St. Helena--Friday night dinner
I will be in St. Helena for a week starting August 6th. I have checked the board and , but didn't find as much as I expected, especially recent reports. I have been to St. Helena several times over the last 5 summers, taking classes at CIA at Greystone. I tried many of the big name places: Martini House, Cindy's Backstreet, Vigne Tre (?) Taylor's Refresher, Pinot Blanc, Greystone and also Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon in Younteville, and Julia's Kitchen in Napa. . I read about Terra. Is that where I should try for on Friday night? I have dinner reservations at Martini House Monday night--that was my favorite last time.
Over a week ago I had a fabulous dinner at Meadowood's Restaurant, the chef's tasting menu. Terra is always good, or at least it has been for me. Not all dishes are always mind-blowing but it is a nice place for a cozy dinner.
One of my consistently favorite restaurants is Rutherford Grill. You have to order the cornbread- fresh, sweet, moist and made with just a tad of fresh jalepeno for a perfect but faint little kick. Also the pork ribs literally fall of the bone. They have a near perfect Caesar salad, great wine list, excellent service.
I highly recommend Cook (contemp italian/cali), Market (american with a twist), CC Blue (sushi), and Armadillo's (fine mexican) because they are all smaller, less touristy and the food is outstanding.
Pinot Blanc is now gone and has been replaced with Go Fish - owned and operated by Cindy Pawclyn of Cindy's Backstreet and Mustards fame. Highly recommended if you are a fish fan.
Also new is Press - an upscale steakhouse that I think is over-priced and rather pretentious.
I have never been a Tra Vigne fan (okay, I liked it a dozen years ago but it is a shadow of its former self). Terra would be a great choice if you are working through your St. Helena list. Fyoulady's suggestions are all good but only that - just good for locals but I think hardly memorable.
My friend, a wine broker foodie who lives in St Helena, loves Press and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.