Located in the corner spot that was the Three Cooks Cafe (whose iconic sign will hang for eternity, according to their lease), Wishbone is an expression of the couple's natural DIY aesthetic. It's cool but not contrived. ("Just don't call us trendy," Donaldson pleads. "Trendy sucks D.")
Norwitt built the benches, and Donaldson raided her fabric stash to cover them. ("That's my retro coat in the nook.") The chairs they got for a buck apiece from Petaluma High School, where Norwitt carved "Marilyn Manson Rules" and "Biology Sucks" into one of them many years ago.
By 10am on a recent Saturday, the place is nearly packed. A turntable plays Neil Young and Dizzy Gillespie, photos of an irie Bob Marley hang on the wall, and a giant wreath—we're talking boughs, not twigs—hangs above the main dining area.
"Raising food, growing food and cooking food for the public takes up about 92 percent of my brain space at all times," says the self-taught chef Donaldson, who enjoys hitting an "off-kilter harmony" with her food. To wit, the brunch menu features chili and eggs ($10), sourdough apple pancakes ($11) and smoked herring on toast, served with mascarpone, arugula and fruit ($12). Steeped in vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks and served over ice, the vanilla milk is delightful ($4).
Humble Pie fans will find the "pork chop of awe + wonder" ($25) and beef "blueballs" ($9) served with Brussels sprouts and that homemade ketchup. The Valentine's menu features a prix fixe meal that includes oysters, lamb chops, cheese and vegetable tarts, and chocolate fondue for dessert.
"We like to create a little party," says Donaldson, explaining the whole point of Wishbone. "It's communal, a fun little piece of magic you have to experience with someone else."