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Help with Napa burger decision

OK Napa Valley locals. Need some help with a burger decision in Napa. Heading out solo tonight and just want somewhere to grab a really good burger and a glass of wine at the bar. I love Taylors and Andie's but looking for something a little nicer to enjoy. My hit list so far is as follows:

Solbar - (how can you not love a burger with deep fried pickles)
Auberge du Soleil (the bar)
Angele in Napa
Boon Fly Cafe

Appreciate any thoughts and assist. Haven't had a burger in awhile and craving one big time.

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  1. Not a local, but but two recommendations:

    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena


    The Bounty Hunter in downtown Napa:


    Large selection of wines by the glass or by flight. No burgers though.

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    1. re: tanglenet

      Bounty Hunter doesn't have a burger daily. Angele's is great, along with the wine list and ambience. Does Cindy's still do a duck burger? If so, that's even better.

    2. I vote for Mustard's and get an order of onion rings!

      1. Rutherford Grill, of course.

        1. I almost hate to say it, but Fumé Blanc has a pretty great burger. In fact, I think it is about the best thing they do...

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          1. re: Carrie 218

            Anyone know if Fume Bistro still offers the Five Buck Chuck, served at the bar only? Quite a good deal at the time, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/27733...

            ABC makes a good burger too.

            Alexis Baking Co
            1517 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559

            Fume Bistro & Bar
            4050 Byway East, Napa, CA 94558

          2. Has anyone tried the Squeeze Inn location in Napa? I like the original, although Sacramento is a little far to drive for a burger, and have the Napa one on my "to try" list.

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            1. re: foodfan

              foodfan: Could you post more info on the Squeeze Inn location in Napa? I can't seem to find anything in a quick search... Thanks!

              1. re: RWCFoodie

                So, I just searched again and found it... Anyone have anything to say about it? I still remember Guy Fieri visiting the Sacramento branch - that thing just looked so outrageous! Hey, I can't believe it - I finally succeeded with adding a "place" - guess I'm not so lame after all.... =^..^=

                Squeeze Inn Hamburger
                3383 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558

                1. re: RWCFoodie

                  We went travelled up to the branch in Napa and although the wait was much, much shorter, the overall experience wasn't as good. While I am a fan of clean places, this branch is very sterile and plain and the burger itself seemed tougher and under seasoned. They looked as great as the other place, cheese cap and all, but...Salting at the table solved some of that but not quite the same as having the patties seasoned while they are cooked. Plus, I always feel like my doctor is going to walk in as soon as I start salting an already unhealthy meal! Maybe it is just the essence of the long used other grill. In short, while I thought the drive and wait to Sacramento worth worth it, the shorter drive to Napa was not. Sorry, I should have posted earlier.

                  1. re: foodfan

                    Thanks for the info foodfan - I agree that the long seasoned grill might have had a lot to do with it... We'll have to give it a try though one of these days.

                    Not on the burger topic but on our trips up and thru the Napa area, I still have to stop at La Mixteca for a duro con ensalada de cueritos (not sure of exact spelling)...

                    1. re: RWCFoodie


                      * La Mixteca
                      2580 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94558, USA Remove

                      La Mixteca
                      2580 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94558

            2. Where'd you end up?

              beanbag's post on Angele's burger, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/480685

              1. Best kept secret in Napa, Red Rock Back Door BBQ, downtown on Lincoln. Pulled Pork sandwich is world class. Space is tight, so go early. MMMMMMMM

                Another world class Burger is at Babe's, on Carneros Hiway south of Sonoma. Burger, fries an a choc shake will transport you back to the sounds of the Drifters in a '57 Chevy with twice pipes draggin the main......will also probably clog every artery in your body, but well worth it....

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                1. re: PINONVY

                  A previous Red Rock post

                  Babe's mention

                  Red Rock Cafe
                  1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558

                  Babe's Burgers & Franks
                  2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

                  1. re: rworange

                    Not to veer too off topic here, but what ever happened to Thomas Keller's "Burgers and Bottles" concept? I thought Ad Hoc was only set to be a temporary restaurant concept while he worked through the logistics of opening his permanent hamburger restaurant. A bottle of great Napa red with a Thomas Keller burger and frites? I can hardly imagine a more satisfying lunch.

                    R. Jason Coulston

                    1. re: Jason_Coulston

                      It's on its way. Just read an update on this the other day.

                    2. re: rworange

                      I'm not a big burger eater, but I have to agree with Red Rock's burgers. You can add on to your burger from a list. They also have curly fries

                  2. I'm a serious burger eater...and only great ones -- hand-formed, grilled, etc.
                    Here are my votes:

                    Press -- Kobe beef burger with homemade pickles and French fries
                    Boonfly Restaurant -- great, order the onion rings on a spindle (they come separately)
                    Rutherford Grill -- comes with French fries
                    Bistro Don Giovanni, with onion rings ON the burger
                    Hydro, in Calistoga -- wonderful! -- and a complete surprise
                    Flatiron Grill -- 10 oz. chopped sirloin burger

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                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      Forgot one:
                      The Kobe burger at Martini House. Outstanding.

                      After all these recs, I'm going to have to check out Red Rock!