Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen in SonomaAfter a wonderful morning of wine blending at Ravenswood Winery, the #Trafalgar2012 group hopped in the coach and headed into downtown Sonoma for lunch at El Dorado Kitchen.

It was another facet of the Northern California guided vacation that the I experienced with the amazing Trafalgar team – the total satisfaction of my inner foodie, okay who am I kidding…it’s both inner and outer with me! The restaurants are carefully selected and vetted and they definitely don’t disappoint!

El Dorado Kitchen, on the main square in Sonoma and part of the El Dorado Hotel is presided over by chef Armando Navarro, a man with an impressive culinary resume, this restaurant not only pleases the eye with beautiful design work (including reclaimed wood from a Vermont bridge) but completely satisfies the palette.

Our group was famished and dare I say a little tipsy since our wine blending and tasting had begun in late morning and we quickly made our menu selections.  First up for me was a warm wild mushroom tart with goat cheese and arugula which are two of my favorites.

El Dorado Kitchen Wild Mushroom Tart

I followed this up with a hearty steak salad with mixed greens, pickled vegetables and taro root crisps with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. I am not big on salads, but this one was “meaty” enough.

El Dorado Kitchen Steak Sandwich

My dining companion and friend, Andi Perullo of My Beautiful Adventures is a vegetarian and she had the vegetable panini with eggplant, red bell pepper, arugula with mozzarella and goat cheeses and pesto – it smelled divine!

El Dorado Kitchen Vegetable Panini

For dessert, I already shared the amazing banana crisp, but I can’t help throwing in the image again.  This is my new favorite dessert, which is saying a lot for someone who loves chocolate!

El Dorado Kitchen Banana Crisp

A few others from our group also enjoyed the lemon pudding cake with fresh berries.  I had a bite but couldn’t be swayed from the crisp!

El Dorado Kitchen Lemon Pudding Cake El Dorado Kitchen is a really good spot for dining in Sonoma and I will definitely be back again!

Disclosure: I was a guest of Trafalgar for a tour in San Francisco and Napa. I was not required to write this post, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are 100% my own.

About Andi Fisher

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  1. Wow, a steak ‘salad’ has never looked quite so appetising! Fab mouth-drooling pics there Andi x

  2. Your food photos are so gorgeous — they’re making me have food envy, and I was there!

  3. All the pictures are so delicious dear. I think I shouldn’t see that because I’m getting hungry now ..!!

  4. Mmm those food shots look heavenly! I’m waiting for my vegetable lasagna to be ready.

  5. I mean seriously!?! Your photos are magazine worthy!!! WOW! I can’t believe my camera battery died during this lunch and I couldn’t take any photos. So happy you got some STUNNING ones! That dessert was breathtakingly good!

    • @AndiP, thank you so much for the compliment, coming from you, someone with such a great eye when it comes to having a wonderful photographic style, I really appreciate it!

  6. Home4puppies says:

    Ohhh Looks so fancy! I would love to try some of this. I will have to add this to a list.

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