Small town, big flavors
There's lots to savor in the idyllic Sonoma County town of Graton
Only 1,815 people live in Graton, but they all must have good taste. That’s one explanation for why there’s a cluster of excellent eateries along the town’s two-stop sign main street. That and its proximity to Sonoma County’s Russian River wine country, where residents have a history of pairing good food and wine in an easygoing way.
Start at Willow Wood Market Cafe ($$; 9020 Graton Rd.; 707/823-0233), where the wholesome meals come Sonoma-style ― informal, yet gourmet. The 9-year-old cafe’s back patio is a gathering spot for locals, who rave about the polenta. The cafe doubles as a country store, with preserves, wine, and oddball gifts.
Continue browsing at the just-opened Far West Trading Company (closed Mon-Tue; 9056 Graton Rd.; 707/823-4880), stocked with tansu, rice bowls, and other Asian imports. Or pop into Mr. Ryder & Co. (9040 Graton Rd.; 707/ 824-8221), a cute vintage-furniture and collectibles shop named for the owners’ handsome dog.