Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mendocino Bed and Breakfast

If you've ever tried to find a reasonably priced place to stay in Mendocino or the outlying areas, you know it's damn near impossible. Unless you want to stay in some sketchy motel. It's also super difficult to find a place that has 2 beds in one room. So I was psyched to find the Rendezvous Inn & Restaurant in Fort Bragg. A room with 2 queen beds, and only $89 a night plus tax? Sign us up!

The website didn't speak much to the rooms, but had lots about the food. As it should. The food was INCREDIBLE! We checked in late, and they kept the restaurant open for us. Given that Kim does all the cooking, and had to get up in the morning to make the breakfast, this really was going out of his way. The restaurant was packed when we checked in, but by the time we put our bags down, had a fit of hysterical laughter, walked around town and came back, it was late and we were sittind down as the last patrons were leaving. The dinner was amazing, as elegant and sophisticated as any of the top restaurants in SF that I've been to. We had a hard time selecting our dishes, and there was a foie amuse bouche that made our mouths very happy, crabcakes that were delicious, a roasted vegetable phyllo dish that was enormous and worth savoring every bite, and another entree that escapes me now, a caramel custard that should really not be missed, and a bread pudding that was very tasty and very pretty.

Kim really is an amazing chef. Breakfast was also top notch. Incredible muffins, and a frittata with sauteed onions, mushrooms, crumbled bacon and Gruyère cheese that I wanted to devour in its entirety, juice, and I think some sort of potato dish. We were beyond full for the long day of driving we had ahead of us.

The rooms were very simple. No fluff, no extras, no tvs and no phones. Just beds, nightstands, and a chair and desk. There are games and books in the hallway, along with teas and coffee to keep you entertained late into the night. Or keep us entertained late into the night, I think we drank tea and played Scrabble until 3 am. Thankfully we were the only guests that night and so our hysterical laughter over no television in the room didn't bother anyone (there is a TV in the sunroom). The room had a good view of the neighborhood, and was spacious.

Overall, I think you would find it hard to find a place in the area that is a better value for your money, or with better quality food (that would be impossible).

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