Winery taking over old Zazu space
Aug29

Winery taking over old Zazu space

The quirky Santa Rosa roadhouse recently vacated by Zazu’s Restaurant owners Duskie Estes and John Stewart is already under serious rehab by nearby Walter Hansel Winery with plans for a full-service bistro. Slated to open in October, the Walter Hansel Wine Bistro will be a casual eatery that mixes “fine dining and fun”, according to winery owner Stephen Hansel. Hansel’s in the midst of interviewing for kitchen...

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Syrah’s Crab Cakes Return. Along with Chef Josh.
May29

Syrah’s Crab Cakes Return. Along with Chef Josh.

A friend and I were recently lamenting how much we missed some of the old menu items at Syrah. The crab cakes for one. And the duck breast with cherry sauce. Be careful what you wish for, because Chef Josh Silvers of Three Squares Cafe is bringing back some of his Syrah classics with a new summer menu. Re-energized after three months of shoulder surgery recovery, the longtime Railroad Square toque has put a hearty pan-roasted chicken...

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Sizzler becomes Grillin and Chillin
May29

Sizzler becomes Grillin and Chillin

A surprising number of folks have been asking about the fate of the Sizzler (1440 Townview Ln., Santa Rosa). After a month-long closure, it quietly reopened as Grillin’ and Chillin’ over Mother’s Day weekend. The good news: The steak, fried shrimp and cheese-and-ham-draped chicken will be very familiar to Sizzler fans. The bad news: No canned peaches, as one regular loudly complained on his way back from the salad...

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Dierk’s Midtown Cafe Santa Rosa
May13

Dierk’s Midtown Cafe Santa Rosa

There’s good news and there’s, well, still pretty good news about the opening of Dierk’s Midtown Cafe (the offshoot of the brunch-tacular Dierk’s Parkside): The veggie stack is back, if you time it right you can get still-warm pie and if you time it wrong there’s still really good cold pie. Or maybe cake. For fans of Mark Dierkheising’s original Santa Rosa eatery, the recently-opened Midtown Cafe is...

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Dierk’s Midtown Cafe to open
Feb28

Dierk’s Midtown Cafe to open

Hold onto your shortstack. The wildly popular breakfast, brunch and lunchery, Dierk’s Parkside Cafe in Santa Rosa, will be opening a second location in April. Owner Mark Dierkhising tells BiteClub he’ll be opening Dierk’s Midtown Cafe at the former Midtown Cafe (1422 Fourth Street) this spring. The vibe and the menu will feel familiar to regulars of Dierkhising’s Santa Rosa Avenue location with breakfast, lunch...

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SRJC Culinary Cafe 2.0
Oct18

SRJC Culinary Cafe 2.0

Let me start by reminding you that the SRJC’s Culinary Cafe — in fact the whole program — moved last winter to their new, and very fancy digs on Mendocino Avenue (across from the JC). I say that because one of my lunch companions showed up to the old location when I invited her to lunch, though in her defense the Yelp page still lists their B St. location. But once you walk into the new space, any preconceptions you...

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