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click to enlarge From left to right: Nick Prewitt, Jayme Knight, Crescent Moon Hurwitz, Colin Flanery of Loco Fish Co. - SUBMITTED.
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Loco Fish Co.

Best Fish and Chips Best Food Loco Fish Co. Truck Best Tacos

Well, that's quite a trifecta for the little red trucks turning out fried fish as likely folded into tacos as topped with malt vinegar. Already feeding a hungry following, Loco Fish Co. stepped up to the demands of shelter in place. Plenty of food trucks were ready for customers to pivot to takeout but few, if any, have hush puppies this airy and flavorful. Hold on, give me a minute. OK, I'm back. Add in po' boys and barbecue sandwiches, and you'll need all the time standing in the socially distanced line to decide.

Owner Jayme Knight, a former fisheries observer, says, "it's been a wild ride" since opening as a simple fish and chips truck. Now his recipes for rockfish, halibut and lingcod from local boats are augmented by specials from his four chefs, and he's running two trucks, one at Six Rivers Brewery and one at Myrtletown Liquors & John's Fine Cigars. "We've gotten so busy we can only really run two and keep up the quality," he says. Customers (wait for it) are hooked.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Appetizers

511
511 2nd St., Eureka; 268-3852
fiveeleveneureka.com

Second Place: Bencharong Thai House

Third Place: Double D Steak & Seafood

Asian Restaurant

Annie's Cambodian Cuisine
1917 5th St., Eureka; 442-1556
anniescambodian.com

Second Place: Bencharong Thai House

Third Place: Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine

Bagel

Los Bagels
1085 I St., Arcata; 822-3150
2nd St., Eureka; 442-8525
losbagels.com

Second Place: Frankie's NY Bagels

Third Place: Josh Fox Bread

Bakery

Ramone's Bakery & Cafe
Multiple locations in Arcata, Eureka, McKinleyville
ramonesbakery.com

Second Place: Café Brio

Third Place: Cherry Blossom Bakery

Barbecue

Humboldt Smokehouse
310 5th St., Eureka; 497-6261
humboldtsmokehouse.com

Second Place: Sammy's BBQ & Catering

Third Place: Porter St. BBQ of Eureka

Breakfast

McIntosh Farm Country Store
1264 Giuntoli Ln., Arcata; 822-0487
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Second Place: The Chalet House of Omelettes

Third Place: Golden Harvest Cafe

Breakfast Sandwich

McIntosh Farm Country Store
1264 Giuntoli Ln., Arcata; 822-0487
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Second Place: Eureka Natural Foods

Third Place: Old Town Coffee & Chocolates

Buffet

Tandoori Bites Indian Cuisine
1735 4th St., Eureka; 442-6500
tandooribitesindianeureka.com

Second Place: Oriental Buffet

Third Place: Alice's Restaurant

Burger

Eureka Stars Hamburgers
2009 Harrison Ave., Eureka; 445-2061
eureka-stars-hamburges.business.site

Second Place: Sixth and E Neighborhood Eatery

Third Place: Surfside Burger Shack

Burrito

Speedy Taco Truck
1688-1698 Broadway, Eureka; 442-1526

Second Place: La Costa Mexican Restaurant

Third Place: Raliberto's Taco Shop

Catering Company

Citrine Catering
633-9269 citrinecatering.com

Second Place: Cassaro's Catering

Third Place: Brett Shuler Fine Catering

Chips & Salsa

Oaxaca Grill Restaurant
508 Henderson St., Eureka; 445-9702
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Second Place: Rita's Margaritas & Mexican Grill

Third Place: La Patria Mariscos and Grill

Clam Chowder

Gill's By the Bay
77 Halibut Ave., Eureka; 442-2554
gillsbythebay.com

Second Place: The Lighthouse Grill

Third Place: Sea Grill

Deli

Eureka Natural Foods
1450 Broadway, Eureka; 442-6325 2165
Central Ave., McKinleyville; 839-3636
eurekanaturalfoods.com

Second Place: North Coast Co-op

Third Place: Myrtle Ave. Market & Deli

Dog-Friendly Dining

Mad River Brewing Company - Tasting Room
101 Taylor Way, Blue Lake; 668-5680
madriverbrewing.com

Second Place: Beachcomber Cafe

Third Place: Hot Brew

Donut

Happy Donuts
2916 Central Ave., Eureka; 443-6812
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Second Place: Donut Mill

Third Place: McIntosh Farm Country Store

Eats in SoHum

The Lost Frenchman
3344 Redwood Dr., Garberville; 923-2030
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Second Place: Nacho Mama

Third Place: Bon Bistro & Bakery

Fish & Chips

LoCo Fish Co.

