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New Eats in Napa and Sonoma

Feast on these new finds.



The Boon Fly Café

Pan-roasted quail atop torn chicory? Chef Aaron Meneghelli is having fun with his just-updated menu, pairing the dainty bird with charred radicchio, plump cherries, and herbed brioche croutons. Other mouth-watering bites include spicy sausage-chicken-shrimp gumbo and crispy chicken-fried broccolini. 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, (707) 299-4870, boonflycafe.com.

 

The CIA at Copia

What a trip! The new, interactive, three-dimensional dining experience Le Petit Chef follows Marco Polo’s travels along the Silk Road during a two-hour, six-course Mediterranean dinner showcase prepared by CIA-trained chefs—all for $140, or $190 with wine pairings. 500 First St., Napa, (707) 967-2500, ciaatcopia.com/le-petit-chef-marco-polo.

 

Layla: Share a plate of crispy, battered greens with local feta and red pepper–walnut dip, as well as some pea hummus, at MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa’s Mediterranean restaurant. Photo by Linda Karlin.

Layla

The $20 million MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa renovation has also launched a fantastic new restaurant, bringing in big, brilliant Mediterranean flavors. Executive chef Cole Dickinson (formerly of Acacia House) hits it out of the park with specialties like halibut shakshuka-style with fiery pickled peppers, Castelvetrano olives, and roasted chickpeas. 29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma, (707) 938-2929, macarthurplace.com.

 

 

West Handmade Burgers: This sleek burger joint specializes in decadent cheeseburgers loaded with farm-fresh toppings. Photo courtesy of West Handmade Burgers.

 

West Handmade Burgers

The 1,100-square-foot spot impresses with juicy burgers (primo Stemple Creek beef or vegan Beyond Burger) topped with goodies like Point Reyes blue cheese, bacon, garlic-basil aioli, and mushrooms sautéed in truffle oil. There are milkshakes, truffle-​​parmesan fries, and grilled cheese for the kids, too. 18375 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, (707) 343-1479, westhandmadeburgers.com.

 

Whisper Sisters

Creative cocktails accompany fancy small-plate dinners at this hip lounge. Sip a Texas Malone layered with vodka, Falernum ginger-lime-almond liqueur, floral Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, grapefruit, a spritz of lime, and pink peppercorn alongside a seasonal harvest bowl with locally sourced ingredients. 190 Kentucky St., Petaluma, (707) 774-6689, wspetaluma.com.

 

Willi’s Wine Bar

Fans were devastated when this beloved bar and bistro was lost to the 2017 wildfires. Now, Willi’s is back in a new location, with its inventive, international, and shareable small plates, as well as two-ounce wine flights. 1415 Town and Country Dr., Santa Rosa, (707) 526-3096, starkrestaurants.com.

 

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