Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg
During your visit to beautiful Healdsburg in the heart of North Sonoma County don’t miss Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen for lunch or dinner. If you’re enjoying a wine country escapade and staying at the luxury boutique property Hotel Healdsburg right next door you may be lucky enough to indulge at Dry Creek Kitchen a couple times during your stay.
Charlie Palmer is known for his Progressive American Cuisine and creative flair you may have experienced if you’ve dined at some of his most well known restaurants such as Aureole in New York City and Las Vegas. This theme continues with Dry Creek Kitchen where Charlie Palmer creates some unique dishes using the freshest ingredients straight from the local farms in Sonoma County. The result is a beautiful menu for both lunch and dinner.
The restaurant itself has indoor and outdoor dining available. If you sit outdoors you enjoy the activity on Healdsburg square and the glorious weather, which is pretty much the norm in the area during the summer months. Inside you’re surrounded by wine country luxury décor that spills over from Hotel Healdsburg. Even the plates have a wine country theme. My plate was “Chardonnay.” I love little touches like that in restaurants.
Moving on to the main event, the food! For the first course indulge in creative dishes such as Furikake Crusted Hawaiian Ahi Tataki or Scallop En Croute. For your main course spoil yourself with the 48-hour Braised Beef Short Rib or Pan Roasted Petaluma Chicken fresh from the local town of Petaluma. I enjoyed a beef dish that was delicious. Keeping with the season and to ensure the freshest ingredients are used at the prime time of the year the menu is constantly changing. A great reason to make a visit in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter! In addition to the extensive lunch and dinner menu Dry Creek Kitchen has a cheese menu and dessert wines. I got a kick out of the creative names for their cheese plates like Humboldt Fog and Bermuda Triangle. Top it all off with a delectable dessert menu which includes a Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar that actually has peanut butter mousse! Did someone say dreamy? Enhance the taste of all of the above by choosing a wine from an extensive selection of more than 600 Sonoma region labels. We splurged for the 2010 Arista Harper’s Rest Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley after a lengthy chat with the sommelier that was more than happy to help.
Whether you’re visiting Healdsburg for the day or making a weekend of it make sure to visit Dry Creek Kitchen. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss Charlie Palmer’s beautiful creations. Even if you’re not in the mood for a big meal pop in for one of the decadent cheese plates paired with a delicious local wine. Is there really anything better than heavenly cheese and wine?
317 Healdsburg Avenue
(707) 431 0330