Myrtle Ave. Liquors, 1595 Myrtle Ave, Eureka; 601-8573 6 Rivers Brewery, 1300 Central Ave, McKinleyville; Find us on Facebook

Second Place: Gallagher's Irish Pub

Third Place: The Lighthouse Grill

Food Truck

LoCo Fish Co.

Myrtle Ave. Liquors, 1595 Myrtle Ave, Eureka; 601-8573 6 Rivers Brewery, 1300 Central Ave, McKinleyville; Find us on Facebook

Second Place: Big Island Kine

Third Place: Speedy Taco Truck

French Fries

Arcata Pizza & Deli
1057 H St., Arcata; 822-4650
arcatapizza.com

Second Place: Sixth and E Neighborhood Eatery

Third Place: Roman's Kitchen

Grilled Cheese

Café Brio
791 G St., Arcata; 822-5922
cafebrioarcata.com

Second Place: The Lighthouse Grill

Third Place: Papa Wheelies

Grocery Store

North Coast Co-op
8th & I streets, Arcata; 822-5947
4th & B streets, Eureka; 443-6027
northcoast.coop

Second Place: Eureka Natural Foods

Third Place: Grocery Outlet

Hot Dog

Bob's Footlongs
505 12th St., Fortuna; 725-2016
bobsfootlongs.com

Second Place: Costco Wholesale

Third Place: Minor Theatre

Ice Cream

Arcata Scoop
1068 I St., Arcata; 825-7266
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Second Place: Living the Dream Ice Cream

Third Place: Redwood Yogurt

Italian Restaurant

click to enlarge Best Italian Restaurant La Trattoria's Co-owners James Becker Patricia Cambianica and co-worker Beverly Matthews. - SUBMITTED
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La Trattoria
30 Sunnybrae Center, Arcata; 822-6101
latrattoriaarcata.com

Second Place: Mazzotti's on the Plaza

Third Place: Gabriel's Italian Restaurant

Juice Bar

Wildberries Marketplace
747 13th St., Arcata; 822-0095
wildberries.com

Second Place: Eureka Natural Foods

Third Place: Main Squeeze Juice Bar

Late-Night Food

Toni's 24 Hour Restaurant
1901 Heindon Rd., Arcata; 822-0091
tonisrestaurant.com

Second Place: Arcata Pizza & Deli

Third Place: Don's Donuts Pizza & Deli

Local Chef [tie]

Brett Shuler
822-4221
brettshulerfinecatering.com

Josh Wiley
511 2nd St., Eureka; 268-3852
fiveeleveneureka.com

Second Place: Christine Silver

Local Chocolatier

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
4 W 4th St., Eureka; 798-6010
dicktaylorchocolate.com

Second Place: Partrick's Candy

Third Place: Kenny's Chocolates

Locally Made Food

click to enlarge Lora Davis of Cypress Grove, Best Locally Made Food Product. - SUBMITTED
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Cypress Grove Cheese
1330 Q St., Arcata; 825-1100
cypressgrovecheese.com

Second Place: Diane's Sweet Heat Jam

Third Place: Humboldt Jerky Co.

Meat Market/Counter

Ferndale Meat Co.
376 Main St., Ferndale; 786-4501

Second Place: Myrtle Ave. Market & Deli

Third Place: Springville Meat Co.

