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Brian R. Aug 3, 2001 08:18 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Sunday brunch in Napa Valley? Outdoor patio would be nice. THANKS!

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    Mystery Chowdog Aug 7, 2001 02:05 AM

    Napa Valley Brunch is good at The Diner in Yountville (not a buffet) or Pacific Blues also Yountville (outside available)(also not buffet).

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      Melanie Wong Aug 7, 2001 09:36 PM

      Maybe not what Brian R. is looking for, but I've felt that Gordon's in Yountville makes a better breakfast and has more local atmostphere. The Diner feels like the Disney version of what a diner should be.

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        Brian R Aug 8, 2001 05:16 PM

        Thanks for the feedback! Does anyone know anything about Gillwoods or Napa Valley Grille?

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          Melanie Wong Aug 8, 2001 08:42 PM

          Sorry, Brian, I haven't been to either personally. Napa Valley Grille is solid but not considered a stand-out locally. Now if you go to the chain's other locations, say Mall of America in the Twin Cities, it's a star.

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            Brandon Nelson Aug 9, 2001 02:56 AM

            Howdy

            I have to echo Melanies opinion of "The Diner" I just don't get it. I had a buddy that worked there for years and even that didn't prompt me to eat there often. Napa Valley Grille is solid, but if you are going to spend that kind of money do it at Bistro Don Giovanni. Gillwoods makes good breakfasts, nothing that I crave though. If I am in the mood to go out for breakfast Mrs. Mac Donalds often wins out. I like biscuits and gravy, and they do that well.

            Chow!!!

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              Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2001 03:11 AM

              Hey Brandon, I've had one meal at Mrs. MacDonald's and it was biscuits and gravy. Good job on those, although my one piece of link sausage was overly singed. How are the pies?

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                Brandon Nelson Aug 9, 2001 03:45 AM

                Hey Mel!

                Would you belive that in the handful of times I have eaten there I have had breakfast every time but one? One would think a bright lil' hound would figure out that good breakfast might translate to other good eats. I enjoy their muffins. If their other baked goods are equal to those they should be great. But sadly, I have not yet tried the pies. That worrisome problem will soon be remedied!

                Chow!!!

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                  Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2001 04:14 AM

                  I could get that if you would believe that the week I spent holed up at the Napa Marriott (across the street from the restaurant) in February, I had no idea that Mrs. MacDonald's existed! My loss.

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                    Brian R Aug 9, 2001 01:42 PM

                    Thanks for all the good feedback, Melanie and Brandon! Any last thoughts would also be appreciated. Actually, I'm looking for a place to take the parents and step-siblings from Florida that may be more relaxed than the latest hot breakfast spot. But they may just have to suffer through it because your places sound more like where I'd want to go!

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                      Melanie Wong Aug 9, 2001 09:02 PM

                      Well, if you'd like a hearty working man's breakfast, then head over to Soscol Cafe in downtown Napa. You can find earlier posts using the search engine on the Chowhound main page. I had lunch there yesterday and continue to marvel at Javier Cejas' (owner/cook) talent for short-order. My cheeseburger was just great. Actually came in medium rare exactly as ordered, brown and crispy on the outside, juicy and flavorful inside, good quality onion roll, fresh condiments, slab of real cheddar cheese, and with a green salad (substitute for fries) came to $5.25. The breakfast special of the day (which I've had before) was ham, bell pepper, tomatos and onion three-egg scramble with home fries or hash browns (the best!), toast and coffee for $5.00. Open from 6:30am to 1:30pm, every day.

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            Leslie C Aug 13, 2001 07:36 PM

            Gilwoods is decent, more family style and traditional meals - eggs any style, pancakes and french toast. Always a decent breakfast - but the previous suggestion, Gordon's is wonderful. Smaller and very little seating outside but the food is always outstanding and whimsical. The larger tables are community style where you meet plenty of the locals.

            ABC - Alex's Baking Company in downtown is charming too. More on the traditional style with a few interesting combos on the menu. Good smoothies and large portions. The staff is always pleasant and provides great service. There's usually a waiting list - so walk in and just put your name down. Lots of locals end up here too.

            Enojy!

            leslie

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              Melanie Wong Aug 13, 2001 11:07 PM

              Welcome, Leslie, thanks for posting. I've enjoyed ABC for lunch, will have to try breakfast.

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        Brandon Nelson Aug 4, 2001 04:32 AM

        Brunch

        Vintners Court at the Silverado country club has always gotten high marks for Sunday brunch. I haven't been there in years though.

        Chow!!!

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