Not to be outdone by the world-famous restaurant scenes of the Sonoma and Napa valleys, Healdsburg is now a locavore's dream. Rustic, farm-to-table dishes made with ingredients from nearby small farms and ranches are found in so many restaurants and cafes around the historic downtown plaza, which is just over an hour's drive from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Menu items range from crispy-crusted pizzas hot out of wood-fired ovens to luscious stone-fruit concoctions, wine-infused sauces for free-range lamb and beef, and fresh-caught, Sonoma Coast seafood.
Here's the lowdown on "Locavores Love the New, Rustic Food Scene in Healdsburg" as featured on the new VisitBayArea.com portal. Even a famous movie director holds forth with his own updated, authentic version of Italian fare.
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and the newly released 8th edition of Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.