Kathleen Hill: Palms Grill history, Taco Bell blues and takeout options expand
Separate and unequal?
Why are Taub Family Outpost, Valley, and Glen Ellen Village Market allowed to sell “takeout food” and let customers sit at their sidewalk tables and chairs to eat it when no one else is allowed to?
Yes, Taco Bell is closed…
For remodeling. And slightly soaked remodeling, leaving thousands of fast-food fans hungry.
The renovations do not appear at this point to be enlarging the fast food place’s footprint. Maybe improve the food or is it a sacrilege to suggest that?
Taco Bell fans, try our local food trucks and restaurants. The food is fresh, authentic and inexpensive.
Meanwhile, Jack in the Box always seems to have a steady stream of customers.
Two more restaurants add to takeout list
The Mill at Glen Ellen: Sanjeev Kumar of the Mill at Glen Ellen, which has achieved quick popularity and for good reasons, has not closed for a spiff-up and continues to offer takeout and curbside pickup food from Tuesday through Sunday.
Their takeout menu resembles their original, no surprise, with some added Saturday specials and many vegetarian specialties. For instance, last weekend featured curried chickpeas with black sticky rice with sautéed arugula and frisée with toasted cashews, as well as vegan soups. Try the crispy plain, garlic or truffle fries, pizzas, a veggie stir fry with brown rice, vegan Taiwan style noodles with bok choy, shredded cabbage, carrots, broccolini, crispy, tofu, fried garlic, and shallots, as well as a surf & turf of New York steak with prawns, garlic mashed potatoes and veggies with a cabernet demi-glace.
Lots of appetizers, salads, pizzas and flat breads, sandwiches and burgers including a Wagyu steak burger with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and caramelized onion or a mushroom-stuffed Impossible Burger with fries, house slaw and pickled vegetables ($7 to $45). Plus Dana’s divine desserts ($9.50). And for $10 extra you can add a soup or salad and a dessert to your entrée. Takeout and curbside pickup 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. 721-1818.
Sonoma Grille & Bar: Nima Sherpa proudly says Sonoma Grille serves takeout throughout this perilous pandemic, offering its full menu. Take home salads, Niman Ranch burgers, chicken wings, Himalayan momo dumplings, shrimp cocktails and steamed mussels or clams ($10 to $18).
Entrées include pastas, wild mushroom risotto, seafood linguini, bouillabaisse, salmon, roast chicken with fries and vegetables with orange sauce, and filet mignon with blue cheese butter and vegetables ($16 to $38). Plus chocolate torte or crème brûlée ($9).
Sonoma Grille also offers cocktails to go, discounts on some wine purchases, and house-brewed beer. 3 to 7:30 Thursday through Monday. 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 938-0764.
Epicurean Connection reopens
Breaks become rest and creative times for many of us. True, too, for Sheana Davis at the Epicurean Connection.
Davis’s first menu of 2021 offers Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas made with Rancho Gordo “peas,” Dungeness crab fried rice with green garlic and lemon, lemon Alfredo, roasted organic chicken salad with arugula aioli, roasted organic butternut squash soup, and arugula pesto cheese tortellini. ($20 per quart, Dungeness crab fried rice $30 for two (sounds fabulous).
TNK Mixology’s saffron honey vanilla with pomegranate cocktail blend was created for the Epicurean Connection, according to Davis. ($20 per pint.)
Locals can still sign up for Davis’s Sunday (4:30 to 6 p.m.) virtual class on making ricotta cheese if you can pick up your supplies at her shop/warehouse. ($125) To sign up and get materials email email@example.com.
They deliver food orders around Sonoma Valley Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. The shop is open Friday and Saturday for retail and curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 19670 Eighth St. E., Sonoma. 235-9530.
Café LaHaye is back
After a holiday break, Saul Gropman of Café LaHaye has restarted his takeout order dining Tuesdays through Saturdays.
This week’s menu includes starters of lentil minestrone soup, Little Gem and radicchio salad with one of George Storck’s eggs, a salad of marinated beets and blue cheese, arugula and red onion, Caggiano sausage, or Dayboat scallops ($11 to $17).
Main courses feature his famous grilled pork chop, grilled shrimp or vegetarian risotto, marinated grilled filet mignon, Ora king salmon, or Wolfe Ranch quail ($26 to $42). Dessert offers Yuzu citrus cheesecake, chocolate silk cake with pecan fleur de sel crust, or butterscotch pudding ($8 to $9). 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Pickup starts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order or get on Café LaHaye email list, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 935-5994.