5 Favorite Cloverdale Restaurants

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Cloverdale is the northernmost city in the Bay Area and has a population of less than 9,000. But those who visit the small downtown area know that it has some excellent restaurants.

This is a place where you can enjoy a great meal in an old school ambiance. As much of Sonoma County continues to modernize, Cloverdale, founded in 1859, has retained its rural charm. Nestled between oak-covered hills and extensive vineyards, it is surrounded by picturesque farms, small wineries and idyllic parks.

Here are five restaurants to try next time you visit. Click through the gallery above to see the best dishes.

El Milagro Cocina Mexicana

Chef Julio Vasquez tempts with “la cocina de la abuelita” (grandma’s kitchen) and specialties such as guisados ​​(stews, stews and stir-fries), nopales (cactus) enchiladas and pescado del día in spicy garlic sauce.

Sample the Mexico City-style street tacos in flavors like spicy mole verde with pipián squash, and sample daily specials like ‘tacos de nada’ from Hermosillo, Sonora — the crispy bundles are loaded with treats like potatoes, beans, chorizo​ ​and Stuffed Chicken and Oaxaca Cheese.

The festive space is located in the historic Owl building and also offers a spacious garden terrace.

485 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6334, elmilagrocoverdale.com.

Steak tacos at El Milagro in Cloverdale. (Ana M./Yelp)

Plank coffee

The organic coffees and teas are top-notch, and there’s more to explore at this boho-chic, wood-panelled cafe. Plan a vegan-vegetarian breakfast or early lunch with fancy belly fillers like the delicious Parisian with two fluffy organic eggs, sticky cheddar, avocado and heirloom tomato on a buttery croissant.

A freshly made Healdsburg Bagel Company bagel is served with eggs, melted spicy cheddar, Beyond Meat sausage and tangy mayo, while a Village Bakery toasted bun is loaded with melty provolone, Duncan’s amazing cremini mushrooms sautéed with garlic, Onions, tamari, Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids and fresh thyme, all topped with braised locally sourced vegetables.

And yes, during the fall season you can sip a Killer Pumpkin Spice Latte, made with homemade organic pumpkin and a double shot of house-roasted Pine Mountain espresso.

227 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6187, plankcoffee.com.

Piacere Ristorante Italiano

It takes a lot of work to keep customers coming back for 22 years. That’s what Piacére owners José and Mary Pelayo have achieved with this intimate, old-school Italian trattoria. How old fashioned? Starters include complimentary bread and soup or salad.

But there is much more than just spaghetti here. Opt for the huge but delicate shiitake ravioli bathed in a silky pesto cream sauce, or the Veneziana chicken, the tender breast smothered in a light Marsala sauce with flavorful artichokes and mushrooms for a creamy, meaty one , soothing meal is soaked.

Don’t miss the homemade desserts – the traditional tiramisu impresses with real, ground espresso beans.

504 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-0885, piacereristorante.com.

Mixed tropical seafood cocktail from owner/chef José Pelayo of Piacere Italian Steak & Seafood in Cloverdale. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat).

Tian Yuen

Although the Bay Area is famous for its Asian cuisine, finding delicious Asian dishes can be difficult in far Northwest Sonoma County. Cloverdale’s KS Tian Yuen comes to the rescue with flavors from China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan.

The casual spot is popular for takeout, but owners Ming Cheng Kuo and Mei Jung Shih put a lot of love into signature dishes like the sensationally sour seafood and mushroom tom yum soup; succulent beef and aubergines glistening in green curry; and ginger shrimp with onions, carrots, celery, water chestnuts and zucchini and tree fungi (wood ear fungus).

If you’ve never eaten spicy basil with squid, get it – it means chewy and hearty squid tumbled with garlic, onion, red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms and fresh basil – and it’s absolutely delicious.

421 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-5697, tianyuen.squarespace.com.

The red curry with chicken is served at Tian Yuen restaurant in Cloverdale. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)
Appetizer at Wolf House Brewing in Cloverdale. (Courtesy of Wolf House Brewing)

Brewery Wolf

A terrace/beer garden and live music make this spot even more attractive with locally brewed craft beers and popular pub grub. The changing, seasonal foam gets the party started with creations like a Therapy Session IPA (hoppy, floral, earthy, citrusy, piney, fruity and bitter) or a Burning Daylight Lager/Pilsner (crisp, with a creamy finish).

Of course, there’s pretzels with beer and cheese dip, chicken wings with all sorts of sauces including the “face melter,” and a sumptuous steak-n-cheese sandwich loaded with thinly sliced ​​sirloin, mozzarella, provolone, grilled peppers, onions, and lettuce and mayonnaise. Note: The beautiful sausages are from Healdsburg’s boutique Journeyman.

131 East First St, Cloverdale, 707-894-6438, www.wolfhousebrewing.com.

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