This week, let’s drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit two new North Bay restaurants (Parranga and Stockhome), and there’s a unique culinary and music event happening at McEvoy Ranch. Take a look at an Indian import from the North Bay to San Francisco (Lotus SF), and wine and beer lovers won’t want to miss Bayview Uncorked.
If You Smell Rotisserie Chicken in Mill Valley, It’s the Newly Opened Parranga
North of the Bay, there are a couple new restaurant openings happening, starting with Parranga, a new taqueria and cerveceria in Mill Valley’s Strawberry Village from San Francisco’s Colibri. Parranga is open in the former The Plant Café location, and whether you want to dine on-premise, or prefer easy pickup for takeout (or delivery), they have you covered.
Chef Jose Miguel Smith Bustos is overseeing a busy rotisserie that is cooking chicken with a house blend, and there’s roasted pork shoulder and skirt steak that you can get in tacos, ensaladas, and tortas (all the meats are hormone-free). You'll find an assortment of ceviche, beers, sangria, cocktails made with agave wine, and a selection of fresh jugos. Don’t miss the Corazón de Melón smoothie (strawberries, cantaloupe, cinnamon, coconut water, and coconut sorbet).
Parranga is open for lunch and dinner to start, with breakfast and weekend brunch coming soon.
Stockhome Restaurant Opens August 1 in Downtown Petaluma
Opening August 1 in Petaluma is Stockhome, from husband-and-wife team chef Roberth and Andrea Sundell, owners of San Francisco’s PLÄJ Restaurant. This project is decidedly more casual and family-friendly, with counter service and an extensive menu that spans influences from Roberth’s native Sweden, along with Middle Eastern wraps and kebab plates, German sausages, and other dishes that make up the street food scene in Stockholm. There are big salads and numerous small dishes and sides, from grilled halloumi (made of sheep’s milk) with chermoula and purslane to shrimp skagen (a Swedish shrimp salad) with avocado brioche and chili horseradish, so you can really make your own dream spread. Plus, you’ll find a couple larger meaty mains while children will be obsessed with the wall of imported Swedish candy (Lördagsgodis), which will be sold in bulk to good little boys and girls. There are 40 seats in the dining area, and 10 in a private dining room, with Swedish wallpaper and many other nods to Swedish design.
Escape to McEvoy Ranch for a Unique Afternoon Experience
Want an excuse to go to a gorgeous place? Here you go. If you haven’t visited McEvoy Ranch in the rolling hills of Petaluma, here’s your chance to go to the beautiful site, where they grow and process their olive oil. On Sunday, August 12, the ranch is hosting the second in their Social Club Chats series, which “explores the historical and cultural intersections between music and food and how they combine in traditional cultures to heighten the sensory experience.” At Ancient Rhythms, Ancient Grains, you’ll enjoy a chat with host Nion McEvoy and Ken Albala, food historian and professor at the University of the Pacific.