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Reader's Poll: Food & Drink


Best Bakery

Sonoma County

Village Bakery
7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101
1445 Town & Country Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7654

Honorable Mention:

Wildflour Bread
140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2438

Napa County

Schatz's Bakery
1353 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.0777

Marin County

Bovine Bakery
11315 State Route One, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.9420

Best BBQ

Sonoma County

Pack Jack BBQ
3963 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.823.9929

Honorable Mention:

Rasta Dwight's BBQ
7981 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.794.1268

Napa County

Buster's Southern BBQ
1207 Foothill Drive, Calistoga. 707.942.5605

Marin County

California Grill And Rotisserie
1531 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.893.1540

Best Bagel

Sonoma County

Sonoma Valley Bagel Co.
350 Rohnert Park Expressway W., Rohnert Park. 707.585.8045
2194 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5484
515 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.526.1631

Honorable Mention:

Grateful Bagel
300 South Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5220

Napa County

Golden Bagel Cafe
3240 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.258.1413

Marin County

Noah's Bagel
1701 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.3981
170 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae

Best Burger

Sonoma County

Mike's Mean Burger
7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999

At The Yard 84 Corona Road, Petaluma. 707.769.1082

Honorable Mention:

Sequoia Drive-In
1382 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.7543

Napa County

Taylor's Refresher
933 Main, St. Helena. 707.963.3486

Marin County

In-N-Out Burger
798 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 800.786.1000

Best Breakfast

Sonoma County

Omelette Express
112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1690

Honorable Mention:

Hank's Creekside Cafe
2800 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.8839

Napa County

Gillwood's
1313 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1788
1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409

Marin County

Momma's Royal Cafe
393 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 415.388.3261

Best Brew Pub

Sonoma County

Third St. Aleworks
610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060

Honorable Mention:

Powerhouse Brewing Company
268 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9171

Napa County

Tie:

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101

Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. Saint Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876

Marin County

Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
15 Rowland Way, Novato. 415.898.4677

Best Brunch

Sonoma County

Lucy's Cafe
6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.824.9713

Honorable Mention:

Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233

Napa County

Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. Saint Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876

Marin County

The Station House Cafe
1180 State Route 101, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.1536

Best Caterer

Sonoma County

À La Heart Catering
600 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7555

Honorable Mention:

Cafe Lolo
620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7822

Napa County

Piper Johnson
2450 Foothills Blvd. Suite G, Calistoga. 707.942.5432

Marin County

Tie:

Indian Peach Food Co. @ Tomales Bay Foods
80 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station #194, Tomales Bay. 415.663.8478

Just In Tyme
35 Sunnyhill Drive #7, San Anselmo

Best Chef

Sonoma County

Lisa Hemenway's Bistro
1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa. 707.526.5111

Honorable Mention:

John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687

Napa County

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Cider House

Sonoma County

Ace In The Hole Cider Company
3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.829.1223

Honorable Mention:

Powerhouse Brewing Company
268 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9171

Napa County

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101

Best Cafe/ Coffeehouse

Sonoma County

A'Roma Roasters
95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765

Honorable Mention:

Coffee Catz
6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.6600

Napa County

Calistoga Roastery
1631 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5757

Marin County

Tully's Coffee
823 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.987.9972
207 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415.927.0471

Best Cocktails

Sonoma County

The Cantina
500 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3663

Honorable Mention:

Belvedere
727 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.542.1890

Napa County

Tie:

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101
1351 Lounge
1351 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1969

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Bartender & Bar

Sonoma County

Powerhouse Brewing Company
268 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9171

Honorable Mention:

Last Day Saloon
120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.5876

Napa County

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Deli

Sonoma County

Traverso's Gourmet Food & Wine

Third & B Streets, Santa Rosa. 707.542.2530

Honorable Mention:

Perry's Deli
1220 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2704

Napa County

Calistoga Natural
1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5822

Marin County

Tie:

Kroger's
207 Flamingo Way, Mill Valley. 415.383.6242
2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.456.7142

Perry's Deli
7380 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 415.892.3240
909 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 415.456.4886

Best Diner

Sonoma County

Tie:

Stony Point Grill
130 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1953

Sam's For Play Cafe And Catering
1024 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 707.528.0506
2630 Clevand Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2929

Honorable Mention:

Pine Cone Restaurant
162 North Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.1375

Napa County

Cafe Sarafornia
1413 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.0555

Marin County

Bubba's Diner
566 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.459.6862

Best Juice Bar

Sonoma County

Juice Shack
2154 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.6269
1810 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.6131
901 Village Court, Santa Rosa. 707.522.6822

Honorable Mention:

Whole Foods
6910 Mckinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.9801

Napa County

Calistoga Natural
1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5822

Marin County

Jamba Juice
266 Northgate One, San Rafael. 415.491.7700

Best Ice Cream

Sonoma County

Screamin' Mimi's
6902 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.823.5902

Honorable Mention:

