Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sonoma County Restaurant Week February 22nd to 28th, 2010

I happen to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, with some of the best food around -- at least in my kitchen. I shop at the farmer's market and what I get it fresh and tasty. I am happy to say that the same is true for many Sonoma County restaurants, as I see the chefs haunting the farmer's markets for the "fresh stuff."

Coming up in less than 2 weeks, is the first
Sonoma County Restaurant Week. It's a chance to try a number of different restaurants -- certainly more than 25 of them are participating. I have a few that I'd like to revisit since it's been a long time, and some that I'd like to try. The best part of the the week is that you can choose from set menus that are either $19, $29 or $39. So you know what you're getting into.

On my list for the week are Sizzling Tandoor for some mighty-tasty Indian fare in Santa Rosa, Peter Lowell's in Sebastopol for organic, local ingredients hot out of their wood-fired oven, HopMonk Tavern also in Sebastopol, Barndiva in Healdsburg where I haven't been for ages but will gladly go for the Hen of the Woods 'shroom entree, Dempsey's in Petaluma where I know that I can pair the food with great beer and Bistro des Copains in Occidental would make my list for sure if they had a vegetarian entree but sadly they don't have one listed. Since there are only 7 days in a week, and I am already busy one of the nights, I am going to have to make some choices as to where to eat during this week. Usually, it's at home but I will make some exceptions.

Remember that my choices are based on the restaurant offering what sounds like a good vegetarian or vegan option. There are plenty of others that might appeal to you. Remember that you are supporting a vibrant community of farmers and restaurateurs when you go out for Sonoma County Restaurant Week. Hope to see you out there somewhere.


chcmichel said...


Thanks for your nice comments about Bistro Des Copains. Restaurants had to choose one price point for the week for the special menu and also offer their regular menu every night as well.
We decided that since a diner can come in and have our ravioli, a starter and dessert for less than the $29 price point, we wouldn't put a special vegetarian menu on. I just wanted to explain our rationale! Thanks again for your nice comments. We appreciate the support very much! Michel Augsburger

Shana said...

Good to know... I have always wanted to try Bistro Des Copains! I will have to visit soon! Thank you so much Jill for recommending more restaurants that I hadn't seen!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow have lots of fun, thanks so much for visiting my blog Rebecca

The Veggie Queen said...

Thank you for your explanation Michel. I look forward to eating at Bisto Des Copains sometime soon. Restaurant week didn't work out so well for me due to digestive upset but I know you'll be there other times -- with a vegetarian option. Great to know.

Shana -- love to hear what you think when you go.