Many of you are already aware that the wonderful Sammy’s BBQ and Catering has expanded from its original King Salmon venue (1125 King Salmon, tel 442-4227) to North Eureka, 1709 5th Street, (used to be a pho place) Tel 443-4227.) Yes, the phone numbers are only one digit apart. The new place has had some complaints about their service and their credit card policies but until the rain stops and I can check it out for myself I’ll just pass the good news along. The new place is open 11am-7pm. The old place-you’d better call. Remember, never on Sunday.
Speaking of BBQ, I hope you all know that Southside Mike has been blessed by the Planning Department and has found his home around to the side of John’s Cigars in the Myrtle Avenue shopping center. Go check out his new rig! Mike is normally there from 1pm to 5pm Wed-Sat but he’s had the flu, so keep your fingers crossed. His tri-tip is wonderful, but so is everything else. Look sharp when you pass by or your view may be blocked by Jacob’s La Barca taco truck – a worthy alternative to BBQ if you’re not ravenous.
The TRAGEDY in our headline is that ROY’S CLUB IS CLOSING!! The oldest continuously operating restaurant in Eureka – older than I am, for God’s sake- is closing forever, at least according to a Facebook post. I haven’t been able to get anyone at the restaurant to confirm this but I suspect it’s true. Last summer I tried to book a party of 8 for dinner (family reunion) and was told that “the chef” was going to be out for an operation for a couple of weeks. Skimpy staffing is always a danger sign. Now, the word is out that their last day will be Feb 18. Bet they’ll be sold out for Valentine’s Day!
I think its dreadful that a place like Roy’s is closing without a parade or fireworks or something. I guess it’s too late to think that a local hero with $$$$ will step in to change this but we can always hope. The only bright spot in this is that the Bella Italia, down on 4th Street, is still doing great meals. The linguini Pescadores is fantastic. Now that Mazzotti’s has descended into ordinariness, this is where I go for my Italian fix. Go check them out if you haven’t.
Try Abruzzi in Arcata for good Italian cuisine. As to Roy’s, it is really the end of an era as Roy’s and the Big 4 Inn were both destination restaurants.
The Big 4! The Uber restaurant of all time. I have their soup recipe, which starts with four pounds of short ribs. If anyone has Mrs Evangelisti’s recipe for ravioli I swear to God I’d make them. Haven’t been to Abruzzi in years. Time for a revisit.
The service and credit card policies at the new place are identical to the old place. You still have to attempt to sign with your finger, and they won’t give you a receipt. Anything past the initial bringing of food, you get up and get yourself. But, the food’s still good, the service you do get is still good, and it’s still Sammy’s!
I guess I never used a card at the old place. Yes! It’s still Sammy’s and it’s still wonderful!