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Two days in Healdsburg-dining recommendations please

merbel Nov 9, 2006 08:13 PM

Heading to the wine country and will be in Napa for a couple of days prior to heading to Healdsburg for a couple of days. Looks like time for 2 lunches and 2 dinners. What are your top picks? Thanks!

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    Bodegadawg RE: merbel Nov 9, 2006 08:39 PM

    That's simple. I would eat at Zin and at Ravenous. Both in Healdsburg, both good food and good service. Further out, I would think about the Bistro des Copains,in Occidental and the Underwood, or the Willowood both in Healdsburg. If you have the time K&L in Sebastopol is really good, and has a star in the Michelin guide. Hope this helps.

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      canard RE: Bodegadawg Nov 9, 2006 10:49 PM

      Zin - yes, agreed. Ravenous has been hit or miss for me (food fine, service not so much). Small correction: Underwood and Wildwod are both in Graton). I'd recommend K&L above all of these (I might be partial as a Sebastopolian); I'm afraid, though, that getting in has been tough since they gleaned ther Michelin star.

    2. foodiegrl RE: merbel Nov 9, 2006 08:40 PM

      I 2nd Zin. Their tempura green beans are fantastic.

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        Jeff RE: merbel Nov 9, 2006 08:49 PM

        My folks just celebrated a birthday last Friday at Cyrus and raved about it.

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Jeff Nov 9, 2006 08:53 PM

          I haven't been to Cyrus, but it's been high on my list since the Chron gave it 4 stars last month. Check out the review here:


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            The Dive RE: Morton the Mousse Nov 9, 2006 09:28 PM

            If you want a special place, definitely go to Cyrus. We loved it more than FL.

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          j3rdbase RE: merbel Nov 9, 2006 08:57 PM

          Our favorites over the last couple of years have been Ravenous and Willy's. We have also always enjoyed Charcuterie, but haven't been there for a couple of years. Any recent visitors?

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            dglove RE: merbel Nov 9, 2006 09:15 PM

            As a local, I would agree with Ravenous, but if you're here on the weekend, there is the Ravenette which is located on North st next to the big theatre. Also, if you like high end Italian, try Sante in Geyserville which is the next town up. Manzanita is also a good place

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              xbailey RE: merbel Nov 10, 2006 12:23 AM

              Zin is great....comfortable place with a really good casual neighborhood atmosphere. Barn Diva is also awesome. Really fun atmosphere.......especially if the weather is good enough to eat outside. The Dry Creek Kitchen is very well executed, but lacked originality for the prices.

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                Cheese Please RE: merbel Nov 10, 2006 02:11 AM

                I can't comment on the other places mentioned, but I can recommend both Zin and Cyrus. It really depends what type of experience you are looking for - Zin is much more laid-back. Cyrus is a real food temple, full of pomp and circumstance. Both deliver on what they promise. Cyrus is three times the price of Zin though.

                1. Ashibi RE: merbel Nov 14, 2006 07:25 AM

                  Definitely Cyrus. My husband and I were there last thursday and enjoyed chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. It was magical! We were staying at Meadowood, but it was definitely worth a trip!

                  1. goldensf RE: merbel Nov 14, 2006 03:03 PM

                    In Healdsburg, Willi's Seafood has wonderful tapas servings of food with a nice selection of wines.


                    Right off the square, the block next to the Healdsburg Hotel.

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