Meritage (Martini, Oyster Bar & Grill), located just steps off the Sonoma plaza has some of the best food in town. The produce used in the dishes is picked fresh that morning (often by chef Carlo Cavallo himself). We almost always end up eating three courses of food here and last night was no exception.
We started with Pan Fried Oysters….
You likely won’t believe it, but I’ve never had oysters before. I figured this was a good way (and a great place) to start. The appetizer did not disappoint. It was very flavorful and the acid from the lemon added a nice brightness to the dish. We also had parmesan truffle fries and bruschetta too. Both very tasty.
And, of course, I started with a martini (because when you go to a restaurant with the word martini in the name, it’s a requirement)….
This one was a Hendrick Gin martini with olives. My new favorite bar drink.
Wait, no wine? Yes, of course there was wine. Two bottles, in fact….
A 2009 Cuvaison Zinfandel from Bald Mountain Vineyard up on Mt. Veeder. These vines are about 45 years old and are producing some outstanding fruit. And a 2002 Arrowood Vineyards Reserve Cabernet. Reserve at Arrowood means a barrel select from all mountain fruit.
Wine tasting tip: Reserve does not have a legal meaning, so ask the source of the wine what it means for their winery.
For the main course, I chose a New York strip steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables….
I didn’t like it all….
If only I had thought about scraping up the sauce with one of the pieces of bread.
And their version of creme brulee, chocolate torte and panna cotta….
Not to be out done by the refreshing sorbet….
The amount of flavor that Carlo packs into his cuisine is really quite amazing. The food and the friendly staff keeps us coming back again and again. Next time you’re in Sonoma go for a visit. You won’t be disappointed.