Secret Kitchen | Petaluma
Jun12

Secret Kitchen | Petaluma

[sh-slideshow-post id="28842"] You know a restaurant’s under-the-radar when you can’t find it, even with Google Maps. But four miles west of Petaluma, where goats scamper in fields and signs for “lost family pig” aren’t at all unusual, is The Secret Kitchen. Tucked behind an unassuming convenience store, Brenda Anderson, Janice Clement and their tiny staff of friends and neighbors are running a walk-up, take-out kitchen with dishes...

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Wishbone: The Pork Chop of Awe and Wonder
Dec13

Wishbone: The Pork Chop of Awe and Wonder

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the North Bay’s Miriam Donaldson and Josh Norwitt since they opened Humble Pie in Penngrove in 2008. With a collection of mismatched thrift store dishes, blues and jazz crackling on an old record player, and the scent of fresh pies baking in the oven, their restaurants have always felt like coming home to a favorite grandmother’s house. I mean, assuming granny could...

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Twisted 2 in Petaluma
Dec06

Twisted 2 in Petaluma

Biteclubbers tipped me off that the former owners of Twisted Vines in Petaluma have opened Twisted 2, an intimate prix fixe dining experience (and happy  hour) Thursday through Sundays. Owners Dick and Julie Warner each play to their own strengths, with Dick (a local wine merchant) focused on the well-curated wine selections and Julie (most recently of Glen Ellen’s Olive & Vine) in the kitchen. There’s a strong focus...

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Speakeasy – Petaluma

Working in restaurants is a hungry business. Despite being surrounded by food, most kitchen staff and servers leave their jobs hungry, tired and ready for a beer at 10 p.m. or so — just about the time most eateries shutter in Sonoma County.  Serving the county’s late night cravings with Lobster and Bacon Mac, the egg-topped Croque Madame, Sweet and Spicy Pork Belly and Wild Salmon Tacos is Speakeasy Open from 5p.m. to 2...

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Aqus Cafe | Petaluma
May20

Aqus Cafe | Petaluma

Nestled along the Petaluma River,  Aqus Cafe is a kaffeeklatsch that goes way beyond simple morning fuel. The Petaluma arts community calls this packed Foundry Wharf’s cafe its home away from home, with live music, art, film and a passionate community folk gathered round its tables from morning to night. Owner John Crowley is an Irishman who never forgets a name and always has a hearty handshake or hug for friends old and new....

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Luma | Petaluma
Oct11

Luma | Petaluma

Luma was destined to be a neighborhood restaurant even before there was a neighborhood. Newly minted restaurateur Tim Tatum (who developed several multi-story loft houses along G Street in Petaluma’s warehouse district) always envisioned this cozy corner as a gathering spot for the 150-plus new residences along this once-stark industrial stretch along the Petaluma River . (Three Twins Ice Cream and Cowgirl Creamery have...

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