Best Of 2010

Food & Drink: Reader's Picks 


03.17.10


Best Farmers Market

Marin

Downtown San Rafael Thursday Night Market

Downtown San Rafael.

415.421.8497.

Napa

Calistoga Farmers Market

1546 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.8892.

Sonoma

Sebastopol Farmers Market

Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol.

707.522.9305.

Honorable Mention

Santa Rosa Farmers Market

Veterans Building, Santa Rosa.

707.522.8629.


Best Organic Farm

Marin

Cow Track Ranch

5730 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio.

415.662.2321.

Napa

Forni Brown Gardens

900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123.

Sonoma

Laguna Farm

1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol.

707.823.0823.

Honorable Mention

Petaluma Bounty

55 Shasta Ave., Petaluma. 707.775.3663.


Best Bagel

Marin

Barton's Bagels

645 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.458.8818.

Napa

The Calistoga Roastery

1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.5757.

Sonoma

Grateful Bagel

2444 Lomitas Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.544.6710.

300 S. Main St., Sebastopol.

707.829.5220.

Honorable Mention

Sonoma Valley Bagel Co.

515 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa.

707.526.1631.

Best Bakery

Marin

Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.924.7478.

Napa

The Model Bakery

1357 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.8192.

644 First St., Napa. 707.259.1128.

Sonoma.

Village Bakery

7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.

707.829.8101.

1445 Town & Country Drive,

Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654.

Honorable Mention

Della Fattoria

141 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.763.0161.


Best BBQ

Marin

California Grill & Rotisserie

1531 S. Novato Blvd., Novato.

415.893.1540.

Napa

Buster's BBQ

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga.

707.942.5605.

Sonoma

Lombardi's BBQ

101 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati.

707.795.3354.

3413 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.773.1271.

Honorable Mention

BBQ Smokehouse

6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol.

707.575.3277.


Best Burger

Marin

Phyllis' Giant Burgers

2202 Fourth St., San Rafael.

415.456.0866.

Napa

Calistoga Inn

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.4101.

Sonoma

Mike's at the Crossroads

7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.

707.665.9999.

Honorable Mention Tie

Carmen's Burger Bar

1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa.

707.579.3663.

Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery

50 E. Washington St., Petaluma.

707.765.9694.


Best Pizza

Marin

Lo Coco's

631 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael.

415.472.3323.

638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.453.1238.

Napa

Checkers Restaurant

1414 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.9300.

Sonoma

Mombo's Pizza

1886 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.528.3278.

560 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol.

707.823.7492.

Honorable Mention

Old Chicago Pizza

41 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.763.3897.


Best Ice Cream

Marin

Fairfax Scoop

63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax.

415.453.3130.

Napa

Scoops & Swirls

1473 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

Sonoma

Screamin' Mimi's

6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol.

707.823.5902.

Honorable Mention

Lala's Creamery

134 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.763.5252.


Best Juice Bar

Marin

Planet Juice

343 Third St., San Rafael. 415.457.8115.

Napa

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

610 First St., Napa. 707.251.3757.

Sonoma

Juice Shack

www.juiceshack.com

Honorable Mention

Fruit in Motion

3 Fourth St., Petaluma. 707.776.4559.


Best Cafe/Coffeehouse

Marin

Marin Coffee Roasters

546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.258.9549.

1551 S. Novato Blvd., Novato.

415.892.8373.

Napa

Yo El Rey Roasting

1217 Washington St., Calistoga.

707.942.1180.

Sonoma

Flying Goat Coffee

www.flyinggoatcoffee.com


Best Breakfast

Marin

Bobby's Cafe

1617 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.4444.

Napa

Cafe Sarafornia

1413 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.0555.

Sonoma

Howard's Station Cafe

3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental.

707.874.2838.

Honorable Mention

Omelette Express

112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1690.


Best Brunch

Marin

Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley.

415.331.2600.

Napa

Gilwoods Cafe

320 Town Center, Napa. 707.963.1788.

1313 Main St., St Helena. 707.963.1788.

Sonoma

Willow Wood Market & Cafe

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.

Honorable Mention

Hank's Creekside Restaurant

2800 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

707.575.8839.


Best Diner

Marin

Bubba's Diner

566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.459.6862.

Napa

Emmy Lou's Diner

1429 W. Imola Ave., Napa. 707.224.0154.

Sonoma

Hallie's Diner

125 Keller St., Petaluma. 707.773.1143.

Honorable Mention

D's Diner

7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.

