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Sep 12, 2008 08:25 PM

Cindy's Backstreet Favorite Dishes?

My family celebrating our aunt's birthday at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen on Sunday,at lunch. Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen seems to get positive reviews here, and the "hip, casual, not fussy" vibe appeals to members of our party. For those that have dined here, what are some of your favorite dishes? Recommendations? There will be 8 of us. Thanks!!

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  1. The ground duck burger with shiitake catsup is one of my favorite dishes in all of Napa Valley.
    The short ribs are excellent.
    The cobb salad is vey good. Classic. Hobb's bacon, blue cheese, avocado.

    1. The rabbit tostada. Last time I was there, the bbq Yucatecan pork was terrific. On the lighter side, the papaya avocado salad.

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      1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

        I love the rabbit tostada, but didn't see on the menu the last time I was there.

      2. Fav dish at Cindy's is Pollo Loco..just the right amount of spice, salsa texture and it comes iwth a stuffed chilie pepper...

        1. Sorry for the tardy response, which is too late for the OP. We've eaten there 3-4 times. Our favorites under Small Plates are the oysters pascal, stuffed peppers and the backstreet fry. We especially like the stuffed peppers which are fantastic! Under Large Plates, we like the mushroom tamale and the duck.

          1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. My family enjoyed Cindy's. My mom loves duck but is picky about how its prepared - she LOVED the ground duck burger. We ordered 2 orders of the Backstreet Fry with calamri & veggies, and still ate it all. The sweet corn & summer squash risotto seemed to be a hit. One member of the party was looking forward to the stuffed chicken breast w/truffle butter, but was told that another server "stole" this dish and it happened to be the last one. Hmmm... Luckily the Pollo Loco was an acceptable substitute. I ordered the Havana Cubana sandwich: roasted pork, black forest ham, cheese, and a chopped pickle/caper mixture. A tasty combo. The caesar salad dressing was a little bland - needed a little kick. The only difference between Hail Caesar (regular) and Brutus ("with a spicy kick") was that Brutus had red pepper flakes. The Campire Pie looked very impressive with its mountain of toasted marshmallow, but the flavors were just OK. We loved the casual vibe of the place, but the service was a bit too casual and could have been just a little more polished. Oddly, there were a ton of flies dive bombing us - and we were sitting inside. Most importantly though, the food pleased my family, which is a feat in itself.

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            1. re: SanJoseHound

              Thanks for the nice report

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