Brunch – it’s the best way to laze and eat and drink your way through a weekend morning. There’s no shortage of great brunch options in Sonoma County and many of them take advantage of the best our local farms have to offer. Check out these options for some tasty farm-to-table brunch fare.
the girl and the fig
362 West Napa St.
Tel: (707) 938-3634
: 4.5 Stars, 2,362 reviews
This Sonoma mainstay has been serving up the freshest of dishes for almost 20 years. From the beginning, the Girl and the Fig has championed local produce to provide “country food with French passion.” Many of the ingredients the chefs use are farmed by their own staff at the Benziger family-owned Imagery Estate in Glen Ellen or in the raised beds and small plot next to the restaurant in downtown Sonoma. Brunch is served every Sunday and in addition to some of their regular menu items includes such farm-fresh treats as a mushroom, roasted pepper and kale frittata, and almond pancakes served with apple butter, orange-whipped mascarpone and maple syrup.
The Girl and the Fig take what they call a Rhone-along approach to their wine list, so have fun pairing lesser-known varieties like Picpoul or Counoise with your brunch.
231 Center St.
Tel: (707) 431-0100
: 4.5 Stars, 529 reviews
Just like its name, Barndiva is a happy mix of sophistication and rustic charm. Their motto is “eat the view,” and you can do just that with their seasonal menus inspired by the small, family-owned farms surrounding them in northern Sonoma County. Barndiva’s Sunday brunch starts at 11 a.m. and you should definitely bring an appetite for this decadent affair. The classic eggs benedict is on the menu, served on English muffin “Texas Toast,” but there’s also crispy duck leg confit, a filet mignon burger and a sole tempura served with an heirloom beet salad, watercress, radish, apple and endive.
Do not miss the goat cheese croquettes, served with lavender honey and tomato jam. They’re a staple on the Barndiva menu and blow-your-mind delicious.
6770 McKinley #150
: 4 Stars, 285 reviews
In the midst of Sebastopol’s hip shopping district The Barlow lies Zazu, a restaurant with chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart, and a love-love relationship with all things bacon. What better than a bacon-obsessed kitchen for your brunching needs? That sort of passion leads to dishes such as the king+queen of pork bacon-in-the-batter waffle, bacon toffee + espresso gelato, or the maple glazed donut + bacon jimmies. I mean … come on. Zazu sources its pork from free range pigs, sourced local, sustainably and ethically.
Love their bacon? Zazu’s sister company, Black Pig Meat Co
, is the engine behind that meat treat.
7385 Healdsburg Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
: 4 Stars, 126 reviews
Also in West County, the Italian-inspired, organic kitchen at Peter Lowell’s offers fresh California cuisine that focuses on in-season ingredients, bringing the best flavors that the area has to offer throughout the year. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with breakfast on weekdays from 8 a.m. – noon. A signature dish found any time is the macrobowl, piping hot bowl of food created in the Macrobiotic Tradition, for those who want some taoist philosophy with their meals.
So you’re not caught off-guard, Peter Lowell’s does include a 20 percent gratuity for servers automatically. Silver lining: less math for you!
6566 Front St
: 4 Stars, 110 reviews
West County loves its agriculture, and the happy result of that is a slew of restaurants practicing the tenets of farm-to-table cuisine! The Backyard is a seasonal, sustainable restaurant in Forestville. The restaurant sources all of its fruit, vegetables and animals carefully, ensuring that they’re grown, raised or line caught locally. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Check out the buttermilk fried chicken benedicts with wild lettuces and hollandaise!
We’re personally quite attached to the House Fermented Kimchi for a spicy pick-me-up to pair with your Backyard Bloody.
The Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa CA 95401
707 528 7100
: 4 stars, 121 Reviews
Located in Santa Rosa, The Spinster Sisters, with chef Liza Hinman puts on a killer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Between chocolate doughnut holes with blackberry sauce, the house made bagel with lox and Hinman’s celebrated wilted kale salad, the options are as numerous as they are enticing.
Every brunch comes with two specials on offer: a sweet and a savory option. Decisions, decisions …