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Six Brand New Sonoma County Restaurants To Try Tonight

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By biteclub · On August 19, 2016

It’s peak season for restaurant openings, and by “peak” I mean I can’t even keep up with them all. Suffice to say that I’ve been spending more with a fork in my mouth than a pen in my hand. So while I gather my notes and edit my mouth-watering pictures, here’s a sneak preview of where I’ve been, what’s to come and what I’ll be writing about in the next couple months.

Ceviche at The Shuckery in Petaluma. Heather Irwin/PD

Ceviche at The Shuckery in Petaluma. Heather Irwin/PD
Ceviche at The Shuckery in Petaluma. Heather Irwin/PD
The Shuckery: We’re already in love with this small oyster bar and seafood restaurant, just a couple weeks into service. A project of the venerable Oyster Girls (sisters Aluxa and Jazmine Lalicker), oysters obviously get top billing here, each hand-shucked behind the bar, ranging from Humboldt Gold Kumamotos and New Brunswick St. Simons to British Columbia’s Fanny Bay and nearby Tomales Bay Miyagis ($3 each). The menu also includes one of the best dishes of ceviche we’ve had lately, with orange, lemon and lime, chili, cilantro and piquillo pepper coulis ($12). A signature is the Relleno ($25) made with a pounded calamari steak, Dungeness stuffing and creamed corn. If you’re on a budget, Baja Style Tacos ($14) are top notch, and it’s worth saving a little room for the “Dueling Budinos” ($9) that include dark chocolate and salted caramel going head to head with peanut butter, bacon and banana. Meat-free dishes include tempura avocado tacos and cauliflower “hot wings” ($14). Reservations are strongly recommended since the space inside the Hotel Petaluma is cozy. They’re still getting their sea legs, so don’t be surprised by a few wobbles in service, but overall, impressive. 100 Washington St., Petaluma, theshuckeryca.com.

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