Whether observing Mother’s Day or Easter with scones and mimosas, or nursing your morning hangover with eggs Benedict and a Bloody Mary, brunch has become a celebrated meal for restaurant-goers.
Brunch is the perfect meal for Sunday mornings; you can start at your own pace and stretch the morning well into the afternoon, if you so choose. It’s not quite breakfast; it’s not quite lunch. But it’s the perfect way to start your Sunday.
Healdsburg, dotted with many wonderful restaurants, offers several Sunday morning options to fill your belly. Here are the top three you should check out next time you find yourself in wine country.
Bovolo – 106 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 431-2962
Bovolo is the “baby sister” to Duskie Estes & John Stewart’s Zazu. Tucked behind Copperfield’s Books on the plaza, their motto is, “slow food…fast.” You go for the Black Pig bacon, and leave with so much more. Their “backdoor breakfast” serves up sweet starters like zeppole with hot chocolate – think fried doughnut holes tossed in cinnamon sugar with a thick chocolate dipping sauce. Moving into the main courses, it’s all about comfort, with eggs and bacon galore: The Black Pig bacon, egg, and Bellwether Farms Carmody cheese sandwich; the breakfast pizza with sausage, bacon, or onion with an egg on top; and the breakfast panzanella with winter lettuces, bacon, and an egg on top are all sure to please. Even the whole wheat and walnut pancakes have a touch of pig, finished with maple butter and bacon.
Bistro Ralph – 109 Plaza Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-1380
Almost directly on the other side of the plaza sits Bistro Ralph, a warm and intimate eatery that has been long established in Healdsburg. Their menu is simple. Choose from two poached eggs on top of red flannel hash with roasted beets, corned beef and potatoes; or classic eggs Benedict, with fresh sourdough English muffins and Fra’Mani ham; or smoked salmon with fresh sourdough English muffins and Béarnaise sauce; or creamy goat cheese polenta with piquillo peppers, Swiss chard and pine nuts; all for $15. Or choose from other signature dishes such as their lamb burger with grilled onions and shoestring fries; chicken paillard with lemon, capers, brown butter and shoestring fries; or chicken livers with caramelized onion, balsamic vinegar, pancetta & fried polenta. Don’t miss Petroni’s Bloody Mary, shaken and strained tableside.
Barndiva – 231 Center Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 431-0100
Barndiva’s menus features farm-fresh ingredients from local purveyors such as: Quivira estate gardens, John T. Kearns, Mix Farm, and Early Bird Farms. This is the place to go when you want really good, fresh food, made by the talented Ryan Fancher, who has elevated Barndiva’s dining over the last 2-1/2 years. Be prepared to spend a little bit more money for brunch here, but it will be well worth it as the menu is constantly changing with the seasons, featuring items such as: Dungeness crab omelet with free range hen eggs, pecorino, roasted potatoes, and caviar; or quiche with roasted hen of the woods mushrooms, goat cheese, and an heirloom beet salad. Other standards include, a Kobe burger on a brioche bun, with aged cheddar, marmalade, aioli, and all the regular burger fixings; and their hearts of romaine salad with bacon, avocado, blue cheese, apple, and creamy Cabernet vinaigrette. Don’t miss their BD frites with spicy ketchup.
Barndiva will be serving an expanded brunch menu this Easter with special additions.