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New Perch and Plow Restaurant in Santa Rosa

All eyes – and appetites – are on Santa Rosa right now, following the debut of Perch and Plow and its Sonoma County-centric Cal-American cuisine. A project of chef Mike Mullins, it puts a more casual spin on his skills learned at restaurants such as Michelin-starred Cavallo Point, the former Petite Syrah and the former Kenwood Restaurant.

Set on Santa Rosa’s historic downtown square, the bright, airy spot is artsy, both in its look and its cooking. An Asian inspired octopus mural commands one wall, overlooking sleek blonde and black wood tables, a bar and open kitchen.

Barrio Fresca Cocina Mexicana at The Barlow in Sebastopol

There are lots of notable Mexican restaurants in Sonoma County, ranging from casual, order-at-the-counter burritos, to the upscale Yucatan-French inspired cuisine at Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg. Now, Sebastopol’s new Barrio Fresca Cocina Mexicana brings the two concepts together, in a relaxed, paper plate kind of place serving mouthwatering dishes crafted with organic seasonal ingredients.

Dining at Russian River Vineyards, Restaurant & Farm

The newly renovated Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville is anchored by a very important thing: a culinary garden. That’s because the eatery showcases spectacular, garden-fresh cuisine with ingredients supplied by winery farmer Kayta Brady.

Formerly known as Corks, the Restaurant has been working its way toward the garden theme since the summer of 2014, when its ownership team dug the first small section of dirt to grow staples like tomatoes and peppers.