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Recommendations for three day trip to Napa and Sonoma?

EclecticEater Oct 25, 2006 06:06 AM

We have three days. What are the best places to have lunch and to have dinner in the Napa and Sonoma areas?

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    Bryan Gros Oct 25, 2006 09:07 PM

    You might want to give a little more detail on the kinds of places you are looking for.

    One of my favorites in Sonoma county is Syrah in Santa Rosa. The tasting menu is always great and a pretty good value. The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma is also very nice.

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      dbenzing Oct 25, 2006 09:03 PM

      My first response is that trying to do both Napa & Sonoma in 3 days is too much, You're better off sticking to one. I prefer Sonoma - it's not as busy and more laid back. A few places I recommend are The Girl & the Fig in Sonoma, John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa and Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar in Healdsburg.

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        ngardet Oct 25, 2006 06:59 PM

        I also recommend Pilar, it is excellent and unique. The lunch menu is a bargain. I prefer Bistro Jeanty to Bouchon but both are quite boring.

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          rtmonty Oct 25, 2006 07:52 PM

          We had a raw oyster, pomme frite lunch at Bouchon last Friday that was outstanding. Perfectly fresh oyster (4 different varities) plus outstanding pomme frites. It was boring at all.

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          wboucek Oct 25, 2006 06:49 PM

          Definitely agree about Bouchon - wonderful. And awesome burgers at Taylor's Refresher - double YUM!!

          1. JasmineG Oct 25, 2006 06:40 PM

            I had a delicious dinner at Pilar just a few weeks ago, it's in Napa. I would highly recommend it, from food to service, everything was wonderful. They're also open for lunch.

            I also had a great lunch at Angele, also in Napa, near the river.

            1. Morton the Mousse Oct 25, 2006 06:38 PM

              I highly recommend a visit to Round Pond for a unique, informative and delicious olive oil tasting.
              For dining, I recommend Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and Bouchon.
              Avoid Bistro Jeanty at all costs.

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                Agent_Chef Oct 25, 2006 05:16 PM

                The Bounty Hunter Wine Bar is a fun place in downtown Napa. I'd also recommend Bistro Don Giovanni on the outside edge of Napa. My wife and I had a great meal there this past August. Taylor's Automatic Refresher in St. Helena, could be a good stop for lunch. Finally if the weather is nice, buy some cheese (I like Vella Cheese Co. in Sonoma), sausage, crusty bread, olive oil, olives, <- you get the idea, and of course a good bottle of wine or two and find a place for a picnic lunch. Too many great spots to name.

                1. Chris Rising Oct 25, 2006 05:00 PM

                  My favorite lunch is outdoors on the patio at Bouchon in Yountville. Cyrus is red hot at the moment, at least in the MSM, but I haven't been. NB: It is challenging to have dinner in one county if your staying in the other. You may want to plan accordingly.

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