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Two Nights, One day in Healdsburg, 7/24/11

My wife and I are spending 2 nights in Healdsburg after dropping our son off at the Wente Boy Scout camp. Anyone have some current dining suggestions?

We eat at all price points (La Ciccia, Pastores & Mission Chinese Food are a few of our local favorites). So we're open for all suggestions but would probably be looking for more casual, relaxed options.

Bonus points for Tasting Room/Wine Bar suggestions.


Pastores Restaurant
3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission Chinese Food
2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Scopa , Baci, Spoonbar , Zin etc all casual just opened The Brat House

    There are at least 10 tasting rooms arnd the plaza all within walking distance of each other and above restaurants
    have a great time

    109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

    336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

    1. Bovolo (pizza, ice cream, charcuterie) right on the square with a small patio in the back

      Flying Goat Coffee about two blocks up. Downtown Creamery has breads, cookies, and fancier/creamier baked goods.

      (Wente boy scout camp? Hope we get a full report.)

      Has anyone eaten at the new Coppola restaurant and pool (Rosso?) since Bauer reviewed it? I'm especially curious about the pool.

      Downtown Bakery & Creamery
      308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Flying Goat Coffee
      419 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Flying Goat Coffee
      324 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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      1. re: Windy

        Forgot abt Bovolo they have a great pork cheek sandwitch and great carbonara. I am not sure they are open in evening anymore.
        Have not been to Rustico,not sure here, since Bauer. The short ribs are very good......friends love it and pool is neat idea.

        106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      2. Barndiva and Scopa are my two favorites in Healdsburg.

        231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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        1. re: tom246

          Thanks everyone! I'll try to post an update next week.

        2. I like Ravenous very much. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service particularly charming and efficient. I've written glowing reviews of Taqueria El Sombrero's chilis rellanos in the past. Last time I was at Taqueria El Sombrero, though, they didn't have chili rellanos so I tried a tamale and was dissappointed. I'm not ready to give them a downhill report, but on this visit the tamale was dry and the beans were bland. I also really like Downtown Bakery and Creamery. Everything I've tried there has been exceptional, especially the eclairs and the vanilla cupcakes with butterscotch frosting. I've also eaten at that branch of Cafe Gratitude several times. You probably know whether or not it's your thing, but I have found the food really tasty (not as in tasty for vegan, just really tasty period) and I rather like the affirmations.

          1. Third on Downtown Bakery.

            On the way up or back, Della Fattoria. On the way back, if it's not Sunday, Bud's Custom Meats.

            Della Fattoria
            141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Downtown Bakery & Creamery
            308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

            Bud's Custom Meats
            7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Downtown Bakery is fine and conveniently located on the Plaza. But most locals find Couteaux much better as a bakery and place to eat. 2 blocks away on Healdsburg Ave

            2. Bear Republic Brewpub (brewers of Racer 5 and more) is downtown near the square. While I can't really recommend the food so much, the sampler and many of their beers in general are worth your time. They have a nice patio in the back where you can enjoy them.

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              1. re: scarmoza

                I'd forgotten about Bear Republic. I haven't been there in quite a while, but I remember being pleasantly surprised by the food. My expectations were low, but I thought that it was pretty good for brewpub food.

              2. Quick followup now that we're back in the City, after our nice warm couple of days in Healdsburg.

                Sunday night, Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar. Excellent (but pricey) oysters, Charred Rare Ahi, Cucumber, Avocado & Truffled Soy Ceviche (best dish of the night), Chopped Salad, Pan Roasted Shrimp with Chilies, Lemon & Garlic, Dean’s Salt & Pepper Baby Back Riblets. And a very good bottle of French Rose. Split a flourless choclate cake for desert. @ $140 for two. Not cheap, but was a very pleasent meal. Would be happy to go back anytime.

                Had a drink @ Spoonbar, where we could sit at their bar, open to the street, with our dog. Pisco Sour and Classic Manhattan.

                Next day coffees and pastry at Flying Goat Coffee. Nice quality lattes, and a tasty vegatable gallete. Split a sandwich from Oakvaille Grocery to take up to the old Italian Swiss Colony site. Note there is no public tating room open there at this time (Cellar #8 is converting to an Event Center) but we were more interested in the site itself. Our dog got to run around on their open lawn while we ate lunch.

                Monday we ate at Zin Restaurant. Mexican Beer Battered Green Beans with mango salsa. Get these if you go there. Crip beens and tasty batter. St Louis Ribs (Blue Plate special) and Lemon and Herd Roasted Chicken. Hawley Viognier. Solid, pleasent meal, if not exactly life changing.

                Breakfast next morning at Couteaux. Quice (ham and sausage) and Breakfast Sandwich (eggs, applwood bacon, and cheddar on croisant). Very good -- but the coffee at Flying Goat was much better.

                Thanks again for all the tips!

                Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar
                403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                Flying Goat Coffee
                419 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                222 E. 4th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401