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Lunch in Sonoma . . . Healdsburg/Kenwood area

PD Girl Jul 27, 2012 07:25 PM

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.


  1. wolfe Jul 27, 2012 07:38 PM

    El Molino Central

    1. maria lorraine Jul 27, 2012 09:48 PM

      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.
      Phone: 707-833-2690

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      1. re: maria lorraine
        Malcolm Ruthven Jul 28, 2012 05:31 AM

        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.

      2. mariacarmen Jul 27, 2012 11:28 PM

        i was going to say Barndiva but they're closed mon. & tues.

        Bistro Ralph is wonderful for brunch, and their lunch/dinner menu looks great.

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          Columba Jul 28, 2012 08:10 AM

          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.

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            arugulove Jul 29, 2012 09:52 AM

            I'm not familiar with the Kenwood area. In Healdsburg, Bovolo is wonderful for something light.

            If you are willing to drive a little further north to Geyserville, Diavolo is amazing.

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            1. re: arugulove
              Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2012 10:14 AM

              Bovolo has closed.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Malcolm Ruthven Jul 30, 2012 06:20 AM

                >Bovolo has closed.<

                So sorry to hear that. It was my favorite quick-lunch-with-great-food place in Healdsburg.

                1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
                  Columba Jul 30, 2012 08:57 AM

                  All is not lost.

                  The owners opened Zazu on the River at Davis Family Vineyards. 52 Front Street in Healdsburg. Open weekends -


            2. Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2012 10:18 AM

              Vineyards Inn. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859494

              1. Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2012 04:05 PM

                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.

                1. wolfe Jan 1, 2013 10:38 AM

                  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

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