NORTH BAY: Diner's Choice for Forestville, Rutherford
Two North Bay restaurants — the Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant of Forestville and Auberge du Soleil of Rutherford — are among the honorees in OpenTable's 2012 Diner's Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants of 2012.
The awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants nationwide.
"This year's honorees have accomplished what every restaurant aspires to — making guests feel as though they have had a truly singular dining experience," said OpenTable chief dinig officer Caroline Potter. "These best overall restaurants are consistently getting it right on every level, from top flight ambiance and service to cocktail lists and menus that positively dazzle diners."
OpenTable provides free, online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management services for restaurants. For a complete list of honorees, go to www.opentable.com/bestoverall.
SONOMA: Burgers, barbecue come to Plaza
Carlo Cavallo of Meritage Martini Oyster Bay & Grille in Sonoma plans to open Burger & Vine restaurant this winter in the former Cucina Viansa space, which has sat vacant since 2004.
The historic property on the Plaza started out as the Sonoma Mission Creamery. Joe Vella made ice cream there alongside his brother, Tom, who established the pioneering Vella Cheese company.
At Burger & Vine, Cavallo hopes to return the Mission Revival building to its roots as a gathering place for families.
"It will be upscale casual," Cavallo said. "You'll be able to get a whole roasted chicken, served family-style, with sides."