I've been working in Sonoma County recently and had a chance to try a few new lunch spots. Finally, some awesome food for me to report about in Santa Rosa, other than my mom's home cooking.
Los Altos de Jalisco Taqueria
2700 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707 575 1265
Found in the *other* shopping center across the street from Bennet Valley Shopping Center.
The chowpup declared this place has the best quesadilla EVER; 2 small flour tortillas grilled (with just a whisper of oil on the grill) with a copious amount of cheese that actually tasted like cheese, not melted goo. I had the pork chile verde burrito; moist chunks of pork, a judicous amount of rice and pinto beans, and a touch of sour cream. I only order burritos when I'm not sure of a place, and next time will venture into taco and torta land. The available meats are carne asada, carnitas, pollo asado, pollo adobado, al pastor, cabesa, chile verde (either chicken or pork) and lengua (tongue). Menudo available at the weekend.
52 Mission Circle
707 538 3367
I guess this would qualify as upscale Indian, more along the lines of Ajanta than, say, Naan 'n Curry; table clothes and attentive wait staff. Pamposh has been open for 2 years, and just started lunch service this month. The lunch menu is very limited-a few wraps, a few salads and chicken biryani. I had the chicken tandoori wrap and my mom had the biryani, ordered medium spicy. The wrap came on fresh naan moistened with ghee, loaded with chunks of somewhat bland (but very moist) chicken, grilled onion, and a beautiful leaf of romain lettuce. A quick sprinkle of salt perked up the flavor immensely. I admit an initial wariness of any dish with the word "wrap", but this was a delicious rendition and I'l definately go back. The chicken biryani was equally good, but perhaps not the most authentic I've ever had, with dried currants (actually cranberries the day we were there) and pine nuts. But again, moist chicken, delicious rice, and spot-on spice level.