Once known mainly for its roadside dining for motorists heading to or from the San Francisco Bay Area on Highway 101, today the town of Cloverdale in northern Sonoma County offers a deliciously eclectic variety of restaurants and eateries.
Remnants of Cloverdale’s past as a stop on the Redwood Highway still exist, like Pick’s Drive-Inn (117 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-2962), a classic old-time burger stand on the southern of edge of downtown. It originally opened as a Reed & Bell Root Beer Refreshery during Prohibition in 1923, so Pick's is part of Cloverdale’s past and present.
The current foodie scene also includes the Trading Post (102 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6483), offering an authentic farm-to-table dining experience with an in-house artisan bakery. The seasonally-changing menu features locally sourced produce and meat, with dishes like Korean-style marinated Beef Skewers with jasmine rice, zucchini, and house-made daikon kimchi; house-made Tagliatelle Pasta tossed in garden tomato sauce, fresh zucchini, fire roasted eggplant puree, and Arabian family olive oil; and Crispy Confit Duck Legs with forbidden rice, onion soubise, roasted turnip, and black vinegar.
Here's a brief list of more examples of the wonderful variety of dining options in this northern Wine Country town.
101 Thai Way offers traditional Thai favorites like Pad Thai, and Chicken Satay, seafood dishes, and curries. 1198 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9999
Cloverdale Ale Company - Ruth McGowan's Brew Pub serves award-winning beers, brewed on site; the burgers and the rest of the menu are good, too. Kids are welcome. 131 E. 1st St., Cloverdale, 707-894-9610
Firehouse BBQ & Ribs specializes in mouth-watering, Texas-style barbecue and ribs. 485 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6298
MoE's Eagle's Nest Deli is a local favorite that serves up great sandwiches with fresh ingredients and panninis. 113 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9290
Piacere Italiano Steak and Seafood presents Jose and Mary Pelayo’s personal style of Italian cooking in their sophisticated-yet-casual restaurant. 504 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-0885
Tian Yuen presents the tastes of Taiwan, Thailand, China, Japan, and Vietnam with a diverse menu of fresh, healthy food in an Asian ambiance. 421 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-5698
World Famous Hamburger Ranch & Bar-B-Que is pretty self-explanatory, but in case you need a refresher, on offer are burgers, which are world-famous (just see the sign) and barbecue. Try the pulled pork. 31195 N. Redwood Highway, Cloverdale, 707-894-5616
Zini’s Diner, famous for its Swedish pancakes, serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 796 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-9444