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If you ever come on back through SF, and have a day or two, look us up. We'll be happy to show you some of the wine country while you're here.

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I have to give an honorable mention to Honey Biscuits in the Grapevine shopping center in Cotati (7981 Old Redwood Hwy #D, Cotati, 707.795.9000), even though they are slated to close up shop in the next two weeks (boo!).

This was my first exposure to real southern food, and it was goooooooooooood!! Not only that, but even after I failed to finish my sampler plate consisting of fried chicken, potato salad, smoked sausage, corn, tomatoes, rice and a biscuit, served with sweet tea, we were still sent home with a big bag of organic kiwifruit and 4 extra biscuits at no charge!

I wish I had known about this place sooner... if any of you have a chance to swing by before they close, do yourself a favor and give them a try!

Also check out this review: http://biteclub.pressdemocrat.com/de...sp?item=575004

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Chas Langley isn't one for formalities. Standing in the barebones kitchen of Honey Biscuits, he hollers, "Now, make sure you get the Styrofoam plate in that picture. That's kind of my trademark."

"Uh, why?" I snap back with crumbs of sweet pastry (what he calls Fat Rascalz) flying from my mouth as I focus the camera on a plate of fried chicken and rice (trying not get the Styrofoam). "It's not exactly environmentally friendly."

"No it's not, but it makes the food taste better," he says with a sidelong grin. It's a look that straddles between totally serious and absolutely messing with me. In this situation, I do what comes naturally. Laugh hysterically and try not to choke on my sweet tea.

Better not to argue with Chas. Just sit and eat whatever he feels like serving you. And feel pretty lucky for the opportunity.

Though it's been around for more than two years, Honey Biscuits has remained well under the radar for some unknown reason. Serving up serious southern soul food--fried chicken, okra, red beans & rice, sweet potato pie, beignets, jambalaya, creamy potato salad, their trademark biscuits, sweet, fruit-studded Rascalz pastries and, well, whatever Chas feels like cooking that day--Honey Biscuits is little more than a tiny storefront in Cotati's Grapevine shopping center.

There's one communal table, plastic utensils, and a CD player you have to control your dang self. And that's about it, aside from Chas (and sometimes his mom) serving up plates of food from breakfast through dinner.

But lest you think this is some gnarly Crisco-fest, Chas is quick to point out that he is, after all, from Marin. Southern Marin, to be exact, and all the produce gets delivered fresh from Laguna Farms and keeps the grease to a minimum. The Rascalz, in fact, are only 2 points on Weight Watchers. It's his California contribution.

Nice to know. But this ain't the time to be calorie-counting.

Best bets: Let Chas make you up a plate. It's more food than you'll ever eat and includes one of their lush honey biscuits for just $8. Beignets are made fresh on Saturdays and Sundays. All food is cooked to order, so don't be in a fired-up hurry, now. Oh, and since you asked, he gets most of his recipes from his mom, who is also from Marin. But they've got family in Louisiana. Close enough.

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Gigi's in Oceanside is a new Italian restaurant run by a family from Italy...best food ever!
OK, if we are getting that far south might as well go a little further. How about

Jorge's Mexican on El Camino Real in Encinitas (just in a strip mall but the best Mexican chicken tortilla soup around. If you like it spicy try the Texacoco Soup )

K Sandwiches on Linda Vista (don't know what town that is) - French Vietnamese BBQ/Bakery/who knows. very cheap very good.

A bit more spendy but try the new Stone Brewery on Citracado in Escondido. Very good beer but if you want dinner make your reservation days in advance. Incredible environment in the middle of a business park. Probably the nicest brewery you ever visited.

That's it for now. Have to sample my way up the west coast with this list
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Some of my favs...

Vietnamese: Green Leaf in International District

Green Leaf rocks! I have been there twice now...the food is so fresh and really tasty. Highly recommed for Seattle people (or visitors).

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Let's try another place in S.F.

www.goathillpizza.com

We went to the one on 18th and Connecticut, and it ROCKED!!!

