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Jul 23, 2008 11:10 PM

St. Helena alternative to Taylor's Refresher

Every time I go to St. Helena for work I stop for lunch at Taylor's Refresher.
I do like it, and it fits somebody who's by themselves with not a lot of extra time-- but still wants to eat chowishly.

I am beginning to wonder if there's an alternative though.

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    wearybashful May 29, 2008
    I trust you eat inside at Taylor's. How about Cindy's and Martini House?

    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
    1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

    Martini House
    1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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    1. re: wolfe

      aren't those in a different category than Taylor's? When I searched, I mainly found posts by people looking for a special dinner, not lunch during a workday. so i went ahead and posted a new topic.

      1. re: wolfe

        There's a good place in Yountville. That's only about 15 minutes away.

        The French Laundry
        6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I want your job if the French Laundry is a work day option!

          1. re: dkenworthy

            While we're being sarcastic, Meadowood is closer and considered part of St Helena. Actually, is the grill open there for lunch?

            Meadowood Napa Valley
            900 Meadowood Ln St, Helena, CA

      2. Oakville Grocery

        And yes, Cindy's and Martini House are both much more dinner-oriented wih Cindy's being more casual and reasonably price and Martini House being one of the more expensive (and worth it) restaurants in Napa.

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        1. re: whiner

          I was thinking of the hamburger at Taylor's and what Martini House offers.
          Grilled Snake River Kobe Beef Burger Prepared Medium, Gruyère Cheese, Wine Stewed Onions and Onion Rings


          1. re: wolfe

            Martini House is dinner only except Friday-Sunday when it serves lunch. So sounds like not a likely spot for a workday lunch.

        2. How about a burrito from La Luna market in Rutherford? Not much seating there, but worth eating standing up.

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          1. re: Junie D

            I second La Luna. It's quick, fairly good, cheap food, if you can find seating great. Their burritos are the size of your head. yum, i want one now.

          2. Locals often get to go food at the Sunshine Market (it has a parking lot, and is slightly south of the craziness in town). Also popular is Giuni's, which has been there forever, the bad news is that it is on the main drag in the middle of town on the west side of the street. You can sometimes find parking behind the store. It is kind of a hoot, you stand in line and they make your sandwich directly to your order. These are both good options if you are willing to "picnic", no real place to eat there. The Model Bakery has some casual lunch options, and they do have tables. Same parking hassle as Giuni's, though.

            If you are coming to St. Helena from the south up highway 29 there are some Napa and Rutherford options that I find comfortable for a work day casual lunch. I like to sit at the bar at the Rutherford Grill and have a hacked chicken salad and a glass of Trefethen Riesling when I am splurging (or can put it on an expense account). The town of Napa has an excellent taqueria across from the high school called La Mixteca, you can search the board here for some ordering advice. I also like getting lunch at the ABC bakery (they have tables, there is a community table for singles that is fun to sit at).

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            1. re: dkenworthy


              W F Giugni & Son Grocery Co
              1227 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

              1. re: dkenworthy

                I second the nomination of Sunshine Market. They have a phenomenal deli.

                1. re: dkenworthy

                  the chichi breakfast burritos from sunshine are a local secret. they tend to sell out quickly, but are definitely worth the five bucks. The vegetarian ones are especially yummy -- mushrooms and roasted red peppers.

                2. Can anyone comment on the fish and chips at Go Fish as a lunch option?

                  Go Fish
                  641 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574