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Dec 9, 2007 02:21 PM

Good fast eats between SF and Sonoma

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. 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. 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

        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

        1. re: waldrons

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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

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            1. re: waldrons

              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

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