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Published on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

West County Restaurants

Restaurants in West County offer visitors and local alike a selection of a world class that reflects the bounty of Sonoma County

With an intimate appreciation and in depth knowledge of the local terroir, we strive to make wines that are a true representation of the best Sonoma has to offer. Here in the nearby Guerneville and Forestville areas, there is an abundance of natural beauty and delicious produce, from wine grapes to seasonal crops that keep us and our neighbor restaurants stocked up with seasonal goodies throughout the year. And as we have been perfecting our winemaking craft for over 30 years at Gary Farrell, the restaurants that surround us have also bloomed into destinations that should be on your itinerary next time you come by for a wine tasting at Gary Farrell Winery.

 

Boon

16248 Main St

Guerneville, CA 95446

(707) 869-0780

http://eatatboon.com/

 

We stopped at Boon last week, and were blown away by the dedication to local meats and cheeses, organic and seasonal ingredients. The all Russian River wine list in particular caught our eye. This hotel and restaurant keeps to the growers and producers that are nearby, and does little to manipulate the local fruits, veggies and meats, allowing for the true expression these special gardens. We started with a summer panzanella with corn, cherry tomatoes and arugula, then finished up with seared halibut which featured gigante beans and a tasty basil pistou. We will be back soon.

 

Dawn Ranch

16467 Hwy 116 (River Road)

PO Box 45

Guerneville, CA 95446

(707) 869-0656

http://dawnranch.com/

 

Don’t be surprised to see chefs and bartenders out in the garden picking ingredients fresh for you at Dawn Ranch’s restaurant, the Agricultural Public House. Each dish and beverage is crafted to be healthy and comfortably elegant. Local beers and wines are poured alongside small batch spirits also made nearby, in a setting that is friendly and unpretentious. The Berkshire Pork chop we had was served with a spring veggie gratin and a cherry chutney that was a home run with our Russian River Pinot Noir.

 

Backyard Forestville

6566 Front Street

Forestville, CA 95436

(707) 820-8445

http://www.backyardforestville.com/

 

Backyard is a small, seasonal and sustainable restaurant tucked into the small town of Forestville. They are inspired by the fantastic harvests of the Sonoma County and celebrate the orchards, ranches, foragers and fishermen they feature on their menu. Their commitments to sustainability shine through in every craveable dish, especially our favorite Sonoma snack, the all Sonoma County cheeseboard.

 

Village Inn and Restaurant

20822 River Boulevard

Monte Rio, CA 95462

(707) 865-2304

http://villageinn-ca.com/

 

The Village Inn and Restaurant is perfectly suited to cater to visitors and locals alike. The Inn is as pleasurable as the kitchen, and both are an experience that shouldn’t be missed. They only serve real food, grown and harvested locally and ethically, offering a tantalizing look at the Sonoma food scene. Also, every Sunday is locals night! Now, it’s a well-known secret that you don’t have to be a local to attend, but this fabulous blend of food and friends is a great way to get to know the farmers who fill the menu at the Village Inn Restaurant. If you haven’t tried Sonoma’s renowned Mary’s Chicken, they cook an herb fried chicken with mashed potatoes that has us dropping in regularly.

 

Canetti’s Roadhouse Italiano

6675 Front St.

Forestville, CA 95436

(707) 887-2232

http://cannetirestaurant.com/

 

Canetti prides itself on utilizing the seasonal Sonoma ingredients to create a distinct and delicious blend of Californian and Tuscan cuisine. You will find Sonoma produce in traditional Tuscan dishes such as Ribollita soup and Porchetta alli spiedo that are served next to Sonoma and Tuscany’s finest wines. Chef Francesco Torre was a dean of cooking class at Badia a Coltibuono in the heart of Chianti, and continues is educational spirit at Canetti’s. They offer Tuscan cooking classes that will teach you how to make Italian inspired dishes with the seasonal and regional foods that Sonoma is famous for.

 

Our efforts at Gary Farrell are complete when nature, science, and passion combine to become art in the form of wine. The restaurants we recommend to our guests are the same we frequent here as locals. The food scene in Guerneville and Forestville have the rustic charm, as do the people work their nearby farms. After years of getting to know the land, our wines are an outstanding representation of the Sonoma environment, and our neighbor restaurants produce dishes steeped in the same philosophies. Next time you are here wine tasting, ask us to recommend a place to plan your next dinner that you won’t soon forget.

 

Chef Proprietor Crista Luedtke from Boon is as full of fun as her food at the restaurant. See her quick interview with local food TV personality Liam Mayclem in this YouTube video.

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Author: Brian

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