The great wines and stunning scenery of Sonoma Wine Country are complemented by the food at the best Sonoma restaurants. There's a tradition of fresh products in the region, and that's still seen at many of the diners, cafes, and restaurants.
In The Best Sonoma Restaurants – Part 1 we looked at eateries in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood, serving everything from authentic Mayan food to martinis and grilled oysters. Let's continue the journey and review eight more Sonoma County great places to eat.
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Owners Suzette and Jeff Tyler hit hard times during the recession of 2008 and had to reinvent themselves. They started with a single hot dog stand and now have a fleet of food trucks, and have recently opened Palooza. There are fifteen beers on tap and the menu features comfort food like farmhouse salads, scotch eggs, smoked BBQ ribs, and yes, hot dogs.
Bottom Line — The urban dictionary defines palooza as a party that goes on forever!
The folks at Picazo Cafe seem to be delivering on their promise to provide delicious food at affordable prices. Try the Don Chava burger made with grass fed beef, house-made pulled pork, BBQ sauce, jack cheese, jalapeno, pickled red onion and their secret spicy sauce.
Bottom Line — Voted Sonoma's Best Burger for two years in a row.
The menu changes with the seasons, but you can always depend on simple, delicious food. The arugula peach and goat cheese is divine as is the smoked duck sandwich and sunflower grilled cheese. Simple breakfasts, smoothies and waffles are available all day long.
Bottom Line — A sustainable, organic casual cafe right on the Sonoma Plaza.
The historic downtown hotel dates from the 1870s and features five guest rooms and a dining room. The menu offers the basics like calamari, ravioli and meatballs as well as a few unexpected items like tropical seafood salad with grilled scallops & prawns, coconut lime dressing and fresh mint heaped onto butter lettuce or bourbon glazed pork chops with potato au gratin.
Bottom Line — Eat, stay and party — you can book special events as well.
It's a fun place to dine and the menu reflects their quirky personality. Starts and Shares offer buffalo sliders, grassy bar oysters & Pernod cove mussels. Big Plate treats are the Kenweiner — handmade smoked Italian sausage with cilantro lime cream and fresh jalapeños. Desserts feature Sonoma hard cider apple fritters, buttermilk panna cotta, and s'mores trifle.
Bottom Line — Supports small farmers and the ethical production of food, meaning they don't serve farmed salmon.
The Fig is famous for its French influence — tasty plats du jour and prix fixe menus that include three courses: an appetizer, entree and dessert. This week the menu features crispy pork belly and apple butter to start, French masala chowder filled with local clams and roasted garlic as the main course and butterscotch pot de creme for dessert.
Bottom Line — A casual restaurant with a large wine list & delicious French-inspired comfort food. Best part? No corkage fee if you bring your own.
Housemade corn chips and salsa, onion rings, pork green chili, pimento cheese and pickles — the snacks menu reads right out of the pages of Laura Ingall's Little House on the Prairie. We're also fascinated by their smoker plates. Choose from either St Louis ribs, pulled pork, or smoked chicken… or all three. Desserts are also 100% all-American with housemade brownies, chess pie, or ice cream. We love the simplicity.
Bottom Line — A casual, family style BBQ restaurant, dance hall & beer garden that's been a local tradition since you guessed it, 1906!
When you tire of Italian, Mexican and American food, head to the Nepalese-Indian Yeti. Yes, it's a fusion restaurant in Sonoma based on the cuisine of India and Nepal! Try the fork-tender tandoori meats, fragrant curries, and silky sauces made from a base of coconut cream, tomatoes and a dash of red chili peppers.
Bottom Line — Who'd a thunk? Indian-Nepalese food in Sonoma.
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