Is Cloverdale the next food hot spot? Two recent openings in the north of note.

Plank Coffee (227 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 894-6187) opened last week, a hipster hangout featuring lots of recycled wood, Flying Goat Coffee, locally made pastries and the best iced Bangkok (espresso, evaporated milk) I’ve ever had. It’s owned by Mike Morisette and Marne Dupere of 14ft design in Healdsburg.

Nearby, Railroad Station Bar and Grill (114 Railroad Ave., Cloverdale, 894-4779) does two things I’m just wild about: Poutine and Pretzel buns. Poutine (for the non-Canadians) is a magical concoction of gravy and cheese smothered fries (they call them Disco Fries). The pretzel buns (imported from Texas) are soft pretzels sliced in half, cradling a hunk of ground beef that’s cooked to perfection (which is of course medium rare). Also worth a look:  The shrimp po-boy and daily soup specials.  Full bar.

Where else to eat in Cloverdale? Ruth McGowan’s Brew Pub (131 E. First St., Cloverdale, 894-9610) for brews and Zini’s Diner (796 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 894-9444) for Swedish pancakes all day.