A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Chicken, bread, pickles and fries in a takeout container.

Review: Dave’s Hot Chicken

Garrett Ashton, Reporter October 19, 2021

Dave’s Hot Chicken | 2240 Mendocino Ave. #C-1, Santa Rosa | 707-582-2200 | All main entrees under $14 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Heavily seasoned large chicken tenders with bread, tender...

A dish from the Mexican restaurant Mi Ranchito.

Review: Mi Ranchito

Blair McTaggart, Reporter May 19, 2021

Mi Ranchito |  7600 Commerce Boulevard, Cotati | (707) 795-7600 | Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Tampiquena, carnitas, cochinita pibil, mojarra frita, and burritos Review The...

Two white takeout containers holding crispy fried eggs rolls and cheese puffs, served with two small plastic cups of sweet and sour sauce.

Review: Qimura Sushi & Ramen

Hannah Cunha, Reporter May 13, 2021

Qimura Sushi & Ramen | 8960 Brooks Rd S, Windsor | (707) 836-1699 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Combination Sashimi - Chef’s choice Sashimi (Small) and (Large):...

An entree and a side will run you upwards of $20, but these dishes are incredibly filling.

Review: Tip’s Roadside Cafe

Aryk Copley, Reporter May 4, 2021

Tip's Roadside Cafe |  8445 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood | (707) 509-0078 | Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Fried chicken sandwich, tri-tip sandwich, mac and cheese, beignets...

A breakfast burrito at Cafe Frida

Review: Café Frida Gallery

Maritza Camacho, Editor April 30, 2021

Café Frida Gallery | 300 S A St, Santa Rosa | (707) 308-4344| Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Drinks: lemongrass matcha latte, house coffee, latte Food: butter...

A picture of plant-based burgers wrapped in green and white paper; pictured with a side of french fries, tater tots and pineapple coleslaw.

Review: Imposter Burger

Tucker Lang, Editor April 29, 2021

Imposter Burger | 8252 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati | (707) 664-5471 | Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Imposter Cheeseburger, Imposter Chicken Sandwich, Pineapple Coleslaw,...

A picture of a black and white platter with servings of sushi from Paradise Sushi & Grill.

Review: Paradise Sushi & Grill

Sophia Serrano, Reporter April 29, 2021

Paradise Sushi & Grill | 119 4th St, Santa Rosa | (707) 542-4582 | Most entrees under $20 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Vegas Roll, Dragon Roll, California Roll Review When the...

A pulled pork sandwich with a side of spicy coleslaw and a pickle.

Review: Wing Man

Liam Vinueza, Editor April 27, 2021

Wing Man | 101 East Cotati Ave, Cotati | (707) 794-9464 | Most entrees under $10 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Crispy Chicken Wings, served with celery and carrots and a choice of ranch or...

Vegan chicken sandwich from the Cozy Plum

Review: Cozy Plum Bistro

Malcolm Bess, Reporter April 27, 2021

Cozy Plum Bistro | 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, California 95401 | (707) 526-3333 | Most entrees under $20 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Burritos, Burgers, Pizzas, Tacos and more. Review Cozy...

A plate of green papaya salad topped with peanuts and cherry tomatoes.

Review: Khom Loi

Fay Rasmuson, Reporter April 22, 2021

Khom Loi | 7385 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol | (707) 329-6917 | Most entrees under $20 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Pad Thai, Curry, Sour Shrimp Soup, Green Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice, Straus...

A photo of a Gyro Lebni from King Falafel.

Review: King Falafel

Michael Combs, Editor April 20, 2021

King Falafel | 100 Brown St. #150, Sebastopol | (707)-824-4800 | All entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Gyros, falafel sandwiches, Kabobs Review If you are looking for...

An image of some food from Aloh-O Poke.

Review: Aloh-O Poke & Tea

Jennifer Sawhney, Writer April 20, 2021

Aloh-O | 1367 N McDowell Blvd, Suite #130, Petaluma | (707) 665-5356 | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Poke bowls, milk tea, flavored tea and macaroon ice cream sandwiches. Review The...

An assortment of sushi from Jojo Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Review: Jojo Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Alex Fuller and James Domizio April 19, 2021

Jojo Sushi Bar & Restaurant | 645 4th St, Santa Rosa | (707) 569-8588 | Most entrees under $20 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Chicken Katsu, Ebi Tempura (prawns with assorted vegetables)...

A serving of Greek Salad made from bell peppers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, and cucumber from Zainas Bellini Cafe.

Review: Zaina’s Bellini Cafe

Emma Molloy, Editor April 19, 2021

Zaina’s Bellini Cafe | 7981 Old Redwood Hwy A, Cotati | (707) 664-5956 | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Traditional Eggs Benedict, Shawarma Nachos, Tabbouleh Salad,...

A plate filled with entree options from Cumin Restaurant including naan, chicken choila and aloo saag.

Review: Cumin Restaurant

Sophia Ginsberg, Reporter April 16, 2021

Cumin Restaurant | 170 Farmers Lane, Suite 8, Santa Rosa | (707) 771-8336 | Most entrees under $20 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Chana Masala, Vindaloo...

