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Sonoma: El Dorado Kitchenette – Zowie!!! House-made soft-serve ice cream topped with strawberry rhubarb marmalade and balsamic vinegar – FL pastry chef

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Sonoma: El Dorado Kitchenette – Zowie!!! House-made soft-serve ice cream topped with strawberry rhubarb marmalade and balsamic vinegar – FL pastry chef

rworange | Oct 22, 2008 10:42 PM

The chocolate soft-serve is everything good about this type of ice cream. It exceeds my fond childhood memories … silken and full of chocolate goodness.

If you don’t like this you just flat-out don’t like soft-serve ice cream … period.

There is chocolate, vanilla and swirl. The vanilla was nice but a little too sweet for me … but that chocolate … I could eat that every meal the rest of my life.

The generous serving ($3.50) has the option of these toppings in addition to the one I tried … which was full of plump, succulent strawberry goodness … didn’t think the balsamic added much though …

Regular toppings (50 cents)

- Carob nibs
- Caramel sauce
- Chocolate ganache
- Peanut nougatine
- Toasted coconut
- Sprinkles
- Shot of espresso
- Fresh mint sugar
- Strawberry rhubarb marmalade

Specialty Toppings ($1.00)

- Extra virgin olive oil and sea salt
- Chocolate ganache and mint sugar (that sounds good)

EDK sundae ($4.50) Chocolate ganache or caramel sauce, peanut nougatine, whipped cream

According to the website the gourmet café is “Led by Pastry Chef Octavio Alcantar, formally of the French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery”

What a lovely experience. The little café to the right of the lobby reminded me of an updated ice cream shop with its grey marble tables and wooden chairs. It is both elegant and comfortable. Order at the counter. There’s a large tv on the ceiling in one corner that is captioned and lots of newspapers spread about. Free wifi is available and there were a few people working on laptops in the comfy, sunny room.

There’s a pastry case with some pretty and delicious-looking baked goods such as orange pound cake topped with wine-poached pears, apricot or pistachio-orange scones, macarons, croissants, and much more. There were fabulous-looking thick brioche slices covered with slivered almonds.

There were some yogurt parfaits with house made granola in plastic to go cups as well as a really, really good looking fruit cup.

I bought a forest mushroom and mozzarella turnover for home ($3.75). Great buttery, flakey crust without overdoing it and the filling was delicious with a nice balance of mushrooms and oozy mozzarella.

It seems the menu changes every few hours. I was there at lunch (11:30 – 2:30). In the first post I’ll list the menu which sounded fabulous and was reasonably-priced. There’s also a nice wine list. Check out the Ruben with the house-smoked pastrami on house-baked rye.

Hmmm … just noticed this on the website “El Dorado Kitchenette encourages people to enjoy breakfast or lunch by the fireplace in the El Dorado Hotel's lounge, in the hotel's outdoor stone courtyard”

Well, I’ll just have to try out those other two locations.

El Dorado Kitchenette is open from 7am to 5pm Sunday through Thursday and 7am to 9pm Friday and Saturday

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El Dorado Kitchenette
405 First St. West, Sonoma, CA 95476

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