“Last surviving cookhouse in the West”
Just minutes from Eureka, California, the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, continues the tradition of serving lots of good food - lumber camp style! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner - you'll never leave hungry! Breakfast, served family style, can include eggs, french toast, pancakes, sausages, biscuits & gravy, hash browns, coffee and orange juice. Lunch and Dinner, served family style, include entrée, soup, salad, bread, vegetable, potato, coffee, tea and dessert. After a hearty meal, take a step back in time - visit the Historic Logging Museum and gift shop full of relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days.
This place is amazing. We stopped here for dinner ( family of 5), the food is real good, try their homemade blue cheese was awesome. This is an all you can eat place and let me tell you we did not need seconds. Our baby started to get a bit fuzzy and one of the waitresses gave her a ladle to play with, she loved it. So I highly recommend this place for families. Although there were many couples eating here with only a few families. The staff is very friendly and we will definitely try stopping here again whenever we travel near hear.
It’s off the beaten path, but worth the 15-minute drive from Highway 101. Built circa 1893, it’s the last lumber camp-style cookhouse still in operation in North America. Established by the Vance Lumber Company, Samoa is one of the last company-owned towns in the US, and the cookhouse was operated for the working lumberjacks.Today, they still encourage you to eat like a lumberjack. It opened to the public in the late 1960s and meals have been served here continuously for over 122 years. It’s all-you-can-eat, family-style. The menu changes daily and you have no choice whatsoever (you can, however, call ahead and find out when they’re serving pot-roast). For lunch today we had a fried pork-steak drenched in gravy, peas, baked beans, and country potatoes, with chocolate pudding for dessert, plus soup, salad and homemade bread. So leave your vegan friends at home. It’s friendly, fun, and interesting, with photos of trees and lumberjacks on the walls, plus a small logging museum. Next door to the cookhouse is the Humboldt Maritime Museum.
We really enjoyed the family style community tables and service. The food was delicious and just like having supper back in the day. It is a set menu but changes regularly. The historical photos of loggers and the museum are interesting also.
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Samoa Cookhouse & Museum
- Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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