Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Healdsburg Bar & Grill Restaurant Review: Launched by Douglas Keane and Nick Peyton, Healdsburg Bar & Grill goes by the nickname HBG to embody its casual ethos. This isn’t haute cuisine in folksy and familiar disguise as found at Market, the owners’ former Napa bistro (though there are a couple of smart menu carry-overs such as naughty adult mac ‘n’ cheese and butterscotch pudding). Instead it’s a joint to put cravings to rest, where the dinner menu reads like lunch: burgers, pizzas, sandwiches. Half-pounders, cooking preparation delineated in writing, get a jump-start from side options such as bacon, Fiscalini cheddar or avocado --- but the Angus beef is a surprising wallflower, with no zing of its own. Flatbread pizza loaded with cheese comes too doughy at center. Winners come from the starters section: juicy sliders on Dutch crunch rolls with cornmeal crisped onion slivers; smoky, can’t-stop truffle fries; wings, crispy outside, juicy in, with a tangy hot sauce coating. Watch the game at the bar, or passersby from under cheery red patio umbrellas. Half barrels of tomatoes frame a lawn ideal for restless kids. The wine list has “patio” choices and “five block reds” (from that close by) to sip from stemless glasses. Amateur service needs tightening.