Thursday, February 25, 2010


Eastside Road, February 25, 2010—
IT'S RESTAURANT WEEK here in Sonoma county, a promotional week when many of the local restaurants offer less expensive table d'hôte alternatives to their usual menus. We chose to go to Zin, one of the earlier upscale restaurants in Healdsburg. We've only been once or twice, and not for years: our recollection was that it was okay, but noisy. But the owners are neighbors; their eggs and greens are products of Eastside Road; and we thought well, why not, and went with a couple of friends.
Our amuse-bouche was half a devilled egg, nicely done. Lindsey and I both went on to the same choices among three alternatives for each of the next two courses: a nice green salad with honeyed pecans and a good vinaigrette; then spaghetti with meat balls, well spiced, big, with little toasts glazed with grilled Parmesan cheese. I had a scoop of nice French vanilla ice cream, even though it's not summer; Lindsey had a sweet potato pie she said was good — though she didn't touch her crème fraîche.
Viognier; Sangiovese. Counting on a website, I didn't record the details: wouldn't you know it, the website doesn't help. Local, in any case.
  • Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, 344 Center St., Healdsburg; tel. 707.473.0946
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