Kathleen Hill: Noodlespring, Kivelstadt delivery and more
Noodlespring coming to Girl & the Fig
Hundreds of locals, and eventually people from around the Bay Area, quickly became regulars at Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze’s winter Ramen Nights at Suite D on Schellville Road off of Eighth Street East.
That led to Bernstein taking the bait to create Noodlespring, a would-be noodle restaurant (and more) in what was supposed to be a container development in Boyes Hot Springs. She had researched and designed her container with plans and a company in the East Bay.
After more than two years waiting for something to happen with that development, Bernstein cut that bait and withdrew her plan to be part – or even anchor – of that development.
We all know a couple of things for sure: Restaurants are having an especially tough time throughout the country with COVID-19, outdoor spacing and now smoke covering everything here; and Sondra Bernstein likes to think of ways to innovate.
So in time for a season change (if we have more than fire season) she has had another brainstorm: Open Noodlespring in the side door of the Girl & the Fig, which has been where you pick up ready-made sandwiches and those luscious Wicked slushies, which are glorified refreshing snow cones.
As weather cools, slushy demand wanes, and normally Bernstein would open her Wednesday Ramen Nights at Suite D. Under current circumstances though, people can’t sit close together at Suite D so Bernstein and Toulze will serve their ramen delights to go only out of that side door on West Spain Street.
Bottom line, slushies out, ramen and more in, as of sometime in October.
Among the many offerings will be a vegan coconut curry ramen, their fabulous riblets, poke, long green beans, and many more Noodlespring favorites. Ramen will be $16. Girl & the Fig food will be served to go out of the front door. Can hardly wait!
Kivelstadt rebirths dinner delivery service
Jordan Kivelstadt and his crew at their new wine bar and restaurant have again embarked on delivering dinner to your home, or you may pick up dinner yourself at the site of the former Schellville Grill.
Their “Kivelstadt to You” program is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday and free delivery is open to anyone in Sonoma, Agua Caliente and Boyes Hot Springs areas. Just order by 5 p.m. the day before you want to either pick up or receive your dinner.
This weekend’s menu includes some choices: For the main course choose between chicken Provençal with late summer squashes and red wine tomato sauce; cedar-planked Skuna Bay salmon with chimichurri sauce, or a harvest pumpkin and winter squash risotto with goat cheese, pistachio gremolata and pomegranate molasses.
Then you get to choose two side dishes among Gravenstein apple and shaved fennel salad with arugula and Manchego cheese; Sonoma Slaw of cabbage, kale, shaved carrot and radish with apple cider dressing; broccolini with blistered tomato, garlic and chili flakes, or the potato of the week, patatas bravas, which are twice-cooked Russet potatoes with herb aioli,and smoked paprika tomato sauce. The kids’ pasta of the week is tomato basil with mozzarella and cavatappi. $55 for two. Order at kivelstadtcellars.com and click on Delivery page.
Sonoma Promenade, al Fresco and Saul
While the Girl & the Fig, La Casa, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille and Sigh seem to be doing quite well serving in Sonoma Plaza, only Plaza Bistro has actually set up their restaurant on weekends on First Street East, and even they seem to have reduced theirs to a few parking places and it looks very presentable like a European café.
Saul Gropman, owner of Café LaHaye, voiced another idea to me. How about closing the first half block of East Napa Street weekend evenings with three restaurants and a few wine bars serving and hanging fun lights from building to building high off the street? Let us know what you think.
Twin Oaks hosts Dine and Donate
Dean Biersch’s Twin Oaks Roadhouse in Penngrove is giving 25 percent of all dine-in or takeout food sales this weekend to rebuild their neighbor’s Palace of Fruit. A car slammed into the green fruit and more market and caught the place on fire last Saturday.
Many Sonomans enjoy the ride to Penngove to find goodies and bargains not available here.
Twin Oaks is a cool historic ranchers’ bar and restaurant on Old Redwood Highway, slicked up somewhat by Biersch and friends. The menu resembles HopMonk Tavern’s both for weekend brunch or all day lunch/dinner. Sample fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, buffalo chicken wings, burgers, fish & chips, sliders, baby back ribs, salads, Ruebens, a chicken Philly sandwich, Nashville hot chicken sandwich, tacos, smoked salmon avocado toast, and candied bacon. I just wish they still had the former owner’s shrimp salad sandwich. Nothing over $20. 5745 Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove. 795-5118.