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A Modern Guide to Petaluma: Farm Tours, Hyper-Local Fare + Funky Lodging


A plethora of nearby farms means delicious local fare.

Once known as the "Egg Capital of the World," for its chicken-processing plants and grain mills, the quiet, quirky and historic town of Petaluma remains heavily rooted in agriculture, even today. Visit local farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries, and nourish yourself with the best organic local produce at the town's farm-to-table eateries.

Where to Eat & Drink in Petaluma

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Chicken Pharm

Petaluma's new kid on the block Chicken Pharm—a nod to the building's original tenant, the Tuttle Drug Store—soaks their signature buttermilk fried chicken overnight before frying up. Local chef Adam Mali (previously of Nick's Cove and Delfina) puts a fun twist on classic comfort dishes: Try the Kimchicken Sandwich (fried or grilled chicken with gojichang and kimchi, served on a King's Hawaiian roll) and Griddled PB&J. Chicken Pharm's use of hyper-local ingredients is also on full display in menu items such as the Petaluma Creamery White Cheddar Mac n' Cheese and wings doused in Marshall Farms Honey Sriracha or Petaluma Buffalo sauces. Wash it all down with a local beer or cocktail that features spirits from a local distillery. Perfect for Sunday Brunch, the Must Be Your Mama's Car Bloody Mary is garnished with a housemade biscuit. 132 Keller St. (Petaluma), chickenpharm.com

Wild Goat Bistro

We're absolutely wild about Wild Goat Bistro's Neapolitan pizzas, and measuring in at a generous 10 inches per pie, you might as well order them up family style. Try the Four Cheese Fig & Pig (house-made fig spread, prosciutto, four cheeses, and arugula), or if you're feeling adventurous, opt for the Perfect Pair (olive oil, mozzarella, sautéed pears, blue cheese, honey cured ham, arugula, and fennel seed). 6 Petaluma Blvd. North # A5 (Petaluma), wildgoatbistro.com

Della Fattoria

There's no better place to carbo-load than Della Fattoria. This tiny bakery, appropriately housed in the old U.S. Bakery dating back to the 1860s, is famous for their unique bread-baking methods (they're so good, they've published a book on it) The Della Toasties are a breakfast favorite, often featuring fruits, honey, ricotta, and nuts atop one of their signature breads, but if you don't have time to eat in, at least grab a loaf to go. They make more than a dozen varieties, including pumpkin seed, fig walnut, and polenta. 141 Petaluma Blvd. North (Petaluma), dellafattoria.com


The folks at Wishbone don't just run a restaurant; they also raise their own beef on their Petaluma farm, Tilted Ranch. You'll find it in The Burger (topped with house-cured bacon, cheddar, caramelized onion, mayo, and mustard) and wrapped up with veggies in the salt-and-pepper butter crust of the High Summer Pie. What's more—they proudly bake their own bread, pickle their own veggies, and make their own jams. For the rest of the larder? Wishbone, open for lunch and daily brunch, partners with other small local farms. 842 Petaluma Blvd. North (Petaluma), wishbonepetaluma.com

Jamison's Roaring Donkey

If you're a fan of Moscow Mules, you'll love the Roaring Donkey. In addition to a craft-cocktail menu, they have a separate Mules menu, featuring a dozen ginger variations such as the Rummy Bear (Haribo gummy bear infused Captain Morgan, watermelon, lemon) and the John Daly (housemade sweet tea Tito's vodka, peach bitters, lemon). They also have a huge local tap list and a DIY Bloody Mary bar on Sundays. Drink up, because Jamison's promises their drinks to be "hangover-ish free." 146 Kentucky St. (Petaluma), roaring-donkey.com

Brewsters Beer Garden

This 350-seat industrial-style, open-air dining space is perfect for groups and serves up Southern barbecue with a hint of California influence—think whole chopped hog, smoked Korean short ribs, and St. Louis–style, white oak smoked ribs. Don't leave in a hurry after you eat; hang out, grab a few more pints off their list of 30 local craft brews, and play a game or two of bocce while you digest. 229 Water St. North (Petaluma), brewstersbeergarden.com

Old Chicago Pizza

Get your deep-dish fix at Old Chicago Pizza, where you'll actually feel like you're in old-timey Chicago (unlike a visit to Little Star or Patxi's would offer). The restaurant has been around since 1978, and calls the cozy, brick-covered, dimly lit second floor of the Historic Landmark Building home. The menu keeps things simple: choose up to seven toppings, although that's not really recommended, since the large deep dish weighs more than four pounds sans toppings. If you're feeling really starved, try the Double Crust, where the original crust is surrounded by cheese, sauce, and two toppings. Whatever you do, save some room for an order of the pesto-garlic bread. 41 Petaluma Blvd. North (Petaluma), oldchgo.com

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