Dendan and others looking for rest of "A roadfood.com journey – OR to FL",
Initially, I was submitting a new topic under "Where Should I Eat?" for each chapter. Did 1 – 4 that way. At the request of Al the Mayor, I have put all subsequent chapters under the topic title, "A roadfood.com journey – OR to FL 4". We’re up to chapter 8, which has been held up this weekend by less enjoyable but higher priority life tasks. Should have it in there by tomorrow. jm
I thought by the initial description that the restaurant was going to be great. Too bad it turned out the way it did[:(]
Paul E. Smith
Did I miss Chapter 2[?][?]
I’ll be anxiously awaiting Chapter Two.
Great place to stqrt a road trip!!!!Ore/Cal border in fall is AWESOME–looking forward to the rest of the trip![:D]
Cool! Can’t wait to read more! [:)]
I agree…keeping us in suspense waiting for the next installment….[8)]
Wow, where’s the rest of the story. You had me sitting there and then it was over! Hope you’re going to tell us about the rest of the trip.
BTW, I had a place in Eureka for quite some time and still go there often. Your description of Arcata is right on target!
During the month of October, my wife and I took a cross-country trip by car from Oregon (Coquille) to Florida (Key Largo) and back. It was a combo family business and pleasure adventure, and given our interest in food, we planned the whole trip around sampling as many road food recommendations as possible from the archives of roadfood.com. Of course, fate played its hand as well, and many of those recommendations went unfound or unavailable, and the potential for new finds became the quest of the moment. I thought the members might be interested in our experiences.
We left on the last day of September, and chose to take the coastal route, rather than I-5, along SW Oregon and NW California down to Arcata. Fault me for provincial favoritism if you will, but this stretch (coastal views in OR/redwoods in CA) has to rank right up there with our nation s best! I ve wasted the extra time it takes many times before, and will do so many more times if nothing else, it feeds one s emotional health.
I love the feel of Arcata. Not only does it serve as NW CA s bastion of 50 s hippie culture, it is the fantastically interesting mixing pot of what that culture has become. The summer Saturday Market around the city square is a cultural sight to behold; that s where the true spiritualists of the movement emerge as the sellers of crafts and organic foods, and those who gave up the spirit long ago meet in a not-so-unconscious effort to close that gap. Did you know that Arcata still offers new residents a 3% mortgage loan on the first $30,000 of their city home purchase? Now that s a true city service.
On this venture, we set our sights on dining at a place we ve wanted to try for a long time, The Seascape Restaurant in Trinidad, just north of Arcata. At the risk of oversell, Trinidad is a picture book little hillside village, overlooking a beautiful, compact bay of visual intensity. It s stunning! And at the bottom of town, a little pier juts out into the bay, and is home to The Seascape. The location and setting alone is worth millions. Now admittedly, this is not a road food environment, however, the restaurant itself makes no attempt to put on airs either. It looks as if the building was constructed primarily to keep the hillside from slipping down on the deck, a rather common occurrence hereabouts. Additionally, the entrance to the dining room, on this warm late summer evening, was an open curtain of screening material held down by weights on the bottom!
At this point, I d love to tell you that The Seascape was a gourmet operation secreted away behind the fa�ade of a working dockside. Or, even better, that in keeping with its look and feel, it offered simple and delicious local fish at a price to match. It does neither. It left me with the feeling of a place that was going through the paces with little regard for winning a return visit from its patrons. A sad start to a noble quest.
On to Susanville, and eastern California. jm
A roadfood.com journey – OR to FL
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