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Where/Which are your favorite Healdsburg-area Restaurants?

ChefJune Aug 11, 2010 10:15 AM

Looking for some suggestions other than Dry Creek Kitchen. More interested in "wine country" cooking than ethnic.

What are your "don't miss" places?

We'll be there weekend of 8/20

Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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    tanglenet RE: ChefJune Aug 11, 2010 05:14 PM

    We like:

    Farmhouse Inn - Forestville
    Willi's Wine Bar - North Santa Rosa
    Mirepoix - Windsor

    Have heard good things of Cyrus but have not been.

    Farmhouse Inn
    7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

    Willi's Wine Bar
    4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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    1. re: tanglenet
      Paul H RE: tanglenet Aug 14, 2010 05:42 PM

      Another vote for Willi's Wine Bar. Great staff and really, really good food.

      Willi's Wine Bar
      4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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      celeryroot RE: ChefJune Aug 11, 2010 05:36 PM

      In no particular order

      Madrona Manor
      Cyrus, both bar area and rest.
      Bovola , very casual and quick
      Barndiva , this has improved dramatically over the last year IMHO

      One place you might look at is Spoonbar at the H2Hotel . I have not eaten full dinner there yet but the bar has great appetizers and is really worth stopping at.... only been twice briefly. It just opened. I definitly will go back.

      21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441

      109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Madrona Manor
      1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      1. ChefJune RE: ChefJune Aug 12, 2010 01:15 PM

        Many thanks to both of you. Will report back where we went and how we liked them. :)

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          Kathleen M RE: ChefJune Aug 12, 2010 01:37 PM

          Didn't see Ravenous mentioned. I really like this place. It's rather intimate, and the service is wonderful. I have always found the food to be creative without being overly fussy. I'd also recommend the Downtown Bakery and Creamery. I must confess I've never tried the ice cream, because I'm always too tempted by the baked goods. There is a vanilla cupcake with butterscotch frosting that is just heavenly!

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            celeryroot RE: ChefJune Aug 14, 2010 04:07 PM

            By the way, I like Dry Creek Kitchen and go there often.

            Dry Creek Kitchen
            317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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              alishadunn RE: ChefJune Aug 14, 2010 04:23 PM

              I second the vote for Ravenous. We love to sit at the bar, especially on the patio out back in the summer. The cheeseburger is outstanding.

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                guster4lovers RE: ChefJune Aug 15, 2010 01:41 AM

                Cyrus is really great if you can afford it (time and money-wise). We had a great time there, and if you like New American with asian flavours, you'll like it. :-)

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                  tom246 RE: ChefJune Aug 15, 2010 12:34 PM

                  Don't miss Barn Diva. The chef for the past year has turned this place into a must visit. Previous stints with the French Laundry and Per Se.

                  The service, once a disaster now is the equal of the kitchen.

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                    budnball RE: ChefJune Aug 15, 2010 01:53 PM

                    I would add "Zin" which is my go to for lunch when i am passing thru on my way to Mendocino. Great wines and moderately priced great American food.

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                      radman123 RE: ChefJune Aug 22, 2010 11:13 PM

                      Madrona Manor and Zazu were excellent

                      Madrona Manor
                      1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                      1. ChefJune RE: ChefJune Aug 23, 2010 12:44 PM

                        As time and tummies would have it, we ended up with only one "major" meal in the area: Mosaic on Thursday night. And it was excellent, if we did get lost on the country roads going back to the Raford Inn!

                        There are so many great places to dine in the area, I think I'd have to move there to do justice to them all.

                        Thanks for all your recs!

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                          celeryroot RE: ChefJune Aug 23, 2010 05:58 PM

                          Ive gotten off on wrong road at night. Its very dark and when foggy and raining can be really bad since not a lot of road lights. Glad you enjoyed Mosaic...... We always do.

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                            ChefJune RE: celeryroot Aug 24, 2010 08:56 AM

                            Had a spectacular duck breast with cherries in the sauce which paralleled the local Pinot Noir from Cristelli (across the road from Mosaic!) that went with our dinner. ;)

                        2. mamachef RE: ChefJune Aug 23, 2010 01:01 PM

                          Mustard's grill is OUTSTANDING for down-home food done in delicious, beautifully-presented ways. Nothing fancy. The rabbit tostada is amazing; so is anything made with duck. Another option (same chef, different styles) is Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. I will say, though, that Dry Creek has greeeeeeaaaaat food. If you want something easy and simple for a picnic on the "other side of town", there's Mom's Fried Chicken and Apple pie, at the intersection of Occidental Road and the Gravenstein Highway. And in Santa Rosa, The Italian Affair serves really, really good Italian food (not red-sauce boilerplate stuff); nothing cutting edge, but all wonderfully fresh and delicious - I love the Affair to "11".

                          Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
                          1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

                          Italian Affair
                          1055 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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                            ChefJune RE: mamachef Aug 23, 2010 05:51 PM

                            Mustards and Cindy's are Napa Valley. We were in Sonoma County.

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                              mamachef RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2010 09:32 AM

                              I know; I'm from the area. Just suggesting, if you were in posession of a vehicle to do a little visiting in. Nothing there is that far from anything else.

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