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First Bite

Review: Gohan in Petaluma
New sushi restaurant where even the cheesecake, the cheesecake!, is sublime.

Review: Cook in St. Helena
Verily, a fine meal. Extracting a pound of flesh in St. Helena.

Restaurant Review: Simply Vietnam
Winter weather calls for hot broth.

Restaurant Review: Cafe Gratitude
I Am Abundant, I Am Luscious, I Am Starving: Hunger is well-rewarded at new San Rafael raw resto.

Review: Cork Enoteca in Sausalito
Unflappable service mixes well with premium wines and small plates.

Review: Go Fish in St. Helena
As soon as I'm shown my seat, I think: I'm going to enjoy this dinner.

Restaurant review: Siena at the Meritage Resort in Napa
Chef Josh Longenecker aims to please. The pot pie party learns all.

Review: Ad Hoc in Yountville
An open letter to Mr. Keller.

Review: Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma
Relaxed eatery excels in healthy food and great atmosphere. Don't miss the patio!

Review: Marin Brewing Company
Revered brewpub serves up stellar pints and hearty mainstays.

Review: Lily Kai in Petaluma
Petaluma's newest Chinese restaurant passes our reviewer's strict egg roll test and then some.

Review: Rockers Oysterfeller
This hidden gem is so much better than its name would ever lead you to believe.

Review: Bovolo
Duskie Estes and John Stewarts' sweet ode to salumi and olive oil and just plain pig continues to shine.

Restaurant review: Dierk's Parkside Cafe in Santa Rosa
Greasy spoon reborn as a chef's kitchen--at least for breakfast and lunch.

Restaurant review: Cafe Saint Rose in Santa Rosa
Chef Mark Malicki hits another homer with this sweet small spot of heaven.

Restaurant review: Santa Trata in Santa Rosa
Eritrean food that's still finding the spice cupboard.

Restaurant review: Tommy's Wok in Sausalito
Clean, greaseless Chinese food. More brown rice, please.

Restaurant review: Mai Vietnamese Cuisine in Cotati
The only thing wrong with this resto is that it's not close enough to the reviewer's house.

Restaurant review: Risibisi in Petaluma
Affordable, delicious Italian food makes you want to eat your peas.

Restaurant review: Pazzo in Petaluma
Affordable Italian and Mediterannean dishes in stylish interior.

Restaurant review: Bluewater Bistro in Bodega Bay
This special-occasion restaurant won't disappoint and the view is sublime.

Restaurant review: Shiso in Sonoma
Jaw-droppingly delicious fish is the standard at Sonoma's newest sushi palace.

Restaurant review: Sugo in Petaluma
Italian-influenced food, as fresh as the garden.

Restaurant review: Bistro des Copains in Occidental
This new bistro is like escaping to Provence.

Restaurant review: Bistro des Copains in Occidental
This new bistro is like escaping to Provence.

Restaurant review: Mountain Home Inn
Enjoy playing tourist at this eatery where the view's the thing.

Restaurant review: L'Assiette in Windsor
Napkins fly at this gourmet take-away spot.

Restaurant review: Avance in San Rafael
Spanish-style tapas that are ahead of the curve.

Restaurant review: Avatar's in Sausalito
'Marinindian' food pleases everyone at this hugely popular spot.

Restaurant review: Barefoot Cafe in Fairfax
Brand-new breakfast place packs them in, and for good reason.

Restaurant review: Romeo's Pizza in Petaluma
P-town is pie town and Romeo's adds to the cheesy, gooey mix.

Restaurant review: Finnegan's Marin in Novato
New pub serves upscale grub.

Restaurant Review: The Buckeye Roadhouse
An exercise in enjoying every last bite.

Restaurant Review: Wine Spectrum Shop & Bar in Santa Rosa
New tapas restaurant offers exquisite food at rareified prices.

Restaurant Review: Boca in Novato
'Boca' means 'steak' in Marin County.

Restaurant Review: Hatam Persian Grocery and Restaurant in San Rafael
A small trip to Persia, Hatam is a pure neighborhood treat.

Restaurant Review: Simply Delicious in Santa Rosa simply is
Homemade Italian food for eating in or taking out that is all about flavor.

Restaurant Review: Hot Tamales in Santa Rosa
Catching Pupusa fever at Hot Tamales.

Restaurant Review: Rubix in Santa Rosa
Affordably priced Wine Country eatery still has some cricks to work out.

Restaurant Review: La Fondita in Santa Rosa
Snacking away to a very plump future.

Restaurant Review: Thai Hut Valley in Cotati
Organic Thai food at reasonable prices.

Restaurant Review: Zaré in Napa
Hoss Zaré's eponymous Napa eatery features an ambitious kitchen cooking at big-city prices.

Restaurant Review: Napa's Boonfly Cafe
Out of the way and out of this world, the Boonfly is worth the drive.

Restaurant Review: Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena
Superstar chef Cindy Pawlcyn's relaxed excellence shines in her food of the Americas.

Restaurant Review: 154, Vietnamese cuisine in Petaluma
154 presents like nouvelle cuisine but tastes like the authentic thing.

Restaurant Review: Fujiya in Napa
With sushi scarce in the Napa Valley, Fujiya is a welcome respite from Wine Country fare.

Restaurant Review: Sebastopol Brewing Company
Thank goodness that suds and fries are safe again in Sebastopol!

Restaurant Review: Cafe Zazzle in Petaluma
Bright flavors and razzle-dazzle in new eatery.

First Bite Restaurant Review: Della Fattoria
Petaluma restuarant is more than just a bakery.

First Bite Restaurant Review: Shangri-La
Rohnert Park Nepalese restaurant is a culinary paradise.

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The Red Grape in Sonoma.

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Redd in Yountville.

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Starlight Wine Bar.

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Carmen's Burger Bar in Santa Rosa.

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Anatolia in Santa Rosa.

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Red Rock Cafe.

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Satur Wine Bar and Bistro.

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Sushi Tozai.

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Pizzeria Picco.

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Benissimo Ristorante & Bar.

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Viva Mexicana Tropi-Cal.

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Good Earth Natural Foods.

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Robato Grill and Sushi.

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Sol Food.

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Kabab and Curry House.

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Market Cafe at Cornerstone.

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Central Market.

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Bay Thai.

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Tuscany Ristorante.

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Dry Creek Kitchen.

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Terry's Southern BBQ.

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SRJC Culinary Academy.

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Truc Linh.

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Thai Orchid.

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Sorella Caffe.

Quick-and-dirty dashes through North Bay restaurants. These aren't your standard "bring five friends and order everything on the menu" dining reviews.