Restaurant Week Comes To Sonoma February 22-28, 2010

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By Deirdre Bourdet

The tradition of local “restaurant week” promotions dates from the last recession, post dotcom crash, when the nouveaux poor’s continued need for high end dining and the high end dining establishments’ need for continued business found common ground in a beautiful, prix-fixed way.  New York and San Francisco restaurants enjoyed such success with their Restaurant Week programs that they kept them in place even after fortunes were again flying high. And now, in the dark depths of our current economic slump, Sonoma County is joining the restaurant week party.  From February 22-28th, restaurants throughout the county–recently named the first Slow City region in America–are offering three course dinners for $19, $29, or $39, depending on the establishment.

In the $19 category, you have options like the Fig Cafe and Wine Bar in Glen Ellen, Sizzling Tandoor in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg Bar & Grill on the Healdsburg square, or Peter Lowell’s in Sebastopol.

At the $29 price point, you see places like Barndiva in Healdsburg, Pazzo in Petaluma, Alexander’s at the Timber Cove Inn in Jenner, Bistro des Copains in Occidental, and the Willi’s Wine Bars in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg.

At $39, you score dinner at Applewood Inn in Guerneville, John Ash & Co. and Zazu in Santa Rosa, Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, or El Dorado Kitchen and Cafe La Haye in Sonoma.  Obviously, that’s a huge savings over the usual a la carte options.
Most participating restaurants give you a choice of several options for each course.  Some also feature a discounted wine pairing flight to pair with the prix fixe, or throw in extra courses above the three officially mandated.  The details of each restaurant’s promotion, the full list of participating establishments, and most of the actual menus available are posted on the official website.  No special coupons, particular forms of payment, or secret code words are required; just make a reservation and ask for the restaurant week menu.

Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to check out those places you’ve been curious about, discover a new neighborhood gem, or just save a bit of money on your usual restaurant romping.  Don’t miss it.




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