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Petaluma for dinner?

Wishbone! Tell them I sent you. And welcome to Petaluma.


Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

I just ate this dish this evening and I agree the flavor is excellent. The meat is boneless and very tender. The sauce reminds me almost of a texas style chili, very thick and rich. Lachu explained that the pan drippings are deglazed so all the good bits get included in the sauce.

Ajanta's tandoor asparagus appetizer was great too. Can't say enough good things about this north Berkeley institution.

The recipe for punjabi goat curry sounds very similar to the Ajanta dish which is still on the menu as of 3/25.

Question for FondofGoat, have you tried goat sausage? A cajun specialty apparently.

Wishbone Restaurant in Petaluma (Humble Pie reborn!)

The cray-cray city officials won't let them take down the sign.

Whoa!? Line out the door this morning. Word is getting out about this place. Come one, come all, just don't come when I'm trying to get a seat.

Why are they standing in line ?

Sinbad's? Yeah I know, it sucks but there's a Groupon thing going on....

Angelo's Smoked Meats suffers huge fire (Petaluma)

Angelo's Petaluma retail store was open today. Thank you firefighters.

Angelo's Smoked Meats suffers huge fire (Petaluma)

Update from the Press Democrat:

While the 1:24 p.m. blaze did extensive damage to back areas of the shop, it was controlled before it could spread to the meat shop or to the home of Angelo Ibleto, who has prepared and sold meat products from his Adobe Road property for more than four decades.

Angelo's Smoked Meats suffers huge fire (Petaluma)

The Petaluma location of Angelo Ibleto's smoked meat business caught fire this afternoon.

I can't tell from the news item whether or not the retail portion of the place burned. The Carneros location is still in business I assume.

Very sad day for those of us who love Angelo and his great smoked and cured meats.


Food similar to the Halal Guys on 53rd and 6th in Manhattan.

Franchise deals have been signed according to Foodbeast in cities including Berkeley. Major west coast expansion underway Las Vegas and SoCal.


Looking forward to trying this place.

fiesta del mar [Mtn. View]

Thank you for clarifying the nature of their mini empire. So La Fiesta is el mero mero? Will have to try that when back in MV next time.

I didn't understand the negs originally given to this place. It seemed really well organized when I was there

fiesta del mar [Mtn. View]

My niece took us to this place for lunch and we had a very good meal. I thought the three salsas were each good and the chips were hot and good and just the right amount of sal. I had the special "100 year old recipe" enjococado enchiladas, which came out hot and topped with slivered almonds. I thought flavor was great, not very strong on the guajilo but much better than most mexican cream sauces (ie suizas).

I like this joint and would return. Service was excellent and muy rapido.


Interesting fillings for pupusas?

Just finished several batches of pupusas. Fillings included wild mushrooms and goat cheese, and olives and feta.

Feb 12, 2015
Andrew H in Home Cooking

Petaluma: Real Doner (Gyro) is destination worthy ... amazing great

Sadly the quality here has declined. Had the Chicken Shish wrap and it's just not happening. Kind of bland and uninspired. Petaluma needs a great middle eastern/turkish resto. I'm hurting for good Shwarma!

Wishbone Restaurant in Petaluma (Humble Pie reborn!)

They have an updated website, but it only has the breakfast/lunch menu up right now. Key lime and coconut cream pie were available for desert.

Ajanta October 2014 [Berkeley]

I went this evening for the first time in awhile especially to try Lachu's Lamb Biriyani, a special this month. Biriyani in most Indian restaurants can be a total ghee-fest and you feel it later like a piece of iron is sitting in your stomach. Not so at Ajanta. Here it is light and fluffy with nicely sized chunks of perfectly cooked lamb. The combination of moist and dry ingredients (nuts specifically) is a real feat of culinary engineering. I was floored by this dish. I almost felt guilty putting a little mango chutney on as the flavors were so fine as it was.

The service was friendly, non-intrusive, and very efficient. The staff are well selected and there doesn't seem to be a lot of turnover.

I really don't think I've ever had as consistently excellent food as I have at Ajanta over the last ten years and 50 plus visits. Just Go!

Saturday breakfast spot in East Bay: Good food, Not too crowded

Nearly any good breakfast joint is going to be jammed at that time on a Saturday. My choice would be the Homemade Cafe in Berkeley but there will be a wait.

The French Laundry victimized by Christmas Day wine heist [Update]

Scores of Screaming Eagle and DRC bottles were stolen Christmas Day. Maybe someone was ticked about the high corkage fee? These bottles are not something one can unload easily. They will probably be sold overseas where provenance is disregarded.

Wishbone Restaurant in Petaluma (Humble Pie reborn!)

Four of us had a wonderful meal there last night. We had bacon wrapped dates with a spoonful of pistachioed cream, Ramen, Pork and Beans, Tilted Ranch Burger, and Hunters pie(?) We all loved every bite and the service was friendly and very smooth.

The home baked bread loaf with flavored butters was a smash. I felt like dabbing crumbs off the table.

The deserts we had were a banana cream pie and flourless chocolate cake.

I'm seriously smitten by this little joint north of downtown. Miriam and Josh have a great thing going on.

Parking is slightly fubar, but its a small priced toupee. Wanted to add that the online menu is not current but go there anyway, there will be something you like.

Chowdown Report: Lucky River and Marco Polo [San Francisco]

Lucky River makes the news for sidewalk meat prep:


Longbranch Saloon - Berkeley

Cool that they are bringing the name back from this famed Berkeley nightclub form the 70's:


Crane Melon Barn Open. [Santa Rosa]

Open for the 2014 season, 99 cents a pound. Go to the Expo and stop here on the way back.

National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa

Go. It's fantastic and runs through Thursday. 11 to 7 each day, just go. Call in sick if you need to.


Real Doner in Petaluma going veggie?

I'd send either back if they used mayo. Just not right to treat Baba this way. Extra tahini would make it more creamy.

Food + morgue [San Francisco]

You definitely need a reservation, people are dying to get in.

Resto-preneurs, great locations available in Petaluma

So you've got that New nordic/soul food/Thai fusion idea that you want to make a reality and you need a bricks and mortar location? Boy are you in luck! Many great places are suddenly available in Petaluma. The Tres Hombres in theatre square is dark and needs a good eating joint to move in. Former Sea Thai on the Boulevard just south of downtown would be a killer location for a neighborhood breakfast spot. And DeSchmire is uncertain, they've been closed for several months with a "Suspension" notice on the front window.

Bring it!

But I must stipulate that no valet parking is allowed in this town, unless its for cargo bikes. We just roll that way.

I'm not a realtor and have no interest in any of these properties.

Anyone been to De Schmire in Petaluma recently?

"Suspension" notice in the darkened front window, guess they got busted by the alcohol police?

to chez panisse or to not chez panisse, that is the question

I am biased towards CP due to many, many fine meals there in the past. I haven't been in awhile but it still sticks out as the only fine restaurant where I've been offered and given seconds on the entre.

Where did the prawns come from?

Jun 10, 2014
Andrew H in Food Media & News

Bodega Bay Oyster Company [Petaluma]

Now open Wed thru Sun 10 to 5:30pm


Bodega Bay Oyster Company [Petaluma]

As of this afternoon 4/29, no it is not open yet.

Very Good Thai in Petaluma?

Sadly, Sea Thai has closed their Petaluma location. The space is for lease. I always liked their food and service.