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Help me choose - girl and the fig or K&L Bistro?

Have opportunity to dine at either one. Any preference, and why? I know one is in Sonoma and one is in Sebastopol, but both are about same distance from our house.

Looking for relaxed atmosphere, good food and casual/friendly service. Thanks!

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  1. I love The Girl & The Fig . . .

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    1. re: zin1953

      One vote for G & F! Thanks! Any particular dish you like?

      1. re: Cindy

        Another vote here!
        More than any specific dish, I have the lingering memory of a very pleasant, fulfilling (pun intended!) experience.

        1. re: Cindy

          Cindy, I have never had a bad meal there -- never a bad experience. Everything I've had there has been delicious, and as RicRios says, more than anything specific, everytime I eat there, I leave feeling happy and without a sense that "this" could have been _____, or "that" could have been ________. Were I in charge of the restaurant, I wouldn't have changed a thing -- and tht's a pretty great feeling . . .

      2. We like K&L. Had the "Business Lunch," Sand dabs were perfect. Others enjoyed the Mussels and the Crab Cakes. Special of the day - Grilled Sardines (Friday). Great service too.

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        1. re: Sarah

          i'd vote for the girl and the fig...lovely pace

        2. I like K and L
          a particular favorite the carmelized onion tart with blue cheese and apple.
          Lovely desserts

          1. We had the best dinner of our vacation (a few years ago now....) at Girl and the Fig. What a meal! Hubby had a prix fixe and i had a veggy thing...i remember the desserts were incredible.

            1. I have long been a fan of K&L, considering it one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma County. The last time I went, though, I found merely good food that I could eat at any decent French bistro. The atmosphere is intimate and dimly lit, well-suited for a date. The fact that, without turning your head, you can easily have a conversation with the table next to you is a minor afterthought. I found the service charming, well-informed, and well-intentioned, if not as practiced as Gary Danko.

              I haven't been to girl and the fig yet, but I hear positive things about it. Whichever one you choose, please write us a report!

              1. I favor K&L - but from reading the posts here, it looks like a toss-up. They're very close in quality and service.

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                1. re: salutlemonde

                  I like K & L as well every time I go there it's great

                2. I haven't tried K&L, but I love Girl and the Fig. It's a nice comfortable place for lingering over good food. I had an amazing cassoulet at one dinner, but I think it's not on the menu except during the winter. The cheese sampler (there are several different sizes available) is a must.

                  1. I have been to both restaurants multiple times and have enjoyed wonderful meals at both, If I had to choose for one meal, I would go to Girl & Fig, especially on the patio. One word of caution, the patio doesn't get a lot of sun from my point of view so it can be a chilly experience. The last time there, I had a spring lamb daub that was wonderful. Although I have generally enjoyed all of my meals at K & L, I don't find anything about the atmosphere particularly charming. The filthy carpet in the dining room is a real detraction for me.

                    1. Thanks, everyone! Husband likes menu at G&F, so we'll try that one first. But given that K&L is just as close (about 45 min) we should go there also.

                      Thanks for the recs!