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The Bohemian's Best of the North Bay 2005

Food & Drink
Readers' Choice

Best Bakery

Sonoma
Village Bakery
7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101.
1445 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654.

Honorable Mention
Wild Flour
140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.

Napa
Butter Cream Bakery
2297 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.255.6700.

Marin
Skully's
1407 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.899.9773.


Best Barbecue

Sonoma
Porter Street BBQ
500 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9652.

Honorable Mention
Fiesta & Pacific Markets
550 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.823.9735. 1465 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3663.

Napa
Buster's BBQ
1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.

Marin
Scotty's Market & BBQ
620 Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. 415.479.2363.


Best Bagel

Sonoma--First Place, Independent
Sonoma Bagel & Deli
515 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1631.

Sonoma--First Place, Corporate
Noah's New York Bagels
www.noahs.com.

Honorable Mention
Grateful Bagel
300 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5220.

Napa
Golden Bagel Cafe
3240 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.258.1413.

Marin
Marin Bagel Co.
1560 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.8127.


Best Burger

Sonoma--First Place, Independent
Mike's
7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999. 84 Corona Road, Petaluma. 707.769.1082.

Sonoma--First Place, Corporate
In-N-Out Burger
www.in-n-out.com.

Napa
Flatiron Grill
1440 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.8290.

Marin
First Place Tie
Henry's Burger Shop
2027 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.892.1114.
Phyllis' Giant Burgers
2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866. 1842 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.945.8999.

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Best Breakfast

Sonoma
First Place Tie
Omelette Express
112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1690.
Hank's Creekside Restaurant
2800 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8839.

Honorable Mention
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

Napa
Gillwoods Cafe
1313 Main St., St. Helena. 707.763.1788. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409.

Marin
Star Restaurant
1700 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.897.1970.


Best Brewpub

Sonoma
Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Honorable Mention
Third Street AleWorks
610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.

Napa
Downtown Joe's
902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.

Marin
First Place Tie
Broken Drum Brewery
1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.4677.
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677.


Best Brunch

Sonoma
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Honorable Mention
Latitude
5000 Roberts Lake Road, Rohnert Park. 707.588.1800.

Napa
Gordon's Cafe
6770 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8246.

Marin
Cafe Amsterdam
23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.256.8020.


Best Caterer

Sonoma
A La Heart Catering
600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555.

Honorable Mention
Gidget's Catering
5256 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.545.5180.
Pearson & Company
2759 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.541.3868.

Napa
Knickerbockers' Catering
P.O. Box 143, St. Helena. 707.963.9278.

Marin
Lydia's Lovin' Foods
31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.456.5300.


Best Chef

Sonoma
Randy Lewis, seven-0-seven
1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.523.0317.

Honorable Mention
John Ash, John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

Napa
First Place Tie
Joe Salerno, Piccolino's
1385 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.251.0100.
Ken Frank, La Toque
1140 Rutherford Cross Road, Rutherford. 707.963.9770.
Thomas Keller, French Laundry
6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.

Marin
Scott Whitman & Haruo Komatsu, Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620.


Best Cider House

Sonoma
Ace-in-the-Hole Pub
3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.829.1223.

Napa
Calistoga Inn & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.

Marin
Marin Brewing Co.
1809 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.


Best Coffeehouse

Sonoma
A'Roma Roasters
95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.

Honorable Mention
Flying Goat Coffee
10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202. 324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3599.

Napa
First Place Tie
Cafe Society
1000 Main St., Napa. 707.256.3232.
Calistoga Roastery
1631 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5757.

Marin
Marin Coffee Roasters
4 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.451.1825. 546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.


Best Cocktails

Sonoma
Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention
Latitude
5000 Roberts Lake Road, Rohnert Park. 707.588.1800.

Napa
First Place Tie
Brannan's Grill
1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233.
Red Hen
4175 N. Solano Ave., Napa. 707.255.8125.

Marin
Mr. Vise Grip's Bamboo Bar
(Inside 19 Broadway Niteclub), 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1091.


Best Bartender

Sonoma
Frank Dice, Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention
Ryan Lindecker, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.

Napa
Tom (Thumby) Romero, Brannan's
1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Marin
Ishiah Benben, Marin Brewing Co.
1809 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.


Best Deli

Sonoma
Traverso's Gourmet Foods
106 B St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.2530.

Honorable Mention
Perry’s Deli
1220 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2704. 1117 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.545.4272.

Napa
First Place Tie
Palisades Market
1506 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9549.
Ranch Market
4215 Solano Ave., Napa. 707.257.2437. 6498 Washington, Yountville. 707.944.2662.

