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Petaluma

The riverside town of Petaluma (pop. 57,941) on Sonoma County's Highway 101 was once called the "Egg Basket of the World" for its bustling egg industry in the early 20th century.

Petaluma is now a foodie haven, with dining options that include a mix of ethnic cuisines and awarding-winning restaurants using the best locally grown and produced products.

Known for its wines, Petaluma also boasts world-class beers and ales, award-winning olive oils, and artisan cheeses that are served in some of the finest restaurants nationwide. And Petaluma has a wide array of lodging choices, from brand names to charming inns. 

Built on secure bedrock, Petaluma was one of the few Bay Area communities not damaged in the 1906 earthquake.  

Today, Petaluma's well-preserved city center is filled with an engaging mix of boutiques, antiques shops, and specialty stores, many in historic buildings.

The town boasts a thriving arts community, with more than a dozen downtown art galleries, exhibiting handcrafted jewelry, paintings, and sculpture by contemporary artists of local and international renown.

Picturesque Petaluma has captured the attention of numerous filmmakers, serving as a location for many major films — American Graffiti (1973), Cujo (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Basic Instinct (1992), Scream (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and many more. 

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Which Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck
Contact us directly, Petaluma, CA 94954

Which cheese is a new Gourmet food truck serving the bay area grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

Chili Joe's
312 Petaluma Boulevard S., Petaluma, CA 94952

Mark and Wendy look forward to welcoming you to Chili Joe’s, small, twenty seat restaurant in the old Le Bistro location on Petaluma Boulevard South. We are serving up spicy, comfort food including…

Brasil BBQ
5306 Old Redwood Highway, Petaluma, CA 94954

Welcome to BrasilBBQ. We serve authentic Brazilian food in a casual family style environment. All of our food is made on site from fresh locally sourced ingredients. We have reasonably priced food and…

Cafe Zazzle
121 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Our food is fresh and prepared to order. We use as many local ingredients as possible. Our aim is to keep our prices affordable, our atmosphere relaxed and casual and our menu flexible to our…

Sunflowers
42 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, CA 94952

Central Market is a farm-to-table restaurant, housed in the 1918 Maclay building in the heart of downtown Petaluma. Our cuisine is rustic California-Mediterranean. Our philosophy lies in finding ways…