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Napa Eateries Sept 21 and 22, Please help

FDawson May 4, 2007 01:28 AM

We've set our Napa dates for Sept 21 through 23. We will be looking for lunch and dinner spots on Sept 21 and 22, travelling back on Sept 23. Unfortunatley we're staying in a American Canyon, 10 miles south of Napa. We're travelling with fairly cost conscious friends. Please recommend eateries that won't drive our cost conscious friends away. I've heard of Taylors Refresher and Mustards Grill. Any others?

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    wineandcheese RE: FDawson May 4, 2007 04:20 AM

    Definately go to Celedon. They serve lunch and dinner and are located in downtown Napa. The food and atmosphere are great. They are in an new shopping area right on the Napa River.

    1. farmersdaughter RE: FDawson May 4, 2007 07:37 AM

      I don't know how your friends would feel about dinner at Ad Hoc. It's a Thomas Keller restaurant and is a $45 prix fixe. You get an appetizer, a main plus sides, a small cheese course plus dessert for the price, and given the quality of the food and the setting, I thought it was an absolute steal. The wine list is weak, however - not a lot of interesting choices or good value.

      SF Chronicle review: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/listing...

      1. farmersdaughter RE: FDawson May 4, 2007 11:03 AM

        There are some other Napa cheap (and not so cheap) eats ideas in this article. http://71miles.com/destinations/napa-...

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          adefiori RE: farmersdaughter May 4, 2007 11:16 AM

          Lunch- Bistro Don Giovanni- great patio- right off highway 29.
          Taylor's Refreshers- refined old school burger joint- get's pretty crowded during
          peak hours. You can have a burger and a 1/2 bottle of wine and sit on the picnic tables.

          Dinner: Ad Hoc is great. And at $45 I think it is a steal too.
          There is a tapas place downtown, I've heard is awesome. I think it is on first st.

          If I think of more I'll get back to you.

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            Junie D RE: adefiori May 4, 2007 11:28 AM

            The tapas restaurant is Zuzu. I enjoy it, but it is not the place for a bargain meal. What price range are you (OP) thinking of?

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              chilicrema RE: Junie D May 4, 2007 12:51 PM

              For a casual out of this world lunch made as it should be go to Alexis Baking Company - referred to as ABC. The best hamburgers, ethnic specials ranging from Indian to Jewish to Mexican and perfectly done. Delicious caesar salad, grilled herb marinated chicken sandwich. the breakfasts are my favorite - chilaquiles, pancakes, breakfast sandos, omelletes. Go Go gO!

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                FDawson RE: Junie D May 5, 2007 02:09 PM

                Price range is around $100 to $150 per couple for a Saturday night dinner.
                Thanks so much for your thoughts and insights.

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              FDawson RE: farmersdaughter May 5, 2007 02:08 PM

              Thanks so much for your insight.

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                Dan Wodarcyk RE: FDawson May 5, 2007 08:36 PM

                Another great place, Bounty Hunter, reasonably priced and a stellar wine list (and well within your dinner budget, but I'd go for lunch and Ad Hoc for dinner). Located in downtown Napa. For lunch they have daily specials but their pulled pork sandwiches are available every day and a terrific smoked salmon salad. Plus a casual atmosphere and a wine selection that's hard to beat.

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              OldTimer RE: FDawson May 4, 2007 12:51 PM

              A favorite of the locals is in a strip mall on the west side of the highway, Zinsvalley. Moderate prices, good food, good ambiance.

              1. fyoulady RE: FDawson May 4, 2007 05:49 PM

                Pizzeria Tra Vigne has lovely light Italian fare and is right across the street from Taylor's Refresher. Also Cook, Market and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena all have great food that is reasonably priced.

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