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Stories from Jeff Cox

Cox: Getting off to a great start

The heavy-hitters behind The Pullman Kitchen in Railroad Square do not disappoint.

Cox: Central Market the real deal

Petaluma chef makes charcuterie his ancestors in Italy would be proud of.

Cox: More to like at K&L Bistro

Sebastopol bistro has now doubled in size.

Cox: More than great pizza at Rosso

Everything on the menu is worth trying at the original Rosso in Santa Rosa.

Cox: Enhanced experience at Torc

At Torc in Napa, the dishes are little performances for the customers.

Cox: Swiss not to be missed

Swiss Hotel in Sonoma is a nice place for noshing and people-watching.

Cox: Dry Creek Kitchen just keeps getting better

There's a different atmosphere at Dry Creek Kitchen, one that lets excellence shine.

Cox: Jidaiya Sushi well suited to SSU neighborhood

Generous portions of fresh, delicious Japanese food make this a worthy destination.

Cox: American favorites in Bennett Valley

Dishes at Riccardo's Restaurant and Bar just kept getting better, one after the other.

Cox: Diavola spices up Geyserville

Popular restaurant boasts wood-burning pizza oven, fondness for mouth-searing spiciness.

Cox: In Napa, it's 'The Place'

At Il Posto, you'll find serious, handcrafted Italian food in an unpretentious setting.

Cox: Real Thai street food in Santa Rosa

Baan Thai is an excellent neighborhood restaurant.

Cox: Simply masterful cuisine

Chef Corey Basso of Le Bistro sticks to his staple recipes, and brilliantly so.

Cox: Ribs and a smile

Red Bee BBQ in Santa Rosa offers tasty Asian-style barbecue at great prices.

Cox: Meaty ambitions

Chef at Seared in Petaluma adds creative touches to steak and seafood menu.

Cox: Cafe La Haye just keeps getting better

The ingredients are local and organic, the preparations simple, and the quality superb.

Cox: Steeped in history, but cutting edge

Chef Carlo Cavallo's much-anticipated Burgers & Vine in Sonoma off to a good start.

Cox: Scopa still extraordinary

Never indifferently made or overdone, food at Healdsburg restaurant always balanced.

Cox: Have steak with your sports at FlipSide

This Santa Rosa steakhouse and bar adds a sporty new twist to a meaty trend.

Cox: Making progress

New version of Kenwood Restaurant features local, health-promoting organic ingredients.

Cox: An artful new star

Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro in Santa Rosa impresses with wonderful food, wine.

Cox: Looks can deceive

Food at the Daily Grill inside the Graton Casino doesn't always live up to expectations.

Cox: Stark's still going strong

If you're going to splurge, Santa Rosa steak and seafood spot is the place to do it.

Cox: Fill up the family

Kettles Vietnamese Bistro in Santa Rosa offers plenty of good food at good prices.

Cox: Going beyond comfort food at Bruno's on Fourth

Chef Rick Bruno serves up America's favorites, culled from the world over.

Cox: Lots to like at M.Y. China

Good, unobtrusive service and good food help offset casino noise and cigarette smoke.

Cox: Where the wine shines

While the food is good at Lulu's Kitchen in Napa, it's really all about the wine lists.

Cox: Down-home fish 'n' chips

Decor is plain, but Cotati's Cape Cod Fish N' Chips gets food, price and service right.

Cox: Pricey, good steakhouse

630 Park Steakhouse at new Graton Resort & Casino features high-end meats.

Cox: Twisted 2 offers intimate experience

Petaluma restaurant seats only 20 — but the vibe is good and the food is great.

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