29 January 2013

Bistro des Copains, Occidental CA

Ok, so let’s rewind now to October. Linda and I spent a weekend in the Sonoma Valley wine country. We stayed at the Inn at Occidental, a very comfortable and accommodating bed and breakfast in the tiny village of Occidental. When we made our reservation, we asked to proprietors for a recommendation for dinner, and they suggested Bistro des Copains. They made a reservation for us.

So on our first night in town, we strolled the 2 blocks from the Inn to the Bistro. What a delight it was. The ambiance is very casual and relaxed.

The Bistro has a great menu. Lots of options for either a light meal (salads, soups, pizza), entrees, or a prix fixe dinner. We skipped the starter and just had entrees. My wife's steak fritte was delicious; the frittes were amazing. I had duck, and it was fabulous.

One of the most memorable things about the Bistro – it’s a great way to enjoy local wine. If you’ve spent a day visiting wineries in the area, they offer a special price on corkage fee for Sonoma wines. In our case, since we’d just arrived, we tried a local zinfandel off the menu. We liked it so much that we made a point of touring the winery two days later – Limerick Lane.

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