I really had not planned out our trip to Sonoma. The lovely @laurendorphin had been the year before and gave me a great detailed and helpful list of wineries to check out, as well as places to eat. So when we got to our hotel in Guerneville, we decided to walk the main drag and just pick a spot. I think we picked a winner!
Boon Eat + Drink is about supporting local farms and business restaurant, meaning that all the food (and wine!) comes from within Sonoma. They also have a small hotel and spa in the area too. The restaurant itself is tiny, maybe 6 tables, but there was a heated picnic table outside the door. There was as much on the drinks menu as there was on the dinner!
What we ate:
I started with the cold roasted cauliflower and faro, then the boon burger. I chose the Acorn Syrah to drink.
Syrah – palate smacking, robust, a lot of tannins, well structured.Plum, Cracked pepper, black currents, blackberry/Cassis
Salad – a little salty but the flavored worked nicely together. Just the right amount of vinaigrette and the portion size was just right, not too small and not very large. Portions I am used to, not the oversized US ones I kept getting.
Burger – the butter of the brioche bun added to the medium fineness of the meat grind. Liked the pickled onions but not so big on the arugula as I am not a fan of lettuce on burgers. A tomato would have been nice but not keeping with local/in season I imagine.
Fries – can totally taste the truffle oil and they were almost under salted which worked. The ketchup had a nice sweetness to it. The aioli was mayo-y in a little overpowering way.
@WineGuyTo had the fried chicken special. He says the mashed sweet potatoes were buttery and the chicken was fried nicely and not overly breaded. Crisp and matched well with the lemon tarragon buttermilk sauce. Sorry, forgot to get a picture.
For dessert we shared the chocolate fudge brownie with sea salt and balsamic reduction from the nightly specials menu. Again a little too much salt. The balsamic provided the sweet as the brownie was very gooey.
Would I go here again? Definitely!
16248 main street
guerneville, ca 95446