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Stella's, Willow Wood or Mosaic for lunch?

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hungryinaz Apr 26, 2008 04:07 PM

I've found positive reviews on all three which makes it too hard to decide! Our group of seven will be dining on May 21. If anyone can give pluses and minuses on any of the three, that would be very helpful. Thanks!

  1. Enorah May 21, 2008 08:31 PM

    Willow Wood! Definitely!

    Oh, I see that was today.

    I am curious where you chose to eat.

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      hungryinaz May 27, 2008 03:29 PM

      I went to Willow Wood and was underwhelmed. The back patio is nice but I was expecting more. The pork sandwich I tried was lukewarm, pretty flavorless and dry. The side of cold black bean salad was good but none of the sandwiches really blew our group away including a turkey with apple and a steak. The market polenta had a "skin" covering the top of it which made for a strange texture.

      I think we would have been more impressed with breakfast but, sadly, we just missed the 11 a.m. cutoff after our server took 15 minutes to take our order.

      Also stopped at Stella's. Enjoyed the food much more than Willow Wood but wasn't wowed by the patio. There are no views per se and it's fairly stark but walking over to the old hop kiln building made it more interesting.

      I guess I have better patios in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area than I realized, I think I've been spoiled.

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      SLRossi Apr 28, 2008 04:23 PM

      I've only eaten at Willowood, which I really enjoy. Unless things have changed they don't take reservations so getting a table can be trying at times. However, Underwood Bar and Bistro is located across the street, operated by the same folks, and gladly accepts reservations. A large group of us had a great lunch there a couple of weeks ago. http://www.underwoodgraton.com/

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      Underwood Bar & Bistro
      9113 Graton Rd, Graton, CA 95444

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        oaktowngirl Apr 26, 2008 07:50 PM

        Wait...where?

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          wolfe Apr 26, 2008 08:32 PM

          Russian River, Sebastapol, Graton, Forestville,
          http://www.chow.com/places/4622
          http://www.chow.com/places/3455
          http://www.chow.com/places/10981

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            hungryinaz Apr 27, 2008 08:03 AM

            They are all in the Graton/Forestville area of Sonoma County.

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              oakjoan Apr 27, 2008 06:42 PM

              I love the Willow Wood...especially if you can get seated outside in the back patio. It's pretty small, but so lovely in spring. The food is usually very good, but stay away from the sandwich with blue cheese and meat in it....can't recall what it's called and don't even know if they still have it - it's been a year or so since I've been there).

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