The small town of Occidental looks and feels like a movie set. It’s tucked away in the forest and when you are there you feel far, far away from everything else. It is a magical place to visit, peaceful and uplifting.
Negris has been a family restaurant in Occidental since 1943. The bar was remodeled and renamed recently now known as Joe’s Bar. We stopped in for a bite and a cocktail.
I ordered the Bloody Mary. First off I liked that the bartender asked if I had a vodka preference, because I do. Thank you for asking. The drink had a nice tang and not to spicy hot finish. Nothing about the cocktail stood out, with the exception of the bar keep. She was attentive and sweet with an ever ready smile.
My snack choice was a cup of creamy polenta with mozzarella and bolognese sauce. The polenta was creamy, but lacked salt. The meat sauce was out of this world. Obviously a tried and true recipe that has been perfected over the decades. Combined in a cup with the mozzarella it made a heavenly snack. A
I was unable to finish my serving and asked for a To-Go container. I was impressed. It sealed all the way, I was unafraid to put it in my hand bag. A+