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posted 05-08-2014 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Jim. thanks so much for posting about your trip to Sonoma County. Rabbit sausage is outside me personal comfort zone, but I have another Half that will LOVE that idea!!!
Have you done much travel in the Russian River side of the county?? I understand that there are some very good and under-the-radar restaurants on that side of the county.


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posted 04-13-2014 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jkaiser20     Edit/Delete Message
We book-ended our recent trip to wine country with stays in Healdsburg. We normally stay in the Dry Creek Inn Best Western. Convenient and the Tuscan bldg. is nice. Also there is a running trail that goes to downtown right across the street.

For dinner the first night (Sunday) we went to Scopa. A nice, small place right on the square. This was our third (or fourth, they run together) visit. We were seated immediately and the wait staff was welcoming. We had pizza and a pasta meat dish. Both were good. For wine we had a bottle of amarone to stick with the Italian theme. Nothing special, just good drinking. The place is small so plan ahead and get a reservation. We will return next trip.

Oh, pre-meal we went to Bear Republic and shared a beer tasting flight. Only one would be worth a glass. Expected something better, but since this is a wine board that is a story for another place.

For lunch on Monday we grabbed sandwiches at the Geyserville Store Deli. First time there, and we went because we were in the area, it was raining, and we were hungry. Walking in it did not give the best first impression, but the deli counter seemed fine and the lady was competent. Simple sandwiches, some chips and water and we were set. We scarfed them down sitting in the parking lot. Really good quality bread. I preferred these to the ones we normally get from the Dry Creek General Store. Those are good, but they seem to be more for the upscale tourists, whereas Geyserville was more the blue collar, give me something to eat. Good stuff.

We came back to Healdsburg on Friday, and for dinner we had reservations at Partake by K-J, just off the square. Pre-dinner we went to Healdsburg Bar & Grill (HBG) for a beer. Enjoyed talking to the bartender there. No one there seemed to have much knowledge of Partake except it was sort of pricey. When we got there it was clear it was targeting fairly upscale clientele. We ordered various dishes and I had ordered several wine tastes to match them. We had chicken wings which were not too spicy but with good flavor. The rabbit sausage was excellent. And the cheese board awesome. I think we also had a veggie of some kind, but can't recall. The wines (Pinot Noir, Merlot, and a Cab) were good, but not anything to get too excited about. It was a bit pricey, and we certainly weren't filled up. Back to HBG for another beer and some real wings. I could see going to Partake for a early snack.

On Saturday we went back to HBG for lunch. We have been there a couple times before. Great burgers. The sun was finally shining so we sat outside and enjoyed our meal. The bartender from the night before was there and helped the wife select beer. Bottled PBR was all I needed (as usual). HBG will remain a staple for a sit down lunch in the area.

That's about it for the food. Ah wait, Saturday breakfast was at Dry Creek General Store. The one complaint of the Best Western is the 85 degree breakfast room (four trips, always the same regardless of temp outside). We normally pull a smash and grab there and eat outside or in the room, but we just couldn't bring ourselves to it this time. From my casual observations, the thermostat being located right about the pancake cooker thing makes it impossible to actually control the temperature. So we went to Dry Creek General and had good breakfast sandwiches. Now that is it for Sonoma food this trip (In n Out burger on the way from SFO doesn't count.)



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