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I was curious to hear about some of your favorite restaurants in Petaluma are...anything.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Marsha

      Water St Cafe for lunch. Some of the best soups anywhere, as well as great sandwiches and salads, all home made by a very talented staff.

    2. 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.

      1. There is a pretty good BBQ rib place (called Jerome's, I think) in a strip mall on the east side of Highway 101. It is across the road from the Kohl's department store.

        Yes, it is Jerome's. The address is 1390 N. McDowell Blvd.

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        1. re: DavidT

          I like the BBQ oysters at Lombardi's weekend BBQ
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/333124

          The downtown Lomardi's has a really nice hot dog and I want to try the hamburger because it looked so good
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387352

          At either location get the Pedroni potato salad ... another must try on my next visit.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/29590

          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.

        2. Della Fattoria bread & pastries. There's sitdown food too, don't know how it rates.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: poulet_roti

              I've never found Lombardi's serving from their bbq cookers The times I've stopped there they've had all the bbq in the cold cases so they microwaved it. I stopped going there because of that. Maybe I should stop more often to see if they have "fresh" bbq ribs available.

              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                Good point. I have only had the ribs and they always head out to the bbq and pull a rack. I have seen but never ordered the tri-tip or chicken which is cold and needs to be re-heated. I doubt I would ever get anything other than the spare ribs.

                1. re: Mick Ruthven

                  Usually it is Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon.