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Cheap Healdsburg (or en route) eats?

I have plenty of recs for more spendy places but don't have much in the way of cheap eats. I did a search and came up with Bovolo. I like pretty much everything, esp. spicy. Will be up there for a wedding this weekend from SF. Thanks.

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  1. The Oaxacan place in Petaluma's on my list for the next time I'm passing through.


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Bear in mind that Karina's is basically a bakery counter with a couple tiny tables if you want to take a seat. My tlayuda was almost as big as the table top.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        P.S. I don't think Karina's open very late, so might not be a dinner option after 6pm or so.

    2. i suggest taqueria el sombrero in healdsburg - right off the sqaure. i'm not into burritos, but tacos are tasty, as are their variety of seafood cocktails shouldn't disappoint. Happy trails.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Also, at Plaza Farms - DaVero Olive Oil has Boswell's Red for $10 ($6 for Sonoma county residents) with a $5 refundable bottle deposit...it's a blend of Dry Creek Valley syrah and sangiovese. Is that a deal or not?

        2. Oakville Grocery makes good sandwiches

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          1. re: whiner

            I second Oakville Grocery...buy some cheese, salami, wine, and a baguette, and have a picnic in the park.

            1. re: christineb

              We need a cheaper and faster dinner, and since the weather isn't supposed to be great, I'm planning on picnicky stuff for lunch. Thanks for the ideas.

          2. If you're looking for dinner on the way north on Friday, you might want to get off the freeway in Santa Rosa (and be sure to check a map for frontage roads to get around inevitable back-ups) to have dinner at Cafe St. Rose. Very eclectic mix, the chef spent time in Thailand and he's also an expert griller/smoker working with whole beasts. Here's my last post on it for lunch,
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334751 and the PD article with news,

            Be sure to check for hours, which have been a moving target.

            If you get backed up even further south, check out posts on Petaluma for some great cheap eats too. On a Friday, I plan to be over the golden gate bridge before 2pm or wait until after 7pm for traffic to clear.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Hi All
                We ended up pulling off 101 in search of tacos on Friday evening. Went to Antijitos La Texicana for carnitas and pollo asado tacos at the actual sit down place. We were hoping that some of the weekend specials would be available on Friday night, but alas no barbacoa. In hindsight, we could have gone to the truck for tacos. They were tasty on the homemade tortillas and I liked that it was so clean and nice inside, a step up from most taquerias in SF. For $2 ($1.50 w/out homemade tortilla) the tacos were a little skimpy on the meat but well seasoned.

                We were supposed to make brunch with friends on Saturday but everybody got sidetracked in town on errands and ended up eating near the square. We tried to go to Barndiva, but they were closed and ended up at Bovolo after dashing over there in the rain. The coocoo frites (fried dough with cheese and salami inside) were yummy and a very large portion but we were both in want of a sauce (marinara?) to dip them in. We split a pizza with prosciutto and arugula on it and the pork cheek sandwich. The pork was very tender and moist with good pork flavor but I felt like the abundance of roasted peppers in the sandwich detracted from the end result. It was clear that they're using quality ingredients there, but I would have liked a pizza with some tomato sauce on it even though I know that's not always traditional. I think we clearly ordered too much in the way of bread and cheesey stuff. Although it's tucked inside the little market area, the seating area in the back is removed so you don't feell like you're eating in a store. I would go back to try some other items too.

                Other meals were at the wedding and a mediocre breakfast at the Center St. Cafe (definitely not my choice!). I'm looking forward to heading back up there again to try Willi's and Barndiva as well as wine tasting. It's hard to break off from the group and fit that stuff in when you're there for a wedding though.

                1. re: Candice

                  Good chowing, Candice, you squeezed in a lot on a wedding weekend! Glad you had a chance to try those spots. Especially La Texanita, which can whoop the taquerias in Healdsburg.

              2. I went to a really good mexican place there, maybe the one mentioned as being right off the square. Also Cena Luna is really good and not very pricey. And there's a really good deli type place on dry creek rd. if you're doing the wine thing at all and get out of downtown healdsburg.