Wednesday Night Market report

New food vendors debut

Sonoma Hot Cone’s Pulled Pork

Sonoma Hot Cone's Pulled Pork
Sonoma Hot Cone's Pulled Pork

For years, Santa Rosa’s Wednesday night Downtown Market has been an incubator for new food businesses. In it’s 2011 debut, that tradition seems to be continuing.

Though some areas of the sprawling evening market between Mendocino and E St. seemed a bit sparse on opening night, new faces including Seoul Food TaKorea (a Korean Taco bar), Not Your Momma’s Granola and Sonoma Hot Cones were a welcome sight.

Owners at TaKorea said that they’re testing the concept for a fusion of Korean bbq and tacos at the market in hopes of opening a restaurant in Santa Rosa in the near future. The sweet beef nestled inside corn tacos was a definite winner. The most fascinating concept was Sonoma Hot Cones — sweet and savory fillings piled inside crunchy waffle cones.

The pulled pork with coleslaw is stuffed into a savory cone, which makes for a filling meal that’s travel-ready during the market. We were hooked. Other flavors include Spicy Thai green curry spaghetti and meatballs and apple crisp.

Familiar food favorites were also at the market, including Street-Eatz, Harvey’s Mini Donuts, Rosso Pizzeria, Willie Bird Turkey legs and California Thai.