SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Breakfast is now being served during the tastiest time of year, Sonoma County Restaurant Week, slated for March 1-10, 2019.
Pastry Perk Specials is a new breakfast component this year, featuring pastry and hot beverage deals from local bakeries, pie shops, and cafés (some other menu items are available; prices vary). Nearly 20 eateries are registered for Perks so far, including Santa Rosa’s very popular East Wind Bakery, and Criminal Baking Co. & Noshery.
And as always, Sonoma County Restaurant Week offers three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $19, $29, or $39, plus two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus for $10 or $15. In Sonoma County tradition, menus feature locally sourced produce, meats, seafood and dairy.
No tickets or passes are required; just visit www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week and plan your culinary road map through nearly 20 communities. More than 140 restaurants are already registered, with new restaurants being added daily. Pace yourself: It would take eating at more than 14 restaurants a day to take in all the culinary goodness offered during Restaurant Week.
Besides celebrating longtime favorite Sonoma County restaurants, this is a great opportunity to check out brand new hot spots, such as Santa Rosa’s Mercato Italian Pasta & Produce, Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven, and Gerard’s Paella y Tapas, plus Petaluma’s Stockhome and Sebastopol’s Fern Bar.
Here’s another bonus: Post photos of your food adventures on Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #DineSoCo, and be entered to win dining certificates from participating restaurants.
Most dinner menus offer more than one choice for each of the courses. Many restaurants will be offering menus accommodating dietary preferences, too, such as gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan.
Here are just a few examples of what mouthwatering specials will be available at different price points:
Pastry Perk Special: Criminal Baking Co. welcomes guests to their new, more spacious location in the West End Neighborhood. Treats include a scone and roll and a cup o’ Joe or tea for $6. Chocolate lovers can indulge in their Nutella roll, while those looking for something savory can enjoy their bacon apple cheddar scone.
$10 Lunch: The new Gerard’s Paella y Tapas offers a remarkable bargain of salad plus your choice of paella: Senorita Rosa (chicken and chorizo), El Valdéon (classic seafood), El Pescador (seafood with squid and arroz negro) or La Verdura (vegetarian); or a salad plus your choice of daily bocadillos (Spanish baguette sandwiches).
$15 Lunch: The new Gravenstein Grill sends out a delicious feast of soup of the day or mixed Sebastopol baby lettuces with Sonoma goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and local Meyer lemon vinaigrette; and a Willie Bird turkey burger with chopped Blue Leg Farm’s Newham Gem lettuce, tomato, onions, bread & butter pickles and fries, or a Forbidden Rice and quinoa wrap with spinach, roasted peppers, and hummus.
$19 Dinner: The new Barrels, Brews and Bites in Healdsburg tempts with three different menus, including a filling Italian chopped salad, short rib melt, and mason jar chocolate mousse selection; a tomato and mozzarella bruschetta combo with Thai peanut chicken satay, Asian salad and mason jar lemon bar; or grilled corn salad with cotija cheese and crema, chile verde chilaquiles, and Mexican caramel cheesecake.
$29 Dinner: The new Stockhome in Petaluma beckons with a Scandinavian supper of Little gem lettuce salad tossed with grilled artichoke, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans and tahini buttermilk dressing, an entrée of Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, gravy, lingonberry jam and pickled cucumber, and dessert of a Swedish pancake: berries and whipped cream.
$39 Dinner: The new Harmon House in Healdsburg wows with a multi-choice extravaganza including these goodies: First Course choice of Canapés (warm Dungeness crab cake, chilled prawn cocktail, Hood Canal oyster mignonette and chevre croquette), or Caesar salad with chicory, romaine, garlic crouton and Meyer lemon-pecorino vinaigrette. Main Course choice of steak frites with truffle fries and red wine jus, or flounder fish & chips with Racer 5 tempura, lemon and caper remoulade. Dessert of flourless chocolate gateau with Straus vanilla bean ice cream, huckleberry, and lemon verbena crème fraiche.
Start planning a strategy for this epicurean tour at www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week. And be sure to keep checking the website, as new menus are added daily. Sort menus by cities and/or price, with each restaurant listing its special menu. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekend nights.
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All media inquiries regarding Sonoma County Restaurant Week should be directed to Laura Broderick, at [email protected].
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