Farmhouse Inn, Gen's Daughter, Girl and Fig, Cyrus, John Ash, Ravenous: which 3?
I have been given these 6 as the best spots in sonoma county...thoughts as to which are best? Looking for fabulous food and great ambience.
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i will steer you away from ravenous. i ate there with two girlfriends this past december and it was okay. but the worst part about it was that we ordered chicken and a burger to split (which i think they were annoyed with) and when they served it the burger was great...but the chicken was raw under the skin. when i asked the waitress about it she said, " that's the way we cook it here." i asked her to take it back and cook it "well". after that it was fine. the food is unexciting, but the bar and the music can be great.
Girl and the Fig is the only place I've tried on your list. It has a nice patio for light snacks and wine but I wasn't overly impressed with the food. We had the burger with frites, the charcuterie plate and a seasonal salad (I think it was white beans). Except for the frites which was great, I thought everything tasted just above average. It has a good cheese selection from what I can recall.
If you want a very swanky, special experience, DO NOT MISS Cyrus in Healdsburg, and make reservations as soon as possible.
I've been to Girl and the Fig and this post (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...) drew me to Farmhouse last weekend. Farmhouse was INCREDIBLE and everything everyone else lauds it for - beautiful, relaxing location, great service (loved our attentive, thorough sommelier), and food that made me almost weep when it was finished. Fresh, bright, pure flavors, good use of local sustainable farming.
Girl and the Fig was very good but more casual service and presentation and not as memorable dishes. More homey, less unique. Less isolated location, for what that's worth.
I haven't been to Cyrus, but I have been to the Girl and the Fig and to the Farmhouse Inn.
Both were good, girl and the fig was more casual, and I like it for lunch or to sit at the bar and have some wine and tastes.
I had one of my better dining experiences at the Farmhouse Inn, and would highly recommend it.
Not only were the dishes spectacular, great scallops and foie gras, and an amazing trio of Rabbit dish, but the Sommelier made some recs I would have never thought of and they really complimented the food. Small, sweet, quiet atmosphere.
Absolutely lovely experience.
I would go back there in a heartbeat.