Welcome to “Drive-ins, Dives and Diners Mad Meat Genius Style’. I am your host, Chilebrown. Today we are traveling the back roads of Petaluma California to visit the Washoe House, one of the oldest still operating road houses. Since 1859 this establishment has served stagecoach passengers traveling between Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Today the Washoe house is a local watering hole and a place to grab a bite of food. The Washoe house is located on a rural road in Petaluma that is almost next door to ‘The Pasta King’. I drove by one day and noticed the large monument marker in front. This marker was erected in 1958 by the fraternal organization of E Clampus Vitus. This place must be special if the Clampers are involved, so let’s go inside.
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The main entrance brings you into the bar area. The first thing you notice is all the money on the ceiling. Years and Years of people fastening dollar bills on the walls and ceiling is quit a site. Tables surrounded the bar with people enjoying their lunch. An empty tiny dining room was attached to this room of libation. We chose a table and ordered some frosty beverages. Our server had an attitude that was a little off putting. It was like she was the local sheriff and had just said; “You ain’t from around here, are you Boy!” The beer was icy cold and would make a Clamper happy. The menu consisted of standard American faire, Steak, chicken, burgers and a daily special of a chicken wrap.
Ms. Goofy ordered a burger and it was just what the doctored ordered. The burger was large and Ms. Goofy could not finish her plate. Fried chicken and onion rings would give the Fryolater a work out for my meal. All I can say is the chicken was fried. The onion rings were tasty. All in all it was not that bad. The menu prices are very reasonable. We saw a couple of other plates pass our table and they all looked good.
The Washoe house looks like it is a popular local watering hole. Anyplace endorsed by the Clampers must be wild. The interior of the bar has a casual old lived in vibe. The bartender was a little icy but the food thawed her attitude. The Washoe house is a living historical experience. I am glad we stopped by but probably will not return.
Stony Point Road & Roblar Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952