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Aug 6, 2006 06:35 PM

North of SF

First time visiting San Francisco and California, looking for good routes to drive north of the city for excellent and cheap, local hole in the wall restaurants/markets/anything. Are there certain roads or towns to look out for? Much appreciated..

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  1. There are very good and reasonable restaurants north of SF. Cheap, depends on your definition. For a starter, I take visitors to Water Street Bistro in downtown Petaluma. It's a small deli-cafe for lunch with an outside patio on the Petaluma River and an owner who is a very good chef. There are many other good small places in many other towns. You may not be getting responses because of the generality of your question. "North of SF" takes in a lot of interesting territory. Hwy 1 up the coast, western Marin and Sonoma counties, Sonoma and Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, Healdsburg and its surrounding wine areas. Do some searching in this board using those terms and you'll find a lot. It would help to have maps at hand that show the areas so it would make sense to you.