Food Trucks Come. Food Trucks Go. Food Trucks Come Again (See All)
2011 was the year of the food truck. And then it wasn’t. Early in the year, a fleet of mobile kitchens headed to downtown Santa Rosa offering up unique flavors and a fun outdoor flavor. Restaurants got angry. The trucks were booted, but found homes throughout the county. What’s up for next year? More trucks are in the works. BiteClub’s Wish: Evolve. Downtown Santa Rosa must continue to evolve and be a space that’s exciting for both residents and visitors. Let’s stop fighting and find solutions that benefit everyone.
Munch Mondays: Food trucks come to downtown Santa Rosa
Restaurant “Row” Over Food Trucks
Munch Mondays Scrapped
Napa Nixes Trucks
A guide to the Trucks
Food Truck Thursdays in Sebastopol
KJ welcomes trucks
The Best Taco Truck
Trucks in the Park
Pop-Up: Chosen Spot
Food Trucks in Winter
What Exactly Happened There?
Drama makes for a very tasty dish.
The saga of Santi was probably the biggest attention-grabber of the year, doing a chef swap-out soon after moving to Santa Rosa, then closing mysteriously. In the fall, barbecue and Southern-style dining spot Sweet T’s opened. But not without a bit of early drama.
Closely followed by the strangeness of a very public meltdown in Windsor when the Bousquets first closed their Michelin-starred restaurant. Then reopened it as a barbecue spot. Then disappeared. Then closed their other restaurant, Bistro M. Mamma Pigs co-owners closed the restaurant within a few months.
Mirepoix Closes | Mamma Pigs Opens | Bistro M Closes | Mamma Pigs Drama | Mamma Pigs Closes
– PizzaVino707 Closes | Forchetta/Bastoni opens
– XXV Opens | XXV Closes
– Blue Label Opens | Blue Label Closes | Blue Label Becomes a burger spot
– Shimo Opens | Shimo Closes
A Pig Story
My favorite story of the year was a story about a pig named Reggie. The plan seemed simple enough: To help raise a piglet at a local ranch, then butcher him myself, eat him and write about the whole thing. Along the way, some compassionate animal advocates got involved. Reggie got a reprieve. And we slaughtered another pig (along with a rabbit and chicken) in an afternoon that forever changed me.
Southern food gets its moment in 2011, and heading into 2012. (all bbq stories)
Real Food BBQ
Red Rose Closes
HBG starts bbq, fried chicken
Tex Wasabi’s reopens in Santa Rosa
$5 Banh Mi: Noodle Bowl
ATavola at Coppola
Frank and Ernie’s
La Rosa Tequileria
Thai Time (Santa Rosa)
Big Bottom Market
The Wurst (Hburg)
Hole in the Wall
Moustache Baked Goods
Mark Malicki finds a new home at Casino
Syrah Becomes Petite Syrah
Thought we aren’t usually big fans of national restaurant chains moving into our beloved food-shed here in Sonoma County, the inevitable is happening. And boy, do you guys have a lot to say about it. My most-commented stories of the year were among these stories about chain restaurants. (all chain stories)