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AliceToo Mar 25, 2007 03:11 PM

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

  1. Lori SF Mar 26, 2007 12:17 PM

    If you are there on Fri-Sun- Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg
    here is a menu-http://www.charliepalmer.com/dry_cree...

    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
      Carrie 218 Mar 26, 2007 04:31 PM

      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
        Lori SF Mar 26, 2007 09:58 PM

        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.

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          christineb Mar 27, 2007 02:18 PM

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

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      jrushin Mar 25, 2007 08:41 PM

      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
        rworange Mar 25, 2007 09:23 PM

        Bolovo in Healdsburg.

        1. re: rworange
          Melanie Wong Mar 25, 2007 09:38 PM

          Bovolo's website,
          http://www.bovolorestaurant.com/locat...

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          Mick Ruthven Mar 26, 2007 07:31 AM

          >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
            Carrie 218 Mar 26, 2007 08:44 AM

            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.)

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              Mick Ruthven Mar 26, 2007 09:49 AM

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

              1. re: Mick Ruthven
                Melanie Wong Mar 26, 2007 02:02 PM

                Manzanita changed hands January 2006.

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                Gail Mar 26, 2007 11:34 AM

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

                1. re: Gail
                  Carrie 218 Mar 26, 2007 04:25 PM

                  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.

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