Best food North of San Francisco – Markets (produce, cheese, meat, fish, bakeries, coffee etc)
This isn’t meant to be comprehensive or list every shop in the area ... only the best.
This is not my neck of the woods. I hope others will contribute.
If there isn’t a website, I listed a Chowhound report with the address. A newspaper article is the link if there were no Chowhound reports. Searching Chowhound will result in good tips for many of these shops.
I’ll update periodically with the suggestions in this topic noting additions with an edit comment at the end of this post.
I keep this list for my own info, so I don’t have to keep googling for websites. I would ask people NOT link to this in the future when questions about the best market, bakery, etc. are asked on the board.
Things change and it might discourage some great new hint. After a few days when a topic has run its course, then it's ok to link to this post as supplemental info, if anyone wants to.
BAKERIES AND BREAD
Artisan Bakers – Sonoma
Basque Boulangerie – Sonoma
Bouchon Bakery- Younteville
Della Fattoria - Petaluma
Downtown Bakery & Creamery – Healdsburg
Emporio Rulli – Larkspur ‘
Fat Angel Bakery - Fairfax
John & Jill's Cheesecake
Sweden House Bakery (princess cake) – Tiberon
Sweet Things - Tiburon
Joe Matos Cheese Factory - Santa Rosa
The Cheesemakers Daughter
Tomales Bay Foods (more
COFFEE AND TEA
Flying Goat Coffee – Healdsburg
FARMERS MARKETS & FARMS
Bill's Farm Basket
Chaolee Strawberries - Petaluma (in season
Crane Melon Barn – Santa Rosa (in season
Healdsburg Farmers Market
Kozlowski Farms in Forestville
Marin Civic Center Markets
Mike's Truck Garden - Fulton
Sebastopol Berry Farm (in season
Sonoma Tuesday night Farmers Market
Tierra Vegetables - Santa Rosa
Brown's Valley Market in Napa
Dean & DeLuca - St. Helena
Good Earth Natural - Fairfax
Jimtown Store – Healdsburg
Oakville Grocery, - Napa, Healdsburg
Sonoma Market – Sonoma
Sunshine Market - St. Helena
the fig pantry - Sonoma
Vallergas – Napa ... yeah, I know this is marginal. Enough conmplaints and it will get dropped
MEAT AND SEAFOOD MARKETS
Osprey Seafood Market – Napa
Woodhouse Chocolates – Napa
*** Note: Edited July 24 at 1 pm with suggestions posted in this topic prior to that time.
John & Jill's Cheesecake is almost as good as JM Rosen's and it costs a lot less. It's a wholesale operation where they sell you their seconds "over the counter". I can't tell they're seconds. I also can't remember the prices but it's cheap.
John & Jill's Cheesecake
4 Commercial Blvd
Sweet Things in the Cove Shopping Center in Tiburon (not far off 101) has been making great pastries for a long time, especially their chocolate things. I recently sampled their "chocolate decadence" and it was right up there with the top chocolate things I've ever had.
There have been a few recent posts, including mine, about a new bakery in Fairfax called Fat Angel. Very good!
Nonna's is now The Fig Pantry, owned by the same people who do the great Girl & the Fig restaurant. I was just there and it's much more clear what kind of store it is. Nonna's was ok but it seems a little disjointed. Very nice and I think good things are going to happen there.
Dean & Deluca has been going downhill for years. I think people have caught on to their greedy, in$ane markups. And the selection is getting smaller. I find locals shop at Sunshine Market and the Vallergas (in Napa)instead.