Farmhouse Inn, Forestville
Forestville , California
Tel: 707 887 3300
Concierge.com's insider take:
Sonoma County's Farmhouse Inn looks and feels like a classic New England country inn with a sunny clapboard exterior, big whitewashed porch, and a dining room simply adorned with wrought-iron chandeliers, ladder-back chairs, and filigree-patterned carpet. The menu mirrors the decor: Expect accessible New American dishes impeccably prepared without unnecessary pretense. The chef is a whiz with game meats. His signature dish is rabbit three ways: confit of leg, bacon-wrapped loin, and a perfectly chined rack. Other dishes reflect the seasons; in late summer, you might find soft-shell crab with an updated version of creamed corn, or feather-light fried squash blossoms stuffed with brandade. Service is spot-on: Here, you'll never have to endure the disappointment of learning that an appealing dish has sold out; once something is gone, the maî'tre d' reprints the menus for arriving diners. The wine list includes a terrific selection of half bottles, as well as some compelling New World and European labels, but be careful—the winding drive home will require your full attention.
Open Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays 5:30 to 8:30 pm (last seating).