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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Best of Sonoma County 2016

Each year the local paper sponsors a reader vote for the best of Sonoma County. This covers multiple areas from best florist to best beer.

The full list

Following are the more important categories for visitors.

The first listing in each category is the winner, the others are honorable mentions. Any personal preferences are in red wine color. Disclaimer: I haven't been to all of these.

Best Cheese  
Cowgirl Creamery - Point Reyes
Bellwether Farms - Petaluma
Valley Ford Cheese Company - Valley Ford
Vella Cheese Company - Sonoma
Chevoo - Sonoma

Best Bakery
Costeaux Bakery - Healdsburg
Wild Flour Bread - Freestone
Village Bakery - Sonoma County

Best Bar
Stark's Steak & Seafood - Santa Rosa
Bravas Bar De Tapas - Healdsburg
Hey Misstir Bar & Grill - Santa Rosa

Best Breakfast
Dierk's Parkside Café and Midtown Café - Santa Rosa
Hank's Creekside - Santa Rosa
Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe - Santa Rosa

Best Coffee
Flying Goat Coffee - Sonoma County
Taylor Maid - Sebastopol
Peet's Coffee - Sonoma County
Acre Coffee - Sonoma County

Best Deli
Big John's Market - Healdsburg
Mac's Deli and Cafe - Santa Rosa
Lazzini's Market - Santa Rosa

Best Happy Hour
Stark's Steak & Seafood - Santa Rosa
John Ash & Co./The Front Room Bar and Lounge - Santa Rosa
Bravas Bar De Tapas - Healdsburg

Best Italian Restaurant
Catelli's - Geyserville
Lococo's Cucina Rustica - Santa Rosa
Riveria Ristorante - Santa Rosa

Best Asian Restaurant
SEA Thai Bistro - Santa Rosa
Kirin- Santa Rosa
Goji Kitchen - Santa Rosa

Best Kid Friendly Restaurant
Mary's Pizza Shack - Sonoma County
KIN - Windsor
Jackson's Bar and Oven - Santa Rosa

Best Mexican Restaurant
El Farolito - Healdsburg
Mi Pueblo - Petaluma
El Patio - Santa Rosa
Agave - Healdsburg

Best Pizza
Rosso Pizzeria - Sonoma County
Mary's Pizza Shack - Sonoma County
Mombo's Pizza - Sonoma County

Best Romantic Meal
John Ash & Co. - Santa Rosa
Willi's Wine Bar - Santa Rosa
La Gare - Santa Rosa
Stark's Steak & Seafood - Santa Rosa

Best Seafood
Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar - Healdsburg
The Tides Wharf & Restaurant - Bodega Bay
Santa Rosa Seafood and Raw Bar - Santa Rosa

Best Brew Pub
Lagunitas - Petaluma
Russian River Brewery - Santa Rosa
Bear Republic - Healdsburg

Best Restaurant with a View
River's End Restaurant & Inn, Jenner
Rustic/Francis Ford Coppola, Geyserville
Tides Wharf Restaurant & Bar, Bodega Bay
The Villa Restaurant & Bar, Santa Rosa

Best Eats at the Coast
Spud Point Crab Company - Bodega Bay
The Tides Wharf Restaurant - Bodega Bay
Lucas Wharf - Bodega Bay
Best Beach
Doran Beach
Goat Rock Beach
Dillon Beach

Best Wine Country Inn
Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa
Calderwood Inn - Healdsburg
Grape Leaf Inn, Healdsburg
The Alexander Inn, Cloverdale

Best Tasting Room
Paradise Ridge Winery - Santa Rosa
Wilson Winery - Healdsburg
Chateau Diana Winery - Healdsburg

Best Place to Buy Wine
Bottle Barn - Santa Rosa
Oliver's Markets - Sonoma County
Safeway - Sonoma County
Wilibees Wines and Spirits- Sonoma County
G&G Supermarket - Sonoma County

Best Winery Event
Passport to Dry Creek Valley - Sonoma County
Wine and Food Affair - Wine Road - Sonoma County
Zombie Crawl, Chateau Diana Winery - Healdsburg
Wines and Sunset's, Paradise Ridge - Santa Rosa

Best Winery to Take Visitors To
Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Geyserville
Paradise Ridge Winery - Santa Rosa
Chateau Diana Winery - Healdsburg

At Goat Rock Beach