707.829.8080.


Best Deli

Marin

Michael's Sourdough

3095 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael.

415.485.0964.

Napa

Palisades Deli Cafe

1458 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.0145.Sonoma

Traverso's

2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa.

707.542.2530.

Honorable Mention Tie

Cordoza's Deli & Cafe

25 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma.

707.765.2138.Aioli

6536 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.2476.


Best Outdoor Dining

Marin

Le Garage

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito.

415.332.5625.

Napa

Calistoga Inn

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.4101.

Sonoma

Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery

50 E. Washington St., Petaluma.

707.765.9694.

Honorable Mention

Mosaic Restaurant

6675 Front St., Forestville. 707.887.7503.


Best Dining After 10pm

Marin

Marin Joe's Restaurant

1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera.

415.924.2081.

Napa

Hydro Bar & Grill

1403 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.9777.

Sonoma

Underwood Bar & Bistro

9113 Graton Road, Graton.

707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention

McNear's saloon & Dining House

23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.765.2121.


Best Spot to Dine Solo

Marin

Sol Food

901 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

732 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.451.4765.

Napa

First Place Tie

Silverado Brewing Co.

3020-A N. Hwy. 29, St. Helena.

707.967.9876.

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

610 First St., Napa.

707.251.3757.

Sonoma

Peter Lowell's

7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.

707.829.1077.

Honorable Mention

Willow Wood Market & Cafe

9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.


Best Caterer

Marin

Insalata's

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.,

San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

Napa

Rick Warkel Catering

1606 Harley St., Calistoga. 707.942.1259.

Sonoma

Preferred Sonoma Caterers

23 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

707.769.7208.

Honorable Mention

A La Heart Catering

600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.

707.527.7555.


Best Chef

Marin

Heidi Krahling, Insalata

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.,

San Anselmo. 415.457.7700.

Napa

Ken Frank, La Toque

1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 707.257.5157.

Sonoma

Duskie Estes, Zazu

3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa.

707.523.4814.

Honorable Mention

Tony Najiola, Central Market

42 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.778.9900.


Best Restaurant

Marin

Le Garage

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito.

415.332.5625.

Napa

Jole

1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.5938.

Sonoma

Cyrus Restaurant

29 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3311.

Honorable Mention

Underwood Bar & Bistro

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.


Best New Restaurant

Marin

Le Garage

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito.

415.332.5625.

Napa

JoLe

1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.5938.

Sonoma

Jackson's Bar & Oven

135 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.6900.

Honorable Mention

El Coqui

400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.542.8868.


Best Chinese

Marin

First Place Tie

Harmony Restaurant

800 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.381.5300.

Jennie Low's

Vintage Oaks Mall, Novato.

415.892.8838.

140 Second St., Ste 120, Petaluma.

707.762.6888.

Napa

Soo Yuan

1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.9404.

Sonoma

Gary Chu's

611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.

Honorable Mention

Lily Kai

3100 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma.

707.782.1132.


Best French

Marin

Le Garage

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito.

415.332.5625.

Napa

First Place Tie

Bouchon Restaurant

6534 Washington St., Yountville.

707.944.8037.

Bistro Jeanty

6510 Washington St., Yountville.

707.944.0103.

Sonoma

La Gare

208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355.

Honorable Mention

French Garden

8050 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol.

707.824.2030.


Best Indian

Marin

Lotus Cuisine of India

704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

Napa

Neela's

975 Clinton St., Napa. 707.226.9988.

Sonoma

Sizzling Tandoor

409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.579.5999.

Honorable Mention

Himalayan Kabob & Curry House

220 Western Ave., Petaluma.

707.775.4453.


Best Italian

Marin

Il Davide

901 A St., San Rafael. 415.454.8080.

Napa

Bosko's Trattoria

1364 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.9088.

Sonoma

Cucina Paradiso

56 E. Washington St., Petaluma.

707.782.1130.

Honorable Mention

La Coco's

117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

707.523.2227.


Best Japanese

Marin

Sushi to Dai For

816 Fourth St., San Rafael.

415.721.0392.

Napa

CC Blue Sushi Bar

1148 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9100.

Sonoma

Sushi Tozai

7531 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.

707.824.9886.

Honorable Mention

Hana Japanese Restaurant

101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park.

707.586.0270.


