Healthy Eating at The Drawing Board
For all the healthy eating options across Sonoma County restaurants, diners here rarely sacrifice flavor. Witness the eclectic line-up at the new The Drawing Board in Petaluma, for example, with colorful, character-charged dishes like charred sweet potato dressed with Beluga lentils, labneh, harrisa and ghee ($12).
Individually, each ingredient is healthy, down to the labneh (yogurt cheese) and ghee (clarified butter). But together, they create a terrific sensation of taste and texture. Indeed, the restaurant owners promise us they’ve put together a destination “meant to nourish both body and soul.”
Those owners are Rosie Wiggins, a first time restaurateur, and Ariel Nadelberg, from San Francisco’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free restaurant, Seed + Salt.
At 65 seats, the place is just large enough for a high energy mood, but small enough to feel intimate amid the raw wood tables and full bar, groovy teal seats finished with caramel leather straps, and glittery white subway tile wall accents. Lots of hanging plants lend a clean, healthy mood, with the slightest nod to a retro fern bar.
To eat, a lengthy collection of small plates ranges from a lively spin on arancini made with pumpkin, romesco, chevre and kale gremolata ($9), to a handful of entrees like a barbecue veggie burger dressed with tomato chutney on a sourdough bun (served with healthy sweet potato fries, of course, $16).
Still, there’s plenty for heartier eaters to enjoy. Kofta meatballs are made with chicken, crisped on the exterior and dunked in yogurt with pomegranate and mint ($12), while duck cassoulet is well-stocked with confit and lamb belly, melded with smoked heirloom beans, kale truffle, and a finishing crust of sourdough breadcrumbs ($18).
One of the more inventive dishes is the bone marrow, roasted to creaminess and scooped with onion-date jam and celeriac remoulade via toasty grilled Senora levain bread ($16). The sweet-tangy jam and spicy remoulade add a delicious spark to the fatty base.
Desserts (all $9) keep the good-for-us theme going, with a sheep yogurt panna cotta dotted with blood orange, yet balanced with some decadence like the oatmeal stout (yes, beer!) cake decorated with mascarpone and cacao nibs.
Even liquor aims for a healthy bent amid our indulgence, emphasizing spirits, beer and wine in biodynamic, organic and sulfate-free options, plus homemade whole-plant herb tinctures and shrubs for mixing.
Details: 190 Kentucky, Petaluma, 707-774-6689