Soak Up the Small-Town Charm at these Local Diners

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Sonoma 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.

Boxcar Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Sonoma

Located right off of Highway 12 on your way into Sonoma is the cute Boxcar Fried Chicken & Biscuits. Like their name suggests, they are known for delicious hand-breaded fried chicken. This is a must-stop for a classic American favorite on your way to Sonoma or Napa.

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.

Two Niner Diner, Petaluma

Located at the Petaluma Airport, Two Niner Diner is a great spot for a hearty breakfast before you travel. It gives off a classic diner vibe with its checkered floors and booths, while the airplanes hanging from the ceiling add a quirky twist. You can even sit outside on the patio to watch the planes take off as you enjoy your breakfast.