Suggestions for Sebastopol area? especially lunch
Planning a Sunday-Wednesday getaway to Sebastopol & vicinity.
We have plugged in for dinners: K&L Bistro, Pizzavino, La Bodega. Opinions welcome! Lots of places are closed on some or all of the days we're there.
Please suggest cheap lunch places, including take-out. We are not big meat-eaters so don't send us to the BBQ & burger places, & we don't really drink so don't send us winetasting :)
Any organic u-pick farms or other food-related can't-miss things?
Suggestions also welcome for coming down the coast on the way home...
Thanks in advance!
119 S. Main St., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Reporting back on a lovely little trip:
1. Della Fattoria was the perfect way to start the vacation; we went for lunch on our way to Sebastopol. The space is beautiful & relaxing, very nice atmosphere, with lots of fresh flowers. Spousette got delicious biscuits & gravy, I got egg salad/sundried tomato tapenade/smoked salmon sandwich, which was definitely the richest egg salad sandwich I'd ever eaten. I probably shouldn't have finished it ;) Came w/ a side salad made of impeccably fresh lettuces, very impressive. Would definitely go back again at every chance.
2. Dinner that night at La Bodega wine club. This was mixed. Nice space but uncomfortable chairs. Odd combination of table service with help-yourself silverware & napkins, equally odd ordering procedure (you mark your choices on the xerox menu, then they write down what you wrote...) but it didn't bother us. Spousette got chicken with mushrooms in cream sauce -- sooooo good! This was definitely a hit. I ordered fava greens ravioli with peas & artichoke -- when it arrived, it turned out to be a tomato-based sauce, which together with the tart (marinated) artichoke hearts, basically shouted down any fava flavor the ravioli possessed. It seemed like a waste of really excellent ravioli. The peas were disappointing as well, kind of hard & starchy, a shame since fresh peas are so good right now. I might go back again to try other ravioli, being sure to ask many careful picky questions about the sauce before ordering.
3. Wildflour bakery -- so charming! We got a green onion asiago scone, which had good texture but had a bit of sweetness to it that seemed misplaced. Also a bell pepper 4-cheese bread that was deilcious but seemed slightly overpriced at $6.50 for a very small loaf. They have a really lovely garden though where you can sit & eat, so that's some added value :)
4. K&L had a slightly more formal atmosphere than we expected or were dressed for, but they treated us well & we had a good meal. Burger, Atlantic salmon with favas, peas, fingerlings, side of grilled asparagus. All straightforward & flawless, except for the asparagus, which was a bit oversalted, plus $6 for 6 spears of asparagus pushed my value buttons a bit.
5. We ended up at Willow wood Market Cafe in Graton for dinner on the last night. Steelhead w/ mashed taters & veggie mix, Market plate (polenta, spinach, roasted tomato, soft egg, cambozola toasts). The steelhead dish was flawless & the Market plate is a comfort-food fave of mine from years ago. Again a very good meal & almost $20 cheaper than the previous night's dinner: happy value queen!
6. Marshall Store: raw oysters thumbs up, crab roll not worth the price, clam chowder just ok.
We had brought some of our own food & also had leftovers from a couple of the dinners, so didn't end up eating lunch out as much.
Thanks everyone for the tips!
141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
19225 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA 94940
I really like Sushi Hana (6930 Burnett, Sebastopol - NOT Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park). I know that the words "bargain" and "sushi" don't bode well in the same sentence, but on Saturdays they have a huge list of sushi specials and they are really good. I've eaten my way through a great deal of the menu, the cucumber salad is excellent. The hotate gai is especially delicious. Also don't miss Screamin' Mimi's ice cream. If they have lavendar, don't think about it, just get it. I've never tried a flavor there that wasn't amazing.
6902 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
6930 Burnett St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Just heard about Hole in the Wall at 972 Gravenstein Highway South. Haven't eaten there yet.
The Main Street Deli at 280 S. Main is open 8:30-7:30 M-Sat, 8:30-5:30 Sun. Has a good assortment of lunch options, most middle eastern (gyros, shawerma, falafel, etc.). And a small grocery.
During the weekend, try stopping at Patisserie Angelica 6821 Laguna Parkway for a cookie or pastry.
And the Sunday morning farmers market in downtown Sebastopol is an interesting slice of life. And a traffic stopper.
6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472