Part 2: Dining.A Palette of Many Golden Hues
an can’t live on wine alone, andno tour to Caliornia’s Napa Valleyis complete without experiencingthe fne dining rooms caught twixt the cool,oaky tasting rooms. Ater all, you can’t servesome o the greatest varietals with slapped-upstodge. It’s all about fnding the right balanceand ater long, arduous days o tasting wines,the evenings were reserved or dining.Now in the US, we have a phenomenoncalled the Miracle Mile, which you comeacross seemingly every other mile. It’sbasically a stretch o highway devoted tothe upper echelon o remarkably awul ood.The list o choices is too long to go intohere—yes, quadruple chilli cheeseburgers—butcompletely extracting every drop o irony outo the term, the true Miracle Mile (spread overa ew miles here, i you want to get technical)is in Napa Valley. And below is a
melier’sguide to the best I came across. But believeme, there are plenty more out there. And notrip to Napa is complete without a strongyearning to go back, no matter how ullyour belly is.
. Highway 29 at Yountvillecrossing. I you’ve been to a Houston’s