I went with my wife and neice last weekend to the Santa Rosa area to pick up wine and do some barrel tasting at Siduri/Novy, Carlisle, Coffaro and Amphora.
We ate lunch BOTH days at NYPie, a New York style pizzeria at 4th St and Brookwood in downtown Santa Rosa. Needless to say, we all loved the pizza. It's a thin, crispy crust with only a few toppings. The owner has a great New York accent and is an exceptionally nice man. They do not take credit cards. This place has been reported on here. He asked how I found him and I told him "Chowhound."
Saturday dinner was at Syrah in downtown Santa Rosa. Very good service and food. It was the best I have ever eaten at Syrah- they are on top of their game. Two of us had the wild salmon and the server advised us that they normally cook it somewhat rare. We both prefer it just cooked and it was done perfectly to our taste. Had very good desserts that night also.
The next morning it was a quick dash out to Freestone for a sticky bun about the size of my head and some of the excellent coffee at Wild Flour Bakery. They are still open Fri- Mon only and do not take credit cards or I would have bought a lot more there.
On the way home, I stopped at the Sonoma Sausage store in Sonoma- the town was a zoo around the square. It is located across from the northeast corner of the square down a narrow walk behind a wine store. This is another place I found about on Chowhound. We bought hot beer, andouille and Hawaiian Portuguese sausages. These are the real deal- flavor packed treats.
All in all, a wonderful way to spend a couple days and made better because of Chowhound. Thanks for the tips fellow 'hounds.