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Best Burger in the wine country

MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 11:09 AM

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. wolfe RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    MartinI House has the one I want to try.


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      bobpantzer RE: wolfe Apr 21, 2011 12:04 PM

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

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        wolfe RE: bobpantzer Apr 21, 2011 12:41 PM

        Curses, foiled again.

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        jan262 RE: wolfe Apr 21, 2011 06:34 PM

        Martini House is closed.

      3. wineguy7 RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 11:36 AM

        Red Rock Cafe in Napa is my favorite.

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          wolfe RE: wineguy7 Apr 21, 2011 11:47 AM

          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

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            wineguy7 RE: wolfe Apr 21, 2011 04:13 PM

            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.

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          bobpantzer RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 12:11 PM

          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

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            DavidT RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 12:15 PM

            Current thread on best Bay Area burgers:


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              Kathleen M RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 01:17 PM

              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.

              1. ROCKLES RE: MissDottie19 Apr 21, 2011 01:23 PM

                Nothing wrong with Mustards...its a a great burger

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                  chocomel RE: ROCKLES Apr 21, 2011 04:09 PM

                  Never tried Martini House's but I would second Mustards especially with mushrooms on top. The meat was ground to a nice consistency, they cook it to a perfect medium rare. It was one of the best burger I've ever had, and so simple, without lots of unneccessary toppings.

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                    Ridge RE: chocomel Apr 21, 2011 09:37 PM

                    The burgers at Norm Rose tavern in downtown Napa are amazing.

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                      CarrieWas218 RE: Ridge Apr 24, 2011 12:09 PM

                      Ridge, thanks for the nudge; I went to Norman Rose on Friday for lunch and had their lamb burger which was astonishingly good. Topped with herbed goat cheese and wilted garlic spinach, this my be my go-to burger in the neighborhood, despite the $14 price tag.

                      The truffled fried with parmesan cheese and caper aioli was pretty good as well.

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                    Nopa RE: ROCKLES Jun 29, 2011 12:11 PM

                    Second that!

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                      boltsfan RE: Nopa Jun 29, 2011 12:27 PM

                      Agreed as well... Mustards has an outstanding burger!

                  3. maria lorraine RE: MissDottie19 Apr 26, 2011 08:15 PM

                    The burger with onion rings atop at Bistro Don Giovanni was declared one of the 20 best
                    in the nation according to an article a few years back. It's very good.

                    Hydro, where you'll be in Calistoga, has a good burger with good flavor.

                    The Kobe beef burger at Press is wonderful.

                    I like the one at Rutherford Grill too.

                    Rutherford Grill
                    1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

                    1. The Dive RE: MissDottie19 Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

                      Different part of "wine country," but the grilled boar burger at Zazu is quite tasty.

                      Zazu Restaurant
                      3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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                        MissDottie19 RE: The Dive Apr 28, 2011 10:15 AM

                        I passed Gotts and the place was busy busy busy, so I would certainly go there.

                        I actually went to Mustards, but there was a bit of a wait, so we traveled a bit and settled on Girl and the Fig and had an AMAZING burger there--medium rare with brie. They make the rolls, the pickles and the bacon there themselves and oh lordy, it was perfect.

                        But I'm keeping this list for next time--I'm still bummed about Martini House tho--that sounded like a great burger.

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                          ikb RE: MissDottie19 Apr 29, 2011 11:57 AM

                          i remember gott's (aka taylor's refresher) has a very good burger. i haven't been there in a few years though.

                      2. Junie D RE: MissDottie19 Apr 29, 2011 09:00 AM

                        Though the OP has had her delicious burger, I'll add a couple of very downscale Napa spots for a good burger:

                        Squeeze Inn (in the Vallerga's shopping center on Trancas/Redwood at Solano Ave.)

                        Big D Burgers (on Silverado Trail near First St


                        I'm also a fan of Norman Rose's lamb burger

                        Big D Burgers
                        1005 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 94559

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                          uberslop RE: Junie D Apr 29, 2011 05:08 PM

                          One of the best burgers I've had anywhere in the Bay Area was the first one I had at Ravenous, in Healdsburg -- a thundering neural blast of burger perfection. I went back and it was still exceptional, if not at the same burgasmic levels.

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                            maria lorraine RE: uberslop Apr 29, 2011 05:51 PM

                            That *is* a good one, if the OP gets that far north.

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                              boltsfan RE: uberslop Jun 29, 2011 10:38 AM


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                                celeryroot RE: boltsfan Jun 29, 2011 11:22 AM

                                Good but I like the one at Zin in Healdsburg better

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                                  boltsfan RE: celeryroot Jun 29, 2011 12:26 PM

                                  We love Zin but have only been there for dinner... had the hanger steak and it was amazing. They also had A.Rafanelli by the bottle.

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                                    celeryroot RE: boltsfan Jun 29, 2011 05:12 PM

                                    Bistro Ralph at lunch........Lamb burger with potato strings is wonderful

                                    Bistro Ralph
                                    109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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                                wally RE: uberslop Jun 29, 2011 10:25 PM

                                I have had a great burger at Ravenous. I have also had a great burger at Jackson's Bar and Oven in Santa Rosa.

                                Jackson's Bar and Oven
                                135 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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                                  Dan Wodarcyk RE: wally Jun 30, 2011 09:39 PM

                                  Angele. Best burger in Napa.

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                              rruben1 RE: MissDottie19 Apr 30, 2011 06:27 AM

                              I know it is heretical, and I'm no vegetarian, but the veggie burger at the Rutherford Grill, with the tarragon cole slaw, is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life.
                              For the more traditional among us, it's tough to beat the burger at Gott's, eaten outdoors, on a sunny afternoon.

                              Rutherford Grill
                              1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

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                                maria lorraine RE: rruben1 Apr 30, 2011 12:53 PM

                                Many folks think the ahi burger is better than the regular burger at Gott's, me included.

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                                  CarrieWas218 RE: maria lorraine Apr 30, 2011 01:11 PM

                                  I'm with you, ML! The ahi burger rocks...

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                                Courduroy RE: MissDottie19 Jul 5, 2011 12:20 AM

                                I had a fantastic duck burger at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen (Cindy Pawlcyn) in St Helena...very unique and possibly one of the best burgers I have ever eaten


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