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“For really good food, innovatively prepared, don't miss the Mermaid Cafe.” 5 of 5 stars
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Little Mermaid
4246 Homer Spit Road, Harborview Board Walk, Homer, AK 99603
+1 907-399-9900
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Ranked #2 of 58 Restaurants in Homer
Cuisines: Pizza, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Chowder
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Milford, NJ
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“For really good food, innovatively prepared, don't miss the Mermaid Cafe.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

Homer, Alaska, also know as the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea,” has many attractions including some really fine food. On of the very best Homer chefs is Michael Hiller at the Mermaid Café. The cuisine ranges from the basics made with fresh, local ingredients to the innovative and sophisticated. For breakfast feast on Mermaid eggs – 2 poached eggs on English muffin with spinach, tomato, Canadian bacon and mustard tarragon cream sauce – sooo good! Lunch selections included fresh salads and a selection of yummy sandwiches and some of the best corn chowder I’ve ever eaten. Beef brisket with homemade BBQ sauce and fresh rock fish with local greens were lunch specials when I visited. Depending on the season and availability, dinners might include fresh King Salmon, Alaskan grown beef tenderloin and/or a Pad Thai Curry. The selections of wine, mead and beer are hand picked. If great food and drink aren't enough in this casual but sophisticated restaurant, there is an adjacent bookshop good for browsing.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New England
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“What a lovely spot for lunch! The aroma...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010 via mobile

What a lovely spot for lunch! The aroma of baking pies, the bustling open kitchen, the unique wood furniture all add to the experience but it is the food that is the true stand out. Nice variety of usual and not so usual sandwiches and the chance for those with smaller appetites to get a half sandwich.

My husband had one of the specials of the day, a chicken Cobb sandwich on homemade bread. I had a half grilled portobello sandwich. Both came with a side salad and we each had a cup of homemade soup. Our bill was 30.00.

There are several beers on tap as well as mead from the local meadery. The pies looked wonderful but we did not indulge. The dinner menu, while not large, looked like it also would have a nice blending of flavors.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful little book shop with unexpectedly good food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2010

Given that Spit Fire Grille is not going to be reopening this summer, I was happy to learn that the chef, Mike Hiller, was moving to another of my favorite places in town, Mermaid Cafe. This cute used bookshop has always housed a good restaurant, serving higher-quality diner food, but Mike has spent the winter revamping the menu and turning the shop into one of the best places to sit down for lunch in Homer. His additions to the menu show off his distinctive style, and even the coffee has improved to be one of the better cups you can get in town. So please do drop by, pick up a book (saying hello to Andy when you do), and sit down for an espresso and sandwich to while an afternoon away reading. Or bring a date for dinner and get the Pad That for your daily dose of Asian veggies. You won't be disappointed at all that you did.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

Small cafe (seats less than 30) shares room with working kitchen, in portion of remodeled log building. Clean, well-lit, efficient staff, and wonderful food at modest prices. Great soups, breads, sandwiches, daily special (eg, spanokopita) and the absolutely best quiche ever eaten in any restaurant!!

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