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Jun 17, 2008 09:08 PM

Bachelor party - Guerneville/Forestville

Where to go for decent+ and casual bfasts and dinners in the area for about 8 guys?

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  1. I love Cafe les Jumelles, in Monte Rio (about 4 miles west of Guerneville) for every meal, but probably best for breakfast. I have mentioned this here before, but I will repeat that they have the best corned beef hash I have ever tasted, and I've tasted lots! On weekends they have several versions of eggs benedict (including traditional) that are great - homemade hollandaise. There's lots more, and prices are quite reasonable. The atmosphere is VERY casual, the people are really friendly. For a bit more upscale breakfast, still pretty casual, go a few miles further west to Cape Fear Cafe, in Duncan's Mills. (I've heard that they are also great for dinner, but I've only been there for brunch.) They have lots of tastey stuff too, but the big draw is the benedicts (also several choices of toppings including traditional) served over grits instead of English muffins. In Guerneville proper, I'd suggest avoiding Pat's! (Funny story: Recently I had dinner at the home of some friends, and I mentioned that I was really hungry because I had ordered clam chowder at Pat's and it was so awful that I just couldn't choke it down. My host said "Oh yeah, I've tried that clam chowder too - it's really horrible!") I do recommend Charizma Wine Bar for tastey and casual meals. Mostly salads and sandwiches prepared with fresh, high quality ingredients. There's always a special, something a bit more substantial, and it's always really good. And there's Jonathan's for very casual dinners. I go more for the atmosphere (old fashioned neighborhood bar) than the food, yet the food is always solid. I just read that the chef left and that the sous chef has taken over using the same recipes. I haven't been since that happened, but I'm guessing that the food hasn't changed, and I know the "back in time" feel is still there.

    1. Stumptown Brewery would be fun for dinner and hanging out. They have a large back deck that overlooks the river, and there's a pool table. The beer's good and only $3 a pint, and the food is solid as well. I only had the half rack of ribs, but it was fork tender and came with good slaw and crispy thick cut fries ($14).

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        1. re: Pei

          I agree Stumptown is a great local place for hanging out and has some tasty beers, but your comment about Pat's is way off. I guess any place can have a bad soup day, but I've had a couple of the soups (not the clam chowder) and they were all great. You can tell it is homemade, so I guess that each batch isn't the same since isn't not from some package, but I personally love fresh homecooked food. Just wanted to say that I've had great soup there as well and the breakfast is by far the best in Guerneville.

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          Stumptown Brewery
          15045 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

          Les Jumelles
          15025 River Rd., Guerneville, CA 95446

          Pat's Restaurant & Bar
          16236 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446

          Cape Fear Cafe
          25191 Highway 116, Duncans Mills, CA 95430

          Charizma Wine Lounge & Deli
          16337 Main St, Guerneville, CA

          1. Have not been there but looked like fun on the Food Networks Diners, Dives and Practical Jokes or whatever it's called.
            Russian River Pub

            Russian River Pub
            11829 River Rd, Forestville, CA

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            1. re: wolfe

              I've not been there either, but one of my friends, who has really good taste in food, told me that the buffalo wings at Russian River Pub are the best she's ever tasted. I've been curious to try them but haven't made it by there. Has anyone else tried them? I don't usually order chicken wings, but whenever I hear of the best ever of anything, I want to taste it!