Monday, June 25, 2012

Stevenswood Resort and Restaurant - Mendocino

Blanc de Noir from Standish

This is a review of both food and shelter, but since this is a food blog, I will start with the edibles and drinkables. 

The future husband, JT, and I drove down the Pacific Coast last week to reach our final destination of Huntington Beach, CA. Half way down we stopped along the Mendocino Coast to not only channel Angela Landsbury (think Murder She Wrote) but to redeem a super awesome online deal I hooked up a few months back. Just South of Fort Brag is Little River, a small town along the Mendocino Coast littered with B&Bs and rustic looking resorts. Stevenswood is one of them. It has fine dinning, named rooms, and spa services and llamas next door. 

At check-in, the receptionist suavely beckoned us into making dinner reservations. It was just too easy to say yes and we got the latest available reservation. I guess some people think 7:30 is late. 

We were 10 minutes late to dinner and there were empty tables. No biggie, we got a cozy two-zie table in the corner and ordered a bottle of local bubbly. More on the prosecco side of the road, the Standish Blanc de Noir was an off dry nice try. The label, however, was pretty bad ass. 

A complimentary bread service arrived with ultra sweet-fresh butter, house olive oil and salt. I was most excited for the olive oil, and in the end most disappointed by its mass-produced stale qualities. The butter, however, was bomb. Fresh whipped and served at a not too cold temperature, this butter is what sweet cream is all about. 

We shared the Arugula Salad with hearts of palm, avocados and a vine ripe tomato garlic infusion. While the presentation leaved something to be desired (like, hey, I could have put this salad together in 2 minutes), the flavors and textures worked fabulously together. 

Our waitress mentioned a Crab Louie Salad special of the night, and since we'd been next to the ocean the last few days, sea creatures were screaming to get inside my belly. The crab was ultra fresh and sweet and I loved the avocado chunks, but again, disenchanted by the presentation. 

Intense broccoli garnish

The future husband got the Risotto with English Peas and Veggies. This dish was well made encompassing both creamy and toothy aspects of the dish. 

We went big and split the Chocolate Mousse. It was the perfect end to a somewhat fancy dinner (read, the night before we had cheese and crackers for dinner).

Getting back to the shelter aspect of Stevenswood, here is what the entrance looks like. 

I paid $109 in this online deal, but upgraded for a little extra to get the King Suite with ocean view. Totally worth the splurge. 

The view was for real

Including a view of the llamas next door

The entire confines were covered with some sort of beauty. 

A few minutes walk lead to an abalone diving cove.

Breakfast is complimentary unless you order eggs. We got a huge pot of coffee to start with. I always appreciate this. 

I got the belgian waffle. It was one of the best belgian waffles I've ever had. The batter tasted like a hybrid sourdough batter. The edges were perfectly crisp and the inside fluffy and chewy. I could eat this waffles every other day for breakfast for the rest of my life. 

JT ordered an egg white omelete with cheddar cheese and spinach. He thoroughly enjoyed the melty cheese inside and the soft croissant that came with it. 

Stevenswood was a luxurious treat for us vagabonds. Although I wouldn't go out of my way to go back to the attached restaurant, I certainly hope to return on another adventure up the coast and stay another night. 

Stevenswood Resort and Restaurant
8211 N Hwy 1
Little River, CA 95456


Dewi said...

Will keep this in mind when I visit Mendocino.

Ivy said...

What a beautiful place to stay at and the food looks delicious.

Banana Wonder said...

Dewi - I'm coming with you!

Ivy - A sweet treat, no doubt.