My friends and I stopped by the Blue Heron Restaurant and Tavern after a hike through the Armstrong Woods (in Guerneville) and along the Bodega Head.
Suffice to say we were hungry. Very hungry. But those hunger pangs didn't take away from the quality of the food we were served...at last.
The Blue Heron has an indoor restauant, a bar and an outdoor eating area. Surrounded by the golden hills of northern California, there is no more restful a place to enjoy a midday meal than on the terrace at the BH. Bikers, cowboys/girls, tourists and hikers all hunker down for some good eats and no one seems to mind the diversity -- or the wait.
The service is SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. But friendly and capable of laughing at themselves. So, enjoy the people watching (covertly) and the rolling hills and forget about watching your watch.
We started off with a glass of Korbel sparkling wine. Dry and well chilled, it was an excellent appetizer.
Alright, we ate some food, too.
We shared the baked brie served with crostini bread and a whole garlic clove. Really tiny piece of brie, but tasty nonetheless.
Barb made mincemeat of the Vegan Garden Burger. She loved the variety of flavors, but thought that the patty should have been grilled a bit longer.
Mathilde and I both ordered the Taos Chicken Sandwich -- a grilled chicken breast topped with a roasted Anaheim chile, jack cheese and chipotle mayonaise and served (as was the Vegan Sandwich) on a lightly toasted bun. Fantabulous. The chicken was tender and tasty and the melding of the chile, cheese and chipotle made for a lip smacking sandwich.
I believe that all sandwiches are served with your choice of fries or salad. We all chose the salad -- lots of mixed greens and served with your choice of (bottled) dressing.
If you're on your way to Jenner/Bodega, traveling west from Guerneville on Hwy 116, stop in at Duncan Mills. A good meal in a great little town amidst a wonderous landscape.
Link: The Blue Heron Restaurant