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northbay ethnic food suggestions

malabar Jul 29, 2009 03:57 PM

we have moved from the city to santa rosa and other than mexican on sebastopol rd we have not really found any good ethnic food in the north bay.

do other chowhounds have suggestions for tasty and spicy ethnic foods in the petaluma to healdsburg corridor?

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  1. wolfe RE: malabar Jul 29, 2009 04:41 PM

    While you are waiting you can do a little research on your own. Go to this CH site and plug in the town you want. Click on the restaurant and see if anyone has got anything to say. Some have only a brief description, probably by Melanie, and no recommendations but at least you'll find what is available.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: malabar Jul 29, 2009 04:52 PM

      This might be a better place to start:


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        wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2009 06:43 PM

        I guess if you are really interested in Santa Rosa and don't mind skipping Petaluma, Healdsburg, Windsor and all the other places, it is a great place to start.

        1. re: wolfe
          Robert Lauriston RE: wolfe Jul 29, 2009 07:41 PM

          Plug in other city names, or Sonoma.

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            wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2009 08:15 PM

            Funny when I do that I get threads that include Santa Rosa and the city named not a listing of the food and wine places available in those cities. It must be I am doing something wrong.
            Example 1. Petaluma
            Example 2. Petaluma

            1. re: wolfe
              Robert Lauriston RE: wolfe Jul 30, 2009 08:10 AM

              Leave the main "CHOW search" field blank and change the name of the city or county in the "post title" field.

              If the name includes more than one word use only the most specific one (e.g. "francisco" for San Francisco).

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 30, 2009 08:27 AM

                Thanks Robert, that "sure" is easier. Although the list does not seem as comprehensive as that obtained by using the Place link. However, since you are the king of search I am humbled.

      2. emmaroseeats RE: malabar Jul 30, 2009 09:33 AM

        Just for a little home town pride - I love Aram's in Petaluma for Mediterranean...on Kentucky St., downtown.

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          Kathleen M RE: malabar Jul 30, 2009 10:19 AM

          Gee, you really haven't found anything good other than Mexican? I hesitate to make suggestions then, because it seems to me that there are so many great selections in the area, and perhaps your standards are higher than mine. But I'll give it a try - just off the top of my head, and omitting my Mexican recommendations. In Santa Rosa, there is Jhanthong Banbua (or Motel Thai, after the sign in front) which is my favorite Thai restaurant in the area, and Pho Vietman for Vietnamese. The pho is excellent, but so is the bun. I haven't tried Real Doner yet, but I've heard great things about the food there as well.

          In Cotati, there is Bear Korean, where the language barrier can be a bit of a problem, but well worth it. Pho Vietnam used to be my favorite Vietnamese place until I ate at Mai Vietnamese Cuisine in Cotati. Nearby in Rohnert Park there is Hana Sushi, which regularly gets written up as the best sushi in the area, although I have found it to have snooty service and high prices; I really prefer Kyoto, which may be less adventurous, but more friendly and very good for the basics. They have the best salmon sashimi that I've ever had. Also in Rohnert Park is Shangri-La for Nepali food - if you like it hot and spicy, just let them know and they will oblige.

          That's just the ones I though of on the spot, but maybe that will get you started...

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          1. re: Kathleen M
            Civil Bear RE: Kathleen M Jul 30, 2009 10:37 AM

            I'll second Pho Vietnam (saw Guy Fieri there a few weeks ago). Also like Thang Long in Petaluma.

            Thang Long Restaurant
            175 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

            Pho Vietnam
            711 Stony Point Rd Suite 8, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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