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Chow Report-Wine Country- Cindy's Backstreet, Rutherford Grill, Bear Republic, Hoffman House

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Chow Report-Wine Country- Cindy's Backstreet, Rutherford Grill, Bear Republic, Hoffman House

Shel | Feb 14, 2006 08:18 AM

Another trip has come and gone and we are back to cold snowy Cleveland, but this is what we ate:

CINDY'S BACKSTREET KITCHEN
We left the city and headed North, so dinner was in St. Helena at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. We have been to Mustards, we have the Mustard's cookbook and make many of the recipes, we enjoy Cindy Pawlcyn's flavor ideas. With that said, we were totally disappointed in Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Appitizer was forgettable, have no idea what we ate! For dinner, husband had the mushroom tamale. It tasted like it was stuffed with mascarpone, yuck. We made the one from the Mustards cookbook when we got home just to have some of that great flavor. I had the meatloaf. The best part of that dish was the sauteed greens it came with. The garlic mashed potatoes were flavorless and the meatloaf had a weird texture. We were so bummed that we wasted a meal here.

RUTHERFORD GRILL
This is an old stand-by for us. I love the a la carte enchillada's and husband adores the "hacked" chicken salad. Always consistant, friendly service and great food (even if it is a chain ;-). We never have a problem getting a seat at the bar.

BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO.
We had visited so many wineries and were tired so we just went for something casual. Decent pub grub. A highlight was the Press sandwich, a chicken breast with brie, sweet caramalized onions, and smoky bacon on a sourdough baguette.

HOFFMAN HOUSE, next door to Geyserville Inn
Husbands breakfast was AWESOME. Eggs benedict over crab cakes. We will make a version of this at home, but using lump crab meat. I had vanilla french toast, not bad, not special either.

We tried to find the Russian River Brewing Co, not knowing that the location in Santa Rosa we were looking for is on the Korbel property and just a deli that serves Russian River beer. Hubby had a corn dog that wasn't warm enough and I had a chicken salad sandwich....too much mayo in the salad. Live and learn....

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