Lake County Dining Guide: Eclectic and International
November 5, 2019
Dive into the cultural melting pot at one of Lake County’s international restaurants. Our rich Latinx heritage brings hearty Mexican and Central American traditions, while Indian and Thai spots offer vegetarian options and fragrant Eastern flavors.
Spice it up at one of these eclectic restaurants next time you’re in Lake County.
Vegan and organic Indian fare in the Rivieras
An offshoot of its popular Marin County flagship, Arti Café brings organic, gluten-free, and vegan options to its new Lake County location. The small Indian restaurant in Clear Lake Riviera packs in lots of personality with its welcoming staff and outdoor seating under a DIY palapa. Arti serves authentic Indian staples like curries and tandoori chicken and happily accommodates diners with dietary restrictions. Organic and bio-dynamic wines from the surrounding region can be enjoyed with your meal.
Wet Style Mexican Plates with Huge Portions
Angel’s Rock House is a family-run cantina with approachable pricing and eye-popping portions. Known for saucy dishes like enchiladas, wet burritos, and chili Rellenos, you’ll want to sit down and stay awhile at Angel’s. Other notable offerings include the chicken chimichangas and carnitas tacos. This hidden gem is located between Lakeport and Kelseyville in the rural farming town of Finley and is open for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays.
Authentic Asian flavor in a tiny wine country town
Buddha Thai Kitchen delivers bold flavors and consistent quality in Middletown. As the area’s only Thai restaurant, it’s become a destination for guests of the nearby New Age enclave Harbin Hot Springs, and residents of surrounding valleys. Many are surprised to find authentic Asian cuisine in such a small community and rave about the pumpkin curry, Bangkok beef and tom kha gai (coconut soup). Buddha Thai Kitchen serves its full menu at dinner, and $10 lunch specials until 3:00 pm.
No-nonsense Mexican in a Kelseyville bodega
Swing by John’s Market in Kelseyville to fill up on no-frills, authentic Mexican from a local favorite “hole in the wall.” Situated at the back of a small Latin market, John’s dishes out generous portions at super affordable prices. A “Sunset loves us” sticker in the window hints that their cult following is spreading – perhaps thanks in part to the lifestyle magazine showing some love. Bay Area folks will dig the girthy, Mission-style burritos at John’s; and for those in search of heat, the spicy pork tacos should do the trick. There’s no seating in this small convenience store, so grab it to go and head across the street to Kelsey Creek Brewing Company and enjoy it with a beer.