Start with homemade mushroom dumplings at the Boonville Hotel Restaurant, a rustic joint located just off Highway 128 deep in Anderson Valley. The produce comes from either the vegetable garden out back or farms within a 100-mile radius. Local wines have low markups.
Book well in advance for one of the two nightly seatings at La Petite Rive, the seven-table bistro off Highway 1 that draws foodies all the way from San Francisco. The five-course dinner starts at $28.95, and local wines are poured charitably.
Though MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant’s fine-dining restaurant is a popular romantic splurge, meals at the property’s fireplace-warmed Gray Whale Bar & Café are half the cost, just as tasty, and don’t require reservations. Craft pints are $3 during happy hour.