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Soak Up the Small-Town Charm at these Local Diners

While Sonoma County is known for many upscale restaurants, it’s also admired for its small-town charm. And what says small town charm better than a local diner? If you’re looking to be welcomed like family with some hearty comfort food, look no further. Here are five great diners in Sonoma County.

Hallie’s Diner, Petaluma

Located in downtown Petaluma, Hallie’s Diner is a local favorite. Its cute red booths, long counters with swiveling stools, and checkered floors give it that retro diner feel. The food is classic American with some interesting dishes thrown in. Try the Potato Pancakes or the Fried Plantain Rum Souffle.

Sax’s Joint, Petaluma

With its black and white checkerboard floors and pops of pink, Sax’s Joint is a popular spot. Order the Elvis—pancakes with peanut butter and bananas and listen to some old tunes from the juke box. You’ll be transported back to the 50’s.

Lou’s Luncheonette, Sonoma

Located right off of Highway 12 on your way into Sonoma is the cute Lou’s Luncheonette is pure Sonoma charm. They are open Wed-Sun 8am to 3pm – so if you are in search of a satisfying breakfast or a pick me up lunch after wine tasting this is the stop for you. The menu is subject to change daily but you can find burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, enchiladas, chicken and waffle and much more. 

Carlos’s Country Kitchen, Santa Rosa

For some classic comfort food that hits the spot, check out Carlos’s Country Kitchen in Santa Rosa. Located off of West College Avenue, this hole-in-the-wall diner is worth a stop. It boasts local charm with its cozy interior and friendly staff.

Healdsburger, Healdsburg

A local favorite since 2008, Healdsburger is located on Healdsburg Ave and is the perfect spot for groups or a family looking for delicious, casual food. Shakes, onions rings, burgers, outdoor dining – it doesn’t get better than this.

Summer Young is a senior at Sonoma State University pursuing a Bachelor’s in English. When she’s not in class, you can find her drinking coffee and exploring the world or on instagram @_justaseason_.

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