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Steppeing Down from the Russian River-Need Sonoma Recs

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Steppeing Down from the Russian River-Need Sonoma Recs

noshie | Jul 14, 2009 09:23 AM

Am going up to wine country over Labor Day and need some recs in the vicinity of Sonoma or maybe a half hour away or so (I see Healdsburg is about an hour) I usually stay up near Healdsburg, so this will be new. The only time I ate in Sonoma was years ago when there was that wondeful Cal French place right on the square (but down an alley) that moved to SF (I forget the name, maybe a woman's name?)

Anyway, I am looking for:

1) traditional wine country/Italian/French fine dining fare-prefer restaurants that are not too modern/sparse on the interior, but would rather have good food and sterile atmosphere than the reverse. Also, would prefer not to have heavily sauced meals after a long day of picknicking

2) Good, cheap and authentic Mexican spot for carne asada or lengua burrito

3) Good hamburger or turkey burger with thin fries

4) nice breakfast spot to eat outside, where you can get light fare so there is room for picnic later

5) good place to pick up picnic food in case we don't make it up to Healdsburg spots

I love Greystone (especially having flights on the patio), used to love a burger lunch at John Ash on the patio, wasn't wild about Bistro Jeanty, very much like Santi and was underwhelmed by Cyrus

Many thanks for any help

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