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    Sift: Great Cupcake& Dessert Place

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 10, 2014
    Sift, Downtown Santa Rosa
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    This is a great local business specialising in fancy cupcakes in a range of different flavours. They sell macarons, too, and little bits of cake with frosting.

    There is a small area to eat inside, and they sell coffee, etc.,as well. However, it is primarily geared for take-away

    Favorite Dish: Studmuffin - beer cake with maple frosting and bacon.

    Pink Champagne - raspberry cake with champagne frosting

    Coconut

    BattleRoyale - almondcake with blueberry teuila filling and acai frosting

    Knock Your Sox Off- Boston cream pie, basically

    It depends on tastes, though.

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    Torch of India: Excellent and Fancy Indian Place

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 9, 2014
    Torch of India, Downtown Santa Rosa

    This location used to be the Kebab & Curry House, but the current place here, Torc of India, gets basically the same review.

    This is a very good, and unusually posh and elegant, Indian restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and much less prone to giving one indigestion than a lot of Indian places. The place is also very nicely appointed, with an elegant atmosphere and good service. The main problem is that it is rather expensive and is probably the most expensive Indian place in Santa Rosa (there are sevferal, with two others downtown just a few blocks away). However, if one feels like spending a little more to get a delicious and satisfying meal in nice surroundings, it is worth it.

    Because of the price and atmosphere, though, this is not the best place to take kids. If one is taking little kids to get Indian food, Sizzling Tandoor over on Mendocino is probably the best bet.

    They have a great all-you-can-eat buffet at lunchtime, and priced reasonably at $8.99 a person.

    Favorite Dish: Everything.

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    A'Roma Roasters: Great Coffee House

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    A'Roma Roasters, corner of 5th and Wilson Streets

    This is an excellent local coffee house and our favorite in Sonoma County. It's a pretty hip place that draws a lot of college students from Sonoma State and SRJC but also appeals to all ranges of society, including families, punks, down-and-outs, yuppies, artsy types, etc. The coffee is great, they make great pastries, cakes, etc., and great burritos and similar light fare. They also have cream sodas with cream and a great, warm decor. It's lively, stays open late, and sometimes has mellow live guitar music, but nothing really loud aside from the buzz of the patrons themselves.

    It's also in a neat, old, rough-hewn stone Railway Express building built in 1915 and located in the heart of the charming, historic Railroad Square area of downtown Santa Rosa. It's very popular and sometimes can be really busy, though!

    Favorite Dish: Any coffee, especially cafe au lait, as well as rice crispy peanut bars, blueberry cobbler, pumpkin pie, orange cake, burritos, cream soda, mighty aphrodite salad with goddess dressing, and short bread. Our kid loves their steamers, which are steamed milk or soy milk with syrup. Their breakfast burritos are great.

    We especially love some of their dark and medium roasts: Sumatra, Mocha Java, and Amanda's Brew. We even love their organic French Roast, which is unusual, because we normally do not like French Roast at all.

    This is also a great place to get a good cup or pot of tea, which is unusual. They have a wide selection of plain and flavoured black teas as well as herbal teas. They are all of very good quality. Their Irish Breakfast is wonderful: flavourful, robust and smooth and takes milk very well, something which I find unusual for American teas, even those claiming to be English or Irish Breakfast teas designed for milk. Rarely do Americans make a proper milk-friendly tea of those styles. Many may be wonderful black but are easily overpowered by milk; not so the Irish Breakfast here.

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    Jackson's: Great, Eclectic Cuisine

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Mar 9, 2014

    This is a great place opened by the owner of what used to be Syrah a block away. It has great wood-fired pizzas, burgers (with high-quality beef, house-made pickles, etc.), a range of great pasta dishes, salads, and more. The food is on the whole excellent, prepared with subtlety and executed very well, using top-quality and especially local ingredients. The place itself is stylish in decor, vibrant, has great cocktails which are made well, some very good beer, and good desserts.

    It's great for families with kids or for couples or groups of adults.

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    Syrah: Really Great California Cuisine

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    Syrah, 5th & Davis Streets, Downtown Santa Rosa

    THIS PLACE CLOSED. The owner turned it into another restaurant, but that has now closed too, as far as I can tell, but I am not certain as of March 2013. The same owner a few years ago opened another great place, Jackson's, a block away (see tip), and that seems to be drawing most of the energy and business right now.

    This is a stylish and very nice restaurant serving California/eclectic cuisine. It's in a neat, semi-inudstrial building that has been made very nice, with a central area that is open and airy like an outdoor terrace but still enclosed, and a more formal "inside" dining area.

    For dinner, I would recommend reservations since they are usually quite busy then and often if you come without reservations you won't be able to get a table. Lunchtime is less of a problem.

    Favorite Dish: The crab cakes are excellent and filling.

    The one thing that I would avoid is the lemonade. It says it's fresh, but it doesn't taste very good. However, there's pleny of wine, "fancy" soda pop, and other stuff to choose from.

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    Checkers: Good California Cuisine

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    THIS PLACE HAS CLOSED.

    Checkers has some great Sonoma County/Wine Country/California cuisine in the heartof downtown Santa Rosa.

    Favorite Dish: Paneed chicken on bed of chard, butternut squash ravioli with smoked chicken, and Sonoma Salad.

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    Tudor Rose: English Tea House

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 14, 2013

    This is an English tea house serving real English-style tea, both the beverage and the meal, a real Afternoon tea experience and so far probably the best of the type which I have had in the US.

