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Discerning1 Dec 28, 2008 01:18 PM

What's your favorite foodie place to eat in Calistoga?

We were there for Christmas and fell back on our favorite—moderately priced Checkers. My daughter has been adoring their butternut squash ravioli in a smoked chicken cream sauce for years. Our salad of greens with a piquant, well-balanced dressing was excellent. And I liked the daily special of prime rib, with a wonderful jus. Nothing fancy, just well-prepared, nicely balanced cuisine.

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    realspear RE: Discerning1 Dec 28, 2008 07:41 PM

    Color me cynical, but I don't think there has been anything great in Calistoga since Catahoula closed. I have heard OK things about JoLe, which is in the Catahoula space, but it's not too far down 29 to some really good restaurants. If Catahoula re-opened, I would make the hour-plus drive from the city to Calistoga at least once a month.

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      OldTimer RE: realspear Dec 29, 2008 09:53 AM

      Alas, the secret to Catahoula was Jan Birenbaum, who now owns Epic Roadhouse on the Embarcadero. I too enjoyed the old place, and found not much else in Calistoga.

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      saffrongold RE: Discerning1 Dec 29, 2008 07:57 AM

      I like Triple S Ranch, near the Petrified Forest about 4-5 miles from downtown Calistoga. Check their hours, I think they close during winter month. It's a old style steak house. Otherwise hardpressed to find good food in the town of Calistoga. I also heard JoLe was good, but with tiny portions

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        Mick Ruthven RE: saffrongold Jan 1, 2009 10:01 AM

        >I like Triple S Ranch<

        Have you been there since the new owners took over (in 2006 I think)?

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          saffrongold RE: Mick Ruthven Jan 4, 2009 01:41 PM

          Hello Mick, yes I was at Triple S early December 2008. I heartily recommend it. Corkage fee is $10

      2. maria lorraine RE: Discerning1 Dec 29, 2008 09:52 PM

        I like Wappo a lot.

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          maria lorraine RE: maria lorraine Jan 1, 2009 01:50 AM

          I hear they're closing. Boo-hoo...crying into my soup...

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            BaraXan RE: maria lorraine Jan 1, 2009 02:11 PM

            Really? Where did you hear this? It would be bad news! Although the menu is super stuck in a rut--my complaint about the old Catahoula as well; nothing ever changed!--it has always been our first choice in Calistoga. They've always offered generous portions, a wide range of flavors, and a beautiful outdoor garden area. The owner/chef always seemed to be working very, very hard and maybe she's just looking for a break.

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              maria lorraine RE: BaraXan Jan 1, 2009 02:55 PM

              Notice on the door. The landlord raised the rent exhorbitantly. Sad to put a thriving business out of business.

        2. Discerning1 RE: Discerning1 Jan 3, 2009 10:11 PM

          What about All Seasons Cafe? I haven't been there in over 20 years.

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            saffrongold RE: Discerning1 Jan 4, 2009 01:44 PM

            All Seasons food and menu are good, but the last two times I was there, in '07 and '08, we were the only patrons and it made for awkward service and sober atmosphere

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              maria lorraine RE: saffrongold Jan 4, 2009 10:14 PM

              The buzz in town (I'm a local) is that they're coming back...I can't vouch for that myself, but I sure hope so...

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                Mick Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Jan 5, 2009 04:25 AM

                "coming back" in what way?

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                  maria lorraine RE: Mick Ruthven Jan 8, 2009 01:51 AM

                  Sorry, Mick, I don't have enough info to answer. I just heard some general reports from friends whose palates are good. I'll try to get more specifics from my friends or visit All Seasons myself.

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                    Mick Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Jan 8, 2009 08:44 AM

                    But you meant that the quality of the food had improved? Or some other type of coming back?

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                      maria lorraine RE: Mick Ruthven Jan 8, 2009 09:31 AM

                      Yes, the quality of the food had improved.

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                        Mick Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Jan 8, 2009 10:16 AM

                        Thanks! That's good enough for me to go there for lunch the next time I'm in Calistoga. It used to be my favorite place in the town.

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              SFDude RE: Discerning1 Jan 31, 2009 04:25 PM

              I was at All Seasons a year and half ago and it was really bad. The menu looked interesting but the food was overcooked and bland. I would not consider going back.

              I used to really like the Wappo Bar & Grill but it has closed (confirmed by an e-mail from the owner who said the landlord was not willing to make any accomodation on the rent).

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              cook4seasons RE: Discerning1 Jan 5, 2009 07:18 PM

              As a (self) certified foodie - I cannot recommend Solage highly enough!! Excellent ambiance, seasonal California cuisine and quality, friendly service. Not in the same price point as Checkers but well worth every cent.

              Solage Calistoga
              755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515

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                tito RE: cook4seasons Feb 2, 2009 06:14 AM

                The best thing in Calistoga is the selection of Tap Beers at Hydro.

                Great place for a mid-day refreshment!!

              2. rworange RE: Discerning1 Feb 6, 2009 09:16 AM


                Checkers Restaurant
                1414 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515

                All Seasons Bistro
                1400 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515

                Hydro Bar & Grill
                1403 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515

                Triple S Ranch
                4600 Mountain Home Ranch Rd, Calistoga, CA

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