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Apr 21, 2011 11:09 AM

Best Burger in the wine country

I'm going up to Calistoga next week for my birthday and have been craving a good burger. A really really good decadent burger. I'm willing to drive anywhere up there, but I'm not sure where to go.

Any suggestions?

If I were in SF, I'd try that butter burger, but alas! And has anyone tried that?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Martini House closed a few months ago. There burger was great, though..

        1. re: wineguy7

          The dilemma of the burger dichotomy. There's burgers and there's Burgers. I liked the Red Rock but it's not in the decadent category.

          Red Rock Cafe
          1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558

          1. re: wolfe

            At Red Rock I always get a burger with bacon and bleu cheese. It's pretty decadent, at least by my definition of the word. Also like the french fries as well as the onion rings there.

        2. My favorites when I lived in Yountville, aside from the now closed Martini House, were the burger with gorgonzola at Alexis Baking in Napa which they serve on their house baked bun with a decent caesar salad and the one at Pacific Blues in Yountville where they have a nice outdoor patio. I was never fond of the one at Taylor's Refresher, now Gott's Roadside, in St. Helena.

          Pacific Blues Cafe
          6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

            1. I've always been very happy with the burgers at Mikes at the Crossroads, in the Crossroads Center at the corner of Hwy 116 and Old Redwood Highway in Cotati. Mike thinks a burger needs to have cheese (couldn't agree more) and so charges extra to leave the cheese off. He's quite a character. We also recently had a terrific burger (well, two terrific burgers, one for me, one for DH) at Barley and Hops in Occidental. This would be quite a drive from Calistoga, but especially if it's a nice day, it would be beautiful drive. The burgers were cooked perfectly medium rare as ordered, generous toppings, nice bun.