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Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma

After 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 Northern California guided vacation that 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!

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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 the 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.

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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. Susan @ Cruise Vacation says:

    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.

    1. @Jennie, your food that you share on your blog is beautiful and looks incredibly yummy too!

  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!

    1. @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.