March 1, 2019

Kenwood: Tips Roadside


Wine Country

Tips Roadside  8445 Sonoma Hwy., (707) 509-0078. L F-Sun, D W-Sun. Set on the side of the road like a typical roadhouse, this bustling restaurant was formerly a gas station. Now spiffed up inside with rustic recycled wood and local art (don’t miss the flag painted by a local fireman that includes the hose spigot in one of the stripes), the dining rooms exude an inviting casual atmosphere--think old-time tin-ware table settings and napkins improvised from classic dish towels. And the chow described as “wine country comfort food” is terrific. House-brewed beer is made in two vats in the back dining room, but, of course, the menu also offers plenty of local wines. If you’re avoiding alcohol, satisfy your thirst with the tasty cucumber-lime spritzer. Favorites on the menu include spicy tri-tip chili, crispy fried chicken made with boneless thigh meat and gluten-free rice flour (I adored the accompanying pile of mashed Yukon potatoes), and a huge braised short rib with polenta fries. The dessert beignets are a must. They are pool-ball-size rounds in either lemon or smoked bacon flavor. But the peanut-butter skillet cookie is also a darn good choice. Weekend brunch includes the expected plus more, including biscuits and gravy and a hangtown fry, plus a special blues version with live music is sometimes scheduled. 



exterior of Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
exterior of Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


interior of Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
interior of Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


dining room with antique gas pump at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
dining room with antique gas pump at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


main dining room at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
main dining room at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


owner Andrew Pryfogle with flag painting at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
owner Andrew Pryfogle with flag painting at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


cucumber-lime spritzer at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
cucumber-lime spritzer at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


short rib with polenta fries at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
short rib with polenta fries at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


fried chicken at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
fried chicken at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


Executive Chef Thaddeus Palmese offers up beignets at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
Executive Chef Thaddeus Palmese offers up beignets at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


peanut-butter skillet cookie at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
peanut-butter skillet cookie at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


satisfied cow at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California
satisfied cow at Tips Roadside in Kenwood, California


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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

2 comments:

  1. Interesting: the chair reminds me of the ones I had at school 40 years ago.
    Good location: plenty of wine around.

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    1. You need to add it to your to-do list for the next time you visit!

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