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Northern California Eateries
Fort Bragg Grille -  356 N Main Street, Fort Bragg
Unfortunately, it looks like the restaurant has been replaced by an art gallery.  If anyone knows what happened or knows where the owner has gone, please contact me.
Hap's Original - 122 West Neal St., Pleasanton
(925) 600-9200
A fine steakhouse, this is quickly becoming one of our favorites.  (I just wish we lived closer.)  They serve aged certified Angus steaks.  Their prime rib is to die for.  A huge plus is their wine list.  Their service is exemplary.
Restaurant 301 - 301 L Street, Eureka
(800) 404-1390; (707) 444-8062
Located in the Carter House Inn (Eureka's only 4-diamond lodging), this fine establishment boasts fresh flowers and fare straight from their own gardens.  Both breakfast and dinner were very good.  The menu changes seasonally with a "Discovery Menu" that gives one a small break on the price ($$$).  They have an excellent wine cellar.  The wine I chose wasn't available but one was recommended that was superb!!  Grazie, Paolo!
The Marshall Store - 19225 State Route 1, Marshall
(866) 803-0926; (415) 663-1339
Up on Highway 1 north of Pont Reyes Station is this quaint little place.  The clam chowder is world famous.  We found it nice and "clammy" with just the right amount of potato but it wasn't the best we've eaten (we like it very creamy and buttery).  Some say that this one is salty.  BUT (a big but), the barbecued oysters were superb!  They were cooked perfectly (that is, not overdone; just barely cooked)!  The sauce was great; not too heavy and just the right amount on each oyster.  We'll definitely go back when we're in the area (even if our cousin stopped working there ).
Update: our cuz doesn't work there anymore (but, yes, we'll still go Smiley from
updated 11-May-2009