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Weekend trip to Napa Valley

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#1 chefmd

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:29 AM

My husband and I are planning a weekend trip to Napa Valley in July.  Would like to get recommendations for new/exciting places to eat.  We go there relatively regularly and I always want to visit same places.  Mustards grill for lunch, Auberge du Soleil for early dinner (mostly for the view), Terra, Redd, you get the idea.  Had an amazing dinner in French Laundry, only mildly spoiled by my dining companions reciting their food preferences/dislikes (this was corporate event, I did not know these people prior to dinner).  This time I decided to go to completely different set of places for two lunches and two dinners.


What is everyone's favorite restaurant in Wine country?  Winery recommendations would be great too.




P.S.  I realize that  not wanting to eat in outstanding restaurants just for the sake of variety is silly but new discoveries are awaiting...


#2 mgaretz

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:51 AM

CIA at Greystone. Also had a good meal at Lucy in Yountville.

#3 Shel_B

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:54 AM

I second CIA, and have always enjoyed Bistro Don Giovanni, although it's been a couple of years since I've been there.

.... Shel

#4 Jaymes

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 12:25 PM

Here's my personal Do Not Miss:  http://www.pragerport.com/


And I never do.


Also never miss a stop at Rancho Gordo's terrific store on Yajome St in Napa:


#5 cyalexa

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 03:43 PM


The cafe in Healdsburg Shed is different and fun.

#6 Paul Bacino

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:58 PM

Bottega and redd are hot in Yountville ...I likedCIA.. But myself time was hanging out at Solage. Incalistoga...eating lunch and playing bocci ball
Its good to have Morels

#7 Paul Bacino

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 05:59 PM

Its good to have Morels

#8 mukki

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 08:46 PM

We spend a few days in Napa every summer.

Goose & Gander for the excellent gruyere burger and innovative + delicious cocktails.
Redd Wood for salads (especially the spring vegetables with green goddess dressing), bucatini pasta and meatballs. Skip the desserts.
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen for the Oysters Bingo and Duck Tostada (and cornbread!).

#9 chefmd

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:36 AM

Finally we are in Napa!  I cook excessively so on trips like this we splurge on eating out.  DH agrees that it is better than buying shoes.


Lunch in St. Francis winery.  Five courses with wine pairing for 50 dollars which I find extremely reasonable.


Burrata with Mizuna salad (I swear it was arugula) and pickled peaches.

Zuccini wrapped halibut.  They proudly announced that it was cooked sous vide at 142 degrees and as I thought it was overcooked (at least for my liking).

Chicken roulade with panchetta and grains.

Strip steak with smoked baked potato.  Steak was medium rare.

Broiled figs with blue cheese.

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#10 chefmd

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:45 AM

And dinner at Farmhouse Inn.  Food was very well cooked but somehow had old fashioned feel to it.  We were also eating next to a very prominent politician who ran for Presidential nomination twice some years back.


Melon soup with dried prosciutto on the rim of the cup for amuse bouche.

Salmon for DH, octopus for me for the first course.

Pork chop for DH for main course, probably the best pork I ever tasted.  Rabbit  rabbit rabbit for me.  It is their signature dish and includes loin, rack, and leg confit.

For dessert we shared Market tart (insert a joke) and cheese course.


I had wine pairing with my meal and they served three different wines with savory courses and not one but two wines with cheese.  

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#11 chefmd

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

And as was recommended in this thread I stopped at Rancho Gordo store in Napa.  I wanted to buy everything.  Twice.  Had to limit myself to a few nice packages.  Especially excited about casoulet beans.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:19 AM

Newfangled or old-fashioned, the meals both look excellent. I don't suppose you made notes on the wines with which each dish was paired, did you?

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#13 sculptor

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

Sorry, this is a bit late for a "July" visit, but eating at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Saint Helena should be on your bucket list. This restaurant is considered by many as the best in the country.