Café At The Winery Restaurant - Chateau Souverain
When in Healdsburg, go with the flow and seek out the chic, pared down
ambience that blends seamlessly with your surroundings: in other words,
eat at Manzanita. This understated bistro is located just off of the main
Square, with a row of perfectly stacked firewood at the entrance,
presumably for the oven that takes up the better part of the back wall.
The food is Mediterranean country with a California twist: you might start
with a roasted beet salad studded with chevre, then move on to a creamy
wild mushroom lasagna baked in a cassoulet, followed with grilled rabbit
smothered in a garlicky herb paste. The menu changes often, as befits a
place that arranges it's offerings around the local seasons. The wine list
is, of course, impeccable, and the tables are small enough that you can
hold hands with your sweetheart without wrenching your shoulder sockets.
CAFÉ AT THE WINERY RESTAURANT (Chateau Souverain)
Drive any direction from Healdsburg and you'll hit a winery - or two or
three - within seconds. Each one has it's own distinct charm, and you
can't go wrong exploring the lot of them. One of our favorite stops is
Chateau Souverain, a winery and tasting room with a wonderful restaurant
attached, the Cafe at Chateau Souverain. Executive Chef Martin Courtman
takes special care to pair the menu with the wines of each season,
together with the finest local ingredients; you'll find farm-fresh poultry
and meat, artisan cheeses and organic fruits and vegetables arranged with
exquisite care on this outstanding menu. Ask for a table on the deck for
the best view in the county; vineyards and hills stretch out for miles all
around, a breathtaking vista that makes everything taste even better!
Here's a hint: ask your waiter to suggest the optimal food and wine
pairings from the menu, and then prepare to be delighted with each and
every bite. And just in case you wake up ravenous and in the mood for
something yummy on the last day of your weekend, the restaurant also
offers a delectable Sunday Brunch, complete with mimosas and fresh juice
to enliven you as you watch the fog burn off the valley and glow beneath
the rising sun...
FELIX & LOUIE'S
If you'd rather walk, not drive, on Sunday morning, crawl from the cozy
confines of your hotel boudoir to the west edge of the Square, where
you'll find Felix & Louie's, the perfect spot for Sunday brunch. The
restaurant tables are unadorned wooden squares and the kitchen is partly
open to expose a crackling brick oven, making you feel like you're sitting
down to a generous family breakfast. Order the delectable Eggs Benedict
and steaming cups of rich, dark coffee, or venture beyond breakfast food
to try one of their crispy-crust pizzettas. If you'd rather eat here
another night of the week, check the schedule in front for the jazz
lineup, and hit the spot when the place is rocking. Whenever you deign to
dine here, don't miss the pasta shop just behind the front counter, where
you can find a package of freshly made papardelle or fettuccine to take
home with you.
Okay, okay, so this isn't a restaurant, but we had to include this market
extraordinaire in the list of best places to eat... this teensy-tiny
market has such slender aisles that you have to suck it in to slip around
another person, but the overflowing shelves are well worth the effort.
You'll find no less than a dozen flavored mustards, every kind of jam or
jelly that was ever dreamed of, and an exotic selection of delights from
teas to chocolate to pickles. Take a basket with you, and assemble your
own grown-up picnic to go: choose one or two hunks of cheese from the
generous assortment available, and pair it with a baguette (with olives?
herbs? plain? you decide) and any of the cornucopia of condiments, then
make a trip to the deli counter, where you can deliberate between roasted
vegetable salads and herbed meats. Grab a handful of napkins and head off
to your winery of choice, where you can purchase a bottle of your favorite
vino and stretch out on some green swatch of countryside and while away
the afternoon. Now this is living!