The Harvest Moon Cafe
BEST PICNIC FIXINGS
The Fig Pantry
The scene Crowded deli counter behind a coffee bar and shop that's equally crowded with wine, kitchen gear, and fig products.
The food Takeout echoes the Girl & the Fig: flavorful Mediterranean sandwiches (grilled steak, arugula, and artichokes with black-olive aioli) and salads (Provençal potato).
Did you know? The Sonoma Plaza is one of the few places in the West grandfathered past public alcohol-consumption laws. That means you can sip your own wine sans paper bags under the square's grand trees, making the Fig Pantry particularly useful. INFO: $$; 1190 E. Napa St.; 707/933-3000.
BEST FOR A COZY DATE NIGHT
Harvest Moon Cafe
The scene Sweet little stucco-walled dining room right on the square, with patio seating behind.
The food Two Chez Panisse alums get back to basics in a short, fresh Mediterranean menu. Remind yourself how good perfectly cooked beans can be, especially topped with stellar homemade pork sausage. INFO: $$$; 487 First St. W.; 707/933-8160.
BEST FOR A BIG NIGHT OUT
The General's Daughter
The scene Classy black tablecloths and fine-tuned service in the unfussy Victorian once owned by (surprise) General Mariano Vallejo's daughter Natalia.
The food Well-heeled comfort imported from the South ― think gumbo and grits, exquisite seafood, and simple meat dishes. Plus produce from the Benziger family's biodynamic vineyard, and a California wine list as deep as you'll find anywhere. INFO: $$$$; closed Mon; 400 W. Spain St.; 707/938-4004.