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Where To Eat
On the Sonoma side...The Girl and The Fig
Lady Gaga likes this spot. And, so do we. The tagline is "country food with a French passion," which translates to a menu filled with heirloom veggies, burgers, omelets, and a healthy amount of fig dishes — from a salted-fig-caramel sundae to a grilled fig and arugula salad.The Girl and The Fig, 110 West Spain Street (at 1st Street), Sonoma; 707-938-3634.Fremont Diner
Can this side-of-the-road diner get any more Instagram-able? Not really. With a kitschy-cool exterior and interior, you can bask in a bit of country nostalgia while you gobble down upgraded comfort-food classics like biscuits and gravy, drunken hush puppies, and ricotta pancakes, and wash it down with Four Barrel brew. Fremont Diner, 2698 Fremont Drive (at South Central Avenue), Sonoma; 707-938-7370.
El Dorado Kitchen
This polished eatery, tucked into the El Dorado Hotel, offers diners a variety of settings in which to chow down on duck-confit hash and churros (breakfast), mushroom flatbread and fried summer squash (lunch), and housemaid ricotta and lemon ravioli and Niman Ranch pork chops (dinner). Gather your group around a 21-foot-long table in the dining room, or head outside to the courtyard or a private cabana by the pool.El Dorado Kitchen, 405 1st Street (West Spain Street), Sonoma; 707-996-3030.Campo Fina
This sexy little Italian spot feels more New York than Sonoma, with a quaint, low-lit, brick-walled dining space that can seat only a couple dozen. But, duck out back to find room for larger parties, plus a bocce-ball set-up to enjoy between bites of Delfina-level pizza and gulps of vino. Campo Fina, 330 Healdsburg Avenue (between North and Plaza streets), Healdsburg; 707-395-4640.
Big-sister restaurant to Campo Fina, this beloved eatery is less about the pizza, and more about the tomato-braised chicken and expanded antipasti. One of the first cool restos in wine country, it's not to be missed.
Scopa, 109A Plaza Street (between North and Plaza streets) Healdsburg; 707-433-5282.Flying Goat Coffee
If you're missing your fix of small-batch coffee in the city, look no further than this cool coffee shop on Healdsburg's town square. Featuring award-winning single-origin beans from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Keyna, and Mexico, this indie spot is the
place to caffeinate.
Flying Goat Coffee, 324 Center Street (between North and Plaza streets), Healdsburg; 707-433-9081.
Moustache Baked Goods
Even if you think moustache motifs are played out, delicious sweet treats really never go out of style. Grab a cream-filled cupcake, housemade Oreo, or ice-cream sammie (all made on the premises), or take some artisanal goodies (by the likes of Four Barrel and Inna Jam) to go. And, don't leave without taking a few selfies in the 'stache-embellished bathroom mirror. Moustache Baked Goods, 381 Healdsburg Avenue (between North and Plaza streets), Healdsburg; no phone.Barndiva
Got a special occasion? You won't regret celebrating it at Barndiva. This beautiful Healdsburg spot, which looks like a very dressed-up barn (hence the name), makes a grand statement as soon as you open the door. And, that favorable impression will last through the end of dessert, thanks to the supremely farm-fresh menu.
Barndiva, 231 Center Street (between Matheson and Mill streets), Healdsburg; 707-431-0100.
As if Healdsburg needed another culinary jewel, this newbie spot opened in May '13. The modern and airy space (housed in what used to be Cyrus) is all about infusing its delectable small plates with fresh produce culled from its dedicated 3-acre garden. Order the Candy Bar for dessert…and ask questions later.Chalkboard, 29 North Street (between Gove Street and Healdsburg Avenue), Healdsburg; 707-473-8030.Pizzando
If the wait's too long over at Campo Fina and Scopa, you're in luck. This new spot, by the same folks behind h2 Hotel's Spoonbar, serves up rustic pizzas, pastas, veggie sides, and desserts all for a great bang for your buck. Bonus: Everything can be ordered to go, which means your picnic plans just got a major upgrade. Pizzando, 301 Healdsburg Avenue (at Matheson Street), Healdsburg; 707-922-5233.
El Molino Central
When only greasy-spoon Mexican will hit the spot, this roadside dive will do. Now something of a hipster hangout, the buzzy space veers mostly Tex-Mex, with some surprises like Swiss Chard Enchiladas (yum) and cups of Blue Bottle Coffee appeasing more refined palates. El Molino Central, 11 Central Avenue (between Sonoma Highway and Bonita Way), Sonoma; 707-939-1010.