Brasserie | Santa Rosa

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Inn’s Brasserie, has had it’s ups and downs. Starting life as the chef-inspired Brasserie de la Mer with Liz Ozanich in the kitchen, it was managed until 2007 as Seafood Brasserie by Portland-based McCormick & Schmick’s. There were some heady days, but for the most part, the restaurant has struggled to find a consistent local audience. To be honest, there wasn’t always a lot to get jazzed...

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Flavor Bistro | Santa Rosa

Although downtown Santa Rosa’s Flavor Bistro is often loud and crowded, it’s a local favorite for affordable Cal-Italian dishes like butternut squash ravioli, pizza, well-crafted salads and hearty sandwiches. This super popular eatery has a by-the-glass wine list makes for fun experimentation. Though lunchtime is usually filled with business-suits and lunch ladies, kids are always welcome, especially on the weekend when...

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Spoonbar at h2hotel | Healdsburg
Jun30

Spoonbar at h2hotel | Healdsburg

Cocktails at Spoonbar Mediterranean Spices Spoonbar Terrine Oozing with eco-chic, Spoonbar is a sprawling fishbowl of a space with room for nearly 250 — meaning elbow-rubbing is purely optional and being seen is the scene.  Scott Beattie gets a top-shelf bar space for his lineup of properly concocted cocktails. In the kitchen, toque Rudy Mihal aims his knives squarely at a seasonal Cal-Mediterranean menu of skewers, small plates...

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Fresh by Lisa Hemenway | Santa Rosa

Try as she might, Lisa Hemenway just can’t escape from food. Or maybe Sonoma County won’t let her. “People just expect food from me,” said the long-time restaurateur from inside the shell of her country market and bistro, Fresh. The space: Affordable, family-friendly “fast” food a la Lisa. The idea is a one-stop-shop for customers to buy pre-cut organic veggies, chicken and pork (with conveniently...

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John Ash & Co | Santa Rosa
Jun04

John Ash & Co | Santa Rosa

Around since the 1980′s, John Ash & Co. at the Vintner’s Inn is an institution, most notably as ground zero for serious Wine Country cuisine. It’s stately ambiance harkens to a more opulent decade, but the restaurant remains a popular “occasion” restaurant for locals and visitors. Chef Ash and his protege, Jeffrey Madura, have both moved on (Ash no longer works at the restaurant that bears his name),...

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Stark’s Steakhouse | Santa Rosa
Dec14

Stark’s Steakhouse | Santa Rosa

The fourth of the Stark Reality Restaurants, this classic steakhouse emphasizes organic, dry aged, grass-fed cuts of beef. The menu has expanded to include plenty of other Stark-tastic entrees –from crab “tater tots” to black and blue ahi tuna steaks. The restaurant continues to evolve, with a loyal “uptown” happy hour cocktail crowd and steakhouse fans who crave their meaty burgers and buttery...

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