Lunch in Sonoma . . . Healdsburg/Kenwood area
My husband and I will be in Sonoma for a birthday lunch on Monday. We will be going around the area wine tasting and are looking for somewhere for a really yummy lunch. It does not have to be fancy, but local produce would be appreciated.
Vineyards Inn lunch with Granddaughters 5 and 9.
Would order again: Lime Garlic Calamari,Organic Wings Calientes, Homemade French Fries, Gambas al Ajillo, Fire Broiled Organic Artichoke, Homemade Organic Stickers, Turkey Salsa Burger
Would not order again: Albondigas, Krispy Kale*
Menu item for kids was shunned because young ladies preferred calamari, obviously chowpups.
Mini beef burger patty, bean & cheese burrito or
broiled organic chicken strips with fruit & fries
If you're near Healdsburg, I suggest Campo Fina http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860863 or Mateo's Cocina Latina http://mateoscocinalatina.com/home/ . They get the very best local produce and proteins served up in casual surroundings. Both have lovely patios set back from the street. Best value for your money for a taste of wine country cuisine sensibilities.
Both El Molino and Cafe Citti are right on Highway 12 which is a busy two-lane highway.
Do sound and seating matter to you?
Cafe Citti's indoor area can be loud if full of diners. The outdoor eating area is behind a fence and quieter. Most of the tables are shaded.
El Molino's tables are all outside, but well shaded. The wood benches and wood tables are in view of Highway 12. The sound isn't bad. It's just worth it to bring a pad or blanket, if you're planning to linger over your meal.
Yes, I'm getting to be a fussy old lady!
And I did choose to happily celebrate my last birthday at both these places :)
Check the weather forecast - heading into the 90s this weekend.
Cafe Citti in Kenwood came up in conversation yesterday, and I was reminded why I like it so much. Legendary roast chicken, wonderful duck, housemade mozzarella, amazing (truly) potato salad and other salads. Such good flavors.
Cafe Citti - Kenwood, CA
9049 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452.
re: maria lorraine
Cafe Citti is one of my must-do places for visitors because of its combination of great food and casual, completely unpretentious feeling. My visitors always agree. Of course I also go there between visitors. I also love El Molino Central (and take visitors there), but I think Cafe Citti would be a better choice for a celebratory birthday lunch.