Off the Vine stopped by Chef Justin Everett’s “farm driven” El Dorado Kitchen (the edK) on the plaza in Sonoma for a spot of lunch. The restaurant is quite handsome with a sort of wine country meets urban chic vibe.
Starting things off was a wonderful and well prepared Rillette of Ham Hock served with a pickled red onion and black pepper marmalade. The marmalade was a revelation, with sweetness balanced by a warm pepper-pot of yummy goodness. The dish was served with toasted baguette and a soft herb brioche roll with butter. The dish paired well with a rich glass of unfined and unfiltered 2006 10 Rows Pinot Noir from the Carneros AVA.
The Sunny-side up Farm Egg Pizza with tavern ham and mozzarella was a good concept, and well presented, but fell a bit short on the execution. The crust could have used a bit more fire, and the flavors were a little flat despite the quality of the ingredients. All in all, a great place to enjoy a fine meal in Sonoma.
El Dorado Kitchen
405 First St. West
otv rating (0 to 20)