Above shot of an assortment of the dishes from Grossmans Noshery & Bar.

Review: Grossman’s Noshery & Bar

Emily Hewitt, Reporter April 16, 2021

Grossman’s Noshery & Bar | 308 Wilson St, Santa Rosa | (707) 595-7707 | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Latkes, Matzo Ball Soup, Reuben, Falafel Pita, Sabich Pita Review The...

A picture of avocado toast from The Bagel Mill in Petaluma.

Review: The Bagel Mill

Audrey Fry, Reporter April 12, 2021

The Bagel Mill | 212 Western Ave, Petaluma | (707)-981-8010 | Most entrees under $10 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Build Your Bagel Sandwich, California Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Bodega...

Review: Vitality Bowl

Review: Vitality Bowl

Peyton Krzyzek, Staff Writer November 27, 2020

Finding a restaurant with quality vegan and vegetarian meals can be difficult, but Vitality Bowl in Santa Rosa lives up to expectations. Vitality Bowl specializes in making acai bowls, a smoothie-type...

From savory to sweet, City Garden Doughnuts has you covered.

City Garden Doughnuts: Gourmet treats

Priscilla Navas, Staff Writer November 24, 2020

City Garden Doughnuts and Coffee is a picturesque shop with a fancy but friendly atmosphere offering gourmet sweets and an array of lattes. The staff are incredibly friendly and greet you as you walk in...

Review: El Patio

Review: El Patio

Mike Combs, Staff Writer June 13, 2020

El Patio | 425 Stony Point Rd Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | (707)-578-4757 | Most entrees under $10 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Review West Santa Rosa's El Patio is sure to satisfy a variety of customers with...

El Tarascos chicken tostada with soft tortilla, shredded chicken and the works.

Review: El Tarasco

Azelia Mazur, Special to The Oak Leaf June 2, 2020

El Tarasco | 7235 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol 95472 | (707)-829-9510 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Review El Tarasco is a modest hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint in Sebastopol.  Although small, the inside...

Spice up you lunch or dinner by checking out Kabuki in downtown Petaluma.

Review: Kabuki

Rebecca Bell, Staff Writer June 2, 2020

Kabuki | 17 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 94952 | (707)-773-3232| Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes California Roll, Chicken Teriyaki, Tuna Roll Review Desperate to...

The basic Cafe mimosa breakfast has juicy bacon strips, rosemary house potatoes plus half a plate of hearty eggs.

Review: Cafe Mimosa

Maritza Camacho, Special to The Oak Leaf June 2, 2020

Cafe Mimosa | 451 Rohnert Park Expressway, Rohnert Park 94928; 456 College Ave, Santa Rosa 95401 | 707-595-3764 (RP); 707-293-9450 (SR) | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Basic...

Local favorite comfort food joint Piner Cafe comes highly recommended for an affordable Sunday brunch.

Review: Piner’s Cafe

Oliviah Shine, Special to The Oak Leaf June 2, 2020

Piner Cafe | 975 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | (707)-575-0165 | Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Stuffed French Toast, Bacon & Eggs, Denver Omelet, Pancake Sandwich Review Piner...

Paradise sushis samuri roll, golden California roll, yummy roll and calamari roll.

Review: Paradise Sushi

Nick Vides, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

Paradise Sushi | 20 E Washington St., Petaluma | (707) 781-9695 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Hibachi Steak, Yummy Roll, Petaluma Roll, Nigiri Review Paradise...

Pupuseria Salvedoreñas  in Santa Rosa serves corn and chicken tamales, pictured here wrapped in plastic.

Review: Pupuseria Salvedoreñas

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

Pupuseria Salvadoreñas | 1403 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa | (707) 544-3141 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Pupusas, tamal and anything with plantains Review Pupuseria...

Arts Place offers signature Italian pastas and polentas, such as spaghetti with meatballs and baked polenta.

Review: Art’s Place

Kayla Beaton, Special to The Oak Leaf May 14, 2020

Art’s Place | 563 Rohnert Park Expy., Rohnert Park | (707) 588-2787 | Most entrees under $20 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Pasta King’s signature pastas and polentas, such as spaghetti...

Marys Pizza Shack is still taking orders over the phone and online for minimal contact pickup. Bay Area favorites like the creamy pesto tortellini and the mozzarella garlic bread can still be a part of your quarantine.

Review: Mary’s Pizza Shack

Alex Fuller, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

Mary's Pizza Shack| 3085 Jefferson St., Napa; , plus 15 other locations across Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties | (707) 257-3300 | Most entrees under $20 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Spaghetti...

Two fish tacos from Chunkys Taqueria in Petaluma.

Review: Chunky’s Taqueria

Rebecca Bell, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

Chunky’s Taqueria | 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma | (707) 540-0655 | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas — a la carte or with...

Taqueria Molcajetes tacos de carne asada.

