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Solo in Sonoma (or possibly Healdsburg) in January


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Solo in Sonoma (or possibly Healdsburg) in January

kstaigs | Nov 24, 2012 12:09 PM

Hello all, I have searched the boards and can't find much for a solo diner/taster in Sonoma. I will be flying in to SFO at noon and hope to drive up for an overnight stay on a Friday night in January. My ideal scenario would be to park and walk or bike for the evening, which is why I thought Sonoma near the plaza would work best, but I am also open to Healdsburg if it would be as walker friendly in your estimation(s). In Sonoma, LaSalette and the girl and the fig stand out to me, largely just from hearing them so often recommended on the boards, and because of their convenience. I don't think I can justify the cost of Cyrus, I am hoping to stay at or under $100 total with 1-2 glasses of wine. I eat anything and everything, but I would like to focus on regional fare. So I suppose my question is this: Am I on the right track with the above plan? Are there any restaurants in Healdsburg which I should be including in my list of maybes (Dry Creek, Madrona), and if so, is it possible to walk to a winery or two from there? Or are Guerneville or Bodega Bay worth a look (both Boon and Terrapin Creek's menu's look right up my alley). I am coming from Chicago, fyi, so we have out share of wonderful food, which is why I would love to enjoy local cuisine.

Also (while I am here), I am then coming back up with two friends for a night in Napa (Yountville) and we will be having a nice dinner and a lunch. I am thinking the same price point, around $100 pp for dinner, we need to be more casual for lunch. We can drive in this case. I have read that Bouchon has slipped, any thoughts? Several of the restaurants mentioned on the boards repeatedly include Bottega, Bistro Jeanty, Redd (that menu looks especially intriguing, I admit) and Terra. I would gladly welcome any opinions of these, or other Napa area places, for lunch and/or dinner! Thank you all!

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