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Calamari in Santa Rosa

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Believe it or not the Calamari at the Flamingo Hotel restaurant is killer. Just for some perspective - this is coming from someone who grew up in Monterey. Everything is perfect - crispiness, salt and peper level, no chew what-so-ever, sprinkling of italian parsley. *Really* nice.

Just make sure to ask for the remoulade on the side or else they make the bad decision to drizzle it all over.

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  1. No way! All this time I've been wondering where to get good calamari and it's down the street from me. Thanks!
    Also, kare_raisu, I tried to send you an email at the address you have up on your profile. Did you get it? If not, email me at InatGirl(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks.

    1. Nice to hear! I visited the Flamingo years ago and somehow ended up eating the rather unpleasant buffet. The most vibrant memory is of an incredibly gamy piece of lamb. I'll have to go back now to actually order off of the menu.

      I've enjoyed the calamari at Lococo's, also in Santa Rosa, even if it's a bit unremarkable.

      The fritto misto I've enjoyed the most in Sonoma County is at Cena Luna in Healdsburg. Incredibly light, airy batter that isn't greasy at all. Along with the calamari, the pieces of shrimp are incredibly sweet.

      Looks like I'll have to try the calamari at the Flamingo and see how they all stack up!

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      1. re: LikeFrogButOOOH

        I love the calamari at LoCoco's, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/332342

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        Lococo's Cucina Rustica
        117 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

      2. The big pink thing we STAY AWAY from while we have breakfast at Hanks Creekside Restaurant just across the road!
        We hit Santa Rosa only about once a year, Hank's is ALWAYS on the list (for breaky only).
        Can you provide some more diner menu observations?
        Squido's are great, but don't make a complete meal.

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          1. re: kare_raisu

            Are we talking the hotel in Santa Rosa proper where highway 12 is routed through town, with the tall narrow pink sign topped by a flamingo?

            1. re: SteveG

              That be it.

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              Flamingo Resort Hotel/Conf Center
              2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405