Mexican Restaurant

Oaxaca Grill Restaurant
508 Henderson St., Eureka; 445-9702
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Second Place: Taqueria La Barca

Third Place: La Costa Mexican Restaurant

MilkShake

Toni's 24 Hour Restaurant
1901 Heindon Rd., Arcata; 822-0091
tonisrestaurant.com

Second Place: Stars Hamburgers

Third Place: Fresh Freeze Drive-In

Natural Foods Store

Eureka Natural Foods
1450 Broadway, Eureka; 442-63252165
Central Ave., McKinleyville; 839-3636
eurekanaturalfoods.com

Second Place: North Coast Co-op

Third Place: Wildberries Marketplace

New Restaurant

The Pub at The Creamery
824 L St. Suite A, Arcata; 630-5178
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Second Place: Cocina Mariposa

Third Place: Shenanigans

Onion Rings

Eureka Stars Hamburgers
2009 Harrison Ave., Eureka; 445-2061
eureka-stars-hamburges.business.site

Second Place: Tornado Dave's Bar & Grill

Third Place: Roman's Kitchen

Overall Service

Brick & Fire
1630 F St., Eureka; 268-8959
brickandfirebistro.com

Second Place: La Trattoria

Third Place: The Greene Lily

Pie

Slice Of Humboldt Pie
828 I St., Arcata; 630-5100
sliceofhumboldtpie.com

Second Place: Ramone's Bakery & Cafe

Third Place: Toni's 24 Hour Restaurant

Pizza

Paul's Live From New York
665 Samoa Blvd., Arcata; 822-6199
604 F St., Eureka; 442-5800
paulslivefromnewyorkpizza.com

Second Place: The Madrone - Brick Fire Pizza and Taphouse

Third Place: Dutchy's Pizza

Restaurant

Campground
865 9th St., Arcata; 630-5148
campgroundarcata.com

Second Place: Humboldt Bay Bistro

Salad

Cafe Phoenix
1360 G St., Arcata; 630-5021
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Second Place: Humboldt Soup Co.

Third Place: Slice Of Humboldt Pie

Sandwich

Hole In the Wall Sandwiches
590 G St., Arcata; 822-7407
1331 Broadway, Eureka; 443-5362
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Second Place: Central Sandwich

Third Place: Eureka Natural Foods

Seafood

Sea Grill
316 E St., Eureka; 443-7187
seagrilleureka.com

Second Place: LoCo Fish Co.

Third Place: SALT Fish House

Server

Rosie Burkhart-Noel
617 4th St., Eureka; 445-4480
lostcoast.com

Second Place: Kenny Evans Brick and Fire

Third Place: Betsy Davison

A A Bar & Grill
929 4th St., Eureka; 443-1632
aabarandgrill.net

Second Place: Campground

Third Place: Double D Steak & Seafood

Sushi Restaurant

Tomo | Japanese Restaurant
708 9th St., Arcata; 822-1414
tomoarcata.com

Second Place: Sushi Spot Arcata

Third Place: Sushi Blue

Tacos

LoCo Fish Co.

Myrtle Ave. Liquors, 1595 Myrtle Ave, Eureka; 601-8573 6 Rivers Brewery, 1300 Central Ave, McKinleyville; Find us on Facebook

Second Place: La Costa Mexican Restaurant

Third Place: Raliberto's Taco Shop

TakeOut

Kebab Cafe
5000 Valley W Blvd. Ste 19, Arcata; 826-2121
kebabcafearcata.com

Second Place: Japhy's Soup & Noodles

Third Place: Tandoori Bites Indian Cuisine

Tots

Sixth and E Neighborhood Eatery
603 E St., Eureka; 445-8783
sixthande.com

Second Place: The Pub at the Creamery

Third Place: Mad River Brewing Co. - Tasting Room

Vegan Options

Wildflower Café and Bakery
1604 G St., Arcata; 822-0360
wildflowercafebakery.com

Second Place: Cafe Phoenix

Third Place: Eureka Natural Foods

Vegetarian Options

Wildflower Café and Bakery
1604 G St., Arcata; 822-0360
wildflowercafebakery.com

Second Place: Cafe Phoenix

Third Place: Eureka Natural Foods

View from the table

Moonstone Grill
100 Moonstone Beach Rd., Trinidad; 677-1616
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Second Place: Humboldt Bay Bistro

Third Place: Sunset Restaurant

Wings

Humboldt Brews
856 10th St., Arcata; 826-2739
humbrews.com

Second Place: Vista del Mar

Third Place: Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe

Best of Drink

click to enlarge Café Waterfront owner Ben Smith and his son Henry raise this year's Best Bloody Mary. - SUBMITTED
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Cafe Waterfront

Best Bloody Mary

Despite his confidence that Café Waterfront has always had the best Bloody Mary, owner Ben Smith was surprised at the restaurant's first win in the category. Indeed, Alibi has dominated the most important cocktail of the day since dinosaurs brunched.

