865 Ninth St., Arcata
Campground is on fire. The woodsman-chic "Argentine-inspired steakhouse" has quickly earned a solid reputation. Less than a year ago, owners Pam and Dan Willey, who came to Humboldt by way of Colorado and also run Arcata's Salt Fish House, expanded their empire only blocks away with chef Michael Aguilera cooking up a focused menu of fire-grilled foods — right down to the Beck's bread they flame-toast for brunch.
What to order? Dan himself orders the New York strip and the grilled peppers stuffed with carnitas. And if the restaurant runs out of the trickier-to-source prime dry-aged steaks, you might take a look at the dry-aged duck breast. Your server is ready to help, which is important to him. "Service," he says, "is what you do to somebody. Hospitality is how you make somebody feel."