In case you haven’t heard the shrieks of joy from your food-obsessed friends, Mark and Terri Stark have finally (finally) opened their sixth restaurant in Sonoma County, Bird and The Bottle. It wasn’t without some labor pains, which included everything from permitting and ABC challenges to managing the $1.5 million renovation. But like any parent, the pain is soon forgotten when that bouncing baby turns out to be pretty perfect. I’ll be writing more about the menu and the whole story behind what Mark is lovingly calling his “Jew-rean” menu in the coming weeks, but here’s the 411 on what you need to know if you go:

– The menu is a mashup of Jewish comfort food, Southern classics (fried chicken, Gulf shrimp, buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese) and a punch of Korean on the side. That means dishes like cheesy grits with maitake mushrooms, cured egg and spicy schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), $10, kimchee latkes ($10) or matzoh ball ramen ($10). Somehow it all works.
The cocktail menu is equally inspired, with hard teas, drinking vinegars paired with vodka, bourbon and tequila, or giant cocktail shakers with drinks for the table
Schmears are a great snack or lunch item, with chicken liver mousse, smoked black cod or barbecued bone marrow served with pumpernickel rye ($10-14)
– The name refers to a saucy double entendre describing late-night pleasures of pre-World War I young men about town—“hot bird and a cold bottle”. We’ll let you guess which was the saucy dish and which was the champagne.
– A $20,000 indoor wood-fired grill is the kitchen centerpiece, with live fire grilling of fish, breads, veggies and of course heartier meats. A commercial smoker gives duck and fish perfect flavor.

Bird and The Bottle, open daily for lunch and dinner, 1055 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-568-4000.

Please note: Not all of these dishes may be available, and prices may vary. Click to see the full menu

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Exterior, Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Mombo Sauce, $24 (Feeds several) Bird and The Bottle

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Cake in a jar: Bird and The Bottle

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True pimento spread at Bird and The Bottle

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Chicken liver mousse with chicken cracklings, $10

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Chicken Cracklins wit Nashville Hot Sauce, $4: Bird and The Bottle

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Poncho’s Pride Cocktail. The cocktail menu here is insane, with drinking vinegars and “hard teas”. Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Fired Chicken entree, Whole Fish Entree, Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

My favorite dish: Cheesy grits with hen of the woods mushrooms, cured egg and spicy schmaltz, $10 Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Craft Mac and Cheese with fried mortadella and brussels sprouts, $8. Looks haute, tastes like your childhood. Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

BBQ Octopus with beat sprout miso slaw, $16 Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

8 Hour smoked pork shoulder, $24, great for sharing. Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Thrice fried potatoes. Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Gulf prawns with buttery Saltines and Korean chili butter, $13 Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Schmaltz. Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Smoked black cod with sour cream and pumpernickel toast, $11 Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Whole grilled fish, $32, Bird and The Bottle, a new Stark Reality Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA

Grilled squash with pickled tomatoes, a vegetarian dish

Grilled squash with pickled tomatoes, a vegetarian dish. The restaurant maintains a separate grill for vegetarian items.

Grilled squash at Bird and The Bottle

Grilled squash at Bird and The Bottle

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Grilled radicchio at Bird and the Bottle