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The Bohemian's Best of the North Bay 2006

Food & Drink: Readers' Choice


Best Local Bakery
SONOMA
Village Bakery
7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8101.
Honorable Mention
Wild Flour Bread Bakery
140 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone. 707.874.2938.
NAPA
Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2253.
MARIN
Bovine Bakery
11315 Hwy. Rte. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9420.

Best Local BBQ
SONOMA
Porter St. BBQ
500 East Cotati Ave., Cotati. 707.795.9652.
Honorable Mention
Lombardi's
3413 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.773.1271.
NAPA
Buster's BBQ
1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.5605.
MARIN
Scotty's Market & BBQ
620 Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. 415.479.2363.

Best Local Bagel
SONOMA
Sonoma Valley Bagel
2194 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5484.
Honorable Mention
Grateful Bagel
300 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.5220
NAPA
Golden Bagel Cafe
3240 Jefferson St., Napa. 707.258.1413.
MARIN
Marin Bagel Company
1560 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.457.8127.

Best Local Burger
SONOMA
Mike's at the Crossroads
7665 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 707.665.9999.
Honorable Mention
D's Diner
7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.
Corporate
In-N-Out Burger
www.in-n-out.com
NAPA
Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
MARIN
M & G Drive-In
2017 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.454.0655.

Best Local Breakfast
SONOMA
Omelette Express
112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1690.
Honorable Mention
Howard's Station Cafe
3611 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. 707.874.2838.
NAPA
Cafe Sarafornia
1413 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.0555.
MARIN
First Place Tie
The Station House Cafe
11180 State Rte. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.
Two Bird Cafe
625 San Geronimo Valley Drive, San Geronimo. 415.488.0105.

Best Local Brew Pub
SONOMA
Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.
Honorable Mention
Third Street AleWorks
610 Third St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.3060.
NAPA
First Place Tie
Downtown Joe's
902 Main St., Napa. 707.258.2337.
Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
MARIN
Marin Brewing Co.
1809 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. 415.461.4677.

Best Local Brunch
SONOMA
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.
Honorable Mention
Omelette Express
112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1690.
NAPA
First Place Tie
Gordon's Cafe & Wine Bar
6770 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8246.
Gillwoods Cafe
1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.253.0409.
1313 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.1788.
MARIN
The Dipsea Cafe
200 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 415.381.0298.

Best Local Caterer
SONOMA
Bohemian Buffet
www.bohemianbuffet.com
Honorable Mention
A La Heart Catering
707.527.7555
NAPA
Piper Johnson
www.piperjohnsoncatering.com
MARIN
Indian Peach
415.663.8478

Best Local Chef
SONOMA
Jeffrey Madura, John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.
Honorable Mention
Josh Silvers, Syrah
205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.568.4002.
NAPA
Ken Frank, La Toque
1140 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. 707.963.9770.
MARIN
Ed Vigil, The Olema Inn & Restaurant
10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559.

Best Local Cafe/Coffeehouse
SONOMA
A'roma Roasters
95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.576.7765.
Honorable Mention
Flying Goat Coffee
10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1202.
324 Center St., Healdsburg. 707.433.3599.
NAPA
Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co.
948 Main St., Napa. 707.224.2233.
MARIN
First Place Tie
Book Beat
28 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.256.9060.
Marin Coffee Roasters
4 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.451.1825.
546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.258.9549.

Best Local Cocktails
SONOMA
Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.
Honorable Mention
Bar Code
404-D Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.9478.
NAPA
Martini House
1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 707.963.2233.
MARIN
First Place Tie
Marin Joe's
1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera. 415.924.1500.
19 Broadway Niteclub
19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.1091.

Best Local Bartender
SONOMA
First Place Tie
James Curtis, Flamingo Resort Hotel
2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.8530.
Ryan Lindecker, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.
Honorable Mention
Nevuah, Seven Ultralounge
528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4700.
NAPA
Zeb Schneider, Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
MARIN
Monica Vizard, Rafter's
812 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.4200.

Best Local Ice Cream
SONOMA
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 Blvd., Petaluma. 707.762.1824.
NAPA
Anette's Chocolates
1321 First St., Napa. 707.252.4228.
MARIN
Fairfax Scoop
63 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.453.3130.

Best Local Deli
SONOMA
Traverso's
106 B St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.2530.
Honorable Mention
Perry's Deli
1220 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.2704.
NAPA
Napa General Store
540 Main St. Napa. 707.259.0762.
MARIN
Perry's Deli
7380 Redwood Hwy., Novato. 415.892.3240.
1916 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.456.3580.

Best Local Diner
SONOMA
D's Diner
7260 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8080.
Honorable Mention
Mac's Kosher Style Delicatessen
630 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.
Corporate
Adel's
456 College Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.578.1003.
NAPA
Soscol Cafe
632 Soscol Ave., Napa. 707.252.0651.
MARIN
Pine Cone Diner
60 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1536.

