A Rising Star on the Dining Scene
"Top Food - Mendocino County "
Zagat Guide 2008
“Chef Nicholas Petti ‘continues his amazing track record’ at this Fort Bragg ‘labor of love’ where he and his ‘gracious’ wife, Jaimi, ‘act like they've known you forever’, ‘providing creative’ New American ‘cuisine at prices even locals can afford’; ‘it doesn't have to be a special occasion’ to ‘indulge’ in some of the ‘best crab cakes on the coast’ - or to order one of the ‘excellent’ protein entrees cooked as you like it, and to go with, an ‘innovative’ sauce - but "‘whenever you do, it always is.’”
Zagat Guide 2008
"A 'youthful exuberance' reigns at this 'zany place full of characters' led by 'ringleader' chef Nicholas Petti and
his wife Jaimi, who make 'everyone feel like the most important customers'; kick back in the 'open' upstairs bistro overlooking Fort Bragg and 'feel in command' as you 'choose the method and the sauce' you prefer for your entree from the 'creative' New American menu, plus a bottle from the 'excellent wine list'."
Zagat Guide 2007
"Mendo Bistro has changed Fort Bragg's reputation by creating a delightful environment..."
Insider's Guide to California Wine Country 2006
"A Fort Bragg favorite is hip Mendo Bistro - great food and reasonable prices share star billing..."
Moon Handbook 2006
"The constant buzz from this popular restaurant spills out from the second floor of the Company Store complex downtown."
Fodor's Northern California 2006
Captivated in Mendocino
"Their attitude is hip, but the food is serious and ambitious."
Olivia Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, October 2005
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Winner- 2 Years in a Row
Mendocino Wine and Crab Days Crabcake Cook-off
2002 and 2003
Deemed "Unbeatable" in 2004 - Promoted to judge
"The crabcakes at Mendo Bistro have no equal"
Heather Irwin, Discover Wine Country, February 2006
"With its liberal use of local produce, county-centric wine list and nice view of old Downtotwn Fort Bragg, chef owner Nicholas Petti's relaxed, big and barny bistro is well worth the short drive up from Mendo; offering more than just the famed crab cakes, the user friendly New American menu allows vegetarians and carnivores alike to create their own entrees (via a nice long list of ingredients, cooking techniques and sauces) while a staff of hustling hotties helps out."
Zagat Guide 2006
Finest Crab Cakes in the West
"Petti's crab cakes, with straight-ahead crab flavor and texture, are worth a trip."
Olivia Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, February 2006
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