Mendo Burgers (tel. 707/937-1111) is arguably the best burger joint on the Northern Coast, with patties of all stripes -- beef, chicken, turkey, or veggie. A side of thick, fresh-cut fries is mandatory, as is a pile of napkins. Hidden behind the Mendocino Bakery and Café at 10483 Lansing St., it's a little hard to find but well worth searching out. It's open daily from 11am to 6pm, unless they run out of food first (which has been known to happen from time to time).

In the back of the Little River Market (tel. 707/937-5133), directly across from the Little River Inn on Hwy. 1, a trio of small tables overlooks the beautiful Mendocino coastline. Order a tamale, sandwich, hamburger, or whatever else is on the menu at the tiny deli inside the market, or buy a loaf of Café Beaujolais bread, sold at the front counter, and your favorite spread. The market is open daily until 7pm.

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