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Casual Lunch in Yountville/Calistoga

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Hungry Karen Mar 7, 2008 01:48 PM

I'm visiting from Manhattan, driving up from San Francisco to a wedding in Calistoga. Looking for a casual sit-down lunch place in that area, or on the way to, with salads, sandwiches, good wine, etc. (in the vein of The Girl and the Fig from what I can tell online and possibly Gordon's, which I gather is now closed). Alternatively, we get a picnic from Bouchon Bakery? Where to eat? A neighboring vineyard? Thanks so much.

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    Mick Ruthven Mar 8, 2008 03:22 PM

    I like the Cantinetta at Tra Vigne in St. Helena. You get casual wine country atmosphere and quite good food at reasonable prices. Very nice patio. Note that Tra Vigne also has a full restaurant/dining room that is a separate entity; it's not what I'm talking about.

    1. wolfe Mar 7, 2008 04:12 PM

      Depending on the weather a nice outdoor meal at Taylor's St Helena.
      http://www.taylorsrefresher.com/

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        cortez Mar 8, 2008 07:16 AM

        I agree that Bistro Jeanty is very fun for lunch.

        If you want more casual fare outside, I like your notion of buying sandwiches and pastries at Bouchon. For me, the best picnic table is right up the street--one small picnic table across from the French Laundry (just north of the French Laundry's vegetable garden) overlooking the creek. It's right next to a small bridge crossing the creek. Very quiet and amazingly placid. Yet, it's just a 5 minute walk from Bouchon. Park in the Vintage 1870 lot across from Bouchon.

        Enjoy!

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          Jason_Coulston Mar 8, 2008 10:14 AM

          Bistro Jeanty is hard to beat. It's a little bit of France in the heart of California wine country. I really can't see going wrong there. I would sit at the bar, order a nice cool glass of French white wine, and ask what's not on the menu . . . like scrambled eggs with truffles for example.

          R. Jason Coulston

      2. Glencora Mar 7, 2008 04:04 PM

        If you're driving that way, you'll pass through St. Helena, too. You might do a search for that. It's a bit less touristy than Yountville.

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          mliew Mar 7, 2008 01:54 PM

          I think you'd have better luck posting on the San Franscisco/Bay Area board, but I would suggest Bistro Jeanty in Yountville. It's traditional french bistro fare and very good. Try the puff pastry tomato soup, its their specialty and when I was there every table had an order of it.

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