Wild Goat Bistro, Petaluma: With river-adjacent seating, charming exposed-brick walls, and sunny windows, Wild Goat Bistro is real-estate gold for lunchtime and post-theater dining.
Fremont Diner Sonoma: Hidden away among Sonoma’s vineyards and pastures, is the sort of place every traveler dreams about stumbling into, but rarely ever does. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, 7am to 4pm.
Top dry-aged steaks, sides and cocktails in a retro-chic setting.
Casual, family-friendly spot focused on dishes from the kitchen’s wood-fired oven from Josh Silvers. Late night/cocktails.
Rib-sticking comfort food with the know-how of a Wine Country chef at this Santa Rosa breakfast, brunch and lunch spot
What the dime-sized boon lacks in diameter, it makes up for in taste — both in its pared-down decor and simply done menu of spot-on eats.
In search of great macaroni and cheese
Jack and Tony’s Whiskey Bar opens
Bacon wrapped weenies
The hunt for fried chicken
Santa Rosa bistro is what Applebee’s can only aspire to: Good eating in the neighborhood.
For months now, BiteClubbers have been lauding the breakfast-time merits of Carlos Country Kitchen, the red-checkered diner off College Avenue. Bordered by a gas station, botanica and car-repair shops just past the 101 overpass, the neighborhood isn’t the most charming. There were some health inspection issues that were corrected. But hey, it keeps out the dilettantes and dabblers–though certainly not fans who pack the parking lot to overflow capacity
Hot Dogs: Though Wine Country doesn’t even register among the top hot dog consuming spots (New York is, not surprisingly number 1 with LA coming in second) a handful of doggeries have opened in recent months to rave reviews. Uh, especially among local chefs who among their most rabid fans.
Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches in Santa Rosa
Ad Hoc: Though the restaurant was only supposed to be a temporary experiment, Thomas Keller’s home-style prix-fix diner has settled in for the long haul.
Original Fieri eatery, Johnny Garlic’s lacks the fire and panache you might expect from Guy