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Ford's Cafe (Sonoma) Reincarnation

Jackie Avery | Feb 19, 200205:54 PM

Ford's Cafe in Sonoma was an amazing place- local junk all over the walls, flooded almost every winter, legendarily massive and brutal breakfasts.

It's been closed for such a short while now, most people didn't even know it had gone. Sadly it is, but the building was sold, and a similar business has taken its place.

The Schelleville Grill is wisely not changing too much about the old place. The 'genuine junk' has been removed... but then so has the gnarly old bathroom.

The famous 'Swedish' is still on the menu: Three fried eggs, sauteed onions and cheese on a charbroiled beef patty served on wheat toast... $6.85

Some of the other specials have changed their names- The 'Roll Over Rover' (Pancake stuffed with ham & cheese with country potatoes & egg) is now called 'Roll It On Over'., and the biscuits & gravy now contain scallions, but the menu is largely the same. The coffee is now drinkable, if more expensive ($1.75), but it is still bottomless, and the mugs still don't match.

Oh, they also serve lunch. Sandwiches, burgers, salads. I've eaten breakfast there a million times- but never lunch.

The Schelleville Grill doesn't take credit cards yet, but they do have a wine/beer liscence. They have various bottled & canned beers. They seem to only serve Sonoma Creek wines, (chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet) by the half glass ($2.50) full glass ($5)and bottle ($20). Also listed is Sangiacomo Merlot, glass($10) and bottle ($40)

The Schelleville Grill is located a few miles south of downtown at 22900 Broadway (where it hits Hwy 121 near the firehouse) and is open for breakfast and lunch.

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