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New Eats in Napa and Sonoma

Here’s some happy news for hungry folks in Wine Country.

Brix Napa Valley: Among the dishes at the recently renovated restaurant is dry-aged Liberty Farms duck breast.

Photo by Bob McClenahan

Baked on the River

The adorable name and equally cute bakery suit the laid-back waterfront town of Guerneville. Owner Helena Gustavsson-Giesea tempts with sweet breakfasts (such as fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, custard cardamom rolls, and apricot-vanilla custard cake) and savory lunches, like portobello jack sandwiches and Swedish meatballs. 17071 Hwy. 116, Guerneville, (707) 865-6060, bakedontheriver.com.

Brix Napa Valley

After closing for an extensive renovation, the upscale restaurant—set amid 16 acres of culinary gardens and vineyards—has reopened with an agricultural-chic design. Enjoy indoor-outdoor dining with signature dishes like crispy tempura green beans and creamy crab fondue. 7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa, (707) 944-2749, brix.com.

Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery

The tiny shrine to decadent pastries (deep-dish sweet potato pie!), breakfast (artichoke feta Danishes), and lunch (brisket pastrami Reubens) has relocated to a larger space in Santa Rosa’s historic West End. 808 Donahue St., Santa Rosa, (707) 888-3546, criminalbaking.com.

Railroad Stop Bar and Kitchen: The lounge at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country’s resident eatery is warm and cozy. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country.


If you love Napa Valley Distillery (gorgeous gin and vodka), you’ll appreciate NVD co-owners Lusine and Arthur Hartunian’s epicurean boutique, too. Fill your reusable totes with gourmet mustards, jams, infused pastas, and cute goodies like a logo tea towel sporting a retro bunny rabbit. 1240 First St., Napa, (707) 927-3303, napastak.net.

Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar

The adored Healdsburg shop has expanded to Santa Rosa—yum, more small-batch almond matcha ice cream and peach-raspberry pie for us all. 539 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, (707) 978-3392, thenoblefolk.com.

Railroad Stop Bar and Kitchen

The former Brasserie at Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country has been transformed into a “farm-to-fire” breakfast and dinner spot offering eclectic bites like a Sonoma Benedict with spinach, wild mushrooms, avocado, and poached egg, and pan-seared Bodega Bay petrale sole with forbidden black rice, garden vegetables, grilled lemon, and white wine beurre blanc. 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa, (707) 495-6212, hyatt.com.


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