    They have a variety of great teas from a local tea maker in nearby Duncan's Mills and make their own lemon curb, mustard blend, scones, etc. They have real clotted cream, pasties, etc., as well as various finger sandwiches. All is served on an assortment of china with tea trays, etc.

    If one gets the full tea service, it comes with an endless pot of the tea of your choice, with a huge range. It's all brewed nice and strong, too, avoiding a common problem which I find in the US of having overly weak tea. The English-breakfast-type blend is also a strong, real British-style tea that properly holds up well to milk and sugar but they also have a wide range of other teas for those who want something different.

    Service is very attentive and friendly.

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    Ting Hau: Great Chinese Food

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 14, 2013

    Although it's still fairly Americanised Chinese food, Ting Hau downtown on 4th St has great food that is prepared unusually well with good-quality ingredients, more subtlety than one usually finds, and always plenty of good, varied vegetables with the dishes. The service is nice and friendly and the place itself is attractive and pleasant, with nice, simple decor, nice windows looking onto the street and walkway next to it, and a small area of outdoor seating. It's also in a good location in the heart of downtown.

    They also have a small kids' menu choice.

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    Page's Diner: Great Little Diner

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Aug 17, 2013
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    This is a great little diner with homemade traditional diner food - eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, etc. Service is friendly, the food is great. It's a small place in the G&G Shopping Center.

    Favorite Dish: The Tostada Omelette is great.

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    The BBQ Spot: Great BBQ

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Aug 17, 2013
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    This is the best BBQ place around, with real St Louis ribs, probably the best I've had outside St. Louis, excellent BBQ beef brisket, both sliced and chopped, plus pork and chicken. This is the real deal, with slow smoked meat. They have good beans, good cole slaw, and good cornbread, too. It's a little hole in the wall place.

    Favorite Dish: St Louis ribs and sliced brisket.

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    The Spinster Sisters: Great, Creative Restaurant

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Sep 6, 2012
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    This is a great restaurant with eclectic, creative cuisine using fresh, local, and home-made ingredients, all created thoughtfully and carefully. It's in a nice old building that was semi-derelict for some years and has nice decor and lots of windows, plus a nice bar/counter in the middle. Service is great.

    It's located in the heart of the SOFA neighborhood, the South A St area, a neat old mixed commercial area in a residential neighborhood that has really been rejuvenated in the last 10 years, with art galleries, eateries, shops, etc.

    Favorite Dish: Crispy pork belly BLT, granola waffle, deviled egg with kichee, etc.

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    Gary Chu's: Excellent Chinese Food

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Jul 10, 2012

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    Chu's, downtown Santa Rosa

    This has long been one of the best Chinese places in the whole North Bay area, and at least many people from the region consider it to be (it was voted such in the San Francisco Chronicle, as well). There used to be a better place just a few blocks away, but it unfortunately was not as established and closed a little while ago. While one can clearly find better, and more authentic, Chinese food down in San Francisco and Oakland, the fact remains that this place is excellent and very nice. In an area with dozens of Chinese restaurants, it stands well out over most of them.

    It is, unusually, a rather classy place. The decor and atmosphere are unusually stylish and attractive, rather than gaudy or bare-bones. The service is good and attentive.

    The key, of course, is that the food is worth it. It is consistently excellently prepared with strong, complex flavours, and there are some fairly unusual and interesting dishes.

    Favorite Dish: Crispy Ginger chicken, mango chicken, sauteeed green beans, and sauteed pea leaves.

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    Frozen Art: Great & Creative Mexican Ice Cream

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jul 10, 2012

    This is a wonderful Mexican ice cream place selling home-made ice cream and palettas (Mexican popsicles, but of a wide range of flavours, both ice/juice/sorbet kind and ice-cream based). They make many different, and creative flavours such as avocado, rose, olive oil, and more, plus regular vanilla, chocolate, etc.

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    Omelette Express: Decent American food, omelettes, sandwiches, etc.

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Mar 29, 2012
    Omelette Express on 4th St

    This is a long-standing place in the Railroad Square area of downtown that serves large helpings of mostly mediocre standard breakfast and lunch dishes: omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches, etc. I have no problem with the type of food, since I love these things if done well. Our complaint is that execution is rather poor, crude, simple, and lacking in finesse, to say nothing of imagination. Portions are large and filling, but that's it. It's not terrible, but if one is looking for really good breakfast or lunch food of this type, go to Dierk's Park Side Cafe by Juilliard Park, at the southern edge of downtown (outstanding, varied, creative), or Mac's on the other end of 4th St, downtown (an old downtown fixture in the same place since about 1952 and far superior to this place, with great quality food, if less innovative, varied, or interesting than Park Side).

    The best thing about this place is the location in an old brick building in Railroad Sq.

    Favorite Dish: None. Avoid the so-called Welsh Rarebit, not deserving of the name.

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    Khoom Lanna: Great Thai Place

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Mar 29, 2012

    I originally gave a mostly negative review of this place, but I must now say that new owners took it over more than a year ago and completely changed it. It has ever since been our favourite Thai place in town, overall, with only Sea, which is a little more upscale, being in the same league. The place itself is very nice and the location is great, being in an old building in the heart of downtown's Railroad Square area (see tip on that).

    Favorite Dish: Cashew chicken, fresh or fried spring rolls, rama the king (peanut sauce).

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