Big Bottom Market 16228 Main St., (707) 604-7295. W-M 8am-5pm.
|exterior of Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, California|
In the 1860s, the small town of Guerneville was known as the “Big Bottom,” because it rests upon an alluvial flood plain. This “lumberjack chic” gourmet grocery purveys its own label of olive oil, salt, and wine. Deli foods include gourmet sandwiches--the Parson Jones honors one of the largest trees in nearby Armstrong Woods with a mountain of turkey, havarti cheese, jalapeño jam, and arugula on a French roll, and the Sea Biscuit, and a Cheddar-thyme biscuit is stuffed with smoked trout, pickled onions, crème fraiche, chives, and a slice of lemon. (Oprah picked a biscuit here as her favorite thing, and a new book--“The Big Bottom Biscuit,” by the market owner--was just released.) Special tasting packs include local meats, cheeses, chocolates, and crackers along with complimentary tasting cards for local wineries; $15-$20/person. A Community Dinner is served every Wednesday night. Only one choice is offered for the one-bowl main course but the meal includes a veggie, salad, and biscuit ($17), and wine is a choice of red or white ($7). The night I was here the dinner was a veggie Moroccan stew (a chicken addition was optional), which I enjoyed with a really good white wine.
|interior of Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, California|
|house biscuit mix at Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, California|
|Moroccan cous cous dinner at Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, California|
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