Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Sonoma County Restaurants - 2012/2013

The new Zagat Bay Area Restaurants 2013 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2013 were recently released. Here's an update on the critics' favorite restaurants in the Sonoma County.

No Sonoma County Restaurants received two or three stars from Michelin.  Cyrus, which had received two stars, closed this year.  The Sonoma County recipients of one Michelin star are Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, and Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay.

None of the 40 most popular Bay Area restaurants, according to Zagat. are in Sonoma County. Zagat's top rated restaurants for food in Sonoma County are Cucina Paradiso (Petaluma), Sea Thai Bistro (Petaluma), Madrona Manor (Healdsburg), Farmhouse Inn (Forestville), and Bistro des Copains (Occidental); all with 27 points.

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars. Two Sonoma County restaurants received 3.5 stars: Madrona Manor (Healdsburg) and Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant (Forestville).  Fourteen restaurants are the recipients of three stars.

Lunchtime on my tours in Sonoma County usually finds my guests in either Healdsburg or the town of Sonoma. My favorite lunch spot in Healdsburg is Willi's Seafood, which features small plates of the freshest seafood. In Sonoma city, I recommend The Girl and the Fig for French influenced California food, El Dorado Kitchen for American cuisine and Della Santina's for Italian food. If you would like to take a private tour in Sonoma County that includes a meal at one of these great restaurants, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

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