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Aug 5, 2007 09:51 AM

Favorite Market Deli/Take Out in Sonoma County?

We've all certainly seen the trend for markets, both chain and "gourmet/locally-owned" smaller stores to have full service delis or take-out counters featuring foods made on the premises (at least supposedly so).

Which do you recommend? Which go beyond the normal, mundane deli foods and get creative, without sacrificing excellent flavor? Which have the best and friendliest, most helpful service (since to me, that makes a lot of points for any service business)?

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  1. Jimtown Store! their hours are limited, but it's a perfect lunch. i recommend the ham and brie.

    1. What a great topic to start! I have some favorites in Sonoma County, but none I know of that really feature creative dishes.

      If I'm in downtown Santa Rosa, I oftentimes grab a sandwich at Pacific Market. My standby is the number three on dutch crunch roll. I can't pretend that a ham and cheese sandwich is very unique, but they use top quality ingredients, and it is always satisfying. Also, the ability to pick up a thanksgiving style sandwich whenever I want is always nice. I haven't had too many of the prepared foods because I usually just go for their sandwiches. In terms of service, I think it totally depends on who is serving. I've had people who just quickly take the order and give it to you without saying too much and I've had others who happily recommend me menu choices. Everyone has been polite.

      I've always found the sandwiches at Whole Foods tasty. The sandwiches I get are even simpler than at Pacific Market, but the freshness is so profound, I am totally satiated. The only prepared food I have a real memory of eating is Chinese long beans with walnuts, and it tasted fresh and light, which was exactly what I was looking for. At the Santa Rosa and Sebastopol locations, everyone has been incredibly polite and looks genuinely happy to be working there.

      Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg is a family favorite of ours. The chicken gruyere is out of this world good. Chicken and gruyere with pancetta and balsamic onions is as good as it sounds. I also enjoy the club mezzaluna quite a bit, which you can almost be fooled to think is somewhat salad because it has lettuce in it. I'm not the biggest fan of the pizzas or the salads. Service has been average in my experience.

      The sandwiches at Oliver's are pretty good as well, but my favorite portion is the salad bar. The quality of the grilled chicken (there are two types, and I far prefer one, but I always have to try both to see which one it is) is great, and you can create just about any salad you want.

      I've been meaning to go to Arrigoni's and Pearson's recently. I had a croque monsieur at Arrigoni's years ago that they call another name, and I remember it being satisfying, if very greasy.

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      1. re: LikeFrogButOOOH

        Arrigoni's is great!!! They have quiche lorraine that is excellent- it goes great with their tomato basil soup in the winter. Creative salads, freindly service, high quality meats, etc.

        Peason's has some delicious items- the vegie quesadilla, noodle salad, BLT, etc. And the place is always clean and features beautiful desserts (although I've never had any) But the staff always seems annoyed-not rude exactly, just annoyed. It hasn't really deterred me from going there- I go to both locations for lunch frequently- but they could definately be more friendly/helpful.

        1. re: misscotati

          Both sound great. Thanks for the heads up. Now that I think about, the closest place I've had a great quiche was at Bouchon in Yountville, so to have someplace close by is great.

        2. re: LikeFrogButOOOH

          Replying to add placelinks.

          Oakville Grocery
          124 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

        3. I love Canevari Deli and Ravioli Factory on the corner of Lewis at Humbolt St in Santa Rosa right next to Lewis Adult School.
          Also try Gilardi's in Windsor (family owned and operated), Lombardi's in Petaluma (they opened one in downtown Petaluma and one in Cotati too but I like the original Petaluma Blvd North location the best), and Perry's on Mendo across from Santa Rosa High.
          Oliver's Market, Fiesta Market, Pacific Market, Sonoma Market and Molsberry Market all have really great delis, salad bars and cheese sections.

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          1. re: fyoulady

            Replying to add more placelinks.

            Canevari Delicatessen
            695 Lewis Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

            Molsberry Markets
            522 Larkfield Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

            Perry's Delicatessen
            1220 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

          2. My favs, in no particular order:

            Traverso's (downtown Santa Rosa): Deli and market. Service is terrific and friendly, deli sammiches are supertasty and you can get them made with any of the large selection of meats in the deli case including more unusual things like speck, proscutto, braeseloa, and more varieties of salami than you can shake a stick at. Sammy's come with a choice of a multitude of other additions (fresh mozzerella, etc). They also have a good variety of other things like salads, and my current fav, Claudio's homemade meatloaf. In the market portion of the place, you can pick up a wonderful bottle of wine or two (Bill and Michael really know their stuff), sodas, beer, snacks, chocolate, etc. (: They may not have the variety of prepared foods like Olivers, etc, but they more than make up for that in the service, quality and tastiness of the food.

