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.
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
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.
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.