Marin
Scotty's Market & BBQ
620 Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. 415.479.2363.


Best Diner

Sonoma
D's Diner
7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.

Honorable Mention
Adel's
456 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.1003.

Napa
Taylor's Refresher
933 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3486.

Marin
Koffee Klatch
57 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.454.4784.


Best Juice Bar

Sonoma
Juice Shack
2154 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.6269. 1810 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.6131. 901 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.522.6822. 1708 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.1787.

Honorable Mention
Whole Foods
www.wholefoods.com.

Sonoma--Corporate
Jamba Juice
www.jambajuice.com.

Napa
First Squeeze Juice Bar
1126 First St., Napa. 707.224.6762.


Best Ice Cream

Sonoma--First Place, Independent
Screamin' Mimi's
6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.5902.

Sonoma--First Place, Corporate
Cold Stone Creamery
www.coldstonecreamery.com.

Honorable Mention
Stim's Parkside Grill (formerly Clo's)
557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 707.539.6100.

Napa
Anette's Chocolate Factory
1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.

Marin
Lappert's
689 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.2019.


Best Local Food Producer

Sonoma
Amy's Kitchen
www.amyskitchen.com.

Honorable Mention
Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823.

Napa
Forni-Brown Vegetables
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123.

Marin
Cowgirl Creamery
80 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9335.


Best Organic Farm

Sonoma
Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823.

Honorable Mention
Imwalle
685 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.0279.

Napa
Forni-Brown Vegetables
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123.

Marin
Star Route Farm
95 Olema-Bolinas Road, Bolinas. 415.868.1658.


Best Spot for Dining Solo

Sonoma
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Honorable Mention
Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Napa
First Place Tie
Calistoga Inn & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.
Hurley's Restaurant & Bar
6518 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2345.

Marin
California Grill & Rotisserie
1531 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.893.1540.


Best Inexpensive Dinner

Sonoma
Pho Vietnam
711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7687.

Honorable Mention
Govinda's Restaurant
1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.

Napa
First Place Tie
Market
1347 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3799.
Taqueria Rosita
1214 Main St., Napa. 707.253.9208.

Marin
Pine Cone Diner
60 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1536.


Best Place to Spend the Rent

Sonoma
John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.

Honorable Mention
Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.

Napa
First Place Tie
French Laundry
6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.
La Toque
1140 Rutherford Road, Napa. 707.963.9770.

Marin
Piatti
625 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.380.2525.


Best Outdoor Dining

Sonoma
Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Napa
First Place Tie
Calistoga Inn & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.
Celadon
500 Main St., Napa. 707.254.9690.
Wappo Bar & Restaurant
1226 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4712.

Marin
First Place Tie
Cafe Amsterdam
23 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.256.8020.
Chalet Basque
405 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 415.479.1070.


Best Dining After 10pm

Sonoma
Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention
Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Napa
Caffe Cicero
1245 First St., Napa. 707.257.1802.

Marin
Max's of Corte Madera
60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.924.6297.


Best Restaurant

Sonoma
Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention
seven-0-seven
1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.523.0317.

Napa
Wine Garden
6476 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1002.

Marin
Wildfox
225 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. 415.883.9125.


Best Waitperson

Sonoma
Anna Salvador, Arrigoni's
701 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.

Honorable Mention
Laura Sexton, Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.

Napa
Cathleen Warner, Brannan's
1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233.

Marin
Christine MacDonald, Star Restaurant
1700 Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.897.1970.


Best Chinese Food

Sonoma
Gary Chu's
611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.584.8125.

Honorable Mention
Kirin Restaurant
2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.

Napa
Soo Yuan
1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9404.

Marin
Ming Yen
1628 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.897.5800.


Best Japanese Food

Sonoma
Sake-O
505 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2669.

Honorable Mention
Sushi Hana
6930 Burnett St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3778.

Napa
Sushi Mamba
1202 First St., Napa. 707.257.6604.

Marin
Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415.332.3620.


Best French Food

Sonoma
La Gare
208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

Honorable Mention Tie
K & L Bistro
119 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.6614.
De Schmire
304 Bodega Ave., Petaluma. 707.762.1901.

Napa
Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.

Marin
El Paseo
17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.0741.


Best Indian Food

Sonoma
Sizzling Tandoor
409 Mendocino Ave. #A, Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999. 9960 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625.

Honorable Mention
Karma Indian Bistro
7530 Commerce Blvd., Cotati. 707.795.1729.