But the Bloody Mary has long been a favorite at Waterfront, which, in the days before shelter in place, would run through three or four gallons a day. For 34 years, Smith says, "It's just been our old-school recipe ... things like horseradish, dill weed and chili pepper to give it a kick," though he won't divulge all the ingredients. No bells and whistles, and no skewered bacon — the asparagus spear is about as trendy as the bartenders go.

Sticking with the classics seems a good strategy in a building dating back to 1892 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The upstairs is also rumored to be haunted by a long-ago bartender, though Smith hasn't personally seen him. Tip your $9 to-go Mason jar to the spirit just in case.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Bar

Logger Bar
510 Railroad Ave., Blue Lake; 668-5000
loggerbar.com

Second Place: The Shanty

Third Place: AA Bar & Grill

Bartender

Ingrid Kosek
The Logger Bar

Second Place: Mike Vitiello

Third Place: Zach Hamilton

Beer Selection

Dead Reckoning Tavern
815 J St., Arcata; 630-5008
deadreckoningtavern.com

Second Place: The Bigfoot Taproom

Third Place: The Pub at the Creamery

Bloody Mary

Cafe Waterfront
102 F St., Eureka; 443-9190
cafewaterfronteureka.com

Second Place: Logger Bar

Third Place: Alibi

Brewery

Redwood Curtain Brewing Co.
550 S G St., Arcata; 826-7222
redwoodcurtainbrewing.com

Second Place: Mad River Brewing Co. - Tasting Room

Third Place: Six Rivers Brewery

Coffee House

Café Brio
791 G St., Arcata; 822-5922
cafebrioarcata.com

Second Place: Old Town Coffee & Chocolates

Third Place: Jitter Bean Coffee Co.

Coffee Roaster

Humboldt Bay Coffee Company
527 3rd St., Eureka; 444-3969
humboldtcoffee.com

Second Place: Kinetic Koffee Co.

Third Place: Muddy Waters Coffee Co.

Dive Bar

Ernie's
608 A St., Eureka; 442-7146
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Second Place: Clam Beach Tavern

Third Place: Dave's Place

Happy Hour

511
511 2nd St., Eureka; 268-3852
fiveeleveneureka.com

Second Place: Plaza Grill

Third Place: Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge

Local Beer

Redwood Curtain IPA
550 S G St., Arcata; 826-7222
redwoodcurtainbrewing.com

Second Place: Steelhead Extra Pale

Third Place: Mad River Brewing Co. River Days

Local Hard Cider

Humboldt Cider Co.
3750 Harris St., Eureka; 798-6023
humboldtcidercompany.com

Second Place: Wrangletown Cider Co.

Local Spirit

Blue Lake Vodka
humboldtcraftspirits.com

Second Place: Jewel Gin

Third Place: Redwood Rye

Local Wine

Moonstone Crossing
1000 Moonstone Cross Road; 845-5492

moonstonecrossing.com

Second Place: Septentrio Winery

Third Place: Old Growth Cellars

Margarita

Pachanga Mexicana
1802 5th St., Eureka; 442-2587
pachangamexicana.com

Second Place: Oaxaca Grill Restaurant

Third Place: The Speakeasy

Martini

The Speakeasy
411 Opera Alley, Eureka; 444-2244

Second Place: Carter House Inns

Third Place: Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge

Mimosa

The Greene Lily
307 2nd St., Eureka; 798-6083
thegreenelilycafe.com

Second Place: Gill's By the Bay

Third Place: Richards' Goat Tavern & Tea Room

Sports Bar

AA Bar & Grill
929 4th St., Eureka; 443-1632
aabarandgrill.net

Second Place: Humboldt Brews

Third Place: 707 Bar

Winery

Fieldbrook Winery
4241 Fieldbrook Rd., McKinleyville; 839-4140
fieldbrookwinery.com

Second Place: Septentrio Winery

Third Place: Briceland Vineyards Winery

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