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Nov 16, 2006 11:54 PM

Our List of Restaurants for Napa

My boyfriend and I are going to Napa for my birthday/new years. Going through Chowhound, I have a list of places to try. I'd be grateful to anyone who could let me know what I should keep or remove or add to this list. Doubtful we'll be able to try all of them, but at least we'll have options!

1. Pilar
2. Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
4. Celadon
5. Zins Valley
6. Angele
7. Market
8. Bistro Jeanty
9. Vallergas Market
10. Fume Bistro

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Keep Redd as your slurge. Get the wine pairing if possible and don't hesitate to vocalize your tastes and preferences. They're very good at shifting courses around and do a nice pairing of local wines.

    1. We like Jeanty for lunch. Almost always a couple of items from the first course menu, petit salee, fried smelts (outstanding), frisee salad with lardons and poached egg, any of the pate's. This is usually plenty, especially if you're planning on a big dinner.

      Also, if you like oysters, the raw bar at Bouchon which is just a block or so away, is outstanding. A dozen or two with an order of pomme frites makes for the perfect light lunch.

      BTW, both are in Yountville.

      Have a great time.

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      1. re: rtmonty

        Note that the frisee salad has a bacon dressing with tiny bits of bacon. If one is expecting larger pieces of lardon like in france, this will disappoint.

        Lunch at Bistro Jeanty -

        As far as Vallergas market, the deli sandwiches are generously sized and can be good. I've disliked the prepared salads there.

      2. Bounce back and forth between Bouchon for drinks & oysters at the bar and then to Bistro Jeanty (one of my favorites) for dinner then back to Bouchon for dessert.

        1. I like Bistro Jeany for traditional bistro food, and Zinsvalley for just plain good food.

          1. Bouchon would definitely be on my list. (Well, OK, it IS on my list, but that's another story!) I have to chuckle at tne inclusion of Vallergas Market -- I used to get my lunch from there (or the old Oakville Grocery) for far too long to think of it as a "destination eatery," but -- hey, why not? I'd add Taylor's Refresher, too.

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            1. re: zin1953

              can i ask - what's taylor's refresher?

              1. re: katg

                It is a "roadside" burger/milkshake stand taken to a new level. It Taylor's Automatic Refesher is on the main street in St. Helena. There is also a branch in the Ferry building in San Francisco. I had the most incredible Tuna burger with asian coleslaw. The tuna ( I think Ahi) was cooked perfectly rare and was a very generous portion. My husband had a cool chicken sandwich one time, and a burger next. He said the milkshake was awesome.

                1. re: sherry f

                  Actually Taylor's is just over the bridge a little south of St. Helena, it's not "downtown" per say. A really fun place, only drive in I know of that has very good wines by the glass. O rings are also outstanding.

                  1. re: sherry f

                    oh! (duh) i've been to the one more than once in the ferry building. i just didn't remember the name!