Dining in Petaluma: New, Newer, Newest
Like charms on the most darling bracelet, Petaluma is forever changing — adding this new thing or that to its ever-growing collection of sparkling offerings.
Lately, that collection has included a veritable slew of fresh dining options, ranging from the ultra-healthy to the ultra-decadent. Bottom line, there’s something totally new, something totally revamped, and something classic on the menu of new dining options in Petaluma aimed to suit any palate. Here’s a look at a few of the most mouthwateringly exciting options.
When feeling a little lunchy or brunchy, nip into Lunchette on trendy 4th Street in Petaluma and order up an organic lunch to go. With an emphasis on light, healthy, plant-based lunches sourced from local organic farms and artisan producers, Lunchette is the perfect option when you crave a tasty Wine Country lunch that won’t be laden with calories or saddle you down for the afternoon.
Select from low carb offerings like Zucchini and Rice Noodle Salad with red curry coconut dressing, summer vegetables, toasted coconut, mint, ginger, and cashews; or Farm Lettuces with mustard vinaigrette, farro, apple, goat cheese, candied almonds, and pickled red onion. And just for an added boost of healthy goodness, Lunchette also serves up vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free menu options.
As the name suggests, Lunchette is only open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday.
Lunchette, 25 Fourth St., Petaluma, 707-241-7443
Born in Oakland, which inspired its name, Bump City Bakery is another of the healthier (if occasionally boozy) options to arrive on the Petaluma food scene. Specializing in utterly indulgent, yet nearly 100 percent organic, gluten-free, and vegan cookies and cupcakes, Bump City delivers decadence without the guilt (or maybe I should say less guilt).
Among the most popular items on the menu are “Drunken” cupcakes like the Dark & Stormy (ginger beer cake, dark rum, and lime buttercream topped with candied ginger} as well as Salty Date Cookies (made with organic Medjool dates, pecans, almonds, and chocolate chips, and sprinkled with sea salt). How many shades of yum?
Bump City Bakery, 122 American Alley, Suite B, Petaluma, 510-882-2880
Bluegrass and barbecue are a classic combination which is, at least in part, why the new "Bourbon and Bluegrass" Thursday evenings at Brewsters Beer Garden are a welcome addition to a local Petaluma favorite. Get an early jump on the weekend every Thursday at 5 p.m. when Brewsters serves up live bluegrass music alongside a selection of specialty bourbon cocktails and a menu of Southern California-style barbecue prepared with unique local flair.
Brewsters Beer Garden, 229 Water St., Petaluma, 707-981-8330
Food truck lovers have a new oasis to explore in the form of The Block Petaluma. Plucked down right in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma, The Block is highlighted by an open-air gourmet food truck market as well as a beer garden featuring backyard-style seating and a gaming area, fire pits, live music, an Italian soda bar, and 30 different beers on tap, from low production craft beers to some classic favorites.
Among the regulars showing up at this Wednesday through Sunday food fest are: Firetrail Pizza, which has a permanent kitchen, El Roy’s food truck, which is famous for its Mexican fare, and the Fig Rig, from Sonoma’s Girl and the Fig,
The Block Petaluma, 20 Grey St., Petaluma, 707-775-6003
Yet another Petaluma classic has gotten a renovation as of late. Thistle Meats — a long-standing Petaluma favorite artisan butcher shop — has a new chef and a new butcher, Travis Day. Stop in at Thistle and select all the fixings for a perfect Wine Country picnic from Thistle’s selection of grass-fed, pasture-raised meats and charcuterie program featuring handmade pates, salumi, terrines, and other house-cured meats. And stay tuned for the addition of a new menu of prepared foods including sandwiches, salads, and soups, among other items.
Thistle Meats, 160 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 707-722-5442