Tour “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” Restaurants

If you are as much a fan of Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” as we are, you would go out of your way to sample some of the cuisine that is featured on that show. The good news is you won’t have to go far in Sonoma County, as nine restaurants have been featured here!
Head out toward the beautiful Russian River Resort Area to Russian River Pub, the location for the pilot episode! It is a beautiful drive on River Road, and, thanks to their new expansive beer garden, dog run and children’s play area, you can bring Fido and the kids if you want. Grab a bucket of hot wings, slip into some comfort food like pub burgers and sandwiches, or take advantage of their unique daily specials. 11829 River Road, Forestville. 707-887-7932. www.russianriverpub.com
Cafe Citti, in Sonoma Valley’s town of Kenwood, is “a family restaurant cooking up home made, Tuscan-style Italian”. They are located at 9049 Sonoma Highway. 707-833-2690. www.cafecitti.com
Also in Sonoma Valley, you will find Schellville Grill at 22900 Broadway, close to Highway 12. The episode is entitled “Grilled, Smoked And Sauced”, and features Hot Matty’s Smoked Tri-Tip Sandy. 707-996-5151.
www.schellvillegrill.com
The Sunflower Caffe, which is also in the town of Sonoma, features lamb burger with an African twist and scratch made borscht. They are located in an historic building at 421 1st St. West.
707-996-6645. www.sonomasunflower.com
In Santa Rosa, Hank’s Creekside Restaurant was an early feature on DD&D. Choose them for breakfast and sample thier array of Benedicts, corn beef hash, whole wheat pancakes and cinnamon walnut french toast. Owners Hank and Linda have operated the restaurant for 19 years, with help from their 3 boys and 3 girls. 2800 4th St. 707-575-8839
Featured in the “Global Grub” segment, La Texanita serves up authentic Mexican cooking from home made tacos to sopas. This is one of Guy’s favorite places to take his family, so you know it’s good! You will find them at 1667 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa. 707-527-7331. www.latexanita.com
Just up Highway 101 in Geyserville, Catelli’s is a a “third-generation Italian restaurant serving up the family meatball recipe in a slider”. They are right on the main drag in wine-rich Geyserville, at 21047 Geyserville Ave. They can get busy so call ahead at 707-857-3471. www.mycatellis.com
A bit further into Alexander Valley from Geyserville (about 6 miles from Healdsburg), you will find Jimtown Store, standing alone in the midst of vineyard after vineyard. From the “Porktastic” episode, the show featured their signature Jimtown Sopa and a pulled pork sandwich on a handmade roll. This place is a locals favorite. 6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg.
(707) 433-1212. http://jimtown.com/
Back in Guy’s hometown of Santa Rosa, Willie Bird’s Cafe, features turkey in every dish. Guy featured Turkey Scallopini, so you might want to try that. 1150 Santa Rosa Ave. 707-542-0861.
www.williebirdsrestaurant.com
From the episode “Funky Finds”, W.O.W. – Worth Our Weight in Santa Rosa is a Culinary Apprentice program. The apprentices (young people from 16-24 who have faced major challenges in their lives ) prepare the meals with the help of their volunteer Chef, Lou Chambrone. WOW’s program invites these young people into the greater world of food—sustainable farming, professional cooking, and access to high-quality food, tuition-free! You won’t be disppointed in the results! Check their website for upcoming events, look for them at the Farmer’s Markets and support their cause by donating on their website. 1021 Hahman Dr., Santa Rosa. 707 544 1200
To see these episodes and more go to foodnetwork.com.