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nyperr Nov 16, 2011 09:17 AM

We're New Yorkers visiting the Napa area for a day and a half. We love chefs that use fresh local ingredients creatively but our budget is not French Laundry. So far we reserved the CIA for one lunch and Cynthia's Backstreet Kitchen for dinner. We'd like to have a lunch in Napa on our way to SF rather than further north.

Thanks so much for any recommendations you can give.

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. wolfe RE: nyperr Nov 16, 2011 10:28 AM

    Boon Fly Cafe.
    http://www.thecarnerosinn.com/thecarn...

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    Boon Fly Cafe
    4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

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      zmirzlina RE: nyperr Nov 16, 2011 12:35 PM

      Always liked doing lunch at Oxbow Public Market, Plenty of options to choose from if people want different things. Altthough I usually end up with a nice white from the wine bar, a nice cheese plate from the cheese counter and a few oysters from the oyster bar.

      And a scoop of strawberry balsamic ice cream from creamery. Fine. Two scoops.

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      Oxbow Public Market
      610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

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        pilinut RE: zmirzlina Nov 16, 2011 10:10 PM

        I second Oxbow. You'll have plenty of choice and be able to graze to your heart's content while getting a better feel for local products than you would by going to a regular restaurant.

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        teleme RE: nyperr Nov 16, 2011 04:12 PM

        Mini Mango Thai Bistro, at 1408 Clay Street, uses fresh, local ingredients, incorporated into Thai dishes. Much better than your average Thai restaurant.

        Also downtown Napa is Oenotri, a very good (IMO) Italian restaurant that certainly uses seasonal ingredients. 1425 1st St, Napa.

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        Thai Bistro
        234 E St, Davis, CA 95616

        Oenotri
        1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

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          wolfe RE: teleme Nov 16, 2011 04:30 PM

          Oenotri is now open for lunch?
          Unfortunately by calling Mini Mango a thai bistro you linked to a restaurant in Davis.

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            teleme RE: wolfe Nov 16, 2011 08:20 PM

            A. What makes you think Oenotri isn't open for lunch?

            2. Oops! We just call it the Mini Mango, or The Mango. Or Duderino. But the web site (which I consulted for the address) said Mini Mango Thai Bistro. I'll learn to ignore anything on the web.

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            Thai Bistro
            234 E St, Davis, CA 95616

            Oenotri
            1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

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              Ruth Lafler RE: teleme Nov 16, 2011 09:46 PM

              The hours on Oenotri's places listing did not include lunch.

              According to their website, however, it's open for lunch Monday-Friday, so I updated the places info.

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              Oenotri
              1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

        2. CarrieWas218 RE: nyperr Nov 17, 2011 08:35 AM

          I'm a broken record on this, but living in Napa and dining out often, Grace's Table is still my go-to favorite for lunch and dinner (and weekend brunch). Another great downtown choice is Angele for river-side dining.

          But Boon Fly is a great second choice and is en route back to the city if you take the Marin route.

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          Boon Fly Cafe
          4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

          Grace's Table
          1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

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            wolfe RE: CarrieWas218 Nov 17, 2011 08:42 AM

            Heck it's not that far out of the way if you are coming down 29, about 2 miles. If that is the way you are returning to San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge then the Fremont Diner also becomes a consideration.

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