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.
We went to HITW for dinner last night after an afternoon swimming in the Russian River. Flawless duck burgers with caramelized onions hit the spot. Curry carrot soup, velvety & delicious. Spousette said, "this guy knows what he's doing". Understatement!
Service was cheerful, efficient, personable.
We'll be back for sure. I can't remember the last time I tried a new place & instantly felt that I could totally trust the kitchen, & especially at this price point. The value-meter went up to 11!
Had a great lunch here. Gumbo was great as reputed. Lamb burger with harissa aioli was a messy delight. Fries were good, thin and crisp. Had a bite of the short rib sandwich, basically it's Italian-style stracotto (red-wine braised pot roast) on a bun, kind of a nutty idea but it works.
re: Robert Lauriston
Goodness, another place to put on our ever-growing list to try! Shucks, we were just up there for three days, too. The fact that Chef Beers cooked at French Garden caught my attention - we LOVED our lunch this summer at French Garden.
Next trip we will definitely try Terrapin in Bodega and Hole in the Wall in Sebastopol!
On our early spring visit to Sonoma (we go 3-5x a year) we tried Gypsy Cafe in Sebastopol for breakfast and it was horrible. Very disappointing after all the hype we had read about John Littlewood, chef-owner. He definitely wasn't there at breakfast time (actually early lunch hour is when we arrived); the food was sloppily prepared and indifferent.
Hole in the Wall sounds much better - we are always up for a good breakfast place! (But then there's that mention of borscht...and I adore borscht! Hmmm.......guess we might have to plan on going twice, hehehe.)
Just had some items from dinner menu at Hole in the Wall. Black bean buger with fries - both delicious, nice spices flavoring the burger and spinach/mushroom crepe with salad. Crepe was good - mushrooms flavorful. I was a little disappointed that tomatos in the salad had next to no flavor, iwth tomatoes in high season now and practically being given away it seems every tomato should be ripe, juicy and flavorful.
We asked for the food to go since we were short on time to get to a concert. I was a little worried as I saw the chef walk out of the restaurant 5 mins later but he cam back after another 5 and we got our boxes within the promised 15-20mins. However no paper napkins no offer of cutlery. Since the web site clearly states you can order to go I was a little surprised, maybe my bad for not checking.
Otherwise definitely a return visit is on.
Anyone have any info on the other place nearby - Woodruff's?
Also noticed a natural soda shop almost next door - only open 2-5pm Tue-Sat so doubt if I'll ever make it but it's very intriguing
Managed to stop here last week both for breakfast on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday. So glad this place exists... we've been looking for good places to eat as we pass through Sebastopol, and Hole in the Wall is so much better than anything else we have found.
For breakfast we had one order of biscuits with mushroom gravy, and one with sausage gravy, and a side of the fried potatoes. They were both sublime in their own different ways, I had a slight preference for the mushroom gravy, just because it was less common. The potatoes were also amazing, especially with some gravy on them. While the biscuits were lovely, and had clearly included just a tiny bit of butter :-) I almost might go for potatoes and gravy next time.
Actually, next time we are going to try a Dutch baby!
For lunch the next day, we arrived mid-afternoon, so it was fairly quiet, and we got to have a nice talk with Adam, who is very friendly as well as being an amazing chef.
I had a Caesar salad to start, and my husband a Caesar salad with chicken. It was great to hear the whisking coming from the kitchen, and then to have Adam apologize that it took a while for the salads to come out because he was making the dressing. It was totally worth the wait! That was one of the best Caesar salads I have ever had!
Then my husband had the curried carrot soup and I had the mac and cheese --- the soup was excellent, but I think I won with the mac and cheese, especially the crunchy cheese crust on top.
We will be back...so many other things I want to try...
Hole in the Wall
972 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA 95472
We went to Hole in the Wall last Sunday with Tristan and her husband and it was as promised: simple food very well executed. We all split a gigantic bowl of perfect fries--hot, crispy, well-salted. Tristan and I both had a Caeser salad, one of the best I've had in a while. My wife had the Asian-style beef salad and everything was fresh and well seasoned. The beef was cooked medium-well as requested. Tom got a burger and reported it to be excellent and cooked perfectly medium.
Adam came out a couple of times and chatted us up, and our waitress, who obviously has an ownership stake, was delightful. We ate outside because the dog was with us and they brought her a bowl of water without even asking. :-)
This place is a very welcome addition to the Sebastapol low-to-mid range food scene.
Hole in the Wall
972 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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!
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
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Monday & Tuesday 7 AM to 2:30 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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