Best Mediterranean

Marin

Hanna's

1700 Fourth St., San Rafael.

415.457.6252.

Napa

Small World Restaurant

928 Coombs St., Napa.

707.224.7743.

Sonoma

Aram's Cafe

131 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

707.765.9775.

Honorable Mention

East West Cafe

557 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.

707.546.6142.


Best Mexican

Marin

Casa Mañana

85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax; 415.454.2384.
711 D St., San Rafael; 415.456.7345Napa

Pacifico Restaurante Mexicano

1237 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.4400.

Sonoma

Mi Pueblo Taqueria

800 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.762.8192.

Honorable Mention

Martha's Old Mexico

305 N Main St., Sebastopol.

707.823.4458.


Best Seafood

Marin

Seafood Peddler

100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.

415.460.6669.

Napa

Go Fish

641 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.0700.

Sonoma

Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar

403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

707.433.9191.

Honorable Mention

GTO's Seafood House

234 S. Main St., Sebastopol.

707.824.9922.


Best Thai

Marin

Bay Thai Cuisine

809 Fourth St., San Rafael.

415.458.8845.

Sonoma

Sea Thai Bistro

2323 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.528.8333.

500 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. 707.766.6633.

Honorable Mention Tie

Jhanthong Banbua

2400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.528.8048.

Thai House

525 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3939.


Best Vegetarian

Marin

Comforts Restaurant & Deli

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.454.9840.

Napa

Ubuntu Restaurant

1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

Sonoma

Slice of Life

6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol.

707.829.6627.

Honorable Mention

East West Cafe

128 N. Main St., Sebastopol.

707.829.2822.


Best Vietnamese

Marin

La Maison de la Reine

346 Corte Madera Town Center,

Corte Madera. 415.927.0288.

Napa

Annalien

1142 Main St., Napa. 707.224.8319.

Sonoma

Simply Vietnam

966 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.707.566.8910.

Honorable Mention

Pho Vietnam

711 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa.

707.571.7687.


Best Brewpub

Marin

Marin Brewing Co.

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.

Napa

First Place Tie

Calistoga Inn

1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.4101.

Downtown Joe's

902 Main St., Napa.

707.258.2337.

Sonoma

Russian River Brewing Co.

725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

707.545.2337.

Honorable Mention

Hopmonk Tavern

230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

707.829.7300.


Best Cocktails

Marin

Wildfox Restaurant

225 Alameda del Prado, Novato.

415.883.9125.

Napa

Hydro Bar & Grill

1403 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.9777.

Sonoma

Underwood Bar & Bistro

9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.

Honorable Mention

Stark's Steakhouse

521 Adams St., Santa Rosa. 707.546.5100.


Best Sports Bar

Marin

the FlatIron

724 B St., San Rafael. 415.453.4318.

Napa

Silverado Brewing Co.

3020-A N. Hwy. 29, St. Helena.

707.967.9876.

Sonoma

Beyond the Glory

1371 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

707.775.3775.

Honorable Mention Tie

Ausiello's Fifth Street Grill

609 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

707.579.9408.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

707.431.7258.


Best Dive Bar

Marin

2AM Club

382 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.6036.

Napa

Susie's Bar

1365 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.6710.

Sonoma

Round Robin

616 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.575.1354.

Honorable Mention

Gale's Central Club

106 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

707.763.0118.


Best Wine List

Marin

Rick's wine cellar

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera. 415.927.9466.

Napa

Ubuntu Restaurant

1140 Main St., Napa.

707.251.5656.

Sonoma

Cyrus Restaurant

29 North St., Healdsburg.

707.433.3311.

Honorable Mention

Syrah Bistro

205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

707.568.4002.


Best Winetasting Room

Marin

Rick's Wine Cellar

207 Corte Madera Ave., Corte Madera.

415.927.9466.

Napa

Castello di Amorosa

4045 N. St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga.

707.967.6272.

Sonoma

Woodenhead Winery

5700 River Road, Forestville.

707.887.2703.

Honorable Mention

J Vineyards & Winery

11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg.

707.431.3646.


Best Sauvignon Blanc

Marin

Ross Valley Winery

343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo.

415.457.5157.

Napa

Artesa Vineyards & Winery

1345 Henry Road, Napa.

707.224.1668.

Sonoma

Hanna Winery

9280 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg.

707.431.4310.

5353 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa.

707.575.3371.

Honorable Mention

Merry Edwards Wines

2959 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol.

