Southside Mike Against the Machine!!

Our favorite barbecue master has been put out of business by the County!!!

Mike posted the following on his Facebook page over the weekend

“Letter for Johns
June 24, 2016
To Southside Mike’s Friends and Patrons:
Over the past year we have enjoyed sharing our BBQ with Myrtletown and the Eureka area. Unfortunately today, we have some disappointing news to share with you.
You may or may not be aware that we have been struggling to gain a permit with the Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health (AKA the Health Department). While these folks agree that we do an excellent job following all regulations for a food booth, they maintain that there is no permit available for a BBQ trailer and a tent (unless we are at a festival.) Therefore today we have been asked to stop BBQing at John’s in Myrtletown.
On the bright side, we will still be at the 4th of July celebration in Old Town Eureka, in our usual spot in front of Roy’s. We will also be available for catering. We will continue our plan to build and open a local food truck ASAP.
Thank you for your patronage and support. Our sauce is still at the local grocery stores.”

This is a call to arms!  Check in with Mike on Monday in front of Roy’s and join those of us who appreciate low, slow cooking.  I’m distressed about having to do without that smoked mac’n’cheese and confounded that the talented folks in the County government have some dildo in the (old) Planning Department who couldn’t come up with a creative solution  short of punishing a growing business. The politicians talk so much about encouraging business. Where are they here?  Mark Lovelace is the Supervisor for Myrtletown. I’m letting him know about this and you should  too.

 I’m probably more upset than Mike is.  And waiting eagerly for his next venture/location.
 
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Classy Digs in Old Town- Meet Firework!

Are you looking for a workspace? A meeting place? Tired of trying to run your business from the dining room table? Welcome to Firework!

Firework is a collection of offices, workspaces, and meeting spaces located atop the Healy Building, home to the Siren’s Song in Old Town.  Go around to the left of the building to access the entrance. There is an ELEVATOR, relatively rare in Old Town, and the views from Firework are spectacular. If I were to rent there I would have to arrange my furniture so that I couldn’t see out the window because just in the short time I was there I got very involved  in watching the birds on the roof of the building opposite.

The space is simply beautiful- lots of light and polished floors.  There is a group workspace where several people can work independently at the same time, with headphones. There are cleverly designed  “phone booths”  where you can have a private conversation and there are two kitchens. They offer different levels of membership to suit your needs.  There is 24-hour access and if there’s a better location in Eureka, I haven’t seen it. 

Like many good ideas, Firework was born of necessity. Mark Sullivan, who owns Firework with his wife, Kiva, is a telecommuter who does marketing for a firm in Atlanta. Check out their gorgeous website and get ready to move, but hurry. Their spaces are about half occupied already.  Here’s a link to the Times-Standard coverage of their recent ribbon-cutting.

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Shopping for Tires

My tenant borrowed my car.   When he brought it back he said someone should look at the tires. So I took it to Gosselin’s.

A nice young guy there looked at them  and pronounced that I didn’t need tires, at least not till late in the year. What I needed if anything, he said, was an alignment. Okay.

It was late on a Friday so I didn’t pursue it right then.  The next week I took the car into Old Town Brake.  Old Town is a very different experience now that Wally has retired. The staff were unfamiliar to me although I’ve been going there for 15 years.  No, they said, an alignment wouldn’t do.  I needed new tires and would surely die before sundown without them.  They wanted $650.  I thought  that was way too high and told them I’d think it over.

I went online and found a set on the COSTCO website. $375 and change. Now, that’s more like it.  (I drive a 2007 PT Cruiser which is why I don’t like to spend much on car stuff.)

Then I Googled some more and found reviews that said you couldn’t make an appointment for tires at COSTCO.  You may end up waiting a long  time. I like to get in and out of COSTCO  real fast, so I demurred.

Finally I went back to Gosselin’s and spoke with Tim.  He inspected the tires and said I should come back around September.  Their price: $384.68 for Doral radials.

Guess where I’m buying my tires In September? Take a wild guess!  What a pleasure when supporting local business turns out to be the smart thing to do! God bless Gosselin’s. They’ve made a customer for life.

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EATING OUT-Brick & Fire- for the FRIES!

Our regular readers know how partial I am to Eureka’s culinary oasis on “F” Street, the Brick & Fire. I thought I was pretty familiar with their menu but had fallen into the trap of having the Wild Mushroom Cobbler, ($9) every time I went there.  I tend to go for salads over fries, therefore I had never had the Brick’s fries ($3.50).  They were a revelation.

The fries are steak fries and appear to be grilled rather than deep-fried.  I was trying to figure out how to duplicate them at home and concluded you would need a LARGE grill  to accommodate those tasty taters side-by-side.  They are loaded with chopped garlic and altogether wonderful.  I have a new favorite.

My friend had the Caprese BLT ($11) which she liked a lot and I had the panzanella salad ($11) which was seriously delicious, featuring nuggets of organic chicken that couldn’t have been better.  If you haven’t already memorized their menu, you can check it out HERE.

We are lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber here. Support your local Brick!  No, I do not own stock in them nor am I a friend of the owner.

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Our Own Sara Bareilles On Broadway!

Eureka native Sara Bareilles, already famous for Little Voice and other albums, has composed the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical,  now in previews, based on the movie Waitress. Remember that one?  With Keri Russell? The  New Yorker describes it as “based on the 2007 film about a small-town waitress who enters a baking contest.”  Maybe our other local luminary, Guy Fieri, should be involved.  Tix are available tomorrow HERE and start at $150.

Let’s wish Sara a good long run. You go, girl!

