Feast On This
Eat local in Sebastopol
Listen up, Ferry Building lovers. There’s a new kid on the block. The Barlow, an hour north of the city in Sebastopol, is an emporium of local treats--minus the throngs of tourists. Behold the best of what the Barlow has to offer.
Wood-fired pizza At Vignette, it’s all about the Neapolitan-style pies blistered to perfection in a Stefano Ferrara wood oven straight from Naples. The Red Eye--with Calabrian chile pesto, mozzarella, charred mortadella and a fried egg--is to die for.
Small-batch wine Taste the slightly effervescent 2013 Arinto Pierce Ranch at Wind Gap. The staff calls this quaffable Vinho Verde white a “porch pounder” for good reason. Come summer, when you’re sitting outside, you’ll thank us for this recommendation.
Single-origin caffeine Order a pour-over of Ethiopia Sidamo, with hints of dried strawberry and fig, at organic coffee roaster Taylor Maid Farms.
Pig parts Take home some bacon from Zazu, which raises its own animals and dry-cures its pork in brown sugar for 21 days before smoking with applewood.
Sloe gin Spirit Works Distillery makes an insanely sippable berry-infused digestif in the old English tradition (the recipe has been passed down for generations).
The Barlow, 6770 McKinley St., #120, Sebastopol; 707-824-5600 or thebarlow.net