I have loved the cheeses from the Sonoma Cheese Factory since I was a child growing up in Sonoma County. Went for lunch with my parents and 4 year old today and the prices have skyrocketed! I know dairy costs and yeast costs are going up, but this place has their own cows and own yeast strain, so I just don't get it. Maybe the increase in yuppie tourism from the wineries has driven up the prices. We got two BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, a small thing of grapes and cheese cubes, 2 rootbeers, one Coke and an apple juice and paid over $50. Wow! Should have gone to the BBQ joint down Hwy 12 a bit and paid half that.
The tri-tip sandwiches were not bad, but I've had better. Not enough BBQ sauce, and you can't add more than what they cook it in. They do have a condiment bar with ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, but no BBQ sauce is available to add to the dry sandwiches. The meat was tender, but the bread was too hard. At $12 a sandwich, though, I had to finish it. My kid wouldn't eat the tri-tip off it because it was too dry for her tastes. I added some pickles and onions and it was okay. My kid loved the cheese and grapes and ate most of them herself, along with a bunch of pickles. The cheese was as delicious as ever, however.
The place is set up deli style. You grab your drinks, chips, salads, ect, then go to the register to order the sandwiches. There are indoor and outdoor tables. The outdoor tables are nice because they are right next to the Sonoma Barracks and the historic buildings in Sonoma Plaza, so I was able to point those out to my kiddo, who didn't really care anyway. Soon, she'll be old enough to love California's history, soon...
Anyhow, while I love the cheese from Sonoma Cheese Factory, that's about the only thing here that saves it. If the cheese wasn't so good, I'd have only rated it poor. Come for the cheese, leave the rest.