Help me find a Napa Valley restaurant for this weekend.
The criteria (going this Sunday):
-In Napa Valley
-Good selection of meat-free AND gluten-free entrees under $20 (they don't have to be both veg. and glutenfree, I'll be with one celiac and one person who eats fish but not meat).
-Quality is the most important part, but ideally something that would give my guests a real "California experience."
I was thinking of a few, but I have issues with each
-Bistro Jeanty (heard questionable things, questionable online prices, and nothing really California about it)
-Mustard's or Cindy's Backstreet (seems like we'd be forced to order one of the sandwiches - not that that's necessarily a bad thing, although it could be with the gluten issue)
-Rutherford Grill - (heard great things, and free corkage, but there are amazing steakhouses/grills in every city)
-Barbers Q - (Limited non-meat items)
-Bar Menu at Press (very meat-heavy)
Well, Ubuntu definitely meets your "California" criteria, and the individual plates aren't particularly expensive, so I'd think you could get away with it, but I know that it's not always fun to be ordering cautiously.
I wouldn't recommend BarbersQ for a non-meat-eater, it just wouldn't be fair/fun.
You might want to look at JoLe in Calistoga. It's also smaller plates, good for sharing, but if you order reasonably, you should be ok price-wise. We ordered really meat-heavy when I was there last, but they also have an ample seafood selection.
Piggybacking on your thread:
I went to Mustard's for the first time this weekend, and wasn't particularly impressed. We had the lamb and the ribs, and a couple apps and a dessert. While the food was solid, there wasn't a wow that I was expecting given the prices. I would expect the same caliber for 20% cheaper elsewhere.
Am I missing something ?
Press has great food and lots of seafood options. Not to mention hearty portions ( you can split things for sure.
Fresh veggie side, Lobster Cobb for lunch , great shrimp cocktail and amazing scotish salmon.
House made bread basket and great spot. Very High Quality.
It will be tough to mfind many entrees below $20 most are about $22- 25 here in the valley.
Angele may be another option here in the valley they are on Main street in downtown Napa great patio.