Best Local Juice Bar
SONOMA
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.
1708 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.664.1787.
Honorable Mention
Jamba Juice
www.jambajuice.com
NAPA
First Squeeze Cafe and Juice Bar
1126 First St., Napa. 707.224.6762.
MARIN
Jamba Juice
www.jambajuice.com

Best Local Food Producer
SONOMA
Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823.
Honorable Mention
Amy's Kitchen
www.amyskitchen.com
Santa Rosa.
NAPA
Forni-Brown Gardens
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123.
MARIN
First Place Tie
Lunny Ranch
17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 415.669.1149.
Cowgirl Creamery
80 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.9335.

Best Local Organic Farm
SONOMA
Laguna Farms
1764 Cooper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823
Honorable Mention
Love Farms
15069 Grove St., Healdsburg. 707.433.1230.
NAPA
Forni-Brown Gardens
900 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga. 707.942.6123.
MARIN
Fresh Run Farm
P.O. Box 237, Bolinas. 415.868.2313.

Best Local Spot to Dine Alone
SONOMA
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.
Honorable Mention
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 707.433.2337.
NAPA
First Place Tie
Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.
Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
MARIN
Drake's Beach Cafe
1 Drake's Beach Road, Inverness. 415.669.1297.

Best Local Restaurant
SONOMA
Flavor
96 Old Courthouse Sq., Santa Rosa. 707.573.9600.
Honorable Mention
Pamposh Fine Indian Cuisine
52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.
NAPA
French Laundry
6640 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.2380.
MARIN
The Olema Inn & Restaurant
10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema. 415.663.9559

Best Local Waitperson
SONOMA
Medina Daniel, Underwood
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.
Honorable Mention
Anna Salvador, Arrigoni's
701 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.1297.
Corporate
Krissy, Marie Callendars
2460 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.547.0747.
NAPA
Steve Mercer, Celadon
500 Main St., Napa. 707.254.9690.
MARIN
Lisa Alvarez, The Station House Cafe
11180 State Rte. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1515.

Best Local Inexpensive Dinner
SONOMA
Flavor
96 Old Courthouse Sq., Santa Rosa. 707.573.9600.
Honorable Mention Tie
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.
Govinda's Restaurant
1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.544.2491.
NAPA
Silverado Brewing Co.
3020 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena. 707.967.9876.
MARIN
Iron Springs Brewery
765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 415.485.1005.

Best Local Place to Blow the Rent
SONOMA
John Ash & Co.
4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. 707.527.7687.
Honorable Mention
Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.
NAPA
La Toque
1140 Rutherford Road, Rutherford. 707.963.9770.
MARIN
Fork
198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 415.453.9898.

Best Local Outdoor Dining
SONOMA
Latitude
5000 Roberts Lake Road, Rohnert Park. 707.588.1800.
Honorable Mention
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.
NAPA
Calistoga Inn and Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.
MARIN
The Half Day Cafe
848 College Ave., Kentfield. 415.459.0291.

Best Local Dining After 10pm
SONOMA
Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.0233.
Honorable Mention
Russian River Brewing Co.
725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.545.2337.
NAPA
First Place Tie
ZuZu
829 Main St., Napa. 707.224.8555.
Caffe Cicero
1245 First St., Napa. 707.257.1802.
MARIN
Cheesecake Factory
1736 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415.945.0777.

Best Local Chinese
SONOMA
Gary Chu's Gourmet Chinese Cuisine
611 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.5840.
Honorable Mention
Kirin Restaurant
2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.1957.
NAPA
Soo Yuan
1354 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9404.
MARIN
Yet Wah
1238 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.460.9883

Best Local Japanese/Sushi
SONOMA
Sushi Hana
6930 Burnett St., Sebastopol. 707.823.3778.
Honorable Mention
Osake Japanese Restaurant
2446 Patio Court, Santa Rosa. 707.542.8282.
NAPA
Sushi Mambo
1202 First St., Napa. 707.257.6604.
MARIN
Sushi To Dai For
869 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.721.0392.

Best Local French
SONOMA
La Gare
208 Wilson St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.4355
Honorable Mention
Bistro V
2295 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.823.1262.
NAPA
Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.0103.
MARIN
Marche Aux Fleurs
23 Ross Common, Ross. 415.925.9200.

Best Local Indian
SONOMA
Sizzling Tandoor
409 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.579.5999.
9960 Hwy. One, Jenner. 707.865.0625.
Honorable Mention
Pamposh Fine Indian Cuisine
52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa. 707.538.3367.
MARIN
First Place Tie
Cafe Tandoori
1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 415.457.7836.
Lotus Cuisine of India
704 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.456.5808.

Best Local Mediterranean
SONOMA
Tahini Grill
420 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.575.3608.
Honorable Mention
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.
NAPA
Small World Restaurant
928 Coombs St., Napa. 707.224.7743.
MARIN
West End Cafe
1131 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.1424.

Best Local Mexican
SONOMA
El Patio
901 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.571.2222.
Honorable Mention
Martha's Old Mexico
305 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.4458.
NAPA
Ana's Cantina
1205 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.4921.
MARIN
Las Guitarras
1017 Reichert Ave., Novato. 415.892.3171.

