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Sep 8, 2006 03:03 PM

Calistoga weekend

Going to Napa area for several days and staying in Calistoga. Heard food choices can be iffy. Any good recs. Dinner for two nights and lunch for three.

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  1. wappo bar and grill has always worked for us. It is in the middle of town.
    There's also Terra in St. Helena which is not far.

    1. I just did a search under 'Calistoga' and found a few recent posts. Check them out...

      1. Wappo Grill is great...lovely patio too, but the service may be a tad slow. The best chile rellenos I've ever had, plus great
        duck carnitas and excellent Brazilian seafood chowder.

        The mushroom pizza at Bosko's is terrific.

        Brannan's has some terrific food (I loved the steak
        and rabbit bolognese) and a stylish interior.

        Flatiron has a great 10 oz. sirloin burger.

        Pacifico (Mexican) has good carnitas and fajitas, but the Mexican quasi-dive next to Cal-Mart,the grocery store, called Puerto Vallarta is also good.

        Not crazy about All Seasons.

        The Cal-Mart grocery store has a great deli for wonderful picnics and I highly suggest finding a winery to have a picnic, buying a bottle of wine and enjoying yourselves.

        Calistoga Inn and Microbrewery has OK food, but a great atmosphere and almost nightly music.

        There's a fairly good coffee shop in town --Calistoga Roastery.

        Really good breakfasts/brunch dishes at Cafe Sarafornia.

        I think that's all there is in dear little Calistoga...

        Have a lovely time in that sweet little 4-block town...

        1. After 2 years I just moved out of Calistoga...
          Breakfast at Sarafornia is standard all American breakfast and there is nothing better for brekkers IMHO. Cal-Mart is a fine locally run grocery store. Across the street the deli in the depot is fine.
          There are far more tempting options in St. Helena. Also Healdsburg is only 35 minutes from Calistoga and lots of fun w/great food.

          1. We really like Schaat's Bakery for breakfast and if its a day we're going to be wine tasting, we pick up a loaf or two of their yummy bread to snack on (and stablize us so we don't get too loopy).

            Palisades Deli & Cafe in the depot is quite nice for lunch.
            Pacifico is NOT good, its expensive and unbelievably bland.

            Hwy 29 Cafe just south of Calistoga has a very nice brunch/lunch menu and a wonderful patio. We haven't been for dinner but hear its just as good.

            Other - Wine Garage on Hwy 29 for nice, inexpensive wines. Dutch Henry & Vincent Arroyo are our favorite wineries in the area not only because the wines are good but the people are so nice and welcoming.

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            1. re: larochelle

              Schaat's is fine, but if you're wine tasting, really, truly
              have breakfast, at your B&B or someplace like Sarafornia.

              Palisades is no more. Hwy 29 Cafe perhaps as well (think so).

              The Wine Garage has sold me odd lots of improperly stored wine and I've returned it because it was bad...This has also happened to a few friends who were also shoppers. I can't recommend it...

              Instead, go to St. Helena Wine Merchants, the Wine Stop in the Railroad Cars in Calistoga, buy wine from a winery, or go to (best prices of all) JV Warehouse in Napa next door to Copia.

              Can't recommend Dutch Henry, but I can praise to the high heavens Vincent Arroyo. He crafts his wine. It's a small operation, but his wines are outstanding. Lots of single vineyard wines, especially SV Petite Sirah.

              1. re: maria lorraine

                Wow! Things change up there even faster than SF.

                We were in Calistoga in June and had a filling breakfast at Schaats, a wonderful lunch at the deli, a very nice brunch at Hwy 29 and bought 2 cases of wine at the Wine Garage (none of which were bad). That's really sad to hear those places have closed, changed their offerings or gone downhill that quickly.