I visit my brother and his family who live in a historic Healdsburg, Ca Victorian house several times each year. We usually BBQ at home, but sometimes walk to the square, which is a destination in itself.
This past Sunday we selected Restaurant Charcuterie. It's a small restaurant on a square that is now packed with tourists, especially on a beautiful, warm autumn day. Good for the city sales tax, amusing to look at.
We had a ten minute wait, time to check out the flying pigs hanging from the ceiling, and nice sight lines in the restaurant.
We were greeted with quick but not rushed service. Good smooth service between several stations all paying attention to each table.
I was very pleased with my salad -- the smoked chicken salad, with mango, jicama, pine nuts, oranges, and a lovely mustard vinaigrette served on baby greens $12.75. I'm of the opinion jicama is flavorless, but these matchstick julienne strips soaked up the fantastic dressing (or were flavored somehow before serving). The orange slices were segments sliced away from the membrane (just like you learn in cooking school), and the mango was just right, perfectly ripe and sweet. The pine nuts were like little flavor bud treasures hidden in the salad. Every bite stood out. The smoked chicken was fabulous, too. It was truly a fantastic salad!
Others in our party of 6 had black bean soup, two had the large cup, one the small bowl - (a little thin according to my sister), others the daily fusilli and cheese ravioll with pesto sauce. Complimentary bread was refilled without asking.
I'd definitely put this on the circuit, but there are other great meals to be had in town, especially at my brother's house!
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