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SanJoseHound Apr 14, 2011 06:26 PM

Last minute Easter weekend trip to Sonoma. My husband and I are staying at the Fairmont. However we plan to drive up on Saturday morning and hit the Russian River Valley area. Where can we stop for a quick pastry and coffee (not a sit-down breakfast) on the way from San Jose? Then on to Merry Edwards, Lynmar, Dutton Goldfield and maybe one more? Joseph Swan/Siduri/other? We also need a lunch suggestion in this area. Barndiva looks interesting. Lighter fare would be nice. Must make it back by 6pm for reservation at Sante.

For Easter we're picking up my aunt in Napa and going to brunch at Brix, but we have nothing planned for the rest of the day.

On Monday: GunBun and Buena Vista. If I should swap out, let me know.

How can I fit in Fremont Diner (husband LOVES fried chicken) and El Molino Central? If one of them is open for Easter dinner then we'll be in luck. We can have lunch at the other on Monday.

Sorry my post is so disjointed. As always, thanks in advance for your advice and feedback.

-Carminia

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Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Barndiva
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Brix
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Sante Restaurant
100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, CA

Fremont Diner
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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    lrealml RE: SanJoseHound Apr 14, 2011 06:55 PM

    If you go up through Berkley, stop at Acme. It is right off the highway. I love the Berkley location because they have more items than the other Acmes (like the cinnamon-currant bread with walnuts which is to die for).

    1. josquared RE: SanJoseHound Apr 14, 2011 07:13 PM

      I assume you're staying at the Fairmont in San Jose?

      It's a bit of a drive from there to the Russian River Valley Area, but if you're going to do it, you might as well take 101 up thru SF and stop by Tartine; wouldn't be too much of a detour and there would be plenty of time to consume your pastry & coffee (I assume you're taking it with you in the car?) the rest of the way

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        wolfe RE: josquared Apr 14, 2011 07:18 PM

        I thought the Mission Inn,

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          lrealml RE: josquared Apr 14, 2011 07:23 PM

          I'm guessing that they live in San Jose and are staying at the Fairmont in Santa Rosa.... therefore they might not want to detour themselves too much for Tartine (Van Ness to the GG can be a pain on a nice Sat. morning).

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            SanJoseHound RE: lrealml Apr 14, 2011 08:24 PM

            Yes, we live in San Jose and are staying at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

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            Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
            100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, CA 95476

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              josquared RE: lrealml Apr 15, 2011 07:19 AM

              Ahh, okay, got the picture now.

              My interpretation from the OP's post was that they were headed straight early morning from San Jose up to the Russian River Valley on Saturday, and I'm guessing they'll be checking into the Fairmont Sonoma later on in the day?

              If that's still the case, I'd say 101 is still the most direct way there (versus 880/80/580/101 or 880/80/37/29/121/12/101) and you might as well hit up Tartine.

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            Columba RE: SanJoseHound Apr 14, 2011 08:11 PM

            Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Boyes Hot Springs?

            El Molino Central has special Easter brunch offerings after 11 AM. The portions are large and could easily be both breakfast & lunch.

            If it's a nice day, the patio out back is nice. If cold or rainy, the indoor table sits three & you'll get to meet all the customers waiting in line to order their take-out.

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            Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
            100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, CA 95476

            El Molino Central
            11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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              SanJoseHound RE: Columba Apr 14, 2011 08:26 PM

              We are having brunch at Brix. If we make it back before El Molino Central closes we'll probably stop in.

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              Brix
              7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

              El Molino Central
              11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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                Columba RE: SanJoseHound Apr 15, 2011 04:26 PM

                Getting back from Brix to SMI -

                Okay, get a map. This is a little crazy, but...Go a couple miles up Hiway 29 from Brix to Oakville Grade and come "over the hill" to Hiway 12. The road will change names to Trinity Road on your way back to Valley of the Moon. Twisty, turny steep with incredible views. Turn left on 12 & you'll be back at SMI in minutes.

                If you love beautiful gardens, check out Quarryhill Botanical Garden. It's stunning now. Saturday, April 22 is their Earth Day celebration - free admission. http://quarryhillbg.org/

                BR Cohn has olive oil.

                Don't know if either will be open on Easter Sunday.

                Enjoy your visit, you've chosen a good time to come.

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                B R Cohn Olive Oil Co
                15000 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

                Brix
                7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

            2. davina RE: SanJoseHound Apr 15, 2011 01:36 PM

              If you're sticking around the Russian River area for winetasting on Saturday, Iron Horse has a beautiful tasting room (not really a room -- it's an outdoor bar). And for food, barndiva is somewhat of a trek unless you're going to taste up Westside Rd in Healdsburg or something. I like the Underwood in Graton for lunch (and bocce ball).

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                SanJoseHound RE: davina Apr 15, 2011 03:23 PM

                Thanks! I checked out Underwood's menu and it looks right up our alley. I'm so bad with geography - is Graton close to Merry Edwards, Lynmar, Dutton Goldfield?

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                  wolfe RE: SanJoseHound Apr 15, 2011 03:32 PM

                  Very, Google makes it less than mile to ME and DG and 1.5 to Lynmar

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                sonomajom RE: SanJoseHound Apr 15, 2011 04:40 PM

                Another nice drive from Napa back towards Sonoma is to take in Spring Mountain and some good wineries up there. Google Spring Mountain wineries - one is Pride, another Keenan and there are several others. I can't remember if hte route is via Calistoga road - I think it is and that drops you back on Highway 12 about 6-8 miles north of your hotel
                El Molino is super casual but unique and great food - think of it in style of surrounding (though definitely not food) lmore like a nice to go taqueria.
                For Mon GunBun and Buena Vista are nice but pretty main stream. Other options that are smaller and more unique - ie you wont get to buy the wines in retail often or at all
                Wellington, Loxton, Little - all very near BR Cohn. Audellessa,
                All that should keep you busy - have fun!

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                Buena Vista Cafe
                2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                El Molino
                5321 Hopyard Rd Ste A, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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                  SanJoseHound RE: SanJoseHound Apr 20, 2011 09:59 AM

                  Thank you for all the suggestions! I will report back after our trip. Told my husband about El Molino Central, and since he loves Mexican food he's very excited.

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                  El Molino Central
                  11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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