            Oliver's (Santa Rosa location): great salad bar as LikeFrog mentioned. Lots of fixin's. Every time I've been there it has been clean and tidy. I used to go there for lunch frequently when I worked in the area and I never had a bad meal. A lot of selection in the deli case of different foods, soups, salads, meats, etc. I've tried a variety of things there and never been disappointed. Sometimes when it is crowded I have to wait a minute or two for service, but service has always been friendly and helpful. During summer they often have a bbq grill out front and you can get some nice bits of grilled meat. (not sure of the times though)

            Pacific Market/Fiesta (Sebastopol and Santa Rosa),Whole Foods (Santa Rosa and Sebaastopol), Glen Ellen Market (Glen Ellen), Sonoma Market (the town of Sonoma) are also similar to Oliver's with a great salad bar, tasty sammiches, good variety of food made there in the deli case, and friendly helpful service.

            Love the food from Pearson & Co. (two Santa Rosa locations) They have this amazing chocolate puddinglike creation that is SINFUL and out of this world. Used to get food delivered at one of my former workplaces, so I don't know much about their instore service but the food was always outstanding.

            Arrigoni's (downtown Santa Rosa)was always tasty and the service was always great (even during busy lunch rush) when I went there for lunch when I worked downtown.

            A friend of mine took me on a roadtrip to the Jimtown Store a few years back and I had an excellent peanut butter, jalapenio jelly and bacon sammich. (May sound weird to you but it was ubertasty!) They made a great mocha as well. Bonus points for being able to purchase a nunzilla, whoopie cushion or antiques from the eclectic store, after your meal.

            Traverso's Gourmet Foods
            2097 Stagecoach Rd,, Santa Rosa, CA

            Oliver's Market
            560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

            Pacific Market
            1465 Town and Country Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

            Whole Foods Market
            1181 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

            Whole Foods Market
            6910 McKinley Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

            Glen Ellen Village Market
            13751 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

            Sonoma Market
            500 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

            Pearson & Co
            2759 4th St Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

            Pearson & Co.
            2500 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

            Lombardi's Deli
            3413 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Arrigoni's Delicatessen & Cafe
            701 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

            Fiesta Market
            550 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

            Jimtown Store
            6706 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, CA 95448

            Oliver's Market
            546 E Cotati Ave, Cotati, CA 94931

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            1. re: chocolateninja

              Thanks for all the linking! You are far more responsible than any of us. I forgot to mention Traverso's and Perry's somehow! I mentioned during our last Chowdown how good the storemade pancetta at Traverso's is. It is incredibly fatty but so tasty, with this incredibly nuanced flavor of smoky pork that builds and builds and builds. The flavor isn't overpowering by any means but it is a delight to chew. I bought some bread, cheeses, meats, and soda from Traverso's and took it over to the park on Santa Rosa Ave. with some friends and had a great time. Service was very friendly and personable.

              Having gone to Santa Rosa High School, Perry's Deli was a big favorite with students because it was across the street. The sandwiches are okay, but I always leave disappointed. Every topping is an extra you must pay for and their heartattack on a bun (called a Paul's Special, I think) is never as good as it sounds. Sometimes the idea of meat (I think chicken), cheese, and bacon together on a bun and tossed in the microwave sounds incredible, but I always end up thinking for all that fat, there should be a lot more flavor. Just me, though. A lot of my friends still frequent it.

            2. Wonder if anyone has tried the new Supper in Healdsburg's Plaza Farms?

              I've only browsed, not tasted anything yet. The focus is on prepped food to finish cooking at home. But the display case has some other items, e.g., dolmas. The price for Della Fattoria bread is a buck less than at Oakville Grocery, a block away.

              Here's my photo of the dramatic Himalayan salt display.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Supper is the latest from the co-owner of DaVero there at Plaza Farms - Colleen McGlynn. As a former Plaza Farms/Bellwether Farms employee, I can tell you that Colleen does have the background (ie a few years at Stars) to produce good eats.

                I do have to say that she somewhat copied our set-up at Bellwether Farms' former stall there, but, hey - we left, and our regular customers missed some of what we carried.

                Personally, I get a little depressed to go back there these days, as it's a shadow of its original self, with Bellwether and ScharffenBerger gone. A little spooky.

                By the way, Melanie - I know you're a Bovolo/Zazu fan. Watch for Duskie to be on Food Network's Challenge show in Sept - Mac & Cheese Challenge. She uses some of John's Black Pig Bacon in one of the dishes.

                1. re: cmvan

                  The Girl and the Fig is also a great place to go.
                  110 west spain street
                  sonoma, california 95476

                  1. re: cmvan

                    Thanks, i am wondering how well some of those dishes turn out being reheated/finished at home, since that's the basis for the concept. I agree with you that it feels rather empty and almost spooky in there.

                    Here's the latest report on Bovolo and Zazu from Prabhakar Ragde,

                    106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                    106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                    the fig pantry
                    1190 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476