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Jun 24, 2011 10:45 PM

Hole in the Wall in Sebastopol!

Open for less than a month, this little joint has become a regular stop. I've had two lunches and one dinner there and they haven't missed yet. Very inexpensive ( almost everything was <10 bucks) but the prices may go up at some point. The small menu is very interesting and the ingredients superb. I've had their garden crepe (buckwheat) and the turkey sandwich for lunch. They have a fine citrus vinaigrette dressing. The standout is the excellent borsht which is made with red and golden beets side by side in the bowl. They also do a beet salad which had goat cheese and pistachios and was fantastic.

For dinner I had the Mardi Gras crepe with andouille sausage and a super warmed apple crepe for desert. Other options included portobello burgers, mac and cheese, and a steak frites.

They do breakfast, which I'm eager to try.

No beer and wine yet, just soft drinks and iced tea but don't let that keep you away.

The chef and owner Adam Beers is very friendly and we had a good time chatting with him. He cooked at the French Garden before opening this place.

Service was good but could be a tuned up a bit. I'm forgiving as it's just getting of the ground.

Its tucked away in a small retail center just past Fircrest Market as you drive into Sebastopol.

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  1. 972 Gravenstein Hwy
    Sebastopol, CA 95472
    (707) 861-3777

    1. Thanks, Andrew - I stopped at Hole in the Wall after dental work in Sebastopol at 10:30 am today - not able to eat anything for hours, I brought home a turkey sandwich with aioli, avocado, tomato, lettuce with a side salad w/shiitake and ginger vinaigrette for later.
      Hole in the Wall is tucked between Starbucks and Subway at Suite #100 — I really want to return for the gumbo.

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      1. re: Cynsa

        Back in Sebastopol for morning dental appointment for teeth cleaning: Hole in the Wall stop for Gumbo and Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy. hmmm, hmmm GOOD. Is it possible that biscuits are too buttery, gravy is too rich??? Nah - nada, eat salad for dinner tonight to balance the day's calories and walk two miles. The gumbo is a beautiful dark mahogany and highly nuanced - will be relished as afternoon snack at home.

        Today is Dining Out for Life.

      2. Had my first breakfast there this morning. The standout was the biscuit with mushroom gravy (maitake, shitake and trumpet). Wow! Adam's got something going on here.

        They will be closing early on the 4th but back to reg hrs (7 to 9, 7 days) right after.

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        1. re: Andrew H

          oh my! I'd order everything that Chef Adam prepares with those mushrooms!
          The delight of my heart was the borsht that I took home To Go; the aroma in the car made me crazy and if I'd had a spoon, I would have pulled to the side of the road to devour it. Gorgeous beets, beef, and broth. I could eat this every day.

        2. Thanks Andrew and Cynsa for a lovely breakfast of mushroom omelet with flaky biscuit and well received eggs over for my wife. Now if only the jerk who put in the address above had included South
          Gravenstein Hwy I wouldn't have found myself lost between the Community Church and a veterinarian on North GH by my GPS. Oops that was me.

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          1. re: wolfe

            Ubetcha Wolfe, thanks for supporting HITW. Now you have to come back and try the beet salad.


            1. re: Andrew H

              Outstanding corn chowder served with lunch today. Very creamy and full of goodness. The turkey burger was fine as well. Go HITW!

          2. We had breakfast there yesterday - wonderful! I had the mixed mushroom omelette with chevre and spinach. The eggs were really tender, and the chevre made the whole dish. My husband had the biscuits and sausage gravy and said they were the best he's ever had - even better than the ones his Wyoming sheepranching father made! Service was fine, and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. On the way out, we were deciding what to have the next time we're there. If you want biscuits, be sure to get there on the early side. Around 10:30, they were down to one!

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            1. re: The Librarian

              Biscuits and gravy for me this morning. Adam showed me a piping hot Dutch Baby delivered from the oven and an spinach omelet. He obviously loves both making the food and making his customers happy.

              I finished the leftovers this afternoon. The large portion survived a four hour interval - the biscuits were still crisp at the edges and flakey in the center. The gravy neither broke nor congealed. A vine ripe tomato and green salad at home rounded out the textures and flavors.

              It's fabulous to have another small, chef-run option in Sonoma County.

              Librarian, thanks for telling us about the biscuits. I called at 8 AM and Amy offered to set the last ones aside for me.

              Can hardly wait to see what's for lunch.

              Hole in the Wall
              972 Gravenstein Highway South
              Suite 100
              Sebastopol, CA 95472

              New hours:
              Monday & Tuesday 7 AM to 2:30 PM
              Wednesday to Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM

              1. re: Columba

                oh, I do love those biscuits with the mushroom gravy!

                1. re: Columba

                  wonderful biscuits with sausage gravy
                  sigh - it's all good -

                  1. re: Cynsa

                    If I remember correctly the mushroom selection changes with what comes in fresh. No canned buttons here.

                    1. re: wolfe

                      Growing Gourmet Mushrooms in Sebastopol, who would dare to open a can of button mushrooms?