Go for the Goats!
Begin your foodie road trip in the town of Boonville, located at the junction of Hwys 128 and 253. First stop is at Pennyroyal Farm where the tasting room is open from 10AM to 5PM daily but the real fun is taking a tour and meeting the goats and sheep who produce the milk that makes Pennyroyal's amazing cheeses. Tours are at 10AM and 2PM: tour the creamery, milking parlor, the solar-powered barn to meet the animals, and learn the methods behind the handcrafted wines and cheeses. Conclude the experience with a cheese tasting for everyone, with juice for kids and wine for those 21 and up.
Boonville or Bust!
Whether you're a Brightlighter or a Fogeater, you'll be delighted to discover the delicious “chigrel” at eating places throughout this tiny town. Step into Table 128 at the Boonville Hotel where executive chef Johnny Schmitt dreams up mouthwatering prix fixe menus served Thursday through Monday (winter months). As the weather warms, watch for the weekly paella feast and pop-up suppers both held on the patio.
Across the street, a favorite with locals is Lauren's where dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday with a “pop-up” dinner on Sundays. Browse the artwork that lines the walls while waiting for your meal. If you happen in on a Thursday evening, be prepared to participate in Quiz Night, along the style of British pubs' quiz rounds.
Just opened is Lizbby's serving great authentic Mexican food in the style of the now-closed Libby's in Philo. The owners, Alejandro and Maricela, are thrilled to carry on the recipes that made Libby's such a legend. Take out or eat in…!
Relax over a cup of coffee at the Mosswood Market. Open every day of the week with indoor and outdoor seating, this café serves breakfast, panini, wraps, and salads, and their famous empanadas! While waiting for your food, slip into the Farmhouse Mercantile next door where you can pick up handy kitchen items, locally made clothing, and a wonderful assortment of items you didn't know you needed!
Sweet tooth? That can be satisfied at Paysanne, a brightly colored ice cream and other sweet treat store in the heart of Boonville. Sit outside with a cone or a cup and watch the world walk by!
New management at the Buckhorn Boonville has brought this pub back to life! Home to the only liquor bar in Anderson Valley, this is also a great stop for some hearty pub grub as well as new, lighter additions to the menu.
The Boonville General Store is open for breakfast and lunch, both of which are hearty courses served with style. Select from the main menu items or check the daily specials that range from soups to salads to pizza. If available, take home a loaf of Darius's home-baked bread!
Chef Cristina at Aquarelle is always thinking up something new. This year it's The Q & Aquarelle. You'll find the crew barbecuing up the goodies on the new Mermi-Q and a Taqo Tuesday menu along with all the favorites on the regular menu. Open Friday through Tuesday.
Make Boont Berry Farm your stop if you're looking for healthy eating options for either purchase or to make your own lunch from locally grown organic produce, home made bread and pastries, salads, hot entrees, cakes, and more!
Philo & Beyond!
Just stop! There, we said it… Stone & Embers at The Madrones is the perfect place to break your journey to or from the coast. Not only can you experience great wines at the three on-site tasting rooms, this is the opportunity to indulge in Chef Patrick's incredible pizza oven offerings that change with the seasons and with his whims. Browse the gardens and the curiosities at Sun & Cricket.
Way in the deep end of Anderson Valley is the Floodgate, now home to The Bewildered Pig. Chef Janelle Weaver looks for the finest local foods to turn into extraordinary dishes that pair so beautifully with the wines that grace the valley. Dine inside or under the covered patio next to the roaring wood fire.
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