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Apr 14, 2007 04:00 PM

Vegetarian places in-around Calistoga

Looking for references, advice for Vegetarian places in and around Calistoga. Thanks in advance.

With 4 kids. So, kid-friendly places, please.

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  1. Palisades market from a few years ago would've been good. But other threads report its closed. True?

    Wappo Bar - ?

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    1. re: legionnaire

      I'm stumped, almost, and I'm a local. There is no vegetarian restaurant per se, here in
      Calistoga or nearby in St. Helena. Most menus at restaurants offer vegetarian options
      however. Yes, Palisades Market is no longer, but recently Cal-Mart grocery store has built a nice new deli-takeout section with both hot and cold foods and some vegetarian options.
      With four kids, I'd try Checkers, Bosko's, possibly Wappo (my favorite overall),
      even the Calistoga Roastery. This is a little town -- just three blocks long, and most
      of the restaurants have their menus posted outside. A tip: call ahead to the restaurant
      if you're able to and tell them your party of 5-6 vegetarians is coming in and I bet the
      restaurant will try to accommodate you. Have fun, and good luck.

      1. re: maria lorraine

        Very nice to get a response. vegetarian options are good enough. I am more worried about restaurants letting kids in. I'll call ahead.

    2. Checkers, Boskos seem to work well enough for our needs. I'll leave the gastronomic delights of Wappo for another time when kids are not around. If anyone has any other suggestions, do post.

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      1. re: legionnaire

        Or Pacifico's, the Mexican place. Not great, but adequate for your needs perhaps.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          I've taken kids to Pacifico's and it worked out very well. (I think I remember playing hangman on the paper placemat) I bet there's something veg-friendly, too.

      2. How little are the kids? Calistoga is a pretty kid friendly town--much more so than lower in Napa Valley. I also recommend Checkers for the kid-friendly factor. If you go to Pacifico's, be sure to make a point that you are a vegetarian. Some of their menu items contain "hidden" animal products (ie animal fats, meat broths).

        1. Old post, but for anyone vegetarian going to Calistoga... DO NOT go to Jole. It sounds nice, "farm to table", but their menu consists of lamb tongue, pork belly, chicken livers and FOIE GRAS! We had great luck eating vegan at Palisades Deli for lunch (they are not open for dinner). For dinner, I recommend Pacifico Mexican Restaurant. It had a good atmosphere, reasonable prices, and our waiter, Manny, was extremely knowledgeable of ingredients -- making sure all our food was vegan. Be sure to try the salad with beets and jicama - it was delicious!! And ask for Manny!

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          1. re: zolabell

            Regarding being an old post; be advised that Wappo is, sadly, no longer open . . . a big loss to good food in Calistoga