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Belly Left Coast Kitchen, Santa Rosa
This Fourth Street Santa Rosa restaurant is run by rock star chef Gray Rollin, who previously prepared meals for musicians like Motley Crue, KISS, Black Eyed Peas, Sarah McLachlan, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Godsmack, and Tori Amos. Rollin now serves up West Coast sourced New American eats, wines and brews in “rustic-cool digs” which open to an outdoor patio. (Photo John Burgess)
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People-watch on the Belly patio, with a favorite local brew (on draft) from Plow, Bear Republic, HenHouse or St. Florian's, or a cider from Sonoma Cider. Pair your suds with the wild mushroom truffle pizza, Angus burger, pulled pork sliders, or tacos.
Belly Left Coast Kitchen, 523 4th St, Santa Rosa 95401, bellyleftcoastkitchen.com, (707) 526-5787 (Photo John Burgess)
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Brew Coffee & Beer House, Santa Rosa
Brew Coffee and Beer in Santa Rosa recently expanded their space to be able to welcome an ever growing fanbase. This cool corner coffeeshop turns into a hot nightspot with local beers on tap and live music several nights a week. This is the kind of place where creative types and local entrepreneurs (sans office) start the day with a pour-over and end it with a pint. And there's plenty of delicious dishes to dig into, including avocado, pesto, and Nutella toasts. (Photo Heather Irwin)
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There's more than coffee brewing at Brew: choose from a long list of local beers, served from their rotating taps or by the bottle.
Brew Coffee & Beer House, 555 Healdsburg Ave, Santa Rosa 95401, (707) 303-7372, brewcoffeeandbeer.com
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Willie Bird’s Restaurant, Santa Rosa
An old-school dive on Santa Rosa Avenue, Willie Bird's is a true locals' hangout. Craving Thanksgiving flavors out of season? There are multiple options, including the open-faced hot turkey sandwich, which comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. There's also non-Turkey dishes, like shrimp Louie, oyster platters, liver n’ onions, clam chowder (Fridays only), and the Cristo (a triple decker sandwich on white bread with roasted turkey breast, turkey ham, and cheese). (Photo John Burgess)
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Willie Bird's serves popular local beers like the Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewery (RRBC) and, during the first two weeks in February, they get a keg of Pliny the Younger to tap on a day of their choice.
Willie Bird’s Restaurant, 1150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa 95404, williebirdsrestaurant.com, (707) 542-0861 (Photo John Burgess)
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Fremont Diner, Sonoma
This roadside eatery serves up comfort food - or "Grandma cooking" as head chef and owner Chad Harris puts it - in a retro atmosphere. The biscuits with gravy, chicken with waffles, Ace of Spades (poached eggs with Tasso ham, buttermilk biscuit, & hollandaise sauce), smoked brisket hash, and the catfish creole are hits among visitors. (Photo John Burgess)
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Cafe Citti, Kenwood
An upscale Italian delicatessen in the heart of Wine Country, Cafe Citti features a quaint patio, sandwiches made on house-baked bread, salads, and Italian classics like gnocchi, lasagna, and ravioli (guests can create their own pasta and sauce combination to best satisfy their carb cravings). A must-try dish is the chicken salad sandwich on focaccia. (Photo Jeff Kan Lee)
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At Caffe Citti, pair your pasta with a pint from the extensive beer list, which includes pretty much every Russian River Brewing Company brew there is.
Cafe Citti, 9049 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood 95452 (707)833-2690, cafecitti.com
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Underwood Bar & Bistro, Graton
Tucked away in the hamlet of Graton, Underwood attracts a cross-section of the county – from winemakers and artists to dealmakers and savvy tourists. This is a locals' favorite for a culinary treat and a cocktail, with a side of bocce ball. Start your meal with a few Beau Soleil or Kumamoto oysters, then try the hearts of romaine salad with roasted pears, and finish with Liberty Farms duck confit - if you really want to indulge. (Photo Christopher Chung)
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Underwood Bar and Grill
A popular hangout for locals, including winemakers and artists, the Underwood offers a top notch craft cocktail program - which of course includes a margarita. Their Mercury margarita ($12.50) uses Herradura Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, house-made sweet & sour, and fresh orange juice. It's a perfect match with their signature grilled hamburger ($14.50). (707) 823-7023, 9113 Graton Rd., Graton.
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Tomi Thai, Windsor
This little eatery, located just off the Windsor Town Green, serves up excellent Thai food. The menu is filled with flavorful curries, noodles, soups, salads, and appetizers. Favorites include the green curry, pad thai, fresh rolls with shrimp, Tom Ka soup (coconut soup), pad see ew, and the green papaya salad.
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The Tomi Thai craft beer list matches the size of the restaurant - but all beers are local and great. Sip on St. Florian’s "California Common" or "Little Windsor" from Old Redwood Brewery while you decide what to order. You just can’t go wrong with craft beer and Thai food!
Tomi Thai, tomi-thai.com, 426 Emily Rose Cir, Windsor, CA 95492, (707) 836-1422
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Railroad Station Bar and Grill, Cloverdale
Railroad Station Bar and Grill is a cozy little sports bar/pub with an extensive food and drinks menu. Popular bites include the Chicago dog, Black and Bleu burger, calamari, or the fish and chips - there is something here for everyone, kids too.
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Railroad Station Bar and Grill guests can select from several Lagunitas beers on draft, or beers from Mendocino breweries like Anderson Valley Brewery and Lost Coast, while enjoying the large patio outside. Railroad Station Bar and Grill, 114 Railroad Ave, Cloverdale, 95425, (707) 894-4779, railroadstationbarandgrill.com