A low wooden ceiling, rustic copper tables, and rock music on the stereo create a casual vibe at this roadhouse. It's a few miles west of downtown Santa Rosa, but the hearty, soulful cooking of owners Duskie Estes and John Stewart lures passionate fans from all over the Wine Country. About 30% of the produce comes from their own garden, and the meats are house-cured, so the antipasto plate or a pizza with house-made pepperoni are both excellent choices. The small seasonal
menu—a mix of Italian-influenced dishes and updated American classics—tends toward rich flavors, with choices like rabbit braised in red wine and served with a mushroom risotto. On Monday in summer, try the three-course family-style "farm supper" for $39 per person. Sunday brunch, featuring cornmeal waffles (among other great choices), is worthwhile, too.