You’ll find a little of the unexpected at Fog Eater Café in the heart of Mendocino village. The traditional wooden exterior with its pretty window boxes belies the brightly painted, cozy interior, which blends a hipster vibe with a dash of vintage appeal, or, as the owners describe it, “a whisper of grandma.”
And when you think of Southern food, you don’t usually think of vegetarian and vegan fare, but that’s just what you’ll find here.
Southern classics are reimagined as vegetarian comfort food, like étouffée made with a variety of wild mushrooms, or Hoppin’ John, with shiitake bacon. The deviled egg appetizer is lightly pickled a light pink at the edges and garnished with edible flowers, and the pickle plate doesn’t include the dill pickles you might expect. Rather, it’s a delightful mix of pickled vegetables and fruit, depending on what is in season. Omnivores will not miss the meat, and there are many gluten free and vegan options to choose from, all served on charmingly mismatched vintage china by cheerful, friendly servers.
The carefully curated wine list features organic and natural wines from Mendocino and Lake Counties. Wine-based cocktails are also available, as is a selection of local beers. Happy Hour drinks are served with complimentary boiled peanuts, a Southern staple not usually found this far north, and brunch features a galaxy of biscuits, from sweet to savory, made gluten free upon request, as well as authentic beignets with fruit dipping sauces.
There is a charming garden patio to enjoy in warmer weather, set with bistro tables and a table for larger parties.
Fog Eater Café is located at 45104 Main Street in Mendocino, but the entrance is on Albion Street. The café is open for dinner on Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Happy Hour is Wednesday through Friday, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and brunch is served on Sundays only, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, call (707) 397-1806 or email email@example.com. Reservations not accepted, except for parties of 6 or more.