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Wayno's (Santa Rosa)

Eat_Nopal | Mar 7, 200803:05 PM

Driving south of Todd Ave on a less than glamorous stretch of Santa Rosa Ave... I was on the lookout for distintive places... and came across Wayno's Coffee.. and stopped for a cup... noticing they had a Santa Maria style grill out front adjacent to the sidewalk... a couple of cheeseburgers on the grill smelled very good.

I find out they do Santa Maria style Tri-Tip & Chicken sandwiches everday (about $7), and Cheeseburger Fridays... I spotted some seated guests passionately discussing Wayno's as such a hidden gem that is getting popular solely on word of mouth... too bad I wasn't hungry.

Coffee (Single Source Sumatra) was good... certainly better than Starbucks... so its worth patronizing this establishment on the merits of the Coffee alone.

But I have to tell you... this place has so much character... in a way that is sorely missing in our beloved, but dazed & confused Petty Burgeosie meets Anti-Shaving Hippie town. Its kind of messy & disorganized, with hundreds of old Rock & Roll 33's... and I think I spotted a turntable to check them out... a great patio with hippie artwork & mismatched furniture that can best be described as a Trailer Park patio.

This place really looks the part... like some rural dive in the deep south. Only, how many Southern BBQ dives really offer espresso based drinks & quiche?

I hope the food is as good as the vibe.... oh yeah the owner is extremely friendly. I hope to report about the food soon. Anybody been yet?

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