Bird and the Bottle
1055 4th St., Santa Rosa
Jewish comfort food, Southern fried chicken, and Korean seasonings may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but that's kind of the point. In an open kitchen, chef Mark Stark turns out chicken fried oyster lettuce wraps, crispy skin salmon wings with kimchee salt and matzo ball soup (with BBQ chicken thigh, obviously). They've got a nice selection of crowd-pleasing beers on tap, too.
452 1st St. E, Sonoma
Located in the heart of Sonoma's central plaza, this restaurant serves up Portuguese cuisine with a twist–with most dishes heavy on the olive oil, garlic, and fresh tomatoes. Chef Manuel Azevedo cooks classics from his native country, such as a traditional fish stew with a medley of clams, mussels, shrimp, sea bass, and scallops.
Harvest Moon Café
487 1st St. W, Sonoma
Husband and wife Nick and Jen, culinary institute alumni, offer up a seasonally changing menu in this small but mighty restaurant.
The Spinster Sisters
401 S. A St., Santa Rosa
A true locals destination for excellent food, the space is also an artistic hub (every six weeks it features the work of a different local artist in the dining room).
6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol
This authentic ramen and Japanese gastropub is a welcome–and unique–addition to the Sonoma food scene.
2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma
Fremont Diner is a charmingly local spot where the menu focuses on old-fashioned comfort food—the fried chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwich, and especially the homemade pies make for customers year-round. Kids will love the backyard chicken coop, where local-as-it-gets eggs are harvested daily for famous dishes like the deviled eggs and breakfast hash.
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