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News from Cloverdale: Los Picos and Sweet Rosebuds

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News from Cloverdale: Los Picos and Sweet Rosebuds

Melanie Wong | Nov 4, 2003 11:59 AM

Newly opened Sweet Rosebuds Coffee House (7am-7pm, Mon-Sat) has become the new afternoon hang out and lunch stop, judging from the sizeable crowd there on Saturday. The breakfast pastries – muffins, scones and cookies – are house made. I studied the selection in the case, but didn’t try any as this day’s baking all looked a bit overdone and scorched.

The menu includes sandwiches and salads and the day’s special was quiche. I ordered a ham and provolone panini sandwich on rustic bread, $5.75, to sample the lunch offerings. The bread was a flattish roll with a chewy, irregular crumb and a thin and crisp corn meal-dusted crust, especially after grilling. With thin slices of good quality boiled ham, run-of-the-mill cheese, slivers of red onion, slices of ripe Roma tomatoes, very fresh green leaf lettuce, and way too much mayo, it made a good sandwich, albeit not my concept of panini. The bread was warmed by the 5 minutes on the grill, but the meat was barely heated and the cheese didn’t melt at all. I don’t get the concept of heating a sandwich thick with salad ingredients and copious mayonnaise. I would order a regular deli sandwich next time (asking them to lighten up on the mayo), now that I know good bread and quality meats and garnishes are used here.

I stopped by La Michoacana market wanting to check out the pan dulce selection but the shelves were bare after lunch. The next delivery would be at 2:30pm, but I didn’t have time to wait.

Next door at The Corner Deli, banners announce a new carniceria, open two month ago. A corner of the deli has been expanded to accommodate a counter with Mexican-style meat cuts and a butcher on staff. The carniceria is called Los Pinos Market (8am-9pm, 707-894-3342). I bought some housemade carne seca ($13.99/lb) and freshly made carnitas. The carnitas had a golden brown crust and I got the section of the riblets that I like so much. Chicken and pork tamales are made each day too.

The Best Western Cloverdale Inn (324 S Cloverdale Boulevard, 707-894-7500) has opened with 62 rooms and reasonable rates for the wine country. Time to visit.

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