My girlfriend Steph
and I took a little mid-week retreat in Sonoma this past week. After
checking out a few wineries (St. Francis, Sebastiani and Gundlach
Bundschu), we headed over to Glen Ellen for an early dinner at the Fig Cafe.
It's a casual, pretty inexpensive restaurant in a sleepy village called
Glen Ellen in the hills smack dab in the middle of Sonoma Valley. You
know, the OTHER California wine country. There seems to be a bit of a
rivalry with the Napa Valley-ites.
To start, we had steamed mussels, and I ordered the top sirloin
burger with dutch crunch roll and cambozola cheese (breathtakingly
good) and Steph had the Salmon with chestnut spaetzle. The burger was
incredibly hearty, and the cambozola I think has now firmly taken the
#2 spot in my list of favorite cheeses to put in cheeseburgers.
American Cheese of course can't yet be beat. Overall, the place feels
as much at home in Glen Ellen as it would in the gourmet ghetto of
North Berkeley. And that's definitely a good thing.