Napa
Bombay Bistro
1011 First Ave., Napa. 707.253.9375.

Marin
India Palace
707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.3350.


Best Mediterranean Food

Sonoma
Tahini Grill
420 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.3608.

Honorable Mention
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

Napa
ZuZu
829 Main St., Napa. 707.224.8555.

Marin
Caffe Trieste
1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.332.7660.


Best Mexican Food

Sonoma
Martha's Old Mexico
305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.

Honorable Mention
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
2000 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.545.7425.

Napa
Taquerita Rosita
1214 Main St., Napa. 707.253.9208.

Marin
La Hacienda
1401 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.897.5514.


Best Thai Food

Sonoma
Thai House
525 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3939.

Honorable Mention
Jhan Thong Banbua
2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.8048.

Napa
Thai Kitchen Restaurant
1222 Trancas St., Napa. 707.254.9271.

Marin
Siam Lotus Thai Cuisine
25 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.453.5967.


Best Italian Food

Sonoma
Lococo's Cucina Rustica
117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.

Honorable Mention
Ca'Bianca
835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.

Napa
First Place Tie
Bosco's Tratorria
1364 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9088.
Piccolino's
1385 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.251.0100.

Marin
Fradelizio's Ristorante
35 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.459.1618.


Best Pizza

Sonoma--First Place, Independent
Mombo's Pizza
1880-B Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST.

Sonoma--First Place, Corporate
Mary's Pizza Shack
www.maryspizzashack.com.

Napa
Checkers Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9300.

Marin
First Place Tie
Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria
45 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.453.7472.
Red Boy Pizza
2404 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.453,3137. 454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415.382.7711. 580 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.3131. 940 Diablo Ave., Novato. 415.897.1180.


Best Seafood

Sonoma
Tides Wharf
835 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2777.

Honorable Mention
Lucas Wharf
595 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3571.

Napa
All Seasons
1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111.

Marin
Angelino's Restaurant
621 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 415.331.5225.


Best Vegetarian

Sonoma
East West Cafe
128 North Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

Honorable Mention
Slice of Life
6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627.

Napa
Crepe Garden
1350 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5900.

Marin
Lydia's Lovin' Foods
31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.456.5300.


Best Cabernet

Sonoma
Thumbprint Cellars
36 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2393.

Honorable Mention
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 707.935.2600.

Napa
Merryvale Vineyards
1000 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.7777.


Best Chardonnay

Sonoma
La Crema Winery
3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

Honorable Mention
Roshambo Winery
3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.2051.

Napa
Nord Estate Wine Garden
6476 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1094.


Best Pinot Noir

Sonoma
Thumbprint Cellars
36 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2393.

Honorable Mention
La Crema Winery
3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.

Napa
Carneros Creek
1285 Dealy Lane, Napa. 707.253.9463.


Best Sauvignon Blanc

Sonoma
Hanna Winery
9280 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. 707.431.4310.

Honorable Mention
Kenwood Vineyards
9592 Hwy. 12, Kenwood. 707.833.5891.

Napa
Flying Horse
www.flyinghorsewines.com.


Best Syrah

Sonoma
Unti Vineyards
4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.5590.

Honorable Mention Tie
Preston Vineyards
9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.3372.
Cline Cellars
24737 Hwy. 12, Sonoma. 707.940.4030.

Napa
August Briggs Winery
333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.942.4912.


Best Zinfandel

Sonoma
Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. 707.938.1960.

Honorable Mention
A. Rafanelli Winery
4685 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1385.

Napa
Storybook Mountain Vineyards
3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.5310.


Best Wine List

Sonoma
First Place Tie
Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.
Underwood Bar & Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Napa
Wine Garden
6476 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1002.


Best New Restaurant

Sonoma
Flavor
96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 707.573.9600.

Honorable Mention
seven-0-seven
1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.523.0317

Napa
Wine Garden
6476 Washington St., Yountville. 707.945.1002.

Marin
Sorella Caffe
107 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.258.4520.


Best Winetasting Room

Sonoma
Thumbprint Cellars
36 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.2393.

Honorable Mention Tie
Korbel
13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.
J Winery
11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.3646.

Napa
Back Room Wines
974 Franklin St., Napa. 707.226.1378.

Marin
Pt. Reyes Vineyard Inn
12700 Hwy. 1, Pt Reyes. 415.663.1011.


Best Vegan

Sonoma
Slice of Life
6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627.

Honorable Mention
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.

Marin
Lydia's Lovin' Foods
31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.456.5300.


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From the March 23-29, 2005 issue of the North Bay Bohemian.

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