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Sticker Shock at Loleta Cheese, Good Eats at Greene Lily, Southside Mike has a home on Myrtle Avenue

I visited Loleta Cheese over the weekend to buy a box of cheese which would have to be shipped. I’ve done this several times in the past and I guess I got spoiled by their generous free-shipping policy. Well, NO MORE!  To mail six cheeses, total value $33, I paid a $12.95 mailing charge PLUS $5 for “handling”.  I understand that they had to raise prices in view of their bankruptcy but how about phasing it in?  Or something.  Anyway,  35% is too much to pay for shipping in my book so I will be looking for other Humboldt-made  products to mail in the future. Jellies are too heavy and breakable, chocolate melts.  Ideas, anyone?

The Greene Lily at 307 2nd Street in Old Town has been garnering enthusiastic reviews since it opened last Fall and I feared it would be too crowded on opening day of the RCMF.  We found plenty of seating in the cheerful space and our breakfasts were excellent.  The chicken-fried steak ($12.95) is the star of the  show but the lady at the next table was enjoying their Cobb Salad, (also $12.95) which looked good. The biscuits are excellent and we shall be returning.  Nice place.

Finally, Southside Mike’s has found a home!!  After being available -sporadically- at the Myrtle Avenue center (think Myrtlewood Liquors and John’s Fine Cigars),  Mike Ross is now going to be grilling there EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY from 10 to 5 but if you wait until after 4pm they run our of things. His awesome tri-tip san ($10) is huge and melts in your mouth.   They were out of the Smoked Mac’n’Cheese ($5) but I shall  return.   ‘Way to go, Mike!  The new website is under construction.

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Sports Authority Store Closings List

Sports Authority is closing 140  stores, 19 of which are in California.  The closures do not include the Eureka store,  according to this list.  Nearby SA stores that will be closing include those in Redding, Corte Madera and Stockton and, in Oregon, those in Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Salem and Hillsboro. 

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UBER is now in Redding, Eureka soon?

The ride-share program UBER is now available in Redding, details HERE.

The Uber website states that services are not currently available in Eureka but that could change momentarily when people start signing up to be drivers. 

This is certainly a welcome development for businesses and seniors, if not for the taxi services in the county. Whoever provides the best service will prevail and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. I normally drive everywhere but if I can get a ride to COSTCO at a reasonable price WITHOUT HAVING TO LOOK FOR A PARKING PLACE I just might do it. Rides to Humboldt State, with its horrible parking situation,  are another possibility. 

Let us know if you’ve tried UBER, here or elsewhere. It SOUNDS like a great idea. And please don’t send us any links to the Kalamazoo story.  It’s horrible  but irrelevant.

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Eating Out: The Stuf’d Potato

I told my friend we’d eat anywhere she wanted. I was surprised that she picked the Stuf’d Potato. I’d eaten there a couple of times when It was in Henderson Center and thought it was okay but hadn’t checked out the new location on Broadway. The “new” location is in the Victoria Place, a strip mall tucked behind the Big Five and unless you were looking for it you would never find it.  This is not a location people just stumble upon.

There were two other diners at 1230 on a Thursday.  We didn’t see anyone else coming or going.  Signs were posted for a festive Valentine’s Dinner, bacon -wrapped filet at $45. The interior is pleasant and the chairs were comfortable.  I note this because  I’ve been to a couple of places lately that DON’T have comfortable seating. The place is immaculate.   I could imagine that in the evening, with candlelight and music, you could forget the strip mall aspect and it could be a creditable date restaurant.  If nothing else, you could talk about the food, which is at least a bit unusual for Eureka.

The menu seems like the same one from Henderson Center.  I’d had the potato with chicken in wine sauce before (10.95) and it would still be my pick but for a change I ordered their Reuben  (also $10.95) which was fine. In a perfect world the pastrami would be thinner sliced but it was good, as was the potato salad. My friend had a chicken filet sandwich (ALSO $10.95) but it turned out she really wanted the bread pudding ($4.50) which she took home.  She reported back that it didn’t seem as good as when she had had it before but I couldn’t help because I loathe bread pudding.  If I go back I will definitely try one of the crepes. 

The server was very friendly and encouraged us to stay as long as we wanted. We could have had a confidential business meeting. The reason for the lack of traffic is probably the name of the restaurant, which gives the impression that potatoes all all they have. The Yelp reviews point this out.

So if you’re looking for a place to have a quiet business lunch, or maybe a date night, check out the Stuf’d Potato.  Not so great for networking, though.

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Eating Out: Finally Made It to the 6th and Eatery

This long-underutilized venue, catty-corner from the KAEF studios and the SBDC office, opened to what have been pretty close to rave reviews. They’ve been open since Hallowe’en and are owned by the same wonderful lady, Christine, who brought us the Humboldt Soup Company. I finally got there Thursday.

We arrived at 130 and the place was pretty empty, which was a good thing because the seating is extremely uncomfortable- we had a choice between high barstools that I couldn’t even sit in and rickety seats at a wobbling table. We snagged one of the banquettes and things immediately improved. 

I had the blue cheese burger, which I ordered well-done. I usually don’t worry about degree of doneness with a burger-  it’s a burger, right?- but at this place they ASK you how you want it.  Mine was pretty darned pink for well-done but I ate it; it was basically an excellent burger.  But the surprise was the onion rings. They were THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD.  I hope it wasn’t a fluke. They were crispy, light. Just incredible.

My friend had a plain burger  which she enjoyed and she also thought the rings were incredible. They also have fish tacos and a lamb burger- lots to explore on future visits.

No website.  Like a lot of restaurants locally they are trying to get by with just a Facebook page.  Get a website, folks. You’re ready.  

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