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.