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The anti-Farmhouse Inn dinner [moved from California board]

Absonot Aug 9, 2006 01:02 AM

I'm very excited to be going up to the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville very soon for a weekend - we have reservations for dinner there that Saturday, but as for Friday night after we arrive, where should we dine?

The thing is, I want a very casual place (preferably with beer/wine) that will be a contrast to our Saturday splurge. Any good BBQ places, pizza joints, or hamburger havens? Bonus points if it's less than a 30 minute drive from Forestville.

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    OldTimer Aug 9, 2006 04:39 PM

    I think the OP means "ante", not "anti", unless you are really against Farmhouse Inn. You might check out Topolos in Forestville. Nice ambiance, outside patio and good Greek food. Its only a few miles from Farmhouse just off the highway.

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    1. re: OldTimer
      Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2006 06:09 PM

      The outgoing message on the telephone answering machine still says the restaurant is closed and in escrow.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        OldTimer Aug 9, 2006 07:52 PM

        Bummer...it was a neat place, especially on those balmy days near the river. Wife's favorite was the salad in a cup...fresh tomatoes, Kalamatas, feta cubes, red onion, balsamic and good Greek olive oil. Yum.

      2. re: OldTimer
        Absonot Aug 9, 2006 11:56 PM

        Actually, one of the definitions of "anti" is "opposite of", which was what I meant.

        But I suppose "ante" is apropros too! I I love Greek food, so thank for the recommendation.

        1. re: Absonot
          Melanie Wong Aug 10, 2006 08:12 AM

          If you have time on Sunday, drop by the farmers market in Sebastopol (10:30ish to 1:30pm) for breakfast or lunch at Mateo Granados booth.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Absonot Aug 10, 2006 05:09 PM

            Tamales!!! Yes, thank you so much for the great idea.

            1. re: Absonot
              Melanie Wong Aug 10, 2006 06:57 PM

              I should mention that the tamales may be more like $5 each, though one can hope that the $5 sign meant TWO.

              Mateo Granados post -

              Oh, and last weekend was the grand opening for a lovely tea house across the street (in the same shopping center as Whole Foods, to the left of the entrance) from the farmers market. I wanted to try it, but the lines were toooo long. I was most intrigued by the small plates inspired by different tea drinking cultures and actually cooked with tea, e.g., momos filled with tofu, veggies and snow buds white tea. It's called Infusions, and carries a line of organic loose tea.

              1. re: Absonot
                Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2006 05:40 AM

                Had more delicious treats from Mateo that I need to post about. But wanted to add that the tamale plate is $5, which is one tamale with rice, beans, and a side salad of greens that were topped with purslane. Two tamales on the plate is $9, and you can get any six tamales + two salsas for $20.

        2. Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2006 08:54 AM

          The Casino in Bodega town -

          The archetypical anti-Farmhouse Inn but limited on beer and wine.

          1. Cynsa Aug 9, 2006 08:46 AM

            in Graton:
            Willow Wood Market and Cafe
            Underwood Bistro

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            1. re: Cynsa
              Melanie Wong Aug 10, 2006 08:11 AM

              Would love to hear a report on the newly remodeled Willow Wood.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Jeff Aug 18, 2006 05:11 PM

                We stopped there for brunch on 4th of July weekend and enjoyed it. I think I had the huevos rancheros; it was tasty, but the eggs were overcooked. My wife had one of the polenta dishes and loved it. Our son's french toast was also very good. Best part was the coffee--I wish I could remember where it was from.

                1. re: Jeff
                  Melanie Wong Aug 18, 2006 10:29 PM

                  Thanks so much for the update. Huh, overcooked eggs at Willow Wood, that's a first and criminal there.

                  I just found a website - the coffee is Taylor Maid and the coffee is Ecco, both local.


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