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Napa, Sonoma Coast, and the City trip....(long) part 2 of 3

socal boy | Sep 26, 200302:37 PM

Continuing on our journey, we trekked over the mountain to Bodega Bay. But first we stopped in Santa Rosa at the Charles Schulz Museum (2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 707.579.4452) Admission for adults is 8.00. Its a little small and they have two awesome Peanuts collages hanging on the wall. One is a 5000 tile peanuts comic strips that put together formed a giant picture(its hard to explain, go see it). The other is a giant wood carving of the Morphing of Snoopy. Very cool.
Left Santa Rosa and arrived in Bodega Bay for dinner at the Duck Club. I don't know if eating at La Toque the night before and at Bistro Jeanty for lunch had anything to do with it, but the food was mediocre at best. I checked the Zagat guide and they gave this place all 20's or over. I thought it might be decent but it wasn't. Started with the Duck Club Clam Chowder. This is the first time I ever ate Clam Chowder with either pieces of duck or chicken in it. It was ok. My wife had a giant fried saffron risotto patty. I couldn't taste the saffron and it came with stewed tomato's and goat cheese which really hid the flavor. For my entree, I had the surf and turf. A little surf-2 smoky shrimp and slices of steak. Pretty mundane. My wife had the porcini mushroom raviolis but could not even taste the mushroom inside. Why even bother with dessert, so we didn't.
The next day, we stopped off at Seaweed Cafe(1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 707.875.2700) for breakfast/lunch (my wife had breakfast, I had lunch). A small place, maybe 6 tables inside with an open kitchen. I started with a Heirloom tomato gazpacho soup which was light and sweet. My wife ordered the Buttermilk pancakes which she deemed light and delicious. I had the baked butter beans with sausage and clams. The clams were a little gritty but overall the dish was good and hearty. The only problem here was the timing of the dishes. My wife was finished with her pancakes before I even received my entree. They did comp us a grape tart (all the grapes had the skin peeled off) which was excellent. There wasn't much on the chowhound board as far as restaurants in Bodega Bay, so we trekked into Sebastopol for dinner.
Dinner at K and L Bistro (119 S Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 707.823.6614). This little restaurant in Sebastopol was packed. Thank goodness, we made reservations. I started with the roasted quail with fruit salad. The quail was tender and juicy and tasty. The fruit was sauteed in the quail juice and served with a green salad. Interesting. My wife had the carmelized onion tart w/ blue cheese. Excellent. For my entree, I had the Pan Roasted Organic Chicken with macaroni and cheese. Man, this chicken was great. The skin was charred crispy and it was served with the juices of the chicken. It came with mashed potatoes and a green salad. The Mac and Cheese came straight out of the oven and was creamy and delicious. My wife had the Niman Ranch ribeye with blue cheese. Again, it came with a side salad and the ribeye was huge, tender and beefy. We were pretty stuffed but still asked for dessert to take back to the hotel. We had a polenta pound cake with poached plums and fresh whipping cream. A great dessert to finish off a great meal. I would come here and eat again and I don't say that about many places. A gem in an out of the way place. The next day we drove down the coast on Highway 1 into the city. Next post- The City.

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