2 Days in Napa - need recs
Please help! I know you'll be there for me SF. I'm visiting Napa for 2 days next weekend, where do I have lunch and dinner besides the obvious French Laundry, etc..? Has anyone eaten at CIA? Thanks!
Two days are not enough for the choices available. In St Helena there is Martini House and Tra Vigne. Yountville has Brix, Mustards, and a new spot, Redds'.
For breakfast you might try Pearl's in Sonoma or the Basque Bakery to the east of the square.
Lunch. We enjoy Bistro Jeanty in Yountville or perhaps Taylor's Refresher just south of St. Helena, an old fashion drive in with upscale offereings. If you are an oyster fan, Bouchan in Yountville has a great raw bar and excellent pomme frites to have with them. Just sit at the bar and enjoy.
Dinner, really like Terra in St. Helena also Martini House. Ad Hoc in Yountville has been getting some pretty good press and it's owned by Thomas Keller of the French Laundry.
Have a great time. If you are going to wineries, and why wouldn't you, be sure to hit Cliff Lede, Robert Sinskey, Miner, August Briggs.
I strongly recommend a casual lunch at Mustard's. Everytime I go up to the Wine Country, I have to stop by there. Like every restaurant in the Wine Country, they have a very extensive wine list. But I go there for their amazing onion rings, pulled pork sandwich or their ever changing daily fish tostada! DEEE-LISH!
For dinner, I recommend Redd. It has received some wonderful reviews since it's opened. The food is so fresh and the dining room is simple, yet contemporary. I also recommend Ad Hoc (Thomas Keller's new "temporary" joint). The food is served family supper-style. The only drawback is that they don't take reservations for small parties.
In regards to Terra, if you're going to be in San Francisco too, I would visit their sister restaurant, Ame, instead. I've found the food at Ame to be a bit more sophisticated and complex. Plus, the dining room is georgeous.