dream

407-3508, facebook.com/LivingTheDreamIceCream

Loco Fish Co. Eureka

572-6019, facebook.com/550SouthGStreetArcata-CA95521

Los Bagels, Eureka

442-8525, losbagels.com

Los Sinaloenses

407-0052, facebook.com/sinaloenses2019

Luis'

444-2508, luissrestaurant.com

Madrone

273-5129, madronetaphouse.com

Oaxaca

445-9702, facebook.com/Oaxaca-Grill-Restaurant-119509671392482

Oberon

443-3663, oberongrill.net

Old Town Coffee - Henderson Center

442-1522, oldtowncoffeeeureka.com/henderson-center-location

Pachanga

442-2587, pachangamexicana.com

Redwood Curtain Brew Eureka

269-7143, redwoodcurtainbrewing.com

Sammy's

443-4227, sammysbbqcatering.com

Sea Grill

443-7187, facebook.com/316.Est

Shanty

444-2053, facebook.com/theshantyeureka

Siam Orchid

407-3838, siamorchidca.com

Sixth & E

445-8783, sixthande.com

Stars Hamburgers Eureka

445-2061, www.facebook.com/pg/humboldtsbestburger

Surfside Burger Shack

268-1295, facebook.com/surfsideburgershack

Tandoori Bites

442-6500, tandooribitesindianeureka.com/36553

Taste of Bim

798-6300, atasteofbim.com/our-menu

Vista Del Mar

443-3770, facebook.com/vistadelmarbar

Z&J

268-1188, zandjasiansubs.com

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Jitterbean

476-9393, jitterbeancoffee.com

Ramone's Bakery & Cafe

442-1336, ramonesbakery.com

NORTHERN HUMBOLDT

Fieldbrook Winery

839-4140, fieldbrookwinery.com

Headies Pizza & Pour

677-3077, facebook.com/headiespizza

Larrupin

677-0230, thelarrupin.com

Lighthouse Grill

677-0077, facebook.com/The-Lighthouse-425374254193071

Mad River Brewing Co. & Tap Room

668-4151, ww.madriverbrewing.com

Papa Wheelie's

630-5084, papawheeliespub.com

Sushi Blue

(877) 252-2946, bluelakecasino.com/dine/sushi-blue

Trindiad Eatery

677-3777, trinidadeatery.com

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT

Gyppo

986-7700, gyppo.com

Wildwood Waffles

506-3073, facebook.com/wildwoodwaffles

COUNTY-WIDE

Sweet Basil Catering

227-1088, sweetbasilcatering.net

If you need help or are looking for a bigger signal boost, contact Melissa Sanderson at melissa@northcoastjournal.com.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Oyster Fest Shucks Crowds for Virtual Event

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM

As the days grow warmer and COVID-19 lingers, bivalve enthusiasts have wondered what's to become of the 30th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, née Oyster Fest. Today the answer came, at least partially, from Arcata Main Street's Facebook page and website. The all-day seafood, beer and music binge is going virtual on June 20. "We plan to show a different, more informational side of our oysters, the Arcata Bay, our local breweries and restaurants by creating an interactive virtual experience," the post announces.
FROM THE ARCATA MAIN STREET WEBSITE
  • From the Arcata Main Street website
Arcata Main Street, for which the festival is the single largest source of revenue, also teases available DIY food and drink kits to enjoy while streaming the event. The artwork on the organization's website still includes oyster farmers, chefs, the annual Best Oyster competition, live music and DJs, as well as history and an "HSU House Party." That last one might be literal.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. Toasts Food for People

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2020 at 4:31 PM

Like many spring babies, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. is adjusting its birthday celebrations for the pandemic. Instead of blowing it up with a multi-kegger and a bunch of new releases, the local craft beer company is taking a low-key and charitable approach, introducing a new brew and giving a portion of the sales to Food for People. 
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Humboldt Rising Pale Ale is described in a press release as having a "tight, compact and dense head. Toasted, golden orange in color. Mango, pineapple, orange citrus and mild earthy aromatics float while a mellow wave of subtle malt and juicy pineapple eases your palate into a bright pleasant finish." Those who want to quench their thirst and help those struggling with food insecurity can pick up growlers and crowlers curbside and to go. Or, as the release points out, you can donate directly at www.foodforpeople.org.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mad River Brewing Co.'s New Native Swag

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 2:33 PM

In October, when the Yurok Tribe bought the Mad River Brewing Co., it became one of only a handful of breweries owned and run by a Native American tribe. Now, with the unveiling of the brewery's new logo, the statement of Native ownership is right on the label.
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According to a press release from Mad River Brewing Co. Chief Operating Officer Linda Cooley, instead of the former red lettering, you'll find the locally brewed ales emblazoned with "a traditional Yurok basket design known as sturgeon back, the Coast Range, healthy redwood forests and the jumping steelhead, which has been synonymous with MRB’s flagship Steelhead Extra Pale Ale for two decades."

These elements are meant to speak to both the tribe's and the brewery's history and commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Taste of Main Street Takeout Edition

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2020 at 2:47 PM

A Taste of Main Street, Eureka Main Street's annual social gathering of sampling, snacking and supporting local restaurants/producers, had to be shelved this year due to COVID-19. But we still love to eat, we love to socialize and we love to share what we eat on social media. In that spirit of vicarious living and community supporting community, Eureka Main Street presents the Taste of Main Street - Takeout Challenge. 
A shot of the samples from ToM past. - FILE
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  • A shot of the samples from ToM past.

We might not be able to take to the streets with our eats and smile at each other as we meander off to the next biz in the Taste of Main Street ticket book, but we can gather around our devices and smile upon pics of our pals holding up a fat burger from Surfside Burger Shack (hashtag hell, yeah, I'm trying that) or a bowl of Hawaiian style poke from Big Island Kine (You. Will. Drool.).  The fun is on now through May 14. It's a chance to support local businesses that are taking a huge hit during this time and a chance to win 25 bucks when you hashtag a photo of your takeout on social media.

Eating great food. Trying something new. And keeping local restaurants alive. That's winning all around. Go out and get 'em. And share what's good with all of us. Here are the details from Eureka Main Street's Facebook page:

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