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Comida y Cantina

Apr 09, 2019 08:23PM ● By Nora Mounce
Famous for its storybook charm and turn of the century architecture, Ferndale’s Victorian Village is a major hub for Emerald Triangle tourism. Located just north of the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt, Ferndale annually attracts thousands to its bucolic pasturelands and old timey downtown. The home of Humboldt Creamery and the Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale is decidedly a farm town, but in recent years, the community has be-come known for its artistic flair as well. Several art galleries line Main Street, and each Memorial Day Weekend, the legendary Kinetic Sculpture Parade (the Burning Man of Northern California) culminates its raucous three day journey with a celebration in downtown Ferndale. To catch the show over a glass of sangria and order of tacos, snag a table at Tuyas, a Mexican restaurant where food, art, and community come together.

Tuyas owners Glory Lagielski and Jennifer Bice both call Ferndale home; between the women, the pair has decades of restaurant management experience. When conceptualizing a new eatery for Ferndale, Lagielski imagined a colorful place with enough style to attract tourists without losing the authentic flavors that curry favor with locals. After waiting years for prime real estate to open up, opportunity knocked on Main Street, and Lagielski answered. Since 2017, Tuyas has been serving tacos, sopes, tamales, beer, wine, and sangria in her turquoise and siren red co mida you can’t miss it. Named for the Spanish word for yours, Tuyas strives to serve all kinds of folks, feeding the desire for farmtown hospitality with bold creativity.

“The atmosphere we bring is very unique and appealing,” explains Lagielski. Out front, wrought iron tables welcome guests to dine outside a rarity this far north on sunny days. Inside the restaurant, the high Victorian ceilings and redwood rafters are warmed by large, colorful paintings and smiling sugar skulls.

After bringing in Bice for her expertise in the kitchen shortly after opening, the female ownership team is hit-ting its stride. Aiming to serve clean, vibrant flavors, Tuyas makes everything in house, including salsas, tortillas, sauces, soups, and desserts. “The quality of the food is phenomenal,” says Bice.

Pairing Californian-style Mexican cuisine with beer and wines from Spain, Lagielski explains that she likes offering people something different. “At first people were intimidated by Spanish wines, but they’re learning to like them,” she says.

While the Emerald Triangle gears up for a busy tourist season this summer, Tuyas will continue offering fun events for the local community. Trivia Night on Tuesday is popular with local business owners, and the restaurant regularly partners with local cider and winemakers for tasting menus and events. “The community is loving it,” says Lagielski.