Graffiti – Petaluma

Adjacent to Boulevard Cinemas and the Great Petaluma Mill in the new, downtown Petaluma “Theater District” and alongside the Petaluma River, Graffiti offers a large, horseshoe-shaped bar with lounge area for cocktails or wine sipping…… Continue reading

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Aqus Cafe – Petaluma

Located in the Foundry Wharf area of Northwest Petaluma, a live/work environment that screams green all around with its walkable paths meandering between warehouses, office spaces, small condos and the river….The vibe here is Momma Cass and the feel is very laid back…….

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Masala Jack’s – Cotati

Friendly service and killer lunch specials elevate this place to a find in the neighborhood for Cotatians and passers-through on Old Redwood Highway……. 


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Zazu Restaurant & Farm – Santa Rosa

With a menu that truly changes with the seasons, it’s hard to keep up with Duskie Estes and John Stewart, the husband & wife chefs of this eclectic establishment. Best to check in with them to see what’s cookin’……      Continue reading

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Yanni’s – Charcuterie

This is an update to my review of  2011. Yanni’s continues to surprise me with their originality in sausage making. Recently, (Feb 8, 2012) I went for lunch and noticed a new addition. The Bandiera – aka Italian Christmas Sausage Sandwich ($6.75****) a pork sausage with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella served on a grilled sweet Italian roll with Provolone cheese, grilled onions and sweet red bell pepper. This is a winner, all the way! Brought back by popular demand, (Yanni featured it during the month of December) now it is a prominent menu item. Check it out………Also worthy, Yanni’s thin-crust pizzas. A specialty is Uncle Wally ($12.50 small, $15.50 medium, $17.50 large ****) sweet Italian sausage, grilled onions and red bell peppers. Great flavor and texture. Get Thee to Yanni’s in Penngrove. Continue reading

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Petite Syrah – Small Plates

This is an update to my review of July and August, 2011. Petite Syrah, one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Rosa is now closed for lunch. It’s dinner only until further notice. I will miss my monthly lunches at this wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend Chef Josh Silvers cooking and encourage you to visit them often for dinner……

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HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Executive Chef “Billy” Reid of HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol & Sonoma) knows what tasty food is all about and how to keep 2 kitchens humming; kudos as well to the front of house management for training wait staff well, too. It’s so nice to go to a place and feel welcome, noticed and appreciated.  A winning combination. Gee, don’t you wish more restaurants followed that plan?……        

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The Fremont Diner – Sonoma

Having driven by this place for years, thinking it was just another diner along the side of Hwy. #121 and probably fine for a burger with fries and a milkshake, I never gave it much thought or considered stopping in to check it out. Big mistake. Huge…….          

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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen – St. Helena

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If you failed to call well in advance for a reservation at Mustards Grill (the most famous of Cindy Pawlcyn‘s Napa Valley eateries), take heart. Just down the road is Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen….. Continue reading

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The Washoe House – Petaluma

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