707.823.7466.


Best Chardonnay

Marin

Stubbs Vineyard

10000 Marshall-Petaluma Road, Petaluma. 707.486.3152.

Napa

First Place Tie

Rombauer Vineyards

3522 Silverado Trail, St. Helena.

707.963.5170.

Alpha Omega Winery

1155 Mee Lane, Rutherford.

707.963.9999.

Sonoma

La Crema Winery

235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

707.431.9400.

Honorable Mention

Lynmar Estate

3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol.

707.829.3374.


Best Sparkling Wine

Marin

Pt. Reyes Vineyards

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes.

415.663.1011.

Napa

Schramsberg Vineyards

1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga.

707.942.4558.

Sonoma

Iron Horse Vineyards

9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol.

707.887.1507.

Honorable Mention

Korbel Champagne Cellars

13250 River Road, Guerneville.

707.824.7000.


Best Cabernet

Marin

Point Reyes Vineyards

12700 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes.

415.663.1011.

Napa

Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga.

707.942.5105.

Sonoma

Silver Oak Cellars

915 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville.

800.273.8809.

Honorable Mention Tie

Hawkes Winery

6734 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg.

707.433.4295.

Kokomo Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road at Timber Crest Farms, Healdsburg. 707.433.0200.


Best Syrah

Marin

Mount Tamalpais Vineyards

www.marinwines.com

Napa

T-Vine Cellars

3130 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga.

707.942.8685

Sonoma

Arnot-Roberts

6450 First St., Forestville.

707.820.1383.

Honorable Mention

Longboard Vineyards

5 Fitch St., Healdsburg.

707.433.3473.


Best Pinot Noir

Napa

Whitehall Lane Winery

1563 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena.

707.963.9454.

Sonoma

La Crema Winery

235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

707.431.9400.

Honorable Mention Tie

Woodenhead Winery

5700 River Road, Forestville.

707.887.2703.

Claypool Cellars

www.claypoolcellars.com


Best Zinfandel

Napa

Calistoga Cellars

1371 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga.

707.942.7422.

Sonoma

Seghesio Family Vineyards

14730 Grove St., Healdsburg.

707.433.7764.

Honorable Mention

A. Rafanelli Winery

4685 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

707.433.1385.


Best Cutest Darn Thing

It's not just because she's just about the most friendly and outgoing chef you'll ever meet. It's not even because her delicious dishes are sourced completely locally from within a half-hour radius. The fact of the matter is that Duskie Estes'co-chef and -owner with husband, John Stewart, at both Santa Rosa's Zazu Restaurant and Farm and Healdsburg's Bovolo, and your pick for best chef in Sonoma County'makes our mouths water with culinary creations that leave most diners awestruck.

Much of that's due, of course, to Zazu's onsite farm, with veggies and greens, and the couple's flock of chickens, which supply the eggs to make handmade pasta every morning, and their home-cured salumi. All of Zazu's meat comes from local sources such as Bodega's family-owned Gleason Ranch, and the menu changes daily depending on what's fresh. But it's what Estes does with the ingredients that matters most. It's the reason why she was featured on the Food Network in 2007 and why Emeril Lagasse calls her a friend. Plus, you gotta love the way her name rolls off the tongue. Say it out loud: Duskie Estes! 'G.M.


Best Recession-Era Cocktails

At Stark's Steakhouse, your honorable mention pick for best cocktails, a roll of quarters will not only ensure a high-quality buzz, but will fill your belly, too. Stark's happy hour menu was introduced as a buffer to our crashing economy, promising only to keep its insanely low prices until the Dow reached 10,000.

To the pleasant surprise of penny-pinching regulars, Stark's has maintained the cheap-o menu long after the Dow climbed beyond the 10,000 mark. With $2 Beefeater martinis on Wednesdays and Thursdays, $2.50 drafts, $4 wines and $3 tasty, nonalcohol mixes every weekday, Stark's happy hour puts a happy swagger in a tipsy step.

Plus, with an appetizer menu offering goodies like delicious yam fries, Moroccan chicken meatballs, meatloaf sliders and addiction-forming potato fondue priced at $1.50 or $3.50, your unemployment bucks are stretched further as you skim the want ads for a new career while commiserating over lost jobs and mortgage fiascos. Stark's happy hour serves us up right Monday'Friday from 3pm to 6pm; yummy cocktails all the time.'D.B.




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