Glen Ellen Star and Lou’s Luncheonette

Fremont Diner is now closed, and replaced by Lou’s Luncheonette.

Napa and Sonoma are synonymous with great wine and spirits but the dining scene is a star player inmy book. Below are a few new standouts from my recent visit, each on a slightly different spectrum.
On the casual side is the Fremont Diner [now Lou’s Luncheonette] a good choice as you make your way up to your favorite winery. Situated off Highway 12, this diner offers visitors covered outdoor seating (allows dogs!) or the more traditional diner setting. Either selection at the prime eating hour (lunch?) will likely require a wait, especially if it’s nice and sunny out.

Dec 26, 2019 update: it appears the Fremont Diner has been shuttered and replaced by Lou’s Luncheonette. While I’ve yet to visit the people—and dishes—seem to carry on the legacy of the diner. Which is why I’ve left this post for posterity (and, it IS the end of the year!)

Lou’s Luncheonette
2698 Fremont Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-7370

Another standout located in Glen Ellen is the Glen Ellen Star. Our selections included the mixed salad with 8 minute egg (perfectly cooked with a still runny center) margharita pizza and flat iron steak. We ended the meal with homemade ice cream (butter pecan) and a short drive home.

Glen Ellen Star Salad with “8 minute” egg

Glen Ellen Star
13648 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 343-1384

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