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New: Trading Post Market and Bakery in Cloverdale

The humble, pretty little Wine Country town of Cloverdale is getting some big city attention, with the opening of the new Trading Post Market and Bakery. The charming downtown eatery comes from the entrepreneurs behind San Francisco restaurants AQ, TBD and Bon Marché, and oh, it smells so good.

Customers have been lining up for country levain, and focaccia tarts draped in fresh vegetables from the restaurant garden. Baker Aaron Arabian is keeping his oven busy with signatures, too like Italian sour country loaf, French baguettes, the “7 or More” seeded wheat loaf, and a fruit bread studded with nuts.

“The fruit bread is crazy good. It’s like dessert,” said Matt Semmelhack of AQ parent company Mercer Restaurant Group.

Later down the road, we can expect a restaurant in the 3,000 square foot free-standing building at First Street and Cloverdale Boulevard, too, offering Cal-cuisine salads, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas. There will be seating areas, as well, plus a cozy wine and beer bar, and a market area stocked with wine, cheese and charcuterie.

Semmelhack is hoping to roll everything out within six months. In the meantime, we’ve got plenty of rolls – and bread loaves – to munch on. Arabian is also working on recipes for the gluten-free crowd.

Details: 102 South Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, hours: noon to 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

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