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Sep 15, 2011 10:03 AM

Hungry Bicycle Riders Santa Rosa/Rohnert Park

A group of us (6-8 people) will be in need of dinner this Saturday night after having ridden 75 miles in the MS Waves to Wine challenge. We'll be riding another 50 the next day so my sense is that we will want good, unfussy food that packs some energy. We will be staying in Rohnert Park but would definitely be willing to travel a bit for a good meal. In our non-bicyclist guises we are all bay area food lovers/restaurant goers who are happy eating anything from Zante's Indian Pizza through to dinner at Gary Danko's but for a biggish, hungry group I think we are looking for something unfussy and just plain good. Would appreciate any and all suggestions.

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. My first thought on reading your post was Redwood Cafe, on Old Redwood Highway in Cotati (adjacent to Rohnert Park). It can easily accommodate a largish group. The food is not at all fancy, but well-prepared and tasty. There is a small but adequate beer and wine selection. If you like Mexican food, Mi Pueblo (NOT Mi Pueblito) in Rohnert Park is quite good - not the greatest Mexican food but probably among my current top ten. I guess it qualifies as a chain because there are two other branches in Petaluma, but it doesn't feel at all like a chain. I particularly like the chicken mole enchiladas. And I know that Masala Jack's is also a chain, and the setting and menu do have sort of a corporate feel, but we've always been really happy with the food and the service. The mixed vegetable pakora are very good. Either Mi Pueblo or Masala Jack's can easily accommodate your group. My current favorite Vietnamese restaurant is Mai Veitnamese Cuisine, also in Rohnert Park, on Gravenstein Highway. This is a tiny place, so for a group of 6-8 you might want to call ahead. Finally, one of my current favorite Thai restaurants is also in Rohnert Park, Sukhothai on Commerce. I have to confess I've only had lunch there, but I have always found a great selection of really interesting choices that go beyond what you typically find at most Thai places. They can also easily accommodate your group. I'm sure that others will chime in with places nearby, so I'll stick to my recommendations for just Rohnert Park and Cotati.

    Masala Jack's
    7981 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931

    Sukhothai Restaurant
    6358 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928