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One meal on the road from Oakland to Rohnert Park

dimsumfan Oct 1, 2011 07:48 AM

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.


  1. Windy Oct 3, 2011 01:37 PM

    Another vote for Sol Food in San Rafael.

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

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      tom246 Oct 3, 2011 04:42 AM

      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
        wolfe Oct 3, 2011 06:11 AM

        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

      2. Melanie Wong Oct 2, 2011 09:16 PM

        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. Robert Lauriston Oct 1, 2011 04:23 PM

          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. wolfe Oct 1, 2011 02:39 PM

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

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            1. re: wolfe
              Civil Bear Oct 2, 2011 11:16 PM

              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

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              glbtrtr Oct 1, 2011 08:35 AM

              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. http://sites.google.com/site/humblepiepenngrove2/home

              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 : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722705

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