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Sonoma’s El Dorado Kitchen

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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 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!

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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Home4puppies

Saturday 17th of August 2013

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

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Saturday 5th of January 2013

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!

Andi

Saturday 5th of January 2013

@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!

Lady Jennie

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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

Andi

Thursday 3rd of January 2013

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

Susan @ Cruise Vacation

Monday 31st of December 2012

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

Abby

Sunday 30th of December 2012

Your food photos are so gorgeous -- they're making me have food envy, and I was there!