By Courtney Cochran
When it comes to wine country chic, Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon in the newly renovated Valley Ford Hotel’s got it nailed. From the oversized teak rockers on the porch to the bespoke bar made of redwood salvaged from a Bodega Bay boathouse, the spot strikes just the right chord between folksy sophistication and rural charm.
But the real story at the year-old western Sonoma County eatery isn’t the décor, it’s the spot’s to-die-for dishes, all of which come with a healthy side of the kitchen’s signature Southern flair. Locals can’t get enough of the Rosie Organic Fried Chicken, garnished with ale-and-gravy-topped potatoes, while the ridiculously rich Mac N’ Cheese takes honors for the most lusted-after offering. And, given the resto’s plum location just minutes from Bodega Bay, it’s probably no surprise that the oysters rock (pun intended). Mop up the namesake arugula, bacon, cream cheese and cornbread-dusted Rocker Oysterfellers with a warm corn-jalapeño biscuit, then rinse it all down with a bottle from the well-edited wine list, rightly comprised almost entirely of Sonoma County selections.
Fortunately for the overindulgent, rooms at the adjacent hotel start at just $120 a night.
Rocker Oysterfellers @ Valley Ford Hotel * 14415 Coast Highway 1 * Valley Ford, CA * (707) 876-1983
* rockeroysterfellers.com * Open Nightly Tues-Sun & for Brunch Sun