December 2, 2020
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Craving comfort food during the Covid-19 crisis?

By: Natasha Dallin
October 9, 2020

I know what I am “supposed to eat” as do most of us, but often, under stress or in uncertain times, I want foods that stick to my ribs and satisfy me deeply. Pasta, or just about any kind of noodle, usually does the trick.

 In Sebastopol, we are lucky to have a multitude of choices for a great noodle fix. 

The new kid in town for classic Italian fare is Portico (110 N. Main St.; Tues., Wed., Thurs., 4-9pm, Fri. and Sat. 12-9 p.m. for take-out and sidewalk dining, Doordash serves).  Sauces such as Ragu Bolognese, Portofino tomato cream sauce, pestos made from arugula and ricotta, basil, or roasted red pepper top handmade pasta, fabricated from only organic semolina and eggs. The chef also offers gnocchi with sage butter, and lasagna, layered with thin sheets of pasta, ragu, and a creamy béchamel sauce, pure comfort in every cheesy, creamy bite!

 Another option for Italian style pasta is La Bodega’s Take and Bake curbside pick-up menu. (2295 Hwy 116 So., by appointment 7 days, (707) 827-1832) Organic pastas include: Lasagnas (both vegetarian and non); fettuccini with wild Alaskan smoked salmon, tomato and dill; choice of rigatoni, fettuccini, or fusilli with a wild mushroom cream sauce or La Bodega marinara, and specials which change regularly. There are gluten free pastas available and kids can order “secret” mac and cheese!

Switching to an Asian angle, Ramen Gaijin (6948 Sebastopol Ave. open for patio dining and take-out: 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Doordash serves) serves steaming bowls of delicious umami broth, laden with mushrooms, charred cabbage, six minute eggs, and of course, the star, the ramen noodles; made in-house, perfectly toothsome and filling, topped with tofu, fried chicken, or pork belly. For kids, they offer noodles with butter. and chicken or miso broth. 

Another Asian option, Jam’s Joy Bungalow, (150 Weeks Wy. in the square, Mon., Thurs.-Sat. 11:30-4, Sun. 10-3) “Nutty Noods” is the noodle option on this simple but fun menu; choice of buckwheat soba or glass noodles, cabbage, cukes, peanut sauce, mushrooms, herbs, crispy shallot, with choice of protein and/or six minute egg. Joy’s is a walk-up window, all outdoor dining or take-out with a few tables nearby. Specials change daily. 

 A bit off the beaten path but well worth the detour is the Westside Café (171 Pleasant Hill Ave. N. – near 7/11, Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 7a.m.-2 p.m., To-Go orders only) Rice noodle plates with sautéed vegetables and chicken or tofu are offered with a variety of sauces: Teriyaki, curry, lemon grass, sesame ginger, or shitake mushroom. Fresh spring rolls with noodles, vegetables, mint, and various proteins wrapped in rice paper are also offered here. 

What foods have you been craving during Shelter-In-Place?

I will be compiling options for soul satisfying spots in Sebastopol in the upcoming weeks. Watch this space.