Review: Taqueria Molcajetes

May 13, 2020

Taqueria Molcajetes Café | 1195 W College Ave., Santa Rosa | (707) 544-8280 | Most entrees under $20 3 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Mojarra Frita, Super burrito (chicken), Tacos (carne asada),...

Amys Spicy Cheese Pizza, Classic Burrito, The Amy Burger, Mac n Cheese, Chili Cheese Fries, Chocolate Shake, Lemonade, Cinnamon Roll and a Waffle from Amys Drive-Thru in Rohnert Park.

Review: Amy’s Drive-Thru

Willow Ornellas, Special to The Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

Amy's Drive-Thru | 58 Golf Course Dr. W, Rohnert Park | (707) 755-3629 | Most entrees under $10 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Review Amy's Drive-Thru is working towards returning to the roots of American...

Tropical Bowl from Vitality Bowls in Santa Rosa, on Mendocino Avenue near the SRJC campus.

Review: Vitality Bowls Superfood Café

Maritza Camacho, Special to The Oak Leaf May 13, 2020

Vitality Bowls Superfood Café | 1880 Mendocino Ave., Suite G, Santa Rosa | (707) 540-0655 | Most entrees under $15 3 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Vitality bowl, tropical bowl, roasted turkey...

El Roy’s Mexican Grill provides many affordable options including their gordita, priced at $5 and piled high on fried masa with beans, onions, cilantro, your choice of meat, cheese and another piece of crispy masa on top.

Review: El Roy’s Mexican Grill

Albert Gregory, Special to The Oak Leaf May 12, 2020

El Roy’s Mexican Grill | 210 Edith St., Petaluma; plus food trucks at 175 Fairgrounds Dr. and 401 East Washington St., Petaluma and 760 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa | (707) 774-3738 | Most entrees under...

Camarones A la Diabla with rice and beans (tortillas not pictured). Pricey but spicy, and well worth the cost in this reviewers opinion.

Review: Taqueria Santa Rosa

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor May 12, 2020

Taqueria Santa Rosa | 1950 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa | (707) 528-7956 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Camarones A la Diabla, Carne Asada and Chile Verde are among...

Superburgers Cheese Superburger makes for a dependable, if messy, feed.

Review: Super Burger

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor May 12, 2020

Super Burger | 1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa; Also in Windsor, Bennett Valley, Cotati, Stony Point | (707) 546-4016 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes St. Helena Avenue...

The most delicious Chicago dogs in the North Bay.

Review: Roy’s Chicago Dogs at The Yard

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer May 12, 2020

Roy’s Chicago Dogs at The Yard | 84 Corona Rd, Petaluma | (707) 774-1574 | Most entrees under $10 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches Review Chicago-style...

Review: Raku Ramen

Review: Raku Ramen

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor May 12, 2020

Raku Ramen Cafe | 2424 Midway Dr., Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa | (707) 623-9668 | Most entrees under $20 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes The ramen, but also the rice bowls...

The pumpkin curry soup from Lemongrass Thai in Petaluma.

Review: Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

Rebecca Bell, Staff Writer May 12, 2020

Lemongrass Thai Cuisine | 109 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma | (707) 789-9777 | Most entrees under $15 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Pad Thai, Chicken Satay, Pad See Ew, Pumpkin Curry Review Lemongrass...

Chana masala, brown basmati rice and naan bread topped with cilantro chutney 
 - reheated the next day for a perfect vegan lunch.

Review: Kafal Restaurant

Sarah Montano, Staff Writer May 12, 2020

Kafal Restaurant | 535 Ross St, Santa Rosa | (707) 595-3311 | Most entrees under $20 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Appetizer: samosa, spinach naan Main dishes: tikka masala, tandoori chicken,...

In addition to their efficient and hygienic pandemic protocol, Basque Boulangerie combines affordability with delectability.

Review: Basque Boulangerie Cafe

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2020

Basque Boulangerie Cafe | 460 1st St. E, Sonoma | (707) 935-7687 | Most entrees under $20 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Review Basque Boulangerie Cafe has always offered great food for reasonable prices,...

Review: Acme Burger

Review: Acme Burger

Kayla Beaton, Staff Writer May 12, 2020

Acme Burger | 550 E Cotati Ave., Cotati | (707) 869-3300 | Most entrees under $15 5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes The Acme Burger, fried chicken burger and the Sonoma Mountain beef, all alongside...

A Salmon handroll and teriyaki cheesesteak. Ultimate in feel good food.

Review: Koala’s Fine Foods

Mike Combs, Staff Writer May 12, 2020

Koala's Fine Foods | 16380 Mill St., Suite A, Guerneville | (707) 869-3300 | Most entrees under $20 4 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Jalapeno Bombs + Teriyaki Mushroom Cheesesteak + Hangover...

Review: Thai House

Review: Thai House

Peyton Krzyzek, Special to The Oak Leaf May 12, 2020

Thai House | 525 4th St., Santa Rosa | (707) 526-3939 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes Noodle dishes, especially pad thai. Review Typical soups may fulfill...

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