Best Local Thai
SONOMA
Thai House
525 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3939.
Honorable Mention
Thai Pot
6961 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.829.8889.
NAPA
Thai Kitchen
1222 Trancas St., Napa. 707.254.9271.
MARIN
Orchid Thai Restaurant
726 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 415.457.9470.

Best Local Italian
SONOMA
Ca'Bianca Ristorante
835 Second St., Santa Rosa. 707.542.5800.
Honorable Mention
LoCoco's
117 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.2227.
NAPA
Piccolino's
1385 Napa Town Center, Napa. 707.251.0100.
MARIN
Fradelizio's Ristorante Italiano
35 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415.459.1618.

Best Local Pizza
SONOMA
Mombo's Pizza
1880 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.528.1698.
560 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. 707.528.3278.
Honorable Mention Tie
La Vera Pizza
629 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 707.575.1113.
Old Chicago Pizza
41 Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma. 707.763.3897.
203 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 707.766.8600.
Corporate
Mary's Pizza Shack
www.maryspizzashack.com
NAPA
Checkers Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.9300.
MARIN
Mulberry Pizza
101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 415.472.7272.

Best Local Seafood
SONOMA
Lucas Wharf
595 Hwy. One, Bodega Bay. 707.875.3571.
Honorable Mention
GTO Seafood House
234 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.824.9922.
NAPA
First Place Tie
Celadon
500 Main St., Napa. 707.254.9690.
Bouchon
6534 Washington St., Yountville. 707.944.8037.
MARIN
Seafood Peddler
100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 415.460.6669.

Best Local Vegetarian
SONOMA
East West Cafe
128 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2822.
Honorable Mention
Slice of Life
6970 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.6627.
MARIN
Lydia's Lovin' Foods
31 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 415.456.5300.

Best Local Cabernet
SONOMA
A. Rafanelli Winery
4685 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1385.
Honorable Mention
Silver Oak Cellars
24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville. 707.857.3562.
NAPA
Nord Estate
www.NordEstateWines.com
MARIN
Kalin Cellars
www.kalincellars.com

Best Local Chardonnay
SONOMA
La Crema Winery
3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.
Honorable Mention
Armida Winery
2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.2222.
NAPA
Frank Family Vineyards
1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. 800.574.9463.
MARIN
Stubb's Vineyard
1000 Marshall-Petaluma Road, Petaluma. 707.486.3152.

Best Local Pinot Noir
SONOMA
La Crema Winery
3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.
Honorable Mention
Martin Family Vineyards
5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.9545.
NAPA
Barnett Vineyards
4070 Spring Mtn. Road, St. Helena. 707.963.7075.
MARIN
Sean Thackrey Wines
www.wine-maker.net

Best Local Sauvignon Blanc
SONOMA
Hanna Winery
9280 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. 707.431.4310.
Honorable Mention
Mauritson Winery
2859 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.0804.
NAPA
Cakebread Cellars
8300 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 800.588.0298.
MARIN
Kalin Cellars
www.kalincellars.com

Best Local Syrah
SONOMA
Roshambo Winery
3000 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 707.431.2051.
Honorable Mention Tie
La Crema Winery
3690 Laughlin Road, Windsor. 707.571.1504.
Kendall Jackson Winery
5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. 707.571.8100.
NAPA
August Briggs Winery
333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. 707.942.4912.

Best Local Zinfandel
SONOMA
Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma. 707.938.1960.
Honorable Mention
A. Rafanelli Winery
4685 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.1385.
NAPA
Storybook Mountain Vineyards
3835 Hwy. 128, Calistoga. 707.942.5310.
MARIN
Starry Night Winery
www.starrynightwinery.com

Best Local Wine List
SONOMA
Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 707.526.3096.
Honorable Mention
Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road, Graton. 707.823.7023.
NAPA
Market
1347 Main St., St. Helena. 707.963.3799.
MARIN
Kitchen
868 Grant Ave., Novato. 415.892.6100.

Best Local New Restaurant
SONOMA
Cafe Zazzle
121 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.762.1700.
Honorable Mention
Bistro V
2295 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol. 707.823.1262.
NAPA
N.V. Restaurant and Lounge
1106 First St., Napa. 707.265.6400.
MARIN
First Place Tie
Rafter's
812 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.453.4200.
Sol Food
732 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.902.7816.

Best Local Winetasting Room
SONOMA
Korbel Champagne Cellars
13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.
Honorable Mention
J Winery
11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.3646.
NAPA
First Place Tie
Napa Cellars
7481 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 800.535.6400.
Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards
3451 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena. 866.844.WINE.
MARIN
Woodlands Market
735 College Ave., Kentfield. 415.457.8160.

Best Local Sparkling Wine
SONOMA
Korbel Champagne Cellars
13250 River Road, Guerneville. 707.824.7000.
Honorable Mention
J Winery
11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 707.431.3646.
NAPA
Mumm Napa Cuvée
8445 Silverado Trail, Napa. 707.967.7770.
MARIN
Point Reyes Vineyard
12700 Hwy. Rte. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 415.663.1011.


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