Sonoma County has many amazing restaurants to stop into when you're hungry for a delicious meal, but eating out as a vegetarian can be a little tricky anywhere you go - Read more below about why I'm a vegetarian and check out two of my favorite veggie-friendly dining options in Sonoma County.
When people hear that I'm a vegetarian who has never had meat before in my life, they either think I'm lying, crazy, or they try to be the one to convert me into eating meat for the first time.
My mom grew up on a farm in Sebastopol and would name the animals that lived there, so naturally, she was super traumatized anytime they were killed - It was a farm after all. In an act of teenage defiance, she informed her parents she would no longer be eating meat and while they assumed it was just a phase, it actually ended up sticking. By age 18, she was a permanent vegetarian, so when she married my dad, she cooked them two separate meals every night since he wasn't. Eventually, she grew tired of that and he gradually became a vegetarian too.
I have two younger brothers and all three of us were raised vegetarian - Although, only two out of the three of us still are today. Since I've never eaten meat before, people are always asking me if I want to, but since I've never had it, I don't crave it and don't really have a desire to try it. Plus, it would probably make me super sick if I did! However, this does make me prettyyyy much an expert on vegetarian food in Sonoma County and though there are so many amazing places to eat, these are two of my faves for my veggie friends out there:
Handline calls their menu "coastal California," which is so fitting for the type of cuisine they offer at their Sebastopol restaurant. The setup is simple - Order at the counter when you walk in, take a seat, and your food is brought to you when it's ready. The menu items are all made from fresh, local ingredients, which is always important when dining out as a vegetarian. My absolute favorite thing to eat here is the Mi Papa Tostada with fancy beans, avocado, St. Jorge cheese, salsa fresca, hippy slaw, and crema - Though the Ex Pat Milled Corn Taco comes in a close second. Handline also makes their Melrose Burger with a veggie patty, along with soups, salads, and delicious sides, like esquites and "roots and shoots." Don't forget to finish your meal with a little soft serve, which pays homage to their home in a former Foster's Freeze.
935 Gravenstein Highway South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Amy's Drive Thru
I grew up eating Amy's Kitchen spinach pizza and their other delicious foods sold in grocery stores, so I was SO excited when they opened up Amy's Drive Thru in Rohnert Park. Every single menu item available at Amy's is vegetarian, which is such a rare find, and they place big emphasis on using organic ingredients. If you’re a picky eater, this is definitely the spot for you because gluten free, non-dairy, and vegan options are also available. I'd always stop by the drive thru after my late night classes at Sonoma State since they're open until 10 or 11pm and I'm a big fan of their french fries, seasonal salad, and broccoli cheddar mac with bread crumbs - Whereas my husband loves the Amy Burger with a double veggie patty, double cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and Fred Sr.’s secret sauce.
58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
>>> Where are your favorite vegetarian dining spots in Sonoma County? Follow me on Instagram at @sonoma_grape_girl and fill me in on where you like to eat!