Sustenance on a shoestring
By Tessa Brunton, Heather Irwin and Gretchen Giles
Charlie's Serious Chili Dogs: Dogs with beefy panache. 1301 Maurice Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.792.9274.
Govinda's: Home-style Indian treats like daal, rice and--pasta? 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
Heavenly Burger: Still tops for a decent, honest slab o' ground beef on a bun. 4910 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.539.9791.
Russian River Brewing Co.: Decent pizza and excellent brews. Two words: beer bites! 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.BEER.
Sonoma Taco Shop: Great taqueria, three locations. 913 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, 707.585.2944; 953 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma, 707.778.7921; 57 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, 707.525.8585.
Sweet Lou's: Serves late-night Italian-style menu until 3am. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.793.0955.
El Taco Grande: Makes a burrito so stuffed, it's more than worthy of its name. 425 Center St., Healdsburg, 707.431.1464.
U&I Sushi: Lunch specials and a 70-item all-you-can-eat sushi bar at lunch. 199 Southwest Blvd., Rohnert Park. 707.794.0410.
Arigatou Japanese Food to Go: Cheap, delicious, ready to go. 2046 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.8990.
Barton's Bagels: Fresh bagels and the best chocolate chip cookies ever. 645 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.458.8818.
Casa Manana: Big burritos a stone's throw from the perfect picnic spot: Perri Park. 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.454.2384.
Easy Street Cafe: Get a spot by the window and watch the shoppers wander by. 882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.453.1984.
Koffee Klatch: Enjoy tacky charm as you suck down a delicious chocolate shake. 57 Broadway, Fairfax. 415.454.4784.
M&G's Burgers & Beverages: Crispy fries, good burgers and friendly locals chowing down. 2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0655.
Phyllis' Giant Burgers: Come with a hearty appetite for an old-fashioned patty. 2202 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.0866.
Taqueria Maria: Watch people exercise at the gym across the way while munching a burrito. 1017 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.257.5720.
Theresa & Johnny's Comfort Food: Perfect hangover cure: a cup of coffee and a short stack at Theresa and Johnny's. 817 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.259.0182.
Alexis Baking Co.: Killer breakfasts and sensible soup-'n'-salad lunches. 1517 Third St., Napa. 707.258.1827.
Fazerrati's: Great pizza, cool brews, the game's always on. Lotsa little leaguers. 1517 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.255.1188.
Gilwoods Cafe: Classic hometown diner. Two locations: 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa, 707.253.0409; 1313 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.1788.
High Tech Burrito: Customize that bad boy with all fresh ingredients. 641 Trancas St., Napa. 707.224.8882.
Nation's Giant Burgers: Also features salmon burgers and pies. 1441 Third St., Napa. 707.252.8500.
Pizza Azzurro: Pies are simple and thin, and rate as some of the best in the North Bay. 1400 Second St., Napa. 707.255.5552.
Red Hen Cantina: Fun place for outside dining, margaritas and entirely passable Mexican food. 4175 Solano Ave., Napa. 707.255.8125.
Red Rock Cafe & Backdoor BBQ: Specializes in barbecue and classic diner fare. 1010 Lincoln Ave., Napa. 707.226.2633.
Taylor's Automatic Refresher: Burgers, shakes and fries at this cheery burger stand. 933 Main St., St Helena. 707.963.3486.
From the August 17-23, 2005 issue of the North Bay Bohemian.
© 2005 Metro Publishing Inc.