When director Alfred Hitchcock cast about to find a city in which to set his 1943 noir thriller Shadow of a Doubt, he looked across the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Rosa. It can be argued that Santa Rosa continues to model small town perfection with just a touch of disquietude, but until recently, that’s mostly been kept hidden around home kitchen tables.
A mini restaurant renaissance shook up downtown a few years back, helping make dining out more mainstream. And while the pandemic and back-to-back extreme fire seasons have led to a number of recent closures downtown, many of Santa Rosa’s stalwarts remain, and new spots continue to open. Here are some of the essential restaurants that, without a shadow of a doubt, define this classic American town.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More