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Locals’ Favorites: 12 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants to Try in Sonoma County

These offbeat cheap eats are worth sussing out.

You know that one place that sells donuts and pho? Or that sandwich place with Tibetan dumplings on Monday your friend keeps talking about? Like most serious eaters, we love finding the weirdly wonderful, usually-ethnic strip mall joints and hidden culinary gems that offer up interesting and delish food for super cheap(ish). Click through the gallery for a few of our favorite “secret” hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Sonoma County.

Grace Yarrow contributed to this article.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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14 thoughts on “Locals’ Favorites: 12 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants to Try in Sonoma County

  1. Hmmm, strange that you missed the one restaurant in Sonoma County that is NAMED Hole in the Wall. Try Sebastopol, that’s where you’ll find it. There is a lot of good food to be found in Sebastopol!

  2. Good food honestly, but they really need to invest in ventilation in the building. The times I’ve been there customers were coughing, walking out for air. The room is always full of smoke. It is always hot in there too.

  3. Your columns are a joke. You need to consult a map for a reminder that Sonoma Valley is a significant part of Sonoma County. You managed to find only ONE mediocre restaurant for this article? Sonoma Magazine needs a new food editor.

  4. Cannavaris Deli on Steele ln, great Italian deli with sandwiches and hot food. Mushroom Polenta with there home made meat ball is delicious. They also have a freezer with take home ravioli and more! A win for sure.

  5. If you are ever inspired to touch the lava bowl again, after burning your fingertip just immediately press your burned fingertip into your earlobe. Your earlobe will absorb the heat from the burn, and neither your earlobe (definitely) or your finger (likely) will develop a blister. I was told this trick by a sheet metal worker, and use it regularly while barbeque-ing oysters. It almost always works.

  6. Try Bubble cups on Piner. The owner is so sweet and her Mom makes some amazing food. best egg rolls and crab puffs
    I have ever had and there Ban MI is 5 bucks and huge. Not the kind of home made food you would expect from a Boba place

  7. Missed Noodle Palace in Santa Rosa. Owned by Cambodian family. Delicious filling noodle soups, I take home a quart of vegetable loaded with rice noodles, mung bean sprouts and tons of vegies, lasts me three days. Fresh salad rolls filled with tofu and vegies, served with one of best peanut sauces ever.
    Plenty of non vegetarian options too.

  8. You forgot Hare and Hatter sausage emporium in Sonoma Plaza in the Arcade!! Miranda and Dave do a great job!!!

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