Sonoma County Restaurant Week
10 Days of Meal Deals, March 2-11
Polish up the silverware, put your napkin in your lap: The tastiest time of year, Sonoma County Restaurant Week, is slated for March 2-11.
For the first time, Restaurant Week stretches a full 10 delicious days. This addition gives patrons even more chances to take advantage of the great Restaurant Week deals and unique, one-time menus.
Featuring locally sourced produce, meats, seafood, and herbs, the event is offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $19, $29, or $39. The two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus are available for $10 or $15.
No tickets or passes are required; just visit www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week and plan your culinary road map through nearly 20 communities. More than 120 restaurants are already registered, with new restaurants being added daily.
Pace yourself: It will take eating at more than 10 restaurants a day to take in all the culinary goodness offered during Restaurant Week. Post photos of your food adventures on Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #SCRW and be entered to win dining certificates from participating restaurants.
Most dinner menus offer more than one choice for each of the courses. Many restaurants will be offering menus accommodating dietary preferences, such as gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan.
Here are just a few samples of what will be available at each dinner price point.
Bear Republic Brewing Company’s new “Lakeside” brewpub (Rohnert Park) will plate up hefty helpings at only $19 for three courses. Course one gives diners the choice of a mixed green, mixed vegetables, kidney beans, black olives, and white balsamic salad, or the soup of the day, determined by the chef – unless you stop by on a Friday or Saturday, when you can expect New England Clam Chowder. The second course features Gruyere béchamel-drenched mac ‘n’ cheese topped with bread crumbs and even more cheese, or slow-smoked pork shoulder sandwiched in a brioche bun and slathered with their own Peter Brown BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and pickles from the Sonoma Brinery located just north in Healdsburg. Or you can order any 10-inch pizza from their menu. You really can’t lose. Last comes “beeramisu”, their take on the Italian espresso dessert made with Big Bear Stout, or their prized chocolate mousse, which took home “Double Gold” at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. This gastropub is known as “Lakeside” for a reason – a sunny patio in the back offers tranquil waterfront views to help sip down your Racer 5 IPA even more easily.
Make the trip to Glen Ellen, where you’ll find the fig café and wine bar. Wine-country classic defines their three courses, and at $29, it won’t break the bank. Start your meal off with a cocktail or a glass of sparkling (this is a wine bar, after all) alongside their Brussels sprout salad or a savoy cabbage, bacon lardons, pickled onion salad dressed with pine nut vinaigrette. Mains include a whey-braised pork shoulder, or creamy polenta served with cauliflower and herb ricotta. Dessert continues with the classic theme, featuring vanilla ice cream, salted fig caramel, brandied cherries, and candied cocoa nibs, or a no-fuss brownie sundae.
Zazu Kitchen and Farm (Sebastopol) combines classic Italian cuisine, farm-to-table freshness and boundless creativity in their three course $39 dinner. The meal begins with broccoli’s spiraling Italian cousin, romanesco, accompanied by (and not to be confused with) a romesco red pepper and tomato sauce. For the main course, diners can choose farm-fresh egg pappardelle pasta topped with a red sauce (or “sugo”) made with parts of a whole hog and world-famous Pliny the Elder beer, or locally sourced Bellwether ricotta-stuffed lasagna with marjoram from the chef’s own backyard. Finish off your meal with a fried apple hand pie served aside velvety cinnamon stick gelato. Yum!
Start planning a strategy for this epicurean tour at www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week. Sort menus by cities and/or price, with each restaurant listing its special menu. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekend nights.
Sonoma County, features more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts community, and 55 miles of stunning Pacific coast.
For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 800-576-6662.