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Magnificent Obsession: Shed

The Healdsburg restaurant and market hall does Mediterranean-inspired snacking like no other.

Shed’s technicolor mezze plate.


I’ve raved about Shed in a past Magnificent Obsession column, and I can’t stop raving because the food coming out of Perry Hoffman’s kitchen at the Healdsburg restaurant and market hall is just so damn good. My latest object of affection is Shed’s mezze plate, its version of the appetizer platters found throughout the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Hoffman’s take features whatever spreads and dips happen to be available in Shed’s market display cases; on a recent visit, those included a carrot hummus, quinoa salad, and beet tzatziki as well as a heap of shimmering green and black olives and a soft white brick of feta cheese. It’s hard to articulate the sheer joy that came with smearing various combinations onto shards of sturdy but crispy flatbread that had been baked in-house; maybe it was the vibrant colors, maybe it was the intensity of the flavors, maybe it was the satisfying snap of the flatbread. Whatever it was, I can’t recommend the experience enough.

25 North St. (at Foss St.), Healdsburg, 707-431-7433


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco 

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