Cold Stone Creamery
2324 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.578.1811
301 S. Mcdowell, Petaluma. 707.762.1824

Napa County

Schatz's Bakery
1353 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.0777

Marin County

Double Rainbow
860 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.898.8500

Best Local Food Producer

Sonoma County

Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823

Honorable Mention:

Amy's Kitchen
227 Capricorn Way Suite 201, Santa Rosa. 707.578.7188

Napa County

Forni-Brown Vegetables
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123

Marin County

Tie:

Marin French Cheese Co.
7500 Red Hill Road, Petaluma. 707.762.6001

Cowgirl Creamery

P.O. Box 594, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.8153

Best Organic Farm

Sonoma County

Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Rd., Sebastopol. 707.823.0823

Honorable Mention:

Taylor Maid Farms
6793 Mckinley St., Sebastopol. 707.824.9110

Napa County

Forni-Brown Vegetables
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123

Marin County

Bolinas

Best Spot For Dining Alone

Sonoma County

Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road., Graton. 707.823.0233

Honorable Mention: Tie:

Powerhouse Brewing Company
268 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9171

Syrah
205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002

Napa County

Calistoga Natural
1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5822

Marin County

Roast Haus Hof Brau
1545 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 415.209.6668

Best Inexpensive Dinner

Sonoma County

Sonoma Taco Shop
947 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.525.9902
18340 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma
57 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

Napa County

Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
1473 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.6563

Marin County

Tie:

La Hacienda
1401 Grant Ave. 415.897.5514

Roast Haus Hof Brau
276 Northgate One, San Rafael. 415.472.2233

Best Restaurant To Spend The Rent

Sonoma County

John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687

Honorable Mention:

La Gare
208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355

Napa County

Wapoo
1226 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4712

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Outdoor Dining

Sonoma County

Martha's Old Mexico
305 North Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458

Honorable Mention:

Topolos At Russian River Vineyards
5700 Gravenstein Highway North, Forestville. 707.887.1562

Napa County

Wapoo
1226 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4712

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Dining After 10pm

Sonoma County

Lyon's Restaurant
2131 County Center Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.546.7600
722 East Washington, Petaluma. 707.762.4095
6255 Commerce Boulevard, Rohnert Park. 707.585.7707
190 Framers Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9311

Honorable Mention:

Adel's
456 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.1003

Napa County

Hydro Bar & Grill
1403 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9777

Marin County

Sonoma Joe's
5151 Monetro Way, Petaluma. 707.795.6121

Best Restaurant

Sonoma County

Syrah
250 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002

Stella's Cafe
4550 Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol. 707.823.6637

Napa County

Wapoo
1226 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4712

Marin County

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Waitperson & Restaurant

Sonoma County

Lucy's
6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.9713

Honorable Mention:

Pasta Bella (Shana Barrett)
796 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol. 707.824.8191

Napa County

All Seasons
1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9111

Marin County

Tie:

Shoreline Coffee Shop
221-A Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.388.9085

Cacti Restaurant
1200 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.898.2234

Best Chinese

Sonoma County

Gary Chu's Restaurant
611 5th St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840

Honorable Mention:

Kirin Restaurant
2700 Yulupa Ave. Suite 3, Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957

Napa County

Soo Yuan
1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9404

Marin County

Jennie Low's Chinese Cuisine
120 Vintage Way, Novato. 415.892.8838

Best Japanese/Sushi

Sonoma County

Hana Japanese Restaurant
101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park. 707.586.0270

Honorable Mention:

Sakura Japanese Restaurant And Sushi Bar
300 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa. 707.523.1916

Napa County

Sushi Mamba
1202 First St., Napa. 707.257.6604

Marin County

Masa Sushi
813 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.0081

Best French

Sonoma County

La Gare
208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355

Honorable Mention:

Chez Peyo
2295 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.823.1262

Napa County

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103

Marin County

Left Bank
507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331

Best Indian

Sonoma County

Sizzling Tandoor
409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999
9960 Hwy 1, Jenner. 707.865.0625

Honorable Mention: Tie:

Annapurna
535 Ross St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.8471

Karma Indian Bistro
7530 Commerce Blvd. Suite C And D, Cotati. 707.795.1729

Napa County

Wapoo
1226 Washington St., Calistoga. 707.942.4712

Marin County

Lotus Cuisine Of India
704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808

Best Mediterranean

Sonoma County

East West Cafe
128 North Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822

Honorable Mention:

Aram's Cafe
131 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.765.9775

Napa County

Tie:

Brannan's Grill
1374 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.2233

Miramonte
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena. 707.963.3970

Marin County

Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.457.7700

Best Mexican

Sonoma County

Martha's Old Mexico
305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458

Honorable Mention:

Papa's & Pollo Southwest Mesquite Grill
915 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.829.9037

Honorable Mention: Corporate

Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurant
24 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.571.1082

Napa County

Red Hen
5091 St. Helena Hwy., Napa. 707.255.8125

Marin County

Las Guitarras
1017 Reichert Ave., Novato. 415.892.3171

Best Thai

Sonoma County

Thai House
525 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3939

Honorable Mention:

Thai Pot
6961 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8889

Napa County

California Thai
522 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.573.1441

Marin County

Tie:

Orchid Thai Restaurant
726 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.457.9470

Royal Thai Restaurant
610 Third St., San Rafael. 415.485.1074

Best Italian

Sonoma County

Tie:

Pasta Bella
796 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 707.824.8191

Ristorante Capri
115 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.0815

Honorable Mention:

Buona Sera Cucina Italiana
148 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.763.3333

Napa County

Villa Romano
1011 Soscol Ferry Road, Napa. 415.252.4533

Marin County

Cafe Arrivederci
11 G St., San Rafael. 415.453.6427

Best Pizza

Sonoma County

La Vera
629 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1113

Honorable Mention: Tie:

Borolo's Original Pizza
500 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa. 707)539.3937

Union Hotel Pizzeria
3703 Main St., Occidental. 707.874.3444
1007 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.3444

Napa County

Tie:

Checker's Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9300

Tomatina Pizzeria
1020 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.9999

Marin County

Tie:

Mulberry St. Pizzeria
101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.472.7272

Red Boy Pizza
940 Diablo Ave., Novato. 415.897.1180

Best Seafood

Sonoma County

Lucas Wharf
595 Highway One, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3571

Honorable Mention:

Tides Wharf Restaurant
835 Highway One, Bodega Bay. 707.876.3554

Napa County

Tie:

Piatti Ristorante
6480 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2070

Downtown Joe's
902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337

Marin County

Seafood Peddler And Oyster Bar
507 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 415.460.6669

Best Vegetarian

Sonoma County

East West Cafe
128 North Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822

Honorable Mention:

Sparks Restaurant
16248 Main St., Guerneville. 707.869.8206

Napa County

Calistoga Natural
1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5822

Marin County

Good Earth Natural Foods
123 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.454.0123

Best Cabernet

Sonoma County

Fetzer Vineyards
13601 E. Side Road, Hopland. 800.846.8637

Honorable Mention:

Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. 707.938.1960

Napa County

Zd Winery
8383 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.963.5188

Marin County

Pt. Reyes Vineyard Inn
12700 State Route One, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.1011

Best Chardonnay

Sonoma County

Kendall Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7500

Honorable Mention:

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards And Winery
10300 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg. 707.838.4306

Napa County

Tie:

Stonegate Winery
1183 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. 707.542.6500

Rutherford Hill Winery
200 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford. 707.963.1871

Marin County

Starry Night
67 Galli Drive, Novato. 415.884.9866

Best Pinot Noir

Sonoma County

Marimar Torres Estate
1140 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.4365

Honorable Mention:

Dehlinger Winery
6300 Guerneville Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.2378

Napa County

Clos Pegase Winery
1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga. 707.942.4981

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Sonoma County

Tie:

Hanna's
9280 Highway 128, Healdsburg. 707.431.4310

Kendall Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7500

Honorable Mention:

Dry Creek
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1000

Best Syrah

Sonoma County

Cline Cellars
24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 707.935.4310

Honorable Mention:

Dehlinger Winery
6300 Guerneville Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.2378

Napa County

Robert Mondavi Winery
841 Latour Court, Napa. 707.251.4333

Marin County

Starry Night
67 Galli Drive, Novato. 415.884.9866

Best Zinfandel

Sonoma County

Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. 707.938.1960

Honorable Mention:

Limerick Lane
1023 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg. 707.433.9211

Napa County

Charles Krug
2800 Main St., St. Helena. 707.967.2297

Marin County

Starry Night
67 Galli Drive, Novato. 415.884.9866

Best Wine List

Sonoma County

Syrah
205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002

Honorable Mention:

John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687

Napa County

Martini House
1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 707.963.2233

Marin County

Left Bank
507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415.927.3331

Best New Restaurant

Sonoma County

K And L Bistro
119 South Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.6614

Honorable Mention:

Zazu
3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. 707.523.4814

Napa County

Martini House
1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 707.963.2233

Marin County

Tie:

Pietro's Italian Restaurant
868 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.6100

Wildfox
225 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. 415.883.9125

Best Winetasting Room

Sonoma County

Korbel
13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000

Honorable Mention:

Kendall Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.7500

Napa County

Franciscan Oakville Estate
1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena. 707.967.2159

Marin County

Pt. Reyes Vineyard Inn
12700 State Route One, Pt. Reyes. 415.663.1011

Best Vegan

Sonoma County

Sparks Restaurant
16248 Main St., Guerneville. 707.869.8206

Honorable Mention:

Slice Of Life
6970 Mckinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627

Napa County

Calistoga Natural
1426 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.5822

Marin County

West End Cafe
1131 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1424

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