Dierk's Parkside Cafe - Santa Rosa
My husband and I just ate at Dierk's Parkside Cafe for the first time today. We are always looking for local weekend breakfast places. Unfortunately for us, Dierk wasn't cooking today. One of my pancakes was a little burnt (I didn't eat it) and one of my "over-mediums" was "over-hard" (I did eat it). The waitress offered to get another pancake but I don't generally send food back. Just a personal thing.
The service and the coffee was great.
I want to go back, my husband isn't so sure. Next time I will order one of their brunch specials.
It is kind of hard to get in and out of the small parking lot on a busy street.
Dierk's Parkside Cafe
404 Santa Rosa Ave Santa Rosa CA
Oh, I do hope you will try it again! And the breakfast/brunch specials are a great start. Dierk's is fast becoming my favourite breakfast/brunch place (when I can't get to Willow Wood that is...which is further away from me (-: ). I've been to Dierk's 4 times in the past month (3 of those visits were over the past week and a half), and each time the food (and service, and value!) was excellent, even when Mark Dierkhising (the owner/chef and "Dierk") wasn't behind the stove at that moment.
His Sous Chef, Arturo, sure knows his way around poached eggs. (: The morning of the SF Chocolate Salon, a friend and I had our pre-chocolate binge breakfast at Dierks...we split a "Grandma Dierk's Pull-Apart" - $2.50, between the two of us (a must order...it's a delicious bit of fried bread dough, not too tough or dry, covered in cinnamon and sugar, about the size of two large dinner rolls...SO much better than a doughnut. I usually don't want to share!). I ordered the Warm Poached Egg Salad - $9.75: "two poached eggs on a bed of mixed greens with feta cheese, bacon, fresh herbs, potatoes, croutons and tomatoes with herb dressing", and it was scrumptious in its simplicity. Two perfectly poached eggs, dusted with basil, perched on top of a generous portion of mixed greens with a well balanced mix of crunchy bacon (they don't skimp on the bacon!), croutons, tomatoes, cheese and slices of perfectly boiled red potatoes. (Pic attached)
This past Friday I enjoyed a lunch special of grilled lamb and new spring asparagus over a bed of baby spinach greens, with a mustard dressing, that was outstanding. The lamb (local!) was tender, still pinkish in the middle and nicely caramelized on the outside, and the asparagus (my current craving/obsession) was cooked perfectly...that nice balance of tender but still a touch of crispness. I didn't look at the bill, but I assume the salad was probably around $12. (Salads on the main menu run from $7.50 to $12.50 which is a great deal...some of them would run at least $16 at "higher end" restaurants around here)
Breakfast this past Sunday was another special featuring asparagus: ham and eggs with asparagus and a hollandaise sauce. This was Sunday morning around 11:30 and the place was packed. Asked for my eggs over-easy, and they arrived, over easy, on top of several ham slices (thinly sliced, not too thick), which sat on top of a generous portion of, again perfectly cooked, spring asparagus. Oh, and the sauce. Delicious meal!
The lunch menu has a lot of great sandwich choices, that are next on my list to try, such as the Grilled Corn Beef & Sauerkraut -$9.50: "Corn beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and rye bread, special dressing, served with green salad or french fries". The Grilled Duck Quesadilla sounds good too.
I appreciate the fact that Mark sources a lot of local ingredients: bread from Bennett Valley Bakery, lamb from C.K. Lamb in Healdsburg, pork from Clark Summit Farm (an organic ranch located between Valley Ford and Tomales), local cheese and veggies..and that he and his staff does it all justice with lovely, yummy food.
I just had breakfast there, and though the table was in a drafty crowded and noisy spot, and the service had a couple of glitches (which were fixed cheerfully) my food was just great. Where else can you get duck confit for breakfast? The scrambled eggs with it were perfectly tender, hash browns, cooked spiced apple, coffee--- all wonderful. Even the strawberry garnish was obviously from a local field, it had so much flavor.
Just tried Dierk's today and we really liked it.
As mentioned here, the pull-apart - worth the calories. A little chewy, not to sweet -- we had never had anything like it.
I had their version of a benedict over spinach, mushrooms, and bacon over a baguette. Very good, and the hash browns flavorful.
Glad it's far for us since we live in SF... we'd be tempted to eat there too often.
Since my original post on April 19th 2008, I have been back to Dierk's Parkside many times. The food is really very good. Everyone is friendly and it truely is a special local cafe. I wished I lived closer to Dierk's so I could eat there more often.
I really need to try the duck confit.