I was curious to hear about some of your favorite restaurants in Petaluma are...anything.
Hard to name them all, but for starters . . .
Cucina Paradiso - very good Italian, and my usual birthday choice
Central Market - slow food, New Orleans influence
Sooze Wine Bar - nice variety, particularly good for fish, and of course, wine
Pazzo - heartier Italian
Sugo - less formal Italian
Thai Ginger - Fresh and lovely and fun presentation
Thang Long - My choice for pho of all sorts - inexpensive and the broth is life-saving if you have a cold
Little Thai - Yummy, bright flavors
Cafe Zazzle - Imaginative variety of informal food
Risi Bisi - Formal but not hidebound Italian with great specials
Thai House - Very good food, servers in beautiful clothing
Dempsey's - Good, house-grown produce, nice South American influence, imaginative specials and a great hamburger
Le Bistro - tiny, French, one I haven't tried in a while, but really enjoyed in the past
That's it, right off the top of my head. There are others, I'm sure, but I'm sure other folk will mention them.
I'll definitely second Water St Cafe for lunch, mentioned above. Also I've liked Aram (Middle Eastern food, owned by an Armenian family) for many years. I like those two places so much that when I'm in Petaluma near lunch time it's hard for me to go anywhere else.
I like the BBQ oysters at Lombardi's weekend BBQ
The downtown Lomardi's has a really nice hot dog and I want to try the hamburger because it looked so good
At either location get the Pedroni potato salad ... another must try on my next visit.
If I have the story right, Pedroni was sold and whoever bought it threw out the special pots they had. The son decided to start making the salad again but is still searching for the correct pots to get the salad EXACTLY back to the original.
Central Market - downtown
Lolita's on Lakeville - Mexican market with excellent Mexican fare and birria. I generally get four (4) different tacos to try as many meats as possible - two lengua, one al pastor, and one carnitas
Lombardi's - out by the outlets, they have an excellent bbq in the parking lot serving my favorite ribs period. Dry rubbed ribs slowly cooked over mesquite - moist and tender but not overcooked and "falling off the bone". Dipping bbq sauce is that is your fancy.