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Top Choice Japanese in Fort Bragg

Taka's Japanese Grill

Although it may look fairly run of the mill, this is an exceptional Japanese restaurant. The owner is a former grader at the Tokyo fish market so the quality is tops and he makes a weekly run to San Francisco to sou…
Top Choice Italian in Fort Bragg

Cucina Verona

A real-deal Italian restaurant with no-fail traditional dishes, plus a few with a Californian tweak, such as butternut-squash lasagne and artichoke bruschetta. The atmosphere is as comforting as the cuisine, with di…
Top Choice Italian in Fort Bragg

Piaci Pub & Pizzeria

Fort Bragg’s must-visit pizzeria is known for its sophisticated wood-fired, brick-oven pizzas as much as for its long list of microbrews. Try the ‘Gustoso’ – with chèvre, pesto and seasonal pears, all carefully orch…
Top Choice Gardens in Fort Bragg

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

This gem of Northern California displays native flora, rhododendrons and heritage roses. The succulent display alone is amazing and the organic garden is harvested by volunteers to feed area residents in need. The s…
Mexican in Fort Bragg

Los Gallitos

A packed hole-in-the-wall that serves the best Mexican on the coast. Chips are homemade, the guacamole is chunky and the dishes, from the fresh fish tacos to homemade pork tamales and generous soups, are consistentl…
Gallery in Fort Bragg

Northcoast Artists Gallery

An excellent local arts cooperative where 20 full-time members work in photography, glass, woodworking, jewelry, painting, sculpture, textiles and printmaking. Openings are on the first Friday of the month. Visit ww…
Ice Cream in Fort Bragg

Cowlick's Handmade Ice Cream

Just great ice cream in fun flavors, from classics such as mocha almond fudge to the very unusual, such as candy cap mushroom (tastes like maple syrup but better), ginger or blackberry chocolate chunk. The sorbets (…
American in Fort Bragg

North Coast Brewing Company

Though thick, rare slabs of steak and a list of specials demonstrate that they take the food as seriously as the bevvies, it’s the burgers and garlic fries that soak up the fantastic selection of handcrafted brews. …
Cafe in Fort Bragg

Headlands Coffeehouse

The town’s best cafe is in the middle of the historic downtown, with high ceilings and lots of atmosphere. The menu gets raves for the Belgian waffles, homemade soups, veggie-friendly salads, panini and lasagna.
Market in Fort Bragg

Farmers Market

This is an above-average farmers market with an excellent array of fresh produce, plus breads, preserves and locally produced cheese.