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Jul 14, 2014 12:54 PM

The Pullman Kitchen, Santa Rosa

Had a very nice dinner here yesterday, Pullman Kitchen is in the space once housed by Syrah back in the day. It has been spruced up some and now has a nice “feel” to the dining room.
It is a fairly limited menu but is nice and varied so there is likely something for everyone.

We started with Fried Green Tomatoes with slices of avocado, radish and tartar sauce. Also had the Warm Monterey Squid Salad with chicories, garbanzo beans and aioli. The tomatoes were fabulous, crisp and sweet contrasting with the tartness of the dressing. The squid salad had very good flavor, squid were tender with crisp greens and tasty beans. Minor quibble, thought the dish could have used a bit more salt.

Entrees were both superb. Roasted Chicken had a crispy skin, yummy pan gravy and absolutely delicious and addicting spinach and parmesan pancakes. Also had Citarra Pasta with Dungeness Crab with chili flakes, lemon and mint which was unique and refreshing. DW is looking online for a similar recipe to make at home. Guess she liked it :)

Service was very good throughout the meal, a gratuity charge of 17% is automatically added to your bill which I think is fine (I actually think it should be higher). Corkage is a mere five dollars which encourages BYO though the wine list has some nice wines at good prices. We brought and enjoyed a 2009 DeBiase RRV Pinot Noir with dinner.
Chef Darren McRonald and staff have impressive resumes and it certainly shows in the end product. If you are in the area, stop in for a delicious and reasonably priced meal.

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  1. I've had brunch there once, and happy hour yesterday. Can't wait to go back for dinner. Everything I've tasted has been wonderful, prices are reasonable given the quality of the food, and service has been friendly (but not too) and prompt. I wouldn't put Buffalo wings on my list of favorite foods, but Pullman Kitchen's version could make me a convert-I'm still dreaming about them a day later. Lovely casual ambience as well.

    1. I agree. Right now I'm so far behind on my Yelp and OT reviews it's embarrassing, but we ate lunch at Pullman in October and were impressed. Liked it MUCH better than Syrah. Smoked Provolone & Mortadella Fritters and the fried squid were good, but what wowed us was the pork shank and polenta. Almost as good as Willow Wood/Graton; I'd give a slight edge to WW as I think the polenta is a half-level higher quality.

      I had Coho Salmon with halved baby White Rose potatoes, and a sauté of greens with pancetta, including Swiss chard and kale. The fish was a little overcooked by current standards, but flavorful. I've gotten some very bland salmon this year, but this was excellent. The skin was perfectly crisped, very lightly salted, and as addictive as a potato chip. A dab of superior lemon aioli was a great accompaniment.

      We enjoyed our meal. The food was good, the service was attentive, and there's a free parking lot behind the building. There's also a fair amount of street parking, and an open-air public lot right across the street.