Basque Boulangerie Cafe 460 First St. East, on the plaza, (707) 935-SOUR. B-L daily; $. No reservations.
This popular bakery makes breads galore (the rustic round loaf and wheat-walnut are both superb), as well as cookies, cakes, and pastries.
Seating is inside and out front by the sidewalk. The menu is extensive, and you can also order up a take-away picnic box tied with a ribbon (24-hour advance notice required). Everything is so delicious that people are willing to wait in an often long line. My personal favorites here are the delicious French potato salad, the soft Vienna sesame bread, and the so-good pecan sticky bun.
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