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menu includes favorites such as huevos rancheros, French toast, chicken and steak sliders and fried apple pie. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 707.388.1700.
Tommy’s Wok Chinese. $-$$. Tasty and filling Chinese fare without the greasy weigh-down. Nice vegetarian selections, too. 3001 Bridgeway Ave, Sausalito. 415.332.5818.
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Fumé Bistro & Bar California cuisine. $$$. California bistro fare that nearly always hits the mark. 4050 Byway E, Napa. 707.257.1999.
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$$. Trendy but equally casual, French Blue has a menu filled with expertly prepared fish and meat, along with light breakfast dishes. 1429 Main St, St Helena. 707.968.9200.
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Gillwoods Cafe Diner. $-$$. Classic hometown diner, specializes in the homemade. 1313 Main St, St Helena. 707.963.1788. 1320 Napa Town Center, Napa. Breakfast and lunch daily. 707.253.0409. JoLe California. $$$. Casual familial vibes with adventurous interpretations of already loved dishes. Crab cocktail, pork shoulder, and a burger with truffle-flavored cheese. Maximize your experience by trying the tasting menu. 1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 707.942.5938. Neela’s Indian. $$. An authentic Indian restaurant, Neela’s serves traditional and tasty Indian dishes ranging from the novice favorite chicken masala to lamb kabab sliders. Oh, and Neela was on Food Network’s Chopped–and won! 975 Clinton St, Napa. 707.226.9988.
Ramen for Here Ramen Gaijin is staying in Sebastopol. The popular Sebastopol ramen shop was eyeing a move to a space in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, but owners Matthew Williams and Moishe Hahn-Schuman secured a favorable lease with building owner Stephen Singer and now have ambitious plans in the works. The other big news is that, as of Dec. 10, beer, sake and wine will flow again after a four-month dry spell. After moving into Forcetta-Bastoni earlier this year, Williams and Hahn-Schuman applied to transfer the faltering restaurant’s liquor license to their business, but the process was mired in red tape and the state blocked liquor sales until outstanding issues were resolved. ForcettaBastoni has since closed, and Ramen Gaijin is the sole occupant of the downtown Sebastopol space. Beer, wine and sake will be available at the bar and lounge, but not ramen. No spirits for now. Meanwhile, the ramen restaurant will close for as long as a month over the holidays for remodeling aimed at streamlining the kitchen, retooling the bar and taking care of building-maintenance issues. Once the renovations are complete, the bar will offer an izakaya menu, Japanesestyle bar snacks like yakitori and small plate dishes made to go with drinks. There are also plans to hire a beverage director who will create an ambitious cocktail program (think Japanese whiskey-based cocktails and more sake). Longer term, Williams says he and Hahn-Schuman are looking to bring in a sushi chef to open a 10-seat omakase-style sushi bar at the counter space in the middle of the restaurant. They also have plans to make their excellent noodles available for wholesale. In the meantime, toast Ramen Gaijin’s commitment to stay with a beer and bowl of shoyu ramen. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. 707.827.3609.—Stett Holbrook
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American. $$. More than just suds ‘n’ grub–though that’s the name of the happy hour– this old-fashioned hangout with dark wood and rustic touches does pulled-pork nachos, wild boar burgers, osso bucco and crab-potato tots right. 1401 First St, Napa. 707.258.1516.
Ristorante Allegria Italian. $$. Inside a historic 1916 building lies this Italian restaurant with music, candlelight and a robust menu. 1026 First St, Napa. 707.254.8006.
Siena California-Tuscan. $$$$. Sophisticated, terroirinformed cooking celebrates the local and seasonal. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 707.251.1900.
December 9 - December 15