Thursday, February 04, 2010

Dinner on the Water at Silver's at the Wharf

During our Mendocino trip a few weeks ago, we went to dinner at a place in Fort Bragg called Silver's at the Wharf.

Silver's is located on the Noyo River, and is a restaurant with a lounge as well as lodging.

The history of the Wharf Restaurant began in the early 1950s as a coffee shop overlooking Noyo River and the fishing fleet. Fishermen would gather in the coffee shop to watch the ocean and breakwater while waiting for weather and wave conditions that would allow them to head out to the fishing grounds.

Noyo Harbor became a successful salmon-fishing port, and the coffee shop grew into a popular and successful restaurant for locals and tourists alike.

The menu is now devised by the Executive Chef and Co-owner, Silver Canul. Silver has an extensive background in French Cuisine, the food of his Mayan heritage, and Southeast Asian cooking through the Culinary Institute of Art at Greystone. Local seafood and continental favorites are featured on his menus.

We discovered Silver's at the Mendocino Wine and Crab Days Crab Cookoff. The restaurant had the winning crab cake this year. We decided it would be a great place to try dinner.

Since crab and seafood were a must, I picked this Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc to drink.

We started the meal with the Winter Salad, which is on the current specials menu. The salad contains grapefruit and pomegranate, both readily available in the winter. The salad is topped with large chunks of one of my favorite cheeses, feta. It was the perfect appetizer.

Next we tried the Half Steamed Crab Appetizer. It was served with drawn butter, but I like fresh crab so much, that I eat it with just a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Sometimes butter tends to mask the taste of really fresh seafood instead of enhancing it.

The dinner special was nut-crusted Halibut. It was served with our choice of sauces, so we chose both. One was a butter sauce and one was a blueberry pomegranate.

Here is the Creme Brulée that CC had for dessert. I had another glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The main course was so delicious, it was like dessert for me.

If you go, remember to ask your hostess for a window seat overlooking Noyo Harbor.

Also, if you are in the area on Sunday and do not have Super Bowl plans, Silver's has you covered with a special Super Bowl menu, served from 2-5pm. All the items on the menu are just $4!

Thanks to everyone who made our dinner so memorable. Kathy, our hostess, Silver, our chef, Forrest, our busser, our and Dana, our server.

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