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Aug 3, 2009 12:10 PM

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).
-Not Italian
-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)
-Ubuntu (pricey)

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  1. 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 ?

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    1. re: dump123456789

      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.

      1. re: napawinegirl

        Where did you go?

        587 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA

      2. re: dump123456789

        >Am I missing something ? (at Mustards}


        Unless you mean to say everyone who dines there is missing something.
        Huge downhill slide.

      3. 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.

        1. Redd had very reasonably priced food for the quality. Not sure about the dietary requirements you have, I thought price to value was best of anyplace we ate on our trip to Sonoma/Napa in July.

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          1. re: scfinson

            We were there in July as well. one of our favorites.