For the most part, he likes what he finds. Article here.
The air of self-importance that sometimes permeates the wineries can extend to the restaurants as well. There is no shortage of food in Napa that is hypercreative in a scattered, outdated, topped-with-mango-salsa sort of way.
Thankfully, one can also find food of subtlety and grace, served in restaurants that are ambitious but unpretentious, prepared by chefs who consider their duty to serve you a satisfying meal rather than persuading you that you are in the center of the universe.
During a trip to Napa Valley in mid-August, when the winemakers were tasting the grapes and calculating exactly when to start picking, I ate in restaurants of recent vintages, looking for food that was compelling without the hype. Three of these four fit the bill, while the fourth is still a work in progress. And each, as you might expect, has a fine wine list.
Any eGulleteers been to Stomp yet?
Edited by Squeat Mungry, 08 November 2004 - 03:39 PM.