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Santa Rosa Area Restaurant Recommendations

I've looked through the threads re. this topic, but most are relatively old. Wondered about current thoughts/experiences that folks had about dining in this area.

We're there for two days next week reviewing apartment complexes for the future. Staying at the Flamingo Hotel. Any recommendations for lunch/dinner or other foodie stops?
Thanks for your assistance.

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  1. Monti's Rotisserie is right down the street from the Flamingo Hotel in Montgomery Village. Just last week I was back at Betty's Fish & Chips, also very close by, and had great fish and chips. I think others on this board have recommended another f&c option too, but not sure if it's as close by. Picked up two delicious crane melons from the melon barn too. Should still be in season next week I think....

    1. The Sunday brunch buffet at the Flamingo is actually pretty good as far as buffet brunches go.

      Been wanting to try Willie's Wine Bar.

      Pho Vietnam out on Stony Point Rd. is as good as most places in the Bay Area for pho & bun.

      Second Betty's for fish & chips.

        1. Within walking distance:
          Hank's Creekside across 4th St. is good for breakfast.

          Thai Taste is right behind the Flamingo Hotel and offers good lunch and dinner selections.

          And, if you want good coffee or take-out food, try Pearson and Company in the larger shopping center in front of Flamingo.

          Even though Montgomery Village offers many choices, walking up Farmer's Lane (aka Highway 12) isn't so nice because of heavy traffic.

          If you're there Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and are driving, you might want to stop by the Junior College Culinary Cafe for pastry, coffee and lunch (take-out or need reservations to eat-in). Their menu changes daily and, this season, incorporates great produce from JC's Shone Farm.

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          1. re: Columba

            Pearson & Co. has tables for eat-in. The tri-tip sandwich on focaccia was very good and included grilled onions and roasted bell peppers, two of my favorite things. The large chocolate cookie, highly recommended by a customer at the cash register, was one of the best chocolate things I've had; think a cross between a dark chocolate cookie and a meringue.


          2. If you are staying at the Flamingo, you should try Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe for breakfast or lunch. Very good food, upscale coffee shop decor (and menu). It is within walking distance.

            A fun stop for burgers is Gayles down on 4th Street (you would have to drive). Good food, and one of those old fashioned horseshoe counters, kind of a blast from the past. They are open for lunch and dinner, but I think of it as a lunch place.

            I love Bistro 29 downtown on 5th (across from Pederson's Furniture) for dinner. If you are there on a Tues, Wed, or Thurs they have a $29 menu that is very appealing.

            Willi's Wine Bar is way up on the Old Redwood Highway, so in a completely different part of town. I like it very much. Same ownership as Monti's in Montgomery Village (much closer to the Flamingo), but I prefer Willi's, which was the first Stark restaurant, as far as I know.

            1. Undercover Baking Agency
              463 Sebastopol Ave
              Very good apple pie.

              Cafe Europa
              104 Calistoga Rd. - at Sonoma Hwy 12, NE corner in a strip mall
              707-538-5255 http://clickcafeeurope.com
              Excellent smoked bratwurst and Apple strudel. Serious German cooking. Sauerbraten on the dinner menu.

              Sobbit Goa
              2484 West 3rd St - Big Oak shopping center, West 3rd & Fulton
              I thought their lunch buffet was very good.

              Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe
              2901 4th St - NW of corner of 4th & Farmer's Lane/Hwy 12
              Coffee shop atmosphere. Owner and chef was chef at John Ash & Co.

              El Rinconcito Yucateco
              3935 Sebastopol Rd
              No-frills, great Yucatecan food. Patio outside.

              1. If you want to explore the area a bit, the town of Windsor is the next town north on 101 about 6 miles.
                Several excellent Asian - Pan Asian restaurants practically all within walking distance. Great food, nice places and good prices.

                Himalayan Restaurant (Indian)
                Tomi Thai (Thai, was there last night)
                Chinois Asian Bistro (mainly Chinese)
                Saigon Bistro (Vietnamese)

                The above 4 are a short walk from each other.

                Ume Japanese Bistro (Japanese) is a quarter mile away on the east side of 101.

                Enjoy wherever you go.

                1. Spinster Sisters. Great food and fun to tour the surrounding arts district.

                  Bistro 29 - wonderful french food. They have a great prix fixe for $29 on Tues,Wed and Thurs and a great happy hour on Friday.

                  Sazon - a Michelin Bib Gourmand choice, great Peruvian food, make sure you get one of the great ceviches.

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                  1. Thank you all for this very comprehensive list of such wonderful suggestions. I really appreciate your taking the time to respond. I shall report on our trip upon my return.