The town of Graton in Sonoma County, California

The Secret Sonoma County Foodie Destination Only Locals Know About

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The tiny west county town of Graton is merely a blip on the radar (there’s not even a stoplight), but it is the essence of all that is weird, wonderful and deliciously delightful about the farther-flung regions of Sonoma County. Read on for some of our favorite spots to grab a bite in and around Graton.

Underwood Bar & Bistro

Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton
Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton 

Play “name that winemaker” as you people-watch at this classy, Parisian-style bistro – local vintners love to hang at the nickel topped bar or in the red vinyl banquettes lit by milk glass sconces. We can’t resist rich French onion soup smothered in gooey gruyère, and flatiron steak frites draped in mushroom-shallot butter. Insiders know that the Thai food is tops here, too, such as the five-spice duck confit Massaman curry. 9113 Graton Road, Graton, 707-823-7023

Willow Wood Market Cafe

Brunch offerings at Willow Wood Market Cafe in Graton
Lunch offerings at Willow Wood Market Cafe in Graton

Though this breakfast and brunch spot has been around since 1995, it's often overlooked in the one-stop-sign-town of Graton. It's definitely worth the trip to try their homey-yet-impressive menus that include soft-set French folded eggs or challah French toast for breakfast and brunch; craveable French dip au jus for lunch; or a roasted tarragon chicken for dinner. A breezy, covered outdoor patio has an indoor-outdoor feel that's great for larger groups. A small mercantile sells wine and retro gifts. 9020 Graton Road, Graton, 707-823-0233

Claypool Cellars at Pachyderm Station

Whamola Wieners truck at Claypool Cellars—Photo by Paul Citone
Whamola Wieners truck at Claypool Cellars—Photo by Paul Citone

Alt-rocker Les Claypool is a local legend and notable winery owner who runs this unusual cellar. Expect some tasty pinots, and hot dogs from Whamola Wieners — a hot dog stand with wieners dressed in corn chips, ranch dressing, cheese and barbecue sauce among others. 5425 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 707-820-1263

Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe

Pastries at Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe
Pastries at Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe 

Beguiling French pastries made with all of the butter, including crisp croissants, canneles and cinnamon buns. Stop by for a quick lunch of quiche, French onion soup or the righteous French dip with roast beef, Swiss cheese and jus. 4552 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 707-217-3530

Gourmet Mushrooms

Local fungi from Gourmet Mushrooms in Graton
Fabulous fungi from Gourmet Mushrooms in Graton

This local mushroom farm grows some of the most sought-after oyster, trumpet and maitakes in the country. Though the cultivation rooms are closed to the public, watch their Facebook page for frequent sales of three-pound bags at a screaming deal. 2901 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol

Andy's Produce Market

Andy's Produce Market in Sebastopol
Andy's Produce Market in Sebastopol

If you're looking for locally-grown and produced foods fresh from nearby farms, this 55-year-old grocery store is the place to go. You'll find Sonoma west county meats, cheese, beers and ciders that are hard to find nearly anywhere else. 1691 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 707-823-8661

Written by Heather Irwin