Pick's Drive-In

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.

The exterior of the old-fashioned Pick's Drive-In in Cloverdale
Pick’s Drive-In

Remnants of Cloverdale’s past as a stop on the Redwood Highway still exist, like Pick’s Drive-In, 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. As the name implies, you can drive your car there, too, but the old-time burger stand and shake shack has stools just a few steps from the sidewalk, and the burgers and the shakes can’t be beat.

The sign that hangs above the Trading Post in Cloverdale, Sonoma County
Trading Post

The current foodie scene also includes the Trading Post, 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.

El Milagro focuses on Mexican cuisine highlighting the region’s guisados (stews or braised dishes and stir-fries).

MoE’s Eagle’s Nest Deli is a local favorite that serves up great sandwiches with fresh ingredients and paninis.

Papa’s Pizza Cafe is a family-owned pizza parlor with an upscale feel, 10 taps, and delicious pizzas and salads.

Piacere Italiano Steak and Seafood presents Jose and Mary Pelayo’s personal style of Italian cooking in their sophisticated-yet-casual restaurant.

Tian Yuen presents the tastes of Taiwan, Thailand, China, Japan, and Vietnam with a diverse menu of fresh, healthy food in an Asian ambiance.

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.

Zini’s Diner, famous for its Swedish pancakes, serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For more possibilities, read Where to Taste Wine in Cloverdale, and 5 Fun Things to Do in Cloverdale, and check our complete listings of all Sonoma County Restaurants and click on Cloverdale.

Want to spend the night, so you’ll have more time to explore the area? Stay in a ranch-style bed and breakfast set on five acres at the Old Crocker Inn, which offers five lodge rooms and five cottages rooms or suites. Or, bed down at the Kelly & Young Wine Garden Inn, a luxury B&B in a lovingly preserved Queen Anne Victorian home (built in 1901) that’s surrounded by magnificent gardens.  

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