in june i will be staying in napa for 2 nights (@ The Lavender Inn). i have a reservation for The French Laundry already. where else should i go. i need one more dinner. somewhere that should not be missed; since i don't make it here that often! any tips on the best boutique wineries and maybe some lunch or brekkie stops too.
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I second Bouchon Bakery for breakfast. I would eat there every day if I knew I wouldn't gain so much weight!
For dinner, I would go to Terra in St. Helena. I had a great experience there, and I know many others who have as well. The food is bar none the best I've had in Napa (I've lived here for 2 years and we eat out a lot). They also have a beautiful cookbook!
Have a wonderful time at the Laundry!
I should preface this with the fact that we have never dined at the French Laundry, but our hands-down favorite for innovative, beautifully-presented food is the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville. http://farmhouseinn.com/restaurant.html They recently had a much-deserved glowing write-up in Gourmet mag, and - for what it's worth - scored a 27 Zagat.
We also love Cafe la Haye on the Sonoma side for more casual dining. http://www.sterba.com/sonoma/lahaye/ It's a crowded little floor (with - I think - 35 seats?) and the food is amazing.
If you are out tasting on the Napa side, there is a buzzing little gourmet shop in Healdsburg (I think the flagship is in Oakville) called the Oakville Grocery. http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/stores... They make delicious sandwiches/salads and carry fun local cheeses and wines.
Hope that helps!