Eat out for the holidays

Like just about everyone else, I’m halfway out the door to stuff stockings and finish last minute gifts, but before I head out, here’s a list of restaurants with special Chanukah and Christmas menus. Cheers!

*Bistro V
December 22: Chanukah candle lighting. Plus Sufganiot donuts can be purchased to take home. $2.00 a piece. They are filled with either the traditional strawberry jam/jelly, chocolate or duche de leche (caramel). The donuts are a traditional holiday treat, along with other fried foods, that commemorating the Miracle of the Oil. Mmmmm. oil.

December 24, 2006 Christmas Eve Dinner – Special Menu
December 31, 2006 New Year’s Eve Dinner – Special Menu
Bistro V, 2295 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. (* items are BiteClub picks)

* El Dorado Kitchen
405 First St. West, Sonoma, 707.996.3030
High-end dining on the Sonoma square. Chef Ryan Fancher is a French Laundry alum, and his meticulous dishes show it.

* The Lodge at Sonoma
1325 Broadway, Sonoma, 707.931.2042
*John Ash
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 707.575.7350
Luxurious setting at a restaurant that has become a SoCo institution.

Etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon
One California Dr., Yountville
Open Christmas Eve.

The Inn at the Tides
800 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 800.541.7788
Reservations strongly suggested.

Seafood Brasserie
170 Railroad St, Santa Rosa, 707.636.7388

The three course dinner features everything from Duck Ravioli with Orange and Cranberry or Classic Lobster Bisque to Roast Prime Rib with Yorshire Pudding or Petrale Sole with Dungeness Crab and Shrimp. Seatings available from 1pm-7pm. 101 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, 578-6101

Old Fashioned Christmas Dinner
Veterans Memorial Building
Members of the Lions club of Sonoma County and The Disabled American Verterans will hold their annual Christmas Day Dinner. Seniors, families, and others who are alone are invited to share the feast. Call 546-2973 for more information, to volunteer, or to request delivery. December 25, Noon-2pm, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Josef’s Restaurant & Bar
(from Michele Jordan’s A La Carte column, be sure to read it!) Three-course holiday feast on Dec. 24 and 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. Choices include scallops and prawns in a lobster sauce, beef Wellington with bearnaise sauce and roasted duck with peppercorn sauce. Desserts include Meyer lemon tart and pears poached in late-harvest gewurztraminer. Hotel La Rose in Railroad Square, across from Depot Park. 571-8664.

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