Ike’s Place open in Santa Rosa
Jun27

Ike’s Place open in Santa Rosa

[sh-slideshow-post id="24464"] Bay Area sandwich sensation, Ike’s Place, is finally open. Housed in the former Merv’s Little Super (1780 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa), it’s a location rich with history. And now, rich with Dirty Sauce. The garlicy-mayo spread is just part of the secret mojo that goes into a list of 200-plus sandwich combinations that have made the Bay Area sub shop legendary. As in so legendary,...

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Pearson & Co, a la Chef Josef
Apr12

Pearson & Co, a la Chef Josef

After 40 years in the kitchen, Josef Keller just can’t take retirement seriously. Keller closed Josef’s at the La Rose Hotel in April 2010 after decades of running Santa Rosa restaurants. Six months later, the 58-year-old was revamping the menus of the county’s largest meal-provider, Meals on Wheels. After a brief retirement, he’s back in the kitchens again. Perhaps his biggest project to date: Taking over...

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Bill and Deb’s Downtown Deli
Apr11

Bill and Deb’s Downtown Deli

Since Traverso’s closed last November, finding a decent prosciutto sandwich has been a challenging proposition. Not that you can’t find one. You can. But without soul. Too much bread. Rubbery mozzarella. Watery tomatoes. Unholy basil. Consider the resurrection of the Traverso’s Caprese Sandwich a spring miracle. Sliced-to-order Italian prosciutto with a salty, nutty flavor. Fresh whole milk mozzarella. Basil aioli...

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California Muffaletta: King of Sandwiches
Jan09

California Muffaletta: King of Sandwiches

Lisa Hemenway has decoded the Muffaletta. The signature street food of New Orleans and a treasured Southern tradition, the Muffaletta is the undisputed King of all subs. Take a loaf of bread, stuff it with a pound of cold cuts (salami, ham, etc), pile on another half pound of cheese and slather it with olive spread and you’ve got a whole lotta, well, lotta. Personally I’ve never understood why people go so gaga for what...

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Panera Bread | Santa Rosa
Jan04

Panera Bread | Santa Rosa

Panera Bread, the national bakery, sandwich and soup chain has opened will open this week in Santa Rosa. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a national chain-type fast-food/cafe soup, salad and bread eatery. Good sandwiches. Tasty soups. Creative salads. Yummy cookies and breakfasty-stuff (croissants to mini souffles). Starbucks-esque interior with a cozy little enclosed fire and lots of windows. You can go healthy...

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10 Best Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Spots
Oct14

10 Best Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Spots

No, you’re not the only one craving grilled cheese and tomato soup as the rainy doldrums of winter approach. A national comfort food, it’s how generations of moms soothed away bad days and sore throats and coaxed us into taking early baths before the babysitter’s arrival. And though we may be older now, preferring local sheeps milk cheese and caramelized onions to the lowly American cheese inside our artisan...

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