Casual Dessert + Coffee at Park Chow – SF, CA

After circling the restaurants in Healdsburg, CA and finding zero good coffee + dessert options, and then getting a recommendation on a dessert spot back in SF, we spent a long (almost 2 hour) car ride back to San Francisco, CA in search of sweets.

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We ended up at one of my friend’s roomie’s fave spots in town – Park Chow . I loved the ambiance in Park Chow. The place seemed very local-centric, one-of-a-kind, and super chill. Park Chow would turn out to be the perfect spot for us – somewhere where we could relax and enjoy some dessert and coffee without feeling like the restaurant and/or waitress was rushing us out the door to turn a table.

I was also intrigued with the menu there, which I perused while my friend ran to the restroom, even though I knew we wouldn’t be having a second dinner. All over the menu were the buzzwords I’ve been looking for when I grocery shop: organic, local, + sustainable. I was so impressed! I want to eat a whole meal there next time so I can check out their regular eats.

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My friend wanted to order a latte but didn’t see one on the menu. I suggested she just ask if they could make one and they said they could! Not only that, they could make what she really wanted – a soy latte. I’ve tried soy lattes before. I figured since I liked chocolate soy milk, I’d like a soy latte, too, but I wasn’t that impressed with them the first time I tried them. Fast forward to our SF dessert-meal and I figured I’d go with the flow and try a soy latte again.

I guess the 2nd time was the charm for me because it was love at first sip! That soy latte was one of the best lattes I’ve ever had…ever! I seriously savored every, single sip. Just look at that froth! I can’t believe they can get froth like that from soy sometimes.

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As for dessert, the weather had been overcast and rainy all day, so I wanted something cozy and warm besides the soy latte. I thought about getting the cobbler, but my friend was ordering that, so I went with the Ginger Cake with Pumpkin Ice Cream. Turns out the Ginger Cake is served warm, too! Sweet!

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My friend ordered the cobbler – huckleberry and (I think) apple a la mode! We shared a few bites of dessert with each other, following our sharing theme from dinner. I don’t think I’d ever had huckleberries before, but they were quite good!

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The restaurant was busy and a bit loud, but also relaxing and casual. Our waitress gave us space but also gave us enough attention, which I definitely appreciated. My friend and I happily eased into our lattes and desserts and enjoyed some good conversation to round out an overall amazing day in California.

PS I am now officially addicted to soy lattes…especially vanilla soy lattes…mmm…so good! I am going to have to make sure I keep my Starbucks Mondays in check…seriously!

Ravenous Dinner – Healdsburg, CA

After wrapping up our *sniff* last wine tasting of the day at Rosenblum Cellars , we were seriously ready to get our eat on and headed back to Ravenous (Trentadue’s dinner recommendation) to see if they were open yet! It was Saturday night, sure to be a busy night for the restaurant, so we were lucky we got there early at around 5:15pm.

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The restaurant was located in what looked to be a renovated house. I loved the interior – it was so cottage-y-cozy! I love these local-type restaurants – they are so fun to visit!

The place was empty when we got there, which was good because we beat the crowd. Ravenous had quite a few reservations booked up and I watched them have to turn away a couple groups. If you want to hit up this spot, I suggest reservations ahead of time or get there early! The bar area filled out since most of the tables seemed to be saved for reservations.

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We grabbed a table with a half booth along the wall where my friend and I could both fit on the cushy booth-side and were promptly greeted by our waiter…

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…and 2 copies of a hand-written menu, presumably by the chef. The selections all sounded so good, so my foodie friend and I happily split a few courses so we could try out more flavors.

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The table had pitchers of water with lemon and (I think) cucumber slices.

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The table also had a lovely loaf of bread – I think it was wheat sourdough.

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We started with a mixed green salad – can you believe this is “half”?! The salad was really good – the dressing was so light that I hardly noticed there was any on the salad at all.

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We also got an appetizer of crab cakes to share. These came with another little salad. My friend absolutely loved the crab cakes, but I couldn’t help but think the ones from Eclipse were better. Comparatively, these tasted almost a bit more “fishy“. Don’t get me wrong, they were delicious, as confirmed by my friend’s look of pure crab-cake-enjoyment I noticed as she munched on hers…I just thought the other ones were better.

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Now, the entree was another story. We got the bravette steak – from the menu: “Creekstone grilled spice-rubbed bravette steak lime chipotle sauce peppers + onions…roasted potatoes.” The steak was a little cool (heat-wise) when it came out, but the flavor more than made up for it. The spice rub was subtle but delicious and paired well with the cilantro lime sauce that lightly flavored the meat. The roasted potatoes were nice, hot, and tender, but not too soft. The carrot and asparagus were good, too, as was the roasted red onion quarter. The steak was by far the star of this meal!

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After our main meal was over, we received another hand-written menu for desserts. We looked it over but remembered another recommendation by Trentadue to try Hotel Healdsburg for dessert, so we got ready for some sweets (even though we were pretty stuffed!).

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Before leaving Ravenous, I snapped a couple shots of the fireplace that added extra coziness to the atmosphere.

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As we left, the restaurant was just picking up steam. The place was really filling up and must be popular with the locals.

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We headed over the Hotel Healdsburg . The greenery above the sign were too cool, so I snapped a couple photos.

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Look at those colors!

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Pretty little flowers.

Once past the sign, we walked to the back door, only to learn *gasp* the entire hotel and the restaurant were closed for a private event! Bummer! We checked the other restaurants in Healdsburg to find a nice spot for coffee and dessert, but again, it was Saturday night and they were all swamped. My friend called her sweet-tooth-roomie and got a recc for a spot back in San Fran, so we hit the road in search of the perfect dessert-meal to end our most amazing day of wine-tasting, good food, and great friends.

More on dessert next time!

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