Kathleen Hill: Trader Joe’s, outdoor dining and more
More outdoor dining in Sonoma
We missed some of our favorite outdoor dining spots listed in my column last week. I should say “I,” not “we.”
The morning I wrote the list for last Friday’s column started off with my rolodex falling upside down on the floor. Yes, the invaluable kind with hundreds of little paper cards in it. Horrors.
So please forgive me and enjoy these other spots many locals love, including me.
Some of you will see below the benefits of being left out of original lists.
Murphy’s Irish Pub: First to email was Dermot Coll of Murphy’s Irish Pub, down the alleyway in the Place des Pyrenées. Jerry and I were weekly customers of Rose and Larry Murphy from the start when they were helped by their best friends, Kathy and Al Mazza.
Enjoy Guinness battered fish & chips, leg of lamb, shepherd’s pie, mussels and tri tip steak are favorite entrées. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. includes $5 Brussels sprouts, three pieces chili popcorn chicken, and $3 fries. 935-0660.
Depot Hotel: Always gentile Gia Ghilarducci has one of the most beautiful dining venues in Sonoma Valley overlooking a sparkling swimming pool (don’t even think of it) with cooling sunset views and an always tempting Italian menu. She says even with required 6-foot spacing the Depot Hotel can still seat 100 guests outdoors for lunch or dinner. The Ghilarduccis have provided continuous service for 35 years. Celebrate with them Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at 241 First St. W., Sonoma. 938-2980.
The Red Grape: Megan Moll reminded me of one of my regular stops, her family’s Red Grape, home of healthy big salads, sandwiches and burgers, and seemingly guilt-free thin crust pizzas. The lovely patio is surrounded by tall walls covered with vines and trees, lots of umbrellas and shade, and polite and efficient service. Plus curbside pickup.
The Red Grape made and provided thousands of pizzas to both first responders and displaced residents during our 2017 fires. Owners Carol and Sam Morphy will be honored as the Sonoma Community Center’s Aug. 8th virtual annual fundraiser, “Amuse-athon,” for all they do for the Sonoma community. Red Grape has also won an Index-Tribune’s “People’s Choice Award” five years in a row, so far. Open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for patio and pickup. 529 First St. W., Sonoma. 996-4103.
Oso: David Bush, former chef from St. Francis Winery, now has his dream spot on Sonoma Plaza. Ever since, his deviled eggs with Dungeness crab sprinkles on top have been on the menu every day. The rest of the menu changes according to Bush’s whim or what is available fresh and local. That might include fresh oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, hummus or cheese plates, patatas bravas, pork shoulder tacos and a burger. Mostly small plates to share. Interesting cocktails too. Sheltered small patio in back. 9 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 931-6926.
Yeti: Enjoy Indian and Nepalese food on the deck and patio peacefully overlooking Sonoma Creek. All of your favorites are here: Naan, tikka masala, curries, saag paneer, tandoori sizzlers, biryani basmati rice with saffron, salads, prawn pakoras, samosas, and lots of vegetarian and gluten- free dishes. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. 996-9930.
And more outdoor dining
Palms Grill added some tables and umbrellas in their entrance walkway.
EDK has one table on First Street West as well as its patio open.
Picazo Kitchen & Bar in Maxwell Village got its permit to construct a patio and the work has begun. Kina and Sal Chavez hope to open the patio Aug. 1 and will be able to seat 40 people outside.
Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts is now open Thursday through Saturday nights with hot made-before-your-eyes donuts, including some gluten-free, hot and iced coffee drinks, frozen lemonade frappe, and 18 craft root beers. 5:30 to 9 p.m. 19030 Railroad Ave., Sonoma. 246-5928.
Here are some places offering free food to the community:
Brown Baggers and Sonoma Overnight Support are now serving breakfast and lunch at Springs Community Hall on Monday through Friday.
St. Leo’s Catholic Church: Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes free food to about 200 families on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. at their drive-through pick-up in the parking lot. St. Vincent de Paul Society gives out basics such as butter, eggs and bread at St. Leo’s Wednesdays through Fridays.
Redwood Empire Food Bank also distributes “Groceries to go” at Hanna Boys Center on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vintage House offers an extensive schedule of food for seniors including Council on Aging 5-packs of meals to reheat on Mondays; Redwood Empire Food Bank distributes Senior Food Baskets on Tuesdays, a single-portion meal cooked by local volunteers Mara Roche (Aunt Momo), Bruce Yelner and Scott Alexander on Wednesdays; and Soup to Go, the current form of their very popular soup gatherings on Fridays. Vintage House volunteers will also shop for people and deliver all of these meals. To sign up call 996-0311.