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El Molino Central, Boyes Hot Springs ; Bistro Sabor, Napa

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El Molino Central, Boyes Hot Springs ; Bistro Sabor, Napa

moto | Nov 7, 2011 03:36 PM

on our first visit to El Molino Central [web; elmolinocentral.com] we enjoyed one of the best dishes we've had at any latin american place in the state. 'Puerco con Verdolaga' is a green stew of meat, purslane, and the various stock - boosting other items. has a slightly sour accent (pleasantly so, like a good hot and sour soup), rich and complex, with a scoop of delicious beans on top. everything else we tried [pork in a light mole with rice and a very tasty black bean puree, an off menu special, chicken tamales w. mole rojo, dense and chewy apple fritters] and their trademark tortillas were well above average. as you drive away from Sonoma on 12, it's just past the intersection of Boyes Blvd. on the right.

also worthy of note are the fish tacos at Bistro Sabor. [web: bistrosabor.com] listed as seabass al pastor on the menu, the fish isn't the persecuted toothfish but the Pacific white bass [actually a weakfish/croaker, and sustainable now that it's being restored with hatchery fish and if the 28 in. legal minimum is observed], given a reddish tinged rub (achiote maybe) and grilled. their version of arancini is also quite good -- deep fried rice pudding balls with a molten dark chocolate center, lightly coated with toasted coconut. they're located downtown on First St.

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El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

Bistro Sabor
1126 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

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