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Envolve Winery

Breakfast

Homegrown Bagels

Homegrown Bagels

Open Mon – Fri: 6:30 – 2:00pm
Sat & Sun 7:30 – 2:00pm.

For breakfast, we recommend a Sonoma favorite: Homegrown Bagels or as the locals like to call it, ‘The Bagel Shop.’ This place is a standard first spot after a long night in the taverns, because this place will surely hit the spot. The Bagel Shop is cash only, but we promise that it’s worth the pain of making the detour to the ATM. But no need to withdrawal the big bucks because you can buy a bagel with multiple toppings and goodness for just under five dollars.

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Lunch

Sunflower Café

Sunflower Café

Open Daily 7am – 4pm.
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A favorite lunch spot, hands down, is the Sunflower Café. You’ve probably heard us recommend this place before, but that’s just because we can’t get enough of it (it was also featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dive’s… so you get the picture). Randomly, this spot was also the first place of employment for Danny. He was a busser at 15 years old, way back when it used to be called the Coffee Garden. Slave drivers owned it in the 90’s, and he vows that he swept the huge back patio over a hundred times…. Yikes. But, once there was an owner switch and the Sunflower Café opened, the place really turned around. Their sandwiches are out of this world, the tea and coffee selection are amazing, the salads are delicious, and you really can’t beat their back patio wine bar… in short, this place is the perfect spot to pair a glass of wine with an amazing lunch.

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Red Grape

Red Grape

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Another favorite of ours is the Red Grape. Red Grape is everything you would expect out of your mothers kitchen. Fresh ingredients, hand made pizzas and appetizers. Everything is seasoned to perfection, and they have a great patio area to enjoy lunch or a warm evening. Located directly off the plaza, Red Grape is the pizza joint in town; family-owned, delicious wines and most of the staff are local friends from high school.

If you prefer something more casual, we propose heading back towards the Sonoma Plaza and picnicking in the park.

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Sonoma Market

Sonoma Market

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Sonoma Market is one of the best markets in the valley and offers a variety of different foods. From sandwiches and salads to burritos and sushi. You name it… they got it. If your looking for something you can’t go wrong with, we suggest 'building' your own sandwich. And let us tell you, we’re not just talking about any old deli sandwich from Safeway, we’re talking about the freshest, most amazing sandwiches in town.

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Café Citti

Café Citti

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If you would rather grab some excellent Italian food, Café Citti is a solid play. It’s safe to say that every time you drive by, your mouth begins to water (Sad…. But true!). Café Citti was another restaurant from the Sonoma Valley featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri (which justifies how amazing it really is). In honor of the late Mike Lee, former Kenwood Winery owner, and Café Citti regular, check out the Mike Special (It’s not on the menu, but it’s amazing!)

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Dinner

Murphy's Irish Pub

Murphy's Irish Pub

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Typically, after a full day of wine tasting, it’s smart to end the day with a big, hearty meal. And believe us… there’s no place better than Murphy’s Irish Pub. After a day of multiple glasses of wine, it’s expected that you’re looking to keep the up the fun. Well, Murphy’s is the perfect place to enjoy good pub food, good beer and wine, and awesome live music (in fact, it’s Sonoma’s #1 spot for live music). And if you haven’t tried frickles (fried pickles), then you’re in for a treat… trust us. In the end, this place is perfect to soak up all that booze!

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Girl & the Fig

Girl & the Fig

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We also urge you to visit the Girl and the Fig. Located right on the Sonoma Plaza, this restaurant serves absolute amazing French food. We recommend the Mussels & Frites and Flounder because they seem to be the household favorites! In the end, this place embodies the perfect ambiance to end your loop around the Sonoma Valley.

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Kenwood Restaurant

Kenwood Restaurant

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Another great spot to end the day at is Kenwood Restaurant. At this time, you’re probably ready to take a load off your feet and relax... and this is the place to do it. You can reminisce about the day over a romantic dinner with a date, or, enjoy good food with good friends.

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A Pint

Olde Sonoma Pub

Olde Sonoma Pub

Open Sunday-Thursday: 11am – Midnight
Friday-Saturday: 11am-1:00am

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If you’re absolutely sick of wine and are in dire need of some beer… we would recommend the Olde Sonoma Pub. If you’re a big fan of IPA’s (as we are), this place is for you! They have over 50 beers on tap, pool tables, darts, popcorn, oh…. and did we mention they have over 50 beers on tap? As IPA fans, we would highly recommend you try the Racer 5 or Lagunitas. All in all, this place is a great local hangout... and feel free to bring in Mexican food from next door and pizza from Mary’s across the street... pretty convenient if you ask us. 

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Carneros Bistro

Carneros Bistro

Carneros Bistro

Ask for someone by the name of Chris Sawyer (who is super funny and always up for a good conversation) and tell him that Danny Fay sent you… and he’ll either kick you out or give you a glass of great wine (don’t worry… odds are he’ll be gentle with you). 

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Enoteca Della Santina

Enoteca Della Santina

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Another solid spot is  Enoteca Della Santina. Ron or Glenda don’t give weak pours, and they’ve always got a solid story.

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We may know how to enjoy a drink in Sonoma...

but we’re not idiots and neither are the cops. There a lot of Sheriffs, CHP's, and Sonoma Police that roam the plaza and the back roads of Sonoma looking for intoxicated drivers. So, please, please, please be SMART. Don’t drink and drive.

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Where to Stay

For a wine country resort close to town...

Check out The Cottage Inn & Spa and The Marriott Renaissance Lodge At Sonoma. Beautiful rooms, amazing spa treatments and located close to the Plaza!

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Hike

Hiking in Sonoma

Hiking in Sonoma

If you’ve had too much wine and cheese, then it’s very possible you’re craving some exercise. Not only does the Sonoma Plaza’s backdrop offer great scenery, it also provides amazing hiking trails. You can find the start of the 'Overlook Trail' at the Veteran’s building (located right across the street from the police station) on 1st St. West and up Norbom Rd. Although it may be tiring, keep on truckin’ up that mountain until you reach a Plateau. We liked to call this place “The Plat” during our rebellious high school drinking years… and yes, we hiked up steep mountains in order to have our ‘fun.’ Although, we spent many disobedient years here, this place truly does have one of the best views of Sonoma. And for the kicker, not only can you see our small little town; you can also look down into Carneros, the San Pablo Bay, and even see San Francisco on a clear day!

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