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One Healdsburg block promising two fine meals
Healdsburg Slide Show
Crab tater tots at Chalkboard

So many wine-tasting routes spiral out from Healdsburg, from Dry Creek Road to the trails leading through the Russian River Valley. Bookend an afternoon of tastings with meals at these two adjacent new restaurants:

Shed: The size of an airplane hangar, this new "modern grange" opened in mid-April. The market surrounding the central café displays jars of heirloom beans, bags of just-ground flour, gardening tools, and bowls so pretty, you'd hate to serve food in them. Lunch is best enjoyed out on the sunny patio. Whittle away at an herb-strewn lettuce salad ($8); glasses of ginger-lemon water kefir ($4); and a mezze plate ($14) with whole-grain crackers, fava-bean hummus and a fennel-and-mixed-grain salad.

Chalkboard: With some trepidation, we dined at the restaurant that took over when Cyrus was evicted from the Hotel Mars. Well, it's not Cyrus--it's more casual and altogether distinct. Shane McAnelly's food, much of it grown on the Chalk Hill Estate, is composed with a playful intelligence: House-made tater tots topped with tufts of crab ($9). A gorgeous salad of chioggia beets, avocado and spiny mizuna ($9). Beef sliders smothered in bacon aioli and short-rib "marmalade" ($10). A fine end to a leisurely day.

  • Herbs and flowers--not to mention the abundant sunshine--brighten up a simple salad eaten on the front patio at Shed.

  • Shed's mezze platter, shown with a glass of ginger-lemon water kefir, included a fennel-and-mixed-grain salad, chard stems with nigella seeds, and fava-bean hummus.

  • When a meal at Chalkboard starts with tater tots (house-made, of course) topped with Dungeness crab and crème fraîche, chef Shane McAnelly's sense of humor becomes immediately apparent. 

  • Even though his sliders and tots are worth ordering, the chef plays well with vegetables too, such as this salad of marinated beets, fennel, avocado and mizuna.

  • This "candy bar" ($8), dense layers of brownie, peanut crunch and chocolate, is served with a milk-chocolate mousse and nougat ice cream; ergo, enough dessert for a party of four. 

  • 1/5
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Shed 25 North St. Healdsburg CA 95448 707-431-7433 Chalkboard 29 North St. Healdsburg CA 95448 707-473-8030
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