Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chalkboard Healdsburg

Hotel Les Mar with Chalkboard on the Ground Floor 
The Chalkboard Restaurant. We went to Healdsburg this weekend and decided to give the new Chalkboard a try. It was great! The food was delicious, fresh, high quality and really full of flavor. The restaurant is a small plate style and we definitely took advantage of it and ordered a variety of dishes with each one being fantastic. 
Pork Belly Biscuits
Chalkboard also has intriguing wine flights based on interesting wines with pretty large pours. For whites we had a relatively dry Tocai Friulano, Gruner Veltliner and a Riesling. The reds were bordeaux varietals, Malbec, Merlot and a Cabernet blend. Each one went well with the food.
Homemade Pretzels

Mac and Cheese
The new restaurant in downtown Healdsburg is in what used to be Cyrus. It’s on the ground floor of the beautiful Hotel Les Mars that’s a Relais & Chateaux property. But that’s another blog.
Seared Strip Loin with Corn and Tomatoes
The restaurant’s decor is changed, but the beautiful architecture of cyrus still remains, most notably the gorgeous arched ceilings. It’s a beautiful space and helps dining there be the experience that it is.  
Candy Bar
They use fresh, quality local ingredients and for the most part all of the presentations are simple, vibrant and flavorful. The Pork Belly biscuits were lovely, the grilled brentwood corn fantastic, Pretzels  Mac and Cheese and the Smoked Eggplant Parmesan very good. We finished with an excellent Seared Strip Loin with Corn. For dessert we had the Candy Bar- Nougat ice cream with caramel and chocolate. We shared every dish and were very satisfied. Service was attentive and efficient too.
Wine Flights
With a sophisticated but relaxed and casual atmosphere it’s a  lovely room and there’s no need  to dress up, which is great when you want to enjoy casual fine dining.

Every single plate we had was perfect. The service was unimpeachable. The decor was just right. Great dinner at Chalkboard.
Highly recommended!
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