Hot Box Grill | Sonoma
Nov02

Hot Box Grill | Sonoma

Though Sonoma’s cozy Hot Box Grill glided almost imperceptibly onto the Wine Country culinary scene in August, there’s no mistaking an impending crackle and hum all around the place — a contagious electricity that makes eaters’  “Next Big Thing” Spidey sensor tingle. For good reason. At the helm is Chef Norman Owens, a young gun whose two-year stint at Cafe La Haye repeatedly landed it on numerous...

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Fresh by Lisa Hemenway: PIX

BiteClub’s been reporting on Lisa Hemenway’s new venture, Fresh, for several months now. But last night was the first time I’ve seen the market/restaurant in full swing since opening in late September. It’s been a work-in-progress for a few weeks as staff were trained, shelves stocked and the in-store restaurant worked out. But on a bustling Wednesday night, the restaurant was at capacity, with locals munching...

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Fish Story | Napa

Forget everything you know about fish and chips. Because you’ve never actually had them until you’ve eaten them at Fish Story. Imagine, if you will, angel wings of beer batter and flour gently floating over moist, flaky local rock cod. Take it for a salty, vinegary dunk. Cram it all into your mouth until your tongue sizzles and burns. Finish with a soul-satisfying crunch against your back molars. Kennebec french fries soak...

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Bovolo | Healdsburg

I know of a singular cure for rainy Mondays: The prospect of a good, slow-cooked lunch. If it includes wine or hot chocolate, all the better. Both, and suddenly it feels like…at least a Wednesday afternoon. Bovolo is the grab-a-bite comfort food walk-up of Zazu’s John Stewart and Duskie Estes. And though it’s been around for nearly two years, it’s hard not to find something reassuring on the menu every...

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