You don’t often find dim sum, braised beef with celery root puree and Tarte Tatin on the same menu, but somehow it all works at the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Cafe.
The student-run kitchen and restaurant is still one of the best values in Wine Country with dishes ranging from sunchoke soup and goat cheese stuffed pears to homemade pizzas, duck confit with cherry sauce or a plate of steamed pork buns and shumai–not to mention amazing fresh local produce from their own Shone Farm for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay elsewhere starting at $4 and topping out at $11.
But don’t get your heart too set on any one item. Menus are ephemeral, changing up weekly to give students a chance to practice different preparations.
Which brings us to the (kinda) bad news: The current session ends March 18th (but don’t worry they’ll be back after spring break on April 3) and the restaurant is frequently booked solid, so you’ll need to call in advance for a reservation, 522-2796. 1501 Mendocino Ave. at Carr Ave., Santa Rosa.[sh-slideshow-post id=”27183″]