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Lunch in Petaluma - Bovine Bakery?

sonomajom Sep 9, 2012 11:10 AM

I'm meeting someone for a light lunch in Petluma - salad /sandwich type lunch. Looking at boards sounds like Avatar or Bovine Bakery might be an option. I've been to Della Fattoria and love their baked goods but the reports on service have scared me off.
I called Bovine to inquire whether they had seating and they said it was limited. Can anyone tell me whether it's reasonable to turn up there forlunch and expect to be able to sit down
also any other suggestions since the person I'm meeting lives in Mill Valley and may not be so excited about Avatar

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    sonomajom Sep 15, 2012 11:38 AM

    Well we opted for Water Bistro since it was a lovely day and we could sit outside - and I'm not a beer drinker. Great experience, thanks Melanie. I had the chorizo and mozzarella quiche and salad. Quiche was delicious gooey cheese counterbalanced by spiciness of the chorizo. My friend had a mushroom quick which she enjoyed. I tried pineapple cake for dessert which was so so - they had a delicious looking strawberry napoleon but it looked about 1000 calories a slice. They also have a good selection of wines - though not sure why they don't give names but they are good at giving tasting - coffee was fine. I'm definitely putting it on my list
    Service - you line up and order and then they bring out - was excellent for what it is.

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    1. re: sonomajom
      Melanie Wong Sep 26, 2012 04:37 PM

      Thanks for the update on Water Street Bistro. Worth mentioning again that the chef/owner was Daniel Patterson's sous chef at his long ago restaurant, Babette's.

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      patcox Sep 13, 2012 02:55 PM

      A place in Petaluma I like is Graffitti

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        vulber Sep 12, 2012 11:11 PM

        unless it's a Monday - absolutely Lagunitas brewery - great affordable menu of simple, reasonably-priced, delicious sandwiches (which come with a great salad). and of course the beer is out of this world, and the outdoor seating area is great.

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        1. re: vulber
          Tripeler Sep 13, 2012 12:04 AM

          "...of course the beer is out of this world..."

          While this may sound like an exaggeration, this is absolutely true and there is no other way to say it. Lagunitas is one of my top choices when I am in California. A great line of beer with great variety.

          1. re: Tripeler
            vulber Sep 13, 2012 02:28 PM

            yea - it's amazing on draught at any bar - but the freshness of having it at the brewery is just unbelievable - i can't think of any brewery that's better at the quality/drinkability combination.

            but unlike russian river up north, i also love that their brewery restaurant doesn't try to be some fancy gastropub, it's just simple, delicious sandwiches with great ingredients at a great price.

            nothing like a nice day on the patio with beer, pretzels, and peanuts

            1. re: vulber
              Pius Avocado III Sep 13, 2012 03:03 PM

              RRBC's menu is dominated by (weak) pizza, with some sandwiches and salads. Not sure how that equates to a fancy gastropub.

              1. re: Pius Avocado III
                vulber Sep 13, 2012 03:30 PM

                fair enough, i just got a "trying too hard" sense from their menu - not to mention pizza appears in about five different forms, none of which sounding particularly appetizing

        2. Robert Lauriston Sep 12, 2012 06:34 PM

          I think the only potential problem with the service at Della Fattoria is that they can be slow. If you're not in a hurry it should be no problem.

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            villadeste94 Sep 12, 2012 05:53 PM

            Wild Goat Bistro is Fabulous

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              Missmoo Sep 11, 2012 09:43 AM

              You could also try Ray's Deli up Western. It's only sandwiches and some salads but people love their offerings (and they have beer and wine).

              1. Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2012 11:38 AM

                Not entirely sure of this, but my recollection of Bovine's seating is a couple cafe tables. Do they serve sandwiches?

                You might consider Water Street Bistro, http://www.waterstreetbistro.net/
                or Rosso Pizzeria/Mozzarella Bar, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848489

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                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  Ruth Lafler Sep 9, 2012 12:38 PM

                  I don't see any sandwiches on the Bovine Bakery menu. They have salads, pizza and quiche, but no sandwiches. I think you're right that they just have a couple of tables where you can sit and eat, but I wouldn't consider it the kind of place where you'd sit with a friend for lunch.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    sonomajom Sep 9, 2012 12:55 PM

                    Salds/Quiches are fine - I had actuallly checked their online menu. Sandwiches was probably an over generalization on my part.
                    I'm not big on Italian when eating out, I'm lucky enough to live with someone who makes divine homemade pizzas and pastas
                    but will definitely check water bistro - thanks

                    1. re: sonomajom
                      Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2012 01:10 PM

                      Lucky you!

                      BTW, Rosso doesn't serve pasta. It probably makes a better salad than most places in Petaluma and I make a meal out of the latteria offerings and antipasti.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        sonomajom Sep 11, 2012 05:35 PM

                        I'm so out of it - I'm guessing this is the newish Rosso - 'cousin' of the one in Santa Rosa? My one destination for decent late night dining in SR. I'm a Rosso fan. I had forgotten they had opened a branch in petaluma thx

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