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The Post Where We Briefly Gossip About Local Stuff, Including A Great New Place To Eat

Posted by Tom Chandler 11/21/2008

We're going to stop the madness for a minute and revisit what might have been the Golden Age of Fly Fishing in Dunsmuir
- those heady days when you could walk into Dunsmuir's Gandy Dancer Cafe and buy one of the world's alltime great cinnamon rolls, or hammer one of their deluxe lunch wraps before heading out for the evening hatch.

Upper Sac regulars will be happy to learn Cindy Martel - the chef behind the Gandy Dancer's radiantly perfect baked goods - just opened a new restaurant in Dunsmuir (The Wild Thyme), and in a clear sign from the gods, it's located right next door to the Ted Fay Fly Shop.

Yes, Undergrounders, it appears Dunsmuir's perfected the food & tippet stop.

Wild Thyme Restaurant
Hmmmm, Cuban Steak Sandwich. Show of hands: Who's hungry?

While my taste in Dunsmuir restaurants runs largely to Burger Barn, the Wild Thyme's menu sorely tempts the Underground's taste buds.

The much-mourned Cinnamon rolls haven't yet made a comeback ("soon" says Martel) and the menu's in a state of flux (it's only Day 2). Still, open from 7am to 3pm, they serve breakfast all day, and as god is my witness, I will have the Cuban Hash or coconut pancakes.

I wolfed down a Cuban Steak sandwich for lunch, and Gandy Dancer regulars will no doubt remember the much-loved Jerked Chicken sandwiches and wraps.

So when in Dunsmuir, your to-do list is now composed entirely of these three things: Fish. Sleep. Eat.

The Upper Sac Loses A Good One


Vince Cloward of the Upper Sacramento River Exchange is well known around fly fishing circles for all the work he's done for the river, and it's with a little sadness that we report he's taken a job in Colorado Springs.

Vince was cool, and he was also a tireless worker on behalf of the river, and he'll be missed.

See you in Dunsmuir, Tom Chandler.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

Hey to my fabulous fly fishin' foodies! The cinnamon buns are back and have been for a few months, the hours will change the last week of June Wed-Sat 7-4 and Sun 8-2. I would love to serve y'all dinner, believe me I would. Can someone figure out how to keep me awake? If you want an entree for dinner just give me a shout and perhaps it could be arranged for pick up or local delivery....yup I love ... more ya that much. Thanks for your kind words....see you on the river or better yet at a table in A Wild Thyme Cafe
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Vince is heading out the day after Thanksgiving, though I don't have his new address or number.
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Well, I don't have anything against the food served in town...and I'm a little unhappy with that jab at the Pizza Factory! But I was wondering if you knew where Vince was heading out here?
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TC, Tell her I will be down soon, Hot Damn that's good news. Is it still the great coffee? David
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As temporary waiter/food tester at A Wild Thyme Cafe, I can attest first-hand to the absolute fabulousness of the Cuban Hash. Anyway, as Chef Cindy hasn't been on the pro-circuit for a while, I haven't yet begun the push for cinnamon rolls. I'll start in on her Monday morning.
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Thank god for SOMETHING open at 7AM! No argument against the Burger Barn at all, but breakfast in Dunsmuir leaves something to be desired. A tasty ANYTHING at that time of day has my automagic vote! Thanks, Mike
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Them's tough hours for a one-person operation (cinnamon rolls at 7:00 means up at 4:3o or so), but hell, you're a Brownliner, so you eat dirt 90% of the time anyway. Still, we'll see what summer brings; a big chunk of her healthy lasagne would go down pretty nicely after a day of fishing.
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Can you lobby to change the business hours? How about Mid-May to Mid July they're open until 10PM - so we can get real food after fishing? As it is now, it's either Chez Chevron or Half Baked Pizza that's on the late supper circuit... No, I don't count the "velvet Elvis" 24hr diner up the hill - that's only if you're allergic to the Chevron's urine cake...
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