Dine Around Healdsburg at these 15 Not-to-be-Missed Restaurants

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  • by HANA-LEE SEDGWICK
  • on NOVEMBER 26, 2017
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The holidays are upon us and ‘tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! While we’re all for treating ourselves to festive holiday food and beverages this time of year, we also recognize it’s the season of giving. With that in mind, it’s time to head to Healdsburg, California to satiate our need for sensational cuisine while doing so for a good cause.

Charming storefronts, festive decorations, and a plethora of delicious eateries all within walking distance make Healdsburg an ideal place to celebrate the holidays. And, in the spirit of giving, 15 of Healdsburg’s best restaurants have banded together to offer a progressive feast known as Dine Around with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Healdsburg Shared Ministries Food Pantry and North County Consortium. Taking place December 6, 7, 13 and 14, this yearly downtown tradition offers participants a unique three-course, walkabout dining experience. Not only is it a great way to enjoy some of Healdsburg’s best eateries, but it’s the perfect excuse to visit Wine Country and dine out for a cause!

Check out some of the participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Around and register for your seat at the table.

A TASTE OF EUROPE

Whether it’s Italian pastas, Spanish tapas, or even Portuguese cuisine, these Healdsburg restaurants bring European flair to beautiful Sonoma County.

Baci Café & Wine Bar

Family-owned Baci is a local favorite known for friendly service and delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Utilizing local and organic ingredients, Baci offers an authentic taste of Italy enjoyed with regional wines in a casual, elegant atmosphere.

Bravas Bar de Tapas

Named one of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the U.S by Travel + Leisure, Bravas showcases authentic Spanish tapas with a modern twist. James Beard finalists, Mark and Terri Stark, craft everything from house-made sausage and paella to Tortilla Española and all inspired by the regional offerings of California. Wash it all down with Spanish wine or a signature cocktail.

Café Lucia

Celebrating the varied flavors of Portugal adapted to the regional offerings of Sonoma County, Café Lucia offers the best in modern Portuguese cuisine. Look for exotic and traditional offerings, like Portugal’s national soup called Caldo Verde, all served in a relaxed and welcoming space.

Campo Fina

Campo Fina brings the laid back vibes of Italy to the heart of Sonoma County with its al fresco dining, wood-fired pizzas, and outdoor bocce court. A large communal table and Italian/Mediterranean small plates add to the convivial, casual ambiance.

Costeaux French Bakery

Serving up artisan baked goods since 1923, Costeaux is a carb-lover’s dream. Known for its variety of breads — all made in-house using a slow fermentation process — this full-service bakery is our go-to spot for enjoying coffee (or a mimosa) while savoring a slice of cake.

LOCAVORE

Local, seasonal, and fresh. These Healdsburg eateries truly embody the farm-to-table movement by celebrating the bounty of the region.

Barndiva & Barndiva Bistro Gallery

With a menu built around sustainably grown vegetables and healthy animals, Barndiva sticks to its motto of “eat the view.” Contemporary Wine Country cuisine is beautifully presented in a modern barn setting, while Barndiva Bistro Gallery — an art gallery by day and public house at night — serves up handcrafted cocktails and classic French bistro cuisine.

Chalkboard

Inspired by local purveyors and the restaurant’s own 3-acre garden, Chalkboard’s changing daily menu includes inventive farm-to-table small plates served in a stylish, contemporary setting. We love the pork belly biscuits, but the playful desserts are not to be missed.

Healdsburg SHED

Healdsburg Dine Around Restaurant Event

Complete with coffee bar, fermentation bar, and a curated collection of home goods, SHED is not just an eatery, it’s a community gathering place. The Café serves seasonal, sustainably grown food mainly using ingredients sourced from farms within 10 miles of the restaurant. Rotating menus reflect what’s in season, so you can be sure you’re eating only the freshest, most delicious items.

Kitchen 335

Farm-to-table meets comfort food in this neighborhood gem that celebrates quality ingredients sourced throughout Sonoma County. The restaurant’s motto of “Healthy eating begins at the farm and ends at our table,” is exemplified in Chef Rodrigo’s interesting and delicious dishes, like Poached Beets with Fennel and Duck Leg Confit with Black Molé and Baby Carrots.

Mateo’s Cocina

Healdsburg Dine Around Restaurant Event
Mateo’s Cocina

Yucatán-born chef Mateo Granados uses locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients to create dishes infused with the vibrant flavors of the Yucatán accented with classic French nuances. Be sure to try Mateo’s signature habanero sauces made from peppers he farms and harvests himself.

spoonbar

Healdsburg Dine Around Restaurant Event
spoonbar

Led by Executive Chefs Patrick and Casey Van Voorhis, spoonbar’s modern Californian menu shines with with a touch of Italian influence. The market-driven menu is creative, yet approachable, and features local fish, heirloom vegetables, and a variety of house-made pastas all enjoyed in a vibrant, contemporary setting.

MODERN AMERICAN

From classic cocktails to old-school favorites, these restaurants keep us coming back for the comforting tastes of Americana.

Brass Rabbit

At Brass Rabbit, Shane McAnelly and the team behind nearby Chalkboard pay homage to American supper-club classics using seasonal ingredients from Sonoma County. Rotating nightly specials include throwbacks like Lobster Thermidor and Beef Bourguignon, while the list of classic cocktails (think Moscow Mules and Mint Juleps) evoke a welcome sense of nostalgia.

Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen

Healdsburg Dine Around Restaurant Event
Dry Creek Kitchen

Acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer brings his progressive American cuisine to the Hotel Healdsburg where creative dishes highlight the area’s abundance of local produce and meat and are executed with finesse and sophistication. Oversized doors open to a garden terrace create an inviting ambience, and an extensive wine list adds to the overall experience.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

At Willi’s, small bites and fresh fish converge for an East Coast meets Wine Country style meal with a South American twist. From ceviche and calamari to curried crab tacos, the menu features a wide range of tasty selections from the sea, as well as interesting cocktails and a local-minded wine list.

Now that we’re in the midst of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to experience the charm and sophistication of Healdsburg and its unique culinary scene. From traditional Californian fare to more exotic options, these 15 Healdsburg restaurants offer a little something for everyone and should not be missed with this year’s Dine Around event.


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Author

Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Hana-Lee Sedgwick, based in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, specializes in West Coast wine, food and travel. Her work has appeared in publications including Santa Barbara Magazine, The Tasting Panel, and 7×7. She loves to travel, stay active, and share food and wine with friends. Follow her on Instagram at @wanderandwine or visit her blog, wanderandwine.com.