Del Norte County lies along the Oregon border, and has some great views of the Pacific Ocean. We visited there on Memorial Day weekend, and altered hours meant we missed out on assembling a BBQ oyster and fresh crab picnic at Crescent Seafood or Melanie Wong’s suggestion of Vita Cucina. We still managed to find some good eats, most on the 101.
- Wild Rivers Market in Crescent City had a great selection of gourmet and natural food items for picnics/hiking.
- Perlita’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Crescent City makes their flour tortillas from scratch, and their corn tortillas by hand, from maseca. The flour tortillas had toasty aromas and a lovely combo of crisp and chewy textures and was a great foil for the chicken mole. The vegetable huarache was huge, and loaded with lots of great nopales, cheese, and other veggies. It was browned on the bottom and cushiony.
- Raliberto’s Taco Shop in Crescent City : carne asada was under seasoned and overcooked, no browning whatsoever.
- Lolita’s Taqueria in Smith River was next door to a Mexican grocery store, and filled with families watching soccer. Chile relleno was the best I’ve had in years, light coating, fresh chile. The sopito with adobada was good— a pillowy sope topped with what tasted like grilled al pastor.
- Good Harvest Cafe in Crescent City was our breakfast spot two days in a row. Diner classics, with higher quality ingredients and homemade stuff. Huevos rancheros were great, and were topped with sunny side up eggs just how I like them-- runny yolks and brown bottoms. Whole grain bread tastes like Dave’s Killer bread. I also enjoyed the buckwheat pancakes. Oatmeal had a honey option, which was a good pick— the little bowl of honey had some crystallized bits, which added a nice grainy texture to the oatmeal.