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Mar 7, 2008 01:48 PM

Casual Lunch in Yountville/Calistoga

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Depending on the weather a nice outdoor meal at Taylor's St Helena.

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        1. re: wolfe

          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.


          1. re: cortez

            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. 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.