Rising Star Café is tucked quietly back from Hwy. 101 on the east side of the road in the heart of Wheeler. This fine little restaurant is a delightful surprise! Once you’ve found it, you will want to return again and again. Using locally sourced ingredients for most of their food supports local producers as well, and the time and care given to each dish showcases the thoughtfulness and love put into each creation. This charming cafe is for those who truly savor a creative and delicious dining experience.
When my wife and I ordered from the menu, I chose a pan-seared Garibaldi Red Rockfish and Shrimp Francaise. The fresh fish had been dipped in egg batter and cooked until it was golden brown, and served with Oregon bay shrimp. The garlic mashed potatoes and fresh local greens with lemon butter were the perfect accompaniment to the fine fish. My wife chose the Pacific Tombo Tuna. It was star dusted and pan seared to medium rare, then served with a bright Mediterranean cucumber salad, tomato sesame salsa, fingerling potatoes with harvest vegetables, and a citrus buerre blanc sauce.
The tiny building in which the restaurant is housed, is in direct contrast to the big flavor Rising Star Café manages to produce. This business is a labor of love, and that is evident through the execution of each item on the menu. In their seventh year, this restaurant will be on the map for a long time to come. If you are looking for a new dining experience, with a quaint and warm ambience, friendly knowledgeable staff to suggest wines for each course, and a very skilled chef, take the side street off Hwy. 101 and discover this little marvel of culinary expertise.