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Healdsburg recommendations?

cortez Feb 14, 2009 05:50 AM

I aiming at a trip to Healdsburg in March and am looking for chowhound recommendations re:

* restaurants: I'm going to Cyrus later in the year and am now looking for delicious alternatives -- flexible on ethnicities, style and price. Lively and fun would be great.

* wineries: would like to visit Ramey and selected others within a modest driving distance. Don't mind paying a tasting fee or making a reservation. Your favorites?


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    meggie t Feb 17, 2009 12:36 PM

    Went to Healdsburg twice in recent monthsand thanks to this board had some great wine/food.

    Gary Farrell - gorgeous view/great wines overall/tasting fee
    Rochioli - no tasting fee/loved the pinot

    Bovolo - had a wonderful lunch there and the gelato is delicious
    Barndiva - went for lunch; everything was great; little more upscale than Bovolo/Costeaux
    Cyrus - absolutely amazing! (I know you are going there later in the year but thought I would throw that in there)
    Costeaux Bakery - went for lunch; great, casual French bakery/bistro type place; filled with locals
    Downtown Bakery - stopped in for some afternoon cookies; very good

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    1. re: meggie t
      meggie t Feb 17, 2009 01:47 PM

      Edited to add links.

      Downtown Bakery & Creamery
      308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Cyrus Restaurant
      29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Costeaux French Bakery Cafe
      417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      J Rochioli Vineyards & Winery
      6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Gary Farrell Wines
      10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      1. re: meggie t
        cortez Feb 17, 2009 03:58 PM

        Many thanks for the excellent recommendations.

        1. re: cortez
          SFDude Feb 17, 2009 06:30 PM

          Bistro Ralph on the Square is excellent. And Yoakim Bridge makes some wonderful zins -- more elegant and less over-powering than some.

          Bistro Ralph
          109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

    2. tvham Feb 16, 2009 09:09 PM

      I'm a big Healdsburg fan...for food, I had a fantastic breakfast pizza at Bovolo.
      Dry Creek General Store is always packed - if you want to picnic I would suggest Dry Creek Vineyard as a picnic venue (they have tons of tables available) and a place to pick up salami/cheese (they sell it in the tasting room)

      In terms of wineries, my favs are:
      A. Rafanelli

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        wahbahdoo Feb 16, 2009 06:30 PM

        i loved the wines at a rafanelli -- much better than the wines at michel-schlumberger and bella, but i'm not a wine expert and i like dry wines.

        i haven't been to cyrus for dinner, but their cocktails are great (fresh fruits and/or herbs) & they also have absinthe.

        i went to willi's and zin and thought the food at both places was good but not great.

        i liked bovolo for a casual lunch.

        1. ambercontegssa Feb 16, 2009 05:30 PM

          A newer restaurant on the square is Scopa - Italian based. Fun and great food/service.
          Wineries - Dry Creek - Dutcher Creek Winery, tasty cabs,zins and sauv blancs-very scenic at the end of the valley.
          Sunce Winery - lots of interesting blend/varietals, have a tasting room off the square (no fee at their winery)

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            whiner Feb 15, 2009 04:44 AM

            By Appointment:
            Merry Edwards
            Kosta Brown / Kutch / Deerfield Ranch (/Ketchum?)

            No appointment:
            Hartford Family
            Davis Winery (IN Healdsburg)
            Rosenblum (IN Healdsburg)

            Restaurants: Oakville Grocery for lunch, Zin for moderately priced dinner. Or Zazu in RRV for a roadhouse CA/Northern Italian that is a lot of fun. Or Farmhouse Inn for an amazing dinner.

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              Wendy_san Feb 14, 2009 06:16 PM

              We had a wonderful lunch last month at Restaurant Charcuterie. Very nice list of wines by the glass.


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                Kim Cooper Feb 14, 2009 06:01 PM

                Restaurant: Willi's Wine Bar. Love it. Small plates. Everything tasty. Most imaginative but not too far out. Easy to find. Has outdoor seating if it's warm enough.

                1. Windy Feb 14, 2009 10:50 AM


                  1. eatzalot Feb 14, 2009 09:21 AM

                    Good information has surfaced here in the last year or two, in the bodies of threads about North Bay food and wine. Examples:



                    1. osho Feb 14, 2009 06:10 AM

                      My favourites in Healdsburg are:

                      1. Preston (Organic) - love their C. Sauvignon
                      2. Everett Ridge (they use some organic grapes) -like their Diablita line for everyday drinkability and they have an excellent port as well !
                      3. Bella Vineyards - love their Zin.

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