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.
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.