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New Mountain View Bistro Offers Local Delights

Greek-style salmon

Only in Sonoma County could hospital patients and their visitors look forward to the food they get during their stay. But with the opening of the new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, that’s exactly the case, thanks to an on-site restaurant that’s designed to be delicious enough to attract customers who might not even be visiting someone in recovery.

With the new Mountain View Bistro, chefs craft specialties like made-to-order pizzas, chicken and roasted vegetable tacos, and grilled, Greek-style salmon. Many of the ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables, are locally sourced.

“The hospital is designed as a care center for the patient’s family, too,” said Sutter’s strategy and business development executive Lisa Amador. “The bistro is an open food court, a Sonoma market grill. People from the neighborhood can come in for lunch, and we expect they will.”

The breakfast, lunch and early dinner menus come from Todd McNeive, a former sous chef for Oliver’s Markets in Sonoma County. And it’s the same food that the patients get to enjoy, with an innovative “At Your Request” room service program.

The good stuff begins at breakfast, with dishes like buttermilk pancakes, Texas French toast, custom omelets, and a Sonoma soufflé.

For lunch and dinner, there are big salads, deli sandwiches, burgers, and pastas. Homemade soups are specialty, and there is a taqueria serving burritos and quesadillas, next to pizza and pasta stations. Entrees are mainly comfort foods like mac –n- cheese, meatloaf, pot roast, lemon herb chicken breast, chicken potpie, Asian stir fry and vegetable lasagna.

The setting isn’t typical sterile cafeteria either, but decorated with art commissioned from local artists, for 360 pieces throughout the total hospital. Floor-to-ceiling windows open the second floor space to a view of the Mayacamas Mountains, while the interior is trimmed in colorful stone, wood and chrome.

Already, the room service program is a hit, replacing the standard mass produced tray meals of traditional hospitals, notes Amador. Patient order what they want, when they want it, which helps them feel better and also reduces waste (hey, not everyone likes tuna casserole and Jell-O).

The restaurant might be a draw for everyday people watching their diets, too. There are liquid menus, diabetic and heart healthy dishes, plus lots of low fat, low sodium, and sugar free dishes, and signatures like whole wheat penne tossed with garlic and vegetables.

Guest trays for family members and visitors can be purchased for $6 per meal. And don’t forget dessert. It, too, is homemade, in temptations like chocolate brownies, angle food cake, oatmeal raisin cookies and ice cream.

Mountain View Bistro at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, 30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa

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