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Oct 1, 2011 07:48 AM

One meal on the road from Oakland to Rohnert Park

Yes, traveling that route during a weekday afternoon, without the ability to detour much more than 20 minutes off the road, and no chance for a long meal. But looking for something interesting once I've gotten out of Oakland (unfortunately) and preferably closer to or in Rohnert Park, though not necessarily.

Any recommendations? Dining solo, and looking for late lunch or early dinner. Love chef counters, good ethnic food, and anything interesting.


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  1. Humble Pie in Pennegrove is a worthy check-out, though not officially "on the road" but more after you get there since this is only a relatively short drive.

    Ooops, I see they have now moved to Santa Rosa. Too bad, their funky Pennegrove location was worth the drive. Try the old Black Cat Bar at the same Pennegrove location instead because I think they also serve light food.

    Yikes, Black Cat closed too! Dear little Pennegrove- came across this thread for the remaining Yanni's Sausage Grill :

    1. Roy's in Petaluma but only until 3/4 depending on day.

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      1. re: wolfe

        I'll second Roy's for fantastic Chicago style dogs and sandwiches. The Italian Beef is incredible!

        Sol Food in San Rafael is another can't miss option. It is quick & delicious Puerto Rican fair just off the central downtown exit.

        Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
        732 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

      2. I'm always looking for an opportunity to have lunch at Della Fattoria. Open until 3.

        Della Fattoria
        141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

        1. Close by, you'll want to consider options in Penngrove, Petaluma, and Cotati, as well as Rohnert Park. I don't know whether these spots are open at that time of day, but check into

          Avatars Punjabi Burrito
          Petaluma Pie Company
          Water Street Bistro
          Afendi's Turkish Grill

          Rohnert Park:
          Shangri-la for Nepalese
          El Malecon for Salvadoran pupusas
          9 Island Bakery - limited lunch offerings, but do pick up a Portuguese tart

          Water Street Bistro
          100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

          9 Island Bakery
          1 Padre Pkwy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

          1706 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

          125 Keller St, Petaluma, CA 94952

          Roy's Chicago Doggery
          84 Corona, Petaluma, CA 94954

          El Malecon
          217 Southwest Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

          Afendi's Turkish Grill
          299 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

          Avatars Punjabi Burrito
          131 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952

          Yanni’s Sausage Grill
          10007 Main St, Penngrove, CA 94951

          Petaluma Pie Company
          125 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

          1. Plenty of good recommendations, for something different you might want to try Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. The food is decent, fun atmosphere and tour with free samples of beer on the tour.
            Nice garden with entertainment in good weather. Details below.


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            1. re: tom246

              Great idea for the rest of us but poor dimsumfan may have to pass, "without the ability to detour much more than 20 minutes off the road, and no chance for a long meal" let alone a tour.

              Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954-1113