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Jul 21, 2009 01:43 PM

Which Sonoma County town is best for foodies.

We are trying to decide on a town to stay in for a long weekend jaunt to the Sonoma County wine area. They are all so darn cute, that I'm having a hard time narrowing down the options. Which one is the choice of foodies and chowhounds in the know? Healdsburg? Guerneville? Sonoma? Sebastapol?

Advice please?

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      1. 2nd place goes to the town of Sonoma. A few great restaurants, Cafe La Haye, Girl & The Fig, Rin's Thai, and a few others. Also, Basque Bakery and Artisan Bakery. Sonoma Market has some great buys on wine and the coffee garden on the square has a really nice back patio area and they make good coffee drinks.

        Sonoma Market
        500 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

        Cafe La Haye
        140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

        The Girl & The Fig
        110 West Spain, Sonoma, CA 95442

        Basque Boulangerie Cafe
        460 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476

        Rin's Thai of Sonoma
        139 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

        Artisan Bakers
        720 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

        1. I prefer Mirapoix in Windsor.

          1. As fond as I am of the west county area where I live, if I were coming to Sonoma County just for a long weekend and food and wine was a priority, I'd stay in Healdsburg. Old Timer's favorite, Mirepoix, is just a few minutes away on the freeway. If you want a taste of the best of the west county area (and of course I think you should!), you can get to Farmhouse Inn quickly and easily via Westside Road to River Road. And if you just want to stay in one place, you could walk to any number of great places on or right near Healdsburg Plaza. In that area, I always recommend Ravenous for wonderful food and warm service; Downtown Bakery and creamery for pastery; and Bear Flag Brewing Company for very casual yet good quality eats. There are quite a few tasting rooms right on the plaza, too.

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            1. re: Kathleen M

              10 minutes up the road from Healdsburg is Diavola in Geyserville. They make great pizza and their own cured meats. We also really enjoyed the grilled caesar salad.

              Not sure which link below is best so I'm posting both.

              21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441