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Nov 10, 2006 04:30 PM

Charcuterie in Healdsburg-Has anyone been there lately?

My wife and I always try to get up to Healdsburg for at least 1-2 dinners a year. Over the last few years we've tried many of the other places in town, i.e. Dry Creek Kitchen, Ravenous, Willy's, Zin, Tastings, Bistro Ralph and we've enjoyed all of them. We haven't been to Charcuterie in at least 3-4 years and used to like it very much. Has any one been there somewhat recently? Thanks for your help.

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  1. I was there just a few days ago, for the first time in 5 or 6 years. I ordered baked trout which was very good. My wife ordered a salad, I forgot what kind, and she also said it was very good.

    Charcuterie is not getting much buzz with the 'in crowd' these days because its menu and presentation are the same as they could have been 10 or more years ago. That's fine with me, but may not be okay for you if you're looking for presentations like Dry Creek Kitchen, Bistro Ralph, or Cyrus.

    Also, Charcuterie is quiet. You can have a conversation without shouting.

    So bottom line: Charcuterie is probably a good fit for the older crowd, but 20 or 30 somethings looking for innovative menus, and lots of activity and energy wouldn't like it.

    1. I guess I fit into the "older crowd" as a young 40-something, I adore this place. There aren't many restaurants that consistently offer great charcuterie plates (which I adore when I'm not that hungry) or fabulous duck confit all the time.

      Sometimes, during a day of wine tasting, a simple charcuterie plate is the best sort of intermezzo for my palate and the house-made sausages with great crusty bread is perfect.

      1. Thanks to both of you. Those are exactly the comments that I was hoping to hear. We loved the place many years ago and were hoping that it hadn't changed much. We'll definately go there next month.