My husband and I will be in Napa celebrating my birthday Sunday-Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We ate at Travigne, Mustards, and French Laundry last year, all good.
We wanted to make reservations someplace different this year. Any recommendations? Is Cole's Chophouse good?
I'm going to share a couple of lesser known Napa gems. Notice I wrote Napa. Not St. Helena, Rutherford, or Yountville. All very worthy destinations, but not (I'm nit picking) Napa.
The Foothill Cafe, on Old Sonoma road, is a favorite of mine. We locals try to keep a lid on this so we don't have to battle for a table. This place was, once upon a time, a BBQ joint. When the former owner left, the brick barbie stayed. The menu is sort of upscale California BBQ.
Pearl, 1339 Pearl St., is owned by the people that own the Foothill. This place tends to have a little more seafood on the menu than it's sister does.
Zins on Browns Valley Road. The are few places that have the kind of choice outdoor seating that Zins does. The food features some local flavors, and the wine list is a little better than most. I mourn the loss of Augustinos, a former local love that once took up the space that Zins now occupies.
Try at least one!
If you're looking for a nice place, Terra in St. Helena is great! It's an Asian/French fusion place that has great service and is very quiet. Pretty pricey, but worth it.
Also try Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa. It's almost as good as Tra Vigne and alot easier to get in.
Pinot Blanc, St. Helena-French Bistro
Catahoula, Calistoga-New Orleans style
Bouchon, Yountville-French Bistro, owned by Thomas Keller
Bistro Jeanty, Yountville-French Bistro, owned by former chef at Domain Chandon