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Good fast eats between SF and Sonoma

waldrons Dec 9, 2007 02:21 PM

Because of a family situation, I find myself driving from SF to Sonoma every other week. To reward/distract myself, I'd like to find some good little places near the route below for a good but quick lunch. Any type of food is fine, but something where I can get there within 10 minutes or so from the freeway, with easy parking, and where I can be served and out in 45 minutes or less.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

My usual route:
Hwy. 101 north, 37 east, 121 north, 12 north to Sonoma.


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  1. Dave MP RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 08:39 AM

    Not exactly between, but there are places in the Richmond and Sunset that might work (depending on where you are coming from). From there it would be easy to get onto 19th Av and then onto the GG Bridge.

    I drove this route on Saturday, and on the way back into the city, I was very tempted to stop by Creations Dessert House (on Geary and 21st Av?) since we were practically driving right by....not a meal, but a nice place for dessert.

    1. Melanie Wong RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 08:57 AM

      Uncle Bill's Gourmet Corn Dogs, if you can catch him on the corner of Napa and Eighth in Sonoma or during the season at farmers markets. Hand-dipped and fried to order.

      In San Rafael, you might want to check out posts on Sol Food or Om South Indian for a quick lunch.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        waldrons RE: Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2007 03:03 PM

        Do you know Uncle Bill's hours/days of operation? At Napa Rd., there was a guy with a tent marked "hot dogs", but I didn't see the Uncle Bill name or "corn dogs" listed.

        Thanks! Susan

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          Melanie Wong RE: waldrons Dec 16, 2007 04:05 PM

          Sorry, can't help you there. Here's his phone number, 707.996.1857.

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            waldrons RE: Melanie Wong Dec 30, 2007 12:32 AM

            Perfect, thanks!

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        csp1 RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 10:19 AM

        I like Papa's Taverna for Greek. It's at 5688 Lakeville Highway. You can then take Highway 116 on to Sonoma. It's right on the way. Their grilled octopus is really good. and you can sit and look out at the Petaluma Slough.

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          cyleater RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 05:31 PM

          If you're driving around breakfast time, I'd suggest Pier 15 in San Rafael. Service can be a little slow if they're busy, so just make sure you flag them.

          Sol Food is a good bet. For something even faster, there's Taqueria San Jose on 4th St or Taqueria Mi Familia (in the Ross square, right off of the Andersen Dr. exit) or Taquera San Jose.

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            waldrons RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 05:41 PM

            Thanks, these all sound great (especially Sol Food!). I'll check it out on Wednesday!

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              Melanie Wong RE: waldrons Dec 10, 2007 06:05 PM

              Susan, since I'm rarely passing that corridor during business hours, I've not had a chance to check out the outlet myself. But you might be interested in stopping for some discount cheesecake in Novato.

              John & Jill's
              4 Commercial Blvd # 2, Novato, CA

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                waldrons RE: Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2007 03:04 PM

                My Mom's eyes lit up when I mentioned cheesecake, so that will be one of my stops in the near future! Thanks!


            2. Shane Greenwood RE: waldrons Dec 30, 2007 07:08 AM

              My first reco is Sol Food in San Rafael, as mentioned above. Avatar's Punjabi Burritos in Mill Valley is a fun change of pace too.

              Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
              732 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

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              1. re: Shane Greenwood
                waldrons RE: Shane Greenwood Jan 4, 2008 12:01 AM

                Ok, I think I have to try Avatar just to taste "punjabi burritos" for myself!!


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