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Napa Valley is synonymous with wine yet gastronomy in the valley should not take a back seat. Dining options range from mom-and-pop establishments serving gourmet picnic lunches, to luxury resorts offering fine dining and breathtaking views. Napa Valley caters to a global audience with food experiences that fall in line with a northern California vibe. Here is our updated guide to 10 restaurants in Napa Valley not to be missed.
Addendum is rumored to have the best fried chicken in all of Napa Valley. The restaurant sprang from a temporary ‘ad hoc’ conception, which literally translates as ‘for this purpose’, meaning that its time was thought initially as ephemeral. Guests felt otherwise, hence Addendum is now open year-round. Favorite menu items: the buttermilk-fried chicken and the hickory-smoked barbecue, which are accompanied by two sides and a piece of cornbread served in a box to go. Addendum is an option for a to-go lunch from a top restaurant while en route to explore the plentiful wineries in Napa.
Addendum, 6476 Washington Street, Yountville, CA, United States, +1 707-944-1565
The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant is part of the Culinary Institute of America, offering breathtaking vineyard views, inspired cuisine and warm hospitality. Serving cuisine as well as teaching culinary crafts, Greystone is a well-loved establishment in the Napa Valley region. A popular offering is the ‘Lessons in Wine’ tasting flight, which samples the restaurant’s ‘temptations’ paired with various wines. Meanwhile, food is expertly showcased with ingredients sourced from sustainable farms and prepared with an emphasis on substance. The menu offers a variety of fish, meat, poultry as well as vegetarian plates. Desserts are not forgotten either, from butter pecan cake with butterscotch ice cream, brown sugar banana and chicory glaze, to slow- baked chocolate mousse, with ganache, poached raisins and whipped cream.
Self-described as being ‘Sol-ful dining in Napa Valley’, Solbar at the Solage Calistoga Spa offers a sprawling outdoor terrace in a chic atmosphere, where guest can enjoy al fresco dining and a view of the surrounding mountains. Solbar uses seasonal ingredients and proficiently produces dishes consisting of both homely soul food and healthy spa food in perfect harmony. The menu showcases hearty meals such as grilled loin and confit shoulder of Sonoma lamb with English peas, Cipollini onions, tarragon honey-bacon carrots and PX sauce, alongside lighter meals like warm bulgur pilaf with ras al hanout, roasted cauliflower, cannellini bean hummus, castelvetrano olives and tomato chutney.
Solbar, 755 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga, CA, United States, +1 707-226-0800
Joel and Duncan Gott have changed the name of the burger-and-shake game with Gott’s Roadside. Offering menu items beyond the classic American cheeseburger, like the ahi tuna burger on a toasted egg bun, this roadside shack is a stand-out in Napa Valley. The beef served at Gott’s Roadside comes from 100% hormone-free, grass-fed Angus from nearby Niman Ranch, while their wines and beers are locally sourced. Other top-ordered items are the mahi mahi tacos and the fish & chips, from wild not farmed seafood, and the sweet potato fries alongside a traditional chocolate milkshake.
Gott’s Roadside, 933 Main Street St. Helena, CA, United States, +1 707-963-3486