Sonoma County specializes in striking just the right balance of casual and sophisticated, and Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar in Healdsburg is a perfectspecimen of that. Vibrant decor, an extensive list of small plates to share, an equally extensive selection of local wines, plus an outdoor patio for enjoying warm evenings create a wonderfully Sonoma-centric experience.
Favorite menu items include the warm Maine lobster roll with garlic butter and fennel and french fries with Laura Chenel goat cheese ranch — washed down, of course, with some chilled J Brut Rosé.
Two other highlights are the uni mac and cheese with chives and Sweet Bay scallops and the soft shelled crab “BLT” with green goddess dressing — featuring huge chunks of fresh, expertly seared crab. If you have room after all that, try the banana chocolate bread pudding or the local cheese course with truffled honey.
If it’s not clear by now, Willi’s is fit for serious foodies and the warm, worldly ambiance will set just the right “Sonomish” mood during your next wine country get-away. Highly recommended.Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar, 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-9191