California's wine country isn't just great for eager sippers and it's equally perfect for many types of nibblers, from picky to omnivorous.
With more than 400 wineries, Sonoma County has a quaff for every wine-lover. Why should the food be different? Here are eateries to satisfy the most diverse of dining desires. Area code is 707.
for the veggie hugger
From a crispy Brussels sprouts salad to a cassoulet of heirloom beans with fried tofu and black truffle butter, the vegetarian options shine at Woodfour Brewing Company, located in a converted apple-processing plant. Pair your eats with a farmhouse-style sour, saison, or a dark ale. 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol, 823-3144, woodfourbrewing.com.
for the committed carnivore
Hankering for St. Louis–style pork ribs, a sandwich of smoked brisket and apple slaw, or a coffee-rubbed porterhouse steak? Head to Kinsmoke, where the "nondenominational approach" to barbecue includes traditions from Texas, the Carolinas, and even California. 304 Center St., Healdsburg, 473-8440, kinsmoke.com.
for the sweet tooth
The ever-changing choices at the Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar are anything but same old, same old. We're talking salted-caramel Mississippi mud pie, spiced custard–apple compote pie, and ice creams like single-origin Sightglass coffee and matcha-almond green tea. 116 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 395-4426, thenoblefolk.com.
for the fusion fan
At Dick Blomster's Santa Rosa, "KFC" has nothing to do with a white-haired colonel. At this quirky Korean-American diner, it stands for Korean Fried Crack—supercrispy fried chicken slathered with a soy-chili-ginger glaze, served with vanilla slaw and buttered white bread. 112 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 525-1690.
for the adventurous omnivore
Nearly one-quarter of the diners at Valette order the Trust Me menu, a chef's-choice, seasonal selection of four dishes minimum that might include roasted butternut squash pasta, smoked lamb "bacon," and poached ahi "ceviche" with blood orange aioli. 344 Center St., Healdsburg, 473-0946, valettehealdsburg.com.
for the fickle foodie
Have trouble committing to a single dish when eating out? You can mix 'n' match at Bird and the Bottle, where smaller bites (pickled Gulf shrimp, grilled radicchio with smoked blue cheese) and to-share big plates such as eight-hour smoked port shoulder are served family-style. 1055 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 568-4000, birdandthebottle.com.
Photography courtesy Woodfour Brewing Company (beets); Lauren Bistodeau (Kinsmoke interior); courtesy the Noble Folk (Noble Folk interior); courtesy Dick Blomster’s (KFC); Kim Carrol (ahi crudo); Loren Hansen (Mac N Cheese).
This article was first published in January 2016. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.