Wine Country with a baby
- Andy Yamamoto
I will be taking a trip to wine country in a few weeks with my in-laws, and want to show them the best cuisine the area has to offer, but there's a catch--we have a 5 month old son. Any suggestions for places in Napa or Sonoma that have great food but are baby-friendly (or at least tolerant)?
We just had a nice dinner at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville (Napa). Even though it is french, it was remarkably not snooty. Our dinner was very nice, and I have heard nothing but universally positive comments about the food. They have outdoor tables, and a very casual atmosphere. I would bring my 2 year-old daughter there, and I'm sure she makes more noise than your 5 month-old. Call and check about high chairs. Piatti in Younville is also nice and noisy. You can't tell by looking, Piatti is a chain, but the food is still pretty good (especially the appetizers).
Except for the French Laundry and perhaps La Toque, most Napa restaurants are pretty kid-tolerant. My three-year-old's favorite food in the world was the fried rabbit at Mustard's, although your five-month-old won't be getting around to that for a while. Yountville Diner is great for kids too.