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Barndiva in Healdsburg

Melanie Wong | Aug 25, 200405:21 AM

Sunday night I had planned to stop at Zebulon's Lounge in Petaluma for the firefighters benefit but started out a little too late. Instead I swung by Barndiva in Healdsburg for a late snack and to check out the six-week old addition to the local dining scene.

The cavernous, well, barn-like interior is dominated by the bar area. Tables hugging the exterior walls have lounge-like seating. There are a couple of larger tables and more seating outside in a stylish patio. The interior lines are sleek and contemporary, yet warmed with lustrous wood grains in a style that made me think of the good parts of Danish Modern. The subdued lighting and music create a relaxed mood for drinking and hanging out.

A full page of special house cocktails is notable for the $12 price tags – yowza! I was happy to see a whole page of wines by the glass too except that the lowest price is $7. The wine list is pretty hefty for a new restaurant drawn mostly from local boutiques plus a few imports. The spirits list is extensive as well with the trendiest vodkas, the requisite tequilas, and . The beverage list states that the house is proud of its tea service featuring Rishi teas. Coffee is sourced from local roaster, Flying Goat.

While the atmosphere seems more cocktail lounge than eating establishment, the menu (shown below) offers up 20 savory dishes and 9 desserts. It’s grouped into three categories (column headings): Light clean flavors, Spicy passionate flavors, and Comfort soothing flavors. My first thought on hearing about this trisection was “shades of Michael Mina”. However, these are not three preparations of but a single ingredient, instead the chef’s choice of format.



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