I knew before coming to Fort Bragg that somehow, some way, I’d HAVE to make it to a certain restaurant nearby during my time here. Last week, I did.
I had the joy and privilege of taking a drive down Highway 101 with my classmates to the lovely town of Mendocino, California, where we dined at the illustrious and world-famous Ravens Restaurant.
Located within the Stanford Inn eco-resort, Ravens is a gourmet, all-vegan establishment with such an immense reputation that VegNews Magazine named a meal at Ravens the #1 must-do item on their “vegan bucket list.” Wow.
Inside, Ravens manages to be simultaneously cozy and chic, with a lodge-like feel.
Crusty bread and carrot pâté awaited us on the table.
Soon after our arrival, the chef sent out an amuse-bouche for us of crostini with lime-scented kalamata olive tapenade.
Several of my dining companions started with the soup of the day, a smooth broccoli-leek bisque.
Libby ordered a crab cakes appetizer for the whole table to share.
For once, I wasn’t the only one snapping photos left and right! I love being in the company of fellow die-hard foodies.
Instead of a single entrée, I ordered two appetizers for my meal: a cracker-thin pesto-spinach pizetta…
…and the “dos tacos biológicos”—green chiles, agave mushrooms, caramelized onions, pepitas, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and cashew-lime crème fraiche.
Linda, Libby, and Reva all chose the eggplant parmesan as their main dish.
Sâmia got this platter of braised greens, potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, and gorgeous heirloom carrots.
If I had decided to order an entrée, Mari’s and Pat’s choice would’ve been the one for me—a kabocha-squash-stuffed chile relleno with Mexican quinoa, guacamole, and cabbage slaw.
Sâmia’s dessert sampler trio, with slivers of chocolate tart, raw key lime cheesecake, and lemon custard tart, was very enticing…
…but alas, something else on the dessert menu had my heart from the moment I saw the words “pecan torte.”
Behold: buttery shortbread crust. A mountain of caramelized pecans. Rich maple ice cream. And two little pools of perfect milk chocolate.
Every morsel that passed my lips that night was amazing, but nothing, nothing could ever top this. I have no words. None. Zero. Nada.
Ravens Restaurant deserves every bit of praise it’s given. That dessert earned a spot in my top ten (if not top three!) of all time, without a doubt, and the meal as a whole was a warm, wonderful, and delicious experience I will never forget.
What are some of the best restaurants you’ve ever eaten at?