Kathleen Hill: Hello Noodle Spring; farewell Cafe Citti
Noodle Spring opens next Thursday
Girl & the Fig owner Sondra Bernstein’s long-awaited Noodle Spring opens Thursday, Oct. 22 at the West Spain Street door of the Girl & the Fig. Something for everyone at good prices.
Ramens are all $16 and range from Cloudy Day with pork belly, bok choy, purple daikon radish, seaweed, and a 6-minute egg to Spicy Tan Tan with chili broth, spicy ground pork, charred cabbage, daikon sprouts, scallions and seaweed, or coconut curry with fried tofu, enoki mushrooms, bok choy, negi, and a 6-minute egg (vegan with no egg).
Also watch for edamame, Sunomo salad of cucumbers, red onion, seaweed, and toasted sesame, crispy Brussels sprouts, spicy long beans, Yellowfin poke salad, duck fried rice, sticky riblets, pork meatballs, crispy chicken wings or chicken salad, Karaage chicken with sesame, scallions and sauce, fried chicken sandwich or lacquered chicken, which is a half chicken with lap cheong fried rice, scallions, and sesame seeds ($7 to $22). Also sake, wine, beer, and cocktails available.
Ramen out the side door daily for takeout only, noon to 8 p.m.
Reel & Brand Oktoberfest Saturday
Reel & Brand managing partner Kevin Kress offers a special Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, Oct. 17 for which you can either order and pickup or dine-in on their large patio with a sausage platter with pale ale bratwurst and smoked bratwurst, German style mustard dips, sauerkraut and giant pretzels as well as beer specials. $16. 1 to 5 p.m. 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 938-7204.
Café Citti closes and moves
Luca and Linda Citti announced via Facebook that they are closing their Kenwood restaurant and moving to what used to be Whole Pie next to Hank’s Creekside on 4th Street in Santa Rosa.
A combination of forces out of the Cittis’ control led to this move: the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent requirements that they serve outside only; two fires, including the recent Glass fire that burned parts of Kenwood; frequent PG&E shut offs and rolling blackouts; and their landlord’s interest in repairing the building Café Citti has occupied for 30 years.
No one seemed to care that the front stairs were uneven, or that the floor creaked a little, or that you had to order at the counter and wait for food to be brought to your table. Guests represented a wide range of local ranchers, vineyardists, second-homers and old-timers.
It was all worth it. Everyone who stopped by on their way back and forth between Sonoma and Santa Rosa had their favorites. Pastas, special sandwiches, that garlicky Caesar salad or the classic roast chicken.
Even Guy Fieri and his wife used to drop in for a chicken to take home for dinner, and Jerry and I often planned a break there before or after teaching an Osher Lifelong Learning class at Oakmont.
So the Cittis are taking advantage of the big changes and deleting their restaurant service and switching to takeout only at their new location in Santa Rosa.
Sonoma residents will miss the frequency of visits and tastes they remember of Café Citti, but I will never forget the experience of watching as Guy Fieri and crew filmed the Café Citti segment for his “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” for the Food Network. New address: 2792 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Ernie’s Tin Barn reopens with some food
Ernie’s Tin Barn has reopened and partnered with Taqueria Cancun and Pig In The Pickle to provide food to go with what they call “some of the best craft beer this side of the Golden Gate.” Call the bar at 762-2075 daily from 2 to 7 p.m. for reservations for limited outside tables. No dogs. 5100 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma.
Suite D Garage Sale
Sondra Bernstein is having a garage and garden sale at her Suite D this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, something she has been planning for three years. Just cleaning out lots of excess miscellaneous stuff. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Cash only. 21800 Schellville Road, Sonoma. Wear a mask, she says.
Korean short ribs and bottomless pinot noir
You read it right.
Ed Metcalfe, who lost all of his “product” in Skyhawk in the power shutoffs during recent fires, rises again at Seamus winery’s lounge in Kenwood on Friday, Oct. 23.
Metcalfe will offer his favored “Korean style” sticky ribs with steamed rice and Asian slaw at the Séamus Winery’s Tasting Lounge in Kenwood, along with “bottomless pinot noir.” His vegan option will be Asian kale salad with marinated tofu, a soft boiled egg, couscous and slivered almonds with creamy miso dressing.
Seamus Winery invites you to “Spin some vinyl, hang with friends on cozy furniture and use the space as it is meant to be – as a lounge – not your typical tasting room. $50 to $55. Tickets via Eventbrite.com. 8910 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 573-7277.