Monday night is sit down with your drink, and the waiters/waitresses come by with pies, and offer you a slice. All you can stuff down your pie (pizza) hole.

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^^ mmmm, good stuff! Thanks to Jeremiah (Ratboy) for the tip.

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Green Leaf rocks! I have been there twice now...the food is so fresh and really tasty. Highly recommed for Seattle people (or visitors).
Then you may want to try this Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant on the same street just a few blocks south.

http://www.mikbistro.com/home.html

I swear I go there for the good food.
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sea-scooby and I have hit up this Chinese restaurant in Downtown Seattle for lunch a few times. I got to give props to sea-scooby for trying out the dim sum chicken feet!

www.oasian.net

O'asian is also my regular Happy Hour hotspot. Happy Hour is 4:30 to closing daily with free parking in underground garage. I highly recommend the salt & pepper calamari, bacon wrapped scallops, wasabi infused prawns and salty chicken wings.
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Here are some of the places I like. :)

Portland:
Changs Mongolian Grill
Ikenohana
Curry in a Hurry (Thai)
Sushi & Teriyaki (16937 65th Ave, Lake Oswego, OR)
Lavang (Vietnamese)
New Delhi Restaurant (9111 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR)
Ernesto's
Charthouse
El Gaucho
Huber's Cafe
Flying Pie Pizza

West Bay Area:
El Azteca Taqueria (5298 3rd St, San Francisco, CA)
Wasa Wasa Sushi
Cafe Prague (584 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA)
Millbrae Pancake House
The Ramp (855 Terry Francois St, San Francisco, CA)

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New Faves, Old Faves, and Lamentation

Wow, what a great thread.

For Mexican, we like Mi Pueblo at 800 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma ($$).

For Chinese, we like Hunan Village at 295 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma ($$).

For Indian, we have only one choice (unfortunately) but it is a decent one (fortunately) if a little expensive for its calibre (unfortunately). Star of India at 295 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, next door to Hunan Village in fact ($$$).

For eclectic, try Cafe Zazzle at 121 Kentucky Street. They serve reasonably priced, high quality, fusion dishes. Think asian-Mexican-southern US-etc., over the top fusion ($$).

For more shi-shi a couple of high end Italian restaurants come to mind: Cafe Giostra at 1390 N. McDowell Blvd. #L ($$$) and Cucina Paradiso, who even have a website http://www.cucinaparadisopetaluma.com/ ($$$$).

If Italian isn't your thing, but you still want shi-shi, Deschmire's (which recently changed hands) remains a reliable standby. Deschmire's is a continental-French-ish place located at 304 Bodega Ave., Petaluma ($$$$).

If you prefer more modern California cuisine, try Central Market at 42 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma (http://www.centralmarketpetaluma.com/; $$$$).

Now the lamentation - Petaluma has no truly good pizza restaurants! I'm not a deep dish kinda guy, so Old Chicago Pizza need not apply. Mary's Pizza Shack is limp, damp and oily. Likewise New Yorker tends to be limp and a little soggy. Giacomo's makes an "okay" pie, but it doesn't have much competition. In fact, Round Table stacks up pretty well compared to most of Petaluma's mom & pop pizza joints. If you know of any in or near Petaluma, please, please, please...share!
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Mombo's anyone?

Sebastopol has one, as does Santa Rosa.

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For Mexican, we like Mi Pueblo at 800 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma ($$).
+1 for Mi Pueblo! We usually frequent their Novato loaction because it's practically right across te street from LIC Motorsports. Some of the best Mexican fare around, for sure!

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We travelled 5,500 miles? in 14 days from SF > VC (BC) > Jasper NP > Spokeane > John Day > Las Vegas > LA

I know I'm being anal for pointing out a misspelling of a little city almost no one's heard of on the Forum, but it's a pride thing for us Eastern Washington peoples.

The spelling is actually Spokane, and it's pronounced spo'can.

Unfortunetally I'm not familiar with the eateries up there, but there is a Dicks burgers right off the freeway at the division exit.

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