Sonoma County has spectacular food to go with the spectacular wine. There are lots of great restaurants to choose from for lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack.
Santa Rosa has many great places to eat, including a Mexican restaurant that Jim said was the best he had ever had (which is saying a lot because I usually have to convince him to go to yet another Mexican eatery). Cascabel is located in the Montgomery Village Shopping Center. The chips and salsa are delicious, they have a few vegetarian options, which is always appreciated, and Jim’s choice was The Mezcla – which was like a sampler platter. Highly recommended!
Right around the corner from Cascabel is Emily’s Kitchen, where I had the best sweet potato fries ever. We went there twice while we were in town. We also finally tried Russian River Brewing Company. They serve pub food and have an extensive beer list. You can buy their bottled beer there as well.
Surprisingly, we dined only once in Healdsburg the whole time we were in the area. Healdsburg is north of Santa Rosa with a downtown square full of shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants. I once read an article in a magazine about the dining scene in Healdsburg and discovered that we had been to almost all of the major restaurants in town! There is a variety to choose from and they all serve unique dishes with the quintessential California farm-to-table ingredients. You won’t go wrong with any of the following: Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, Bravas, Baci Cafe and Wine Bar, Chalkboard, Valette, Guiso Latin Fusion, Barndiva, and Healdsburg Bar & Grill. Oh, and for breakfast, Jim’s favorite is Costeaux French Bakery & Cafe.
Food Out and About
Here are a few restaurant suggestions to try while in some of the surrounding towns tasting wine.
Graton: Underwood Bar and Bistro
Guerneville: Agriculture Public House