Michael Bauer Is ‘Pleasantly Surprised’ By Bravas Bar de Tapas

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A neon sign outside Bravas. Photo: Courtesy of Bravas

Healdsburg's new Bravas Bar de Tapas is the latest project from prominent Sonoma County restaurateurs Mark and Terry Stark, who also opened Willi's Wine Bar, Monti's, and Stark's Steak & Seafood in Santa Rosa, and Willi's Seafood Bar in Healdsburg. The new Spanish-inspired restaurant is in the former Ravenous space, and Mr. Bauer says he was "pleasantly surprised" by the food, which he says "has a point of view." He likes the bacon-like crispy pig ears served with anchovy vinaigrette; and the "firm, yet tender" octopus that comes as a large grilled tentacle. He also loves the chicken croquettes and the marinated fire pit vegetables, which he calls "spectacular." All told: two and a half stars. [Chron]