11/02/2012 03:09:00 PM

The Fremont Diner Adds New Barbecue and Fried Chicken Dinners

The famed fried chicken at The Fremont Diner
By Meesha Halm
Up in wine country, the end of harvest usually signals the wind down of the tourist season, and restaurants start gearing up for their annual winter hiatus. But up in Sonoma, the funky, unlikely cult favorite The Fremont Diner is ramping up, not whittling down, its hours of operations.

The Chronicle reports that owner Chad Harris he’s just added table service to the casual set-up and tacked on dinner barbecue dinner service Thursday-Saturday along with a new Sunday night prix fixe fried chicken dinner. (See menus after the jump). And although much of the seating at the truck-stop-turned farm-fresh day-time diner is outside at first-come, first-serve picnic tables, Harris is installing heaters and a tent over the patio to keep it viable during the winter. 

The new evening menus are not posted yet but we got the low down on the options. The barbecue dinners, which comes with a platter of 'cued meat of your choice (chicken, brisket, salt-and-pepper sausage, ribs or pulled pork) ranges from $15.99 to $20.99. Vegetarians can opt for a platter of sides. The fried chicken dinner, comprised of a half-chicken, biscuit, pickles and two sides, is $17.50.  In addition to the new dinner options (served 5- 9PM), The Fremont Diner is now serving a happy hour menu from 3-6 PM, which features snacks and $1 off drinks.

Note: Reservations are not accepted so we recommend calling ahead to make sure they’re open. (2698 Fremont Drive/Highway 121, Sonoma, 707-938-7370.)

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