Happy Monday happy foodie friends……
This post caught my eye as this rich bountiful wine region has so many great eateries…..which one or how many can we try?
Please read this article on Eater National to see where the current hot spotsare.
Eater National – click here for the list
CINDY PAWLCYN’S WOOD GRILL AND WINE BAR Third time’s a charm for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has reinvented this St. Helena restaurant from sushi bar to Mediterranean grill, finally settling on what she does best: California-fusion comfort foods that include Chinese chicken barbecue duck breast, crab rolls, vegetarian enchiladas, baby back ribs and buttermilk biscuits, wood-fired pizzas, and burgers. Locals just call it CP’s, and know that the eggplant fries (kept from a previous menu) are the best way to start the meal.
SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
GOOSE & GANDER Seasonal cocktails are the biggest draw at St. Helena’s former Martini House restaurant. Bay Area mixologist Scott Beattie’s cocktails are kitchen-sink affairs with shiso, galangal, pickled veggies, and artisanal boozes that become drinkable works of art. Duck fat fries, polenta cakes and grilled burgers, and roasted bone marrow set a solid base for continued sipping. [Photo]
1245 SPRING ST, SAINT HELENA, CA 94574
THE THOMAS AT FAGIANI’S A downtown Napa bar that stood empty for decades got a multi-million dollar facelift to become one of the town’s hippest hangouts. NY’s AvroKo group (Public, Saxon + Parole) brings serious chef power with Brad Farmerie, who created a locally sourced, casual menu of burgers, roast chicken, and grilled Montery Bay squid along with a stand-out cocktail program. [Photo]
813 MAIN STREET, NAPA, CA 94559
SPEAKEASY A favorite of industry folks, late-night revelers and anyone with serious munchies after midnight, this tiny bar and patio proffers calories-be-damned comfort food until 2 a.m. Best bets include lobster and bacon mac, Croque Madame, pork belly tacos and jalapeno poppers that come with a warning and a glass of milk.
139B PETALUMA BLVD N, PETALUMA, CA 94952
SPINSTER SISTERS A little bit of NYC in Sonoma County, chef Liza Hinman heads up the kitchen with wine guru Giovanni Cerrone and Eric Anderson (a local who’s involved with Prune NYC) working behind the scenes. The menu is broken into a series of sections: Bites ($2-$4) are exactly that; Charcuterie and Cheese Plates ($6-$16); Veggies ($5-$7); Small Plates ($7-$14) and Large Plates ($14-16). Each works beautifully as a single sonnet, or together as an epic poem. [Photo]
401 SOUTH A ST., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
PIZZANDO More than a pizzeria and less than a white-tablecloth experience, Pizzando hits the sweet spot in between with impressive appetizers like oil-poached albacore; slow-braised pork shoulder with pickled plums, and caraway roasted squash draped with lardo (all $9). [Photo]
HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
BRAVAS BAR DE TAPAS The Spanish-inspired menu is with brassy, bold flavors that leave no question that you’ll need a breath mint or two before getting familiar with friends or co-workers. Dishes include small plates of sardines, Iberico ham, calamari, quail with lavender, and heartier dishes grilled on a plancha. A new outdoor patio and bar beg for summer sangria sipping. [Photo]
420 CENTER ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
RAVENOUS CAFE & LOUNGE This hobbit-hole of a restaurant has only a handful of tables and barely a galley kitchen, but somehow manages to turn out rustic-luxe, farm-to-table eats including roasted tomatoes with fresh balls of mozzarella, basil pesto and pine nuts, crab cakes with cilantro aioli and roasted eggplant, fresh fish tacos, and mascarpone cheesecake with swirls of lemon curd. [Photo]
117 NORTH ST, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
PARISH CAFE With all of the easy of The Big Easy, Rob Lippincott’s New Orleans cafe draws you in with homey charm, Southern comfort and a menu that’s pure French Quarter. Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more authentic Louisiana cooking this side of the mighty Miss. [Photo]
60A MILL ST., HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
CAFE LUCIA Tucked well back from the street, brother and sister team Manuel and Lucia Azevedo have brought the “Nova Cozinha Portuguesa” – or new Portuguese cuisine – of Manuel’s highly acclaimed La Salette restaurant in Sonoma to their northern neighbors. Many of the dishes will be familiar to La Salette regulars, including richly flavored Portuguese nose-to-tail “task” or tasting plates of tripe stew, blood sausage, pig’s feet terrine and sardine pate. [Photo]
235 HEALDSBURG AVE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
BACKYARD This restaurant sources, literally, from chef-owner Daniel Kedan’s own backyard culinary gardens and those of his ranch and farming neighbors. The Ad Hoc alum opened his small community-focused restaurant with a relatively simple menu that relies on seasonal produce, foragers and whole-animal butchery as its foundation. [Photo]
6566 FRONT ST, FORESTVILLE, CA 95436
THREE SQUARES CAFÉ Josh Silvers transformed the former Syrah Bistro once again into Three Squares, re-envisioning it as a casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot with a mix of homey comfort classics and a few “healthier” options after the chef-owner lost more than 30 pounds in 2012. [Photo]
205 5TH ST. SUITE B, SANTA ROSA, CA 95401
GLEN ELLEN STAR With just eight dining tables and a handful of seats around the open kitchen, every inch of Glen Ellen Star is prime real estate. At the glowing heart of the restaurant: Chef Ari Weiswasser’s 650-degree custom-built wood oven that perfumes the entire block with its smoke. Combining classic French techniques, razor-focused attention to detail, and exotic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spices in every dish, Glen Ellen Star hasn’t wasted any time getting up to speed. [Photo]
13648 ARNOLD DR, GLEN ELLEN, CA 95442
SOCIAL CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR This Petaluma gathering spot lives up to its name. Executive Chef Steven Levine Bob Simontacchi creates a rustic American menu around a wood-fired oven and grill with smoked short ribs, grilled Angus hangar steak, Prather Ranch burgers and Sonoma fried chicken. [Photo]
132 KELLER STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952
CAMPO FINA This casual wood-fired oven spot includes a large outdoor space with bocce and critically-acclaimed small plates such as octopus stew and crispy quail. For most of Healdsburg, it was love at first bite. Open for dinner daily, beginning at 5:30pm. [Photo]
330 HEALDSBURG AVENUE, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448
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Have a great day….
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