New Chicken Pharm Restaurant in Petaluma
Sonoma County is famous for its boutique poultry ranches, so it’s entirely fitting that a new Petaluma restaurant is named Chicken Pharm.
Set in the heart of historic downtown, the family-friendly neighborhood eatery focuses on – what else – chicken. Chef Adam Mali serves up home-style cuisine elevated with local ingredients, for mouthwatering dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, honey Sriracha and buffalo wings, and a signature Kimchicken sandwich of fried or grilled bird with gojichang Korean pepper sauce and kimchee, served on a King’s Hawaiian roll.
For other appetites, there are burgers, in a choice of Fallon Hills Ranch beef, rare grilled albacore tuna, a griddled veggie patty, or, of course, grilled chicken.
The menu satisfies fun takes, too, like the Butter n' Eggs salad of butter lettuce, radish, snap peas, hard cooked egg, buttermilk dressing; a griddled PB&J with Dave's whole grain bread, house-made jam, and an extra cold side of Clover milk; Petaluma Creamery white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese; baked Rancho Gordo beans with bacon, and beer battered pickle chips.
Rounding things out, local beers and wines share the bar with creative cocktails. Some highlights include the Must Be Your Mama’s Car bloody Mary garnished with a housemade biscuit (a subtle nod to the classic American Graffiti scene filmed in Petaluma); the Ruffled Feathers of prosecco, jasmine bliss kombucha and elderflower; and the Patio Mule of bourbon, pear, ginger, lime and ginger beer.
There’s deep Petaluma history in the space, as well. The building’s original tenant was Tuttle Drug Store, owned by Joseph Wilford Tuttle, who was born in Petaluma in 1884. The shop operated under the Tuttle name until 2004, when the space was turned into the Petaluma Social Club restaurant.
Set with farmhouse style décor, the rustic themed restaurant sports sophisticated touches like a huge, raw maple slab table seating 14 guests, and – this is clever – the prettiest restroom stalls anywhere, handcrafted from reclaimed wood by Sons of Salvage of Petaluma.
Details: 132 Keller Street, Petaluma, 707-543-1278, www.chickenpharm.com.
Photos by Paige Green