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A Pandemic predicament: Where to go and what to eat?

By: Natasha Dallin
November 27, 2020

What’s open for outdoor dining? Where to eat inside safely? What is operating for take-out only? 

You have had so many (too many?) months of trying and succeeding at making new and delicious recipes at home. But at times, I’m sure you long for the flavors and ease of having a take-out meal, or even better, a meal at a restaurant like we “used to do” without even thinking twice about it. 

 Sebastopol offers outdoor dining at a safe distance at several wonderful patio venues such as Fork, (9890 Bodega Hwy.) open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, serving breakfast and lunch in person and “to go.” Menu items such as: Avocado toast, kale and mushroom scramble and local trumpet and shitake mushroom melt appeal to both vegetarians and omnivores alike, with ‘Merican breakfast, grilled steak and eggs and pork belly and fried egg taco for carnivores.  

Similarly, Gypsy Café (162 N. Main St.) has patio and curbside dining as well as take-out options offered Wed- Sunday 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Classic breakfast dishes such as: biscuits and gravy, and huevos rancheros meet unusual finds like fried chicken and waffles with sriracha cream and maple butter on the “all day menu” with take-out only Friday dinners 4-5:30 p.m. featuring signature dishes such as pot roast and baby back ribs as well as vegetable rice bowls.

 Gravenstein Grill, (8050 Bodega Ave., 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Wed.- Sunday) boasts West County’s largest outdoor patio dining, as well as Tuesday night Fried chicken take-out night. The menu includes classics like Caesar salad as well as burgers, fish and meat selections and vegetarian entrees like chanterelle mushroom risotto.

In the mood for Indian food? 

Luckily, Sebastopol has several wonderful options. For take-out only, Namaste Kitchen (7225 Healdsburg Ave. open 11:30 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.) offers Nepalese and Tibetan food with gluten free and vegan options. Kathmandu (6761 Sebastopol Ave., open 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m.) offering Nepalese food, both vegetarian and meat options and Himalayan Tandoori and Curry House (969 Gravenstein Hwy S., open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.) offering cuisine from the Himalayan areas of India and Nepal, have a few outdoor tables in addition to take-out service. 

 Want Japanese fare? 

Sushi Tozai (7531 Healdsburg Ave., open 4:30- 8:30 p.m. every day but Monday) offering fresh handmade sushi and complete dinners and Sushi Hana (6930 Burnett St., open 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 and 4:30-8 p.m.) featuring sashimi and sushi as well as tempura, teriyaki and other dinner menu items, both offer take-out only options. Sushi Kosho (6750 McKinley Ave. in the Barlow, open 12-8 p.m. Wed.- Sun.) serving signature dishes such as blackened edamame and chirashi, sashimi served over sushi rice, has tables outside spaced appropriately as well as take-out options. For heated patio seating and take-out, Ramen Gaijin (6948 Sebastopol Ave., open 4-9 p.m. Wed.- Sun.) offers house-made noodles and a simple but lovely menu.

 One of the newest kids on the block is Flavor Bistro, (7365 Healdsburg Ave., open 4-10 p.m. Tues.-Sun.) offering outdoor dining (with heaters) or take-out options. The extensive menu features handmade, in-house “everything”: pasta, potpies, salads, sandwiches and a great kids’ menu!

Worth mentioning: the small strip mall with Acre Coffee (962 Grav. Hwy. S; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.), Hole in the Wall (972 Grav. Hwy. S; 8 a.m.-7 p.m.), Viet House (966 Grav. Hwy. S.; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.- Sat.), and Food Mechanic (980 Grav. Hwy. S.; 11 a..m-3p.m. Mon.- Fri., take-out only) offers outdoor eating at tables in the center area as well as take-out from all restaurants located there.

Also, important to note, Handline (935 Grav. Hwy. S.) and Hopmonk (230 Petaluma Ave.) offer varied menus in larger outdoor safe-distancing settings.

The Barlow (6770 McKinley St.) hosts a variety of shops and restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating or take-out offerings with tables or places to sit nearby. 

Happy Eating!!!