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Napa eats for a Vancouver B.C. Chowhounder?

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We're road tripping from Vancouver and spending two nights each in Portland, Napa, and then Bend. In Napa we'll be at the Westin Napa Valley so that will be base camp for our visit.

We have a very modest meal budget because we want to load up on craft beer and fine wine to take home with us. So if anyone has any tips on good, simple bistros that won't break the bank please share! I don't mind spending some dough but I'm looking for good honest food and not necessarily a food experience.

And is there a particular wine I should take home with me? I like aromatic whites riesling, gewurz, pinot gris. And juicy, fruit bombs for red.

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

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  1. Grace's Table - go for the 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. happy hour which will fill you up on great appetizers for half price.

    Other budgetary eats include Oxbow Market and Zuzu.

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      Great thank you. I'll definitely head over to Grace's Table. It's not too, too far that we could walk over there and really enjoy the happy hour!

      1. re: coliwoggle

        It is a lovely walk from the Westin - all of downtown is very accessible and make a point of going around and looking at the Art Displays on 1st and 2nd in the store windows.

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          We arrived last night and were starving and saw that the Oxbow was 2 mins from out hotel so off we went. We had a very respectable Italian dinner and brought a bottle of wine back to the hotel.
          The waitress referred to the wine as "rough red" but I have to say that coming from Vancouver, BC what's called "rough" here would probably retail for $20 per bottle back home. We had 1 liter at the restaurant for $22 and happily slurped it back.
          We're off to Grace's Table for happy hour this afternoon. Thank you again.

          1. re: coliwoggle

            Good choice for Happy Hour! We really liked the artichoke fritter, but I forget if that was a special offering the day we went.

            1. re: KatoK

              I believe the artichoke fritter is a special offering when they are in season, but the "Frickles" are always on the menu and always fabulous!

              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Loved the frickles. Lose a bet with my wife because I thought they were zucchini pickles. Alas...
                Oxbow is great, there should be one in every major city. We took cheese from the wine bar and some sliced meat from Fatted Calf and some bread from Model next door and had a great lunch on the road.

    2. For reds, try Paraduxx they do some nice blends and are relatively (for Napa) affordable.

      The whites you mentioned are not widely available in Napa. Trefethen and Smith Madrone have rieslings.