A Look Into Zosia Cafe and Kitchen
For comfort food in Sonoma County, it’s hard to beat steaming hot cabbage rolls, pork and beef dumplings in chicken broth, or savory pierogi stuffed with potato and farmer’s cheese. And this is exactly what you’ll find at the new Zosia Cafe & Kitchen, a Polish restaurant just opened in Graton.
Set next door to Willow Wood Market in the former Bambu Teahouse space, it’s the work of Slawek and Monika Michalak, natives of Poland who came to America 25 years ago and built up retail stores in Santa Rosa along the way.
Currently, Zosia – named after the couple’s daughter - is open for breakfast and lunch, with espresso, beer and wine service. As things settle in, the Michalaks expect to expand into dinner, with Polish, Hungarian, German and other Eastern European specialties, but already, the menu is plenty pleasing. Credit goes to Russian chef Ekaterina Zaitseva.
Think Ukrainian borscht ($5.95/$7.95), warm spinach salad tossed with mushrooms, shallots, applewood smoked bacon and apple cider vinaigrette ($9.95), a variety of crepes like the mushroom, onion, spinach and house made farmer’s cheese combo ($8.95), and Polish kielbasa sausage atop braised cabbage ($11).
Siberian pelmeni are particularly sumptuous, as a half dozen pork and beef dumplings bathed in organic chicken broth and fresh herbs with a dollop of sour cream ($9.95). The Michalaks also craft daily specials, like a perfect-for-winter bigos, which is a hunter’s stew of sauerkraut stew simmered with meats and spices ($8.95).
Breakfast keeps things interesting as well. Dishes range from American to Asian to Hawaiian, plus those Polish crepes. Egg in the nest delivers an over easy egg tucked into brioche toast with tomato, avocado and baby greens ($5.50), while the “breakfast bowl eggstravaganza” is a heaping helping of house fried rice with bacon, onion, celery and bit of jalapeño, all seasoned with mirin and soy sauce and topped with an over easy egg ($7.95).
And who wouldn’t be happy with a loco moco “hangover special” of white rice crowned with a hamburger patty, fried egg and gravy ($12.95)?
Guests can also dig into more standard California fare at lunch, such as a pulled pork sandwich ($12.50), grilled cheese on ciabatta ($7.95), or a burger and fries ($13.95).
Despite the casual, rustic menu, the café is sophisticated, with original art created by the Polish born Dawid Jaworski, a copper top bar, and sleek wood façade with cactus gardens and an Airstream trailer.
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