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Mar 25, 2007 03:11 PM

SF to Healdsburg...Lunch??

Looking for spot to stop for lunch...Also other good spots in Healdsburg area...

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  1. Try Willi's Wine Bar at the north end of Santa Rosa.

    Also, Manzanita, just north of Healdsburg square, is fabulous.

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      1. re: jrushin

        >Manzanita, just north of Healdsburg square, is fabulous.<

        Have you been there recently? The reason I ask is that I saved two Manzanita chowhound reports that were about the worst I've read here.

        1. re: Mick Ruthven

          Curious how old those two saved reports were... I ate there about six months ago and adored Manzanita. Along with Bovolo for lighter fare, Manzanita and Barn Diva are my three fav's when I'm in Healdsburg (okay, I really like Charcuterie as well but really when it is on the cold side and I'm craving Duck Confit.)

          1. re: Carrie 218

            >Curious how old those two saved reports were<
            One was from 6/17/06 and the other unknown, probably earlier.

            1. re: Carrie 218

              Carrie, we'll be at the Charcuterie end of April. What would you suggest we try? Any comments will be appreciated.

              1. re: Gail

                In the afternoon, I go in just for a charcuterie plate -- nothing is better for me than a light lunch of to-die-for cold cuts, pates, olives, and a glass of wine. Dinner-wise, I'm afraid I never got beyond their duck confit; pure happiness.

        2. If you are there on Fri-Sun- Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg
          here is a menu-

          We recently had a nice lunch at Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar- we had the Hamachi ceviche and Lobster Roll, both excellent.

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          1. re: Lori SF

            Lori - I'm impressed. I have had nothing but horrendous experiences with Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen and rarely see worthwhile reviews. Occasionally the food is palatable but mostly it is horrific service.

            In my case, I was served courses when I had no silverware (and had to go ASK for some!), had wine pairings brought ten minutes AFTER a course was served, had wine pairings served by busboys who were clueless as to what they were pouring, etc.

            Also, I objected to the idea that they purport to serve only local seasonal ingredients, yet out of a seven course meal, 5 of the courses included asparagus in late September (at that time of year, asparagus comes from South America.) Those five courses also had a plethora of un-ripe tomatoes.

            1. re: Carrie 218

              It has been quit awhile since I ate there. I was fortunate enough to of had a great meal made by Mr. Palmer himself and co hosted /celebrated by a wine maker person. I have not stayed tuned to see what has become of this place. So I see your point in what is now, just like my original days when I had dinners made by Mr. Puck himself does not mean I would say go to Spagos today.

              with that I may be wrong or right in my recommendation of Dry Creek Kitchen, I did have a fine meal and the place was lovely.

              So I do stand by Willies Raw Bar was JUST there two weekends ago.

              1. re: Lori SF

                I'm a big fan of Ravenous in Healdsburg for lunch...sit on the patio if it's a warm day.