New Mint and Liberty Restaurant in Sonoma
There is plenty of California cuisine in Wine Country, and then there’s the new Mint and Liberty, which spans all across America then touches down into a bit of Asian food. It’s quite an ambitious approach for what is billed as a “diner,” but under the care of chef Michael Siegel, it’s well worth exploring.
Taking over what was formerly Breakaway Café in Sonoma’s Maxwell Village center, the concept offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a full bar serving craft cocktails. The menu is broken into regions of America, plus sections for all-day breakfast, burgers, and family style dinners.
As for the name, owners James and Mila Chanamé-Hahn explain it’s all about freshness and choice. “These are the things we stand for,” said Mila. “Mint is for freshness and farm to table ingredients, while liberty is freedom of choice. You can come in and have a sprouted lentil salad, or have pork belly and kimchi on top of your hamburger."
Indeed, the options are wide ranging. In the “west” section, you can opt for Lola Sonoma glazed carrots with soy sauce, ginger, honey and black garlic; “fancy pants” grilled cheese of Fontina with kale and roasted cippolini onion; or sprouted lentil salad with za’atar, labneh yogurt and roasted beet.
“East” brings choices like pork belly steamed buns with pickled carrot and house made daikon hoisin; or matzo ball soup. From the “north,” you might get loaded baked potato pierogi with cheddar, bacon and caramelized-onion sour cream; or an open-face turkey sandwich with stuffing, creamy mashed potato, gravy and cranberry sauce.
The list goes on and on, through a “south by southwest” choice of New Mexican enchiladas layered with Hatch green chile, red chile, chicken, cheddar, fried egg, avocado and crema, to a family style New England clam bake stocked with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, potatoes, carrots, parsnip and sunchokes.
Save room for dessert, too. Sonoma’s Honey and the Moon bakery operates on-site for indulgences like butterscotch cheesecake, or warm coffee cake dolloped in butter.
Details: 19101 Highway 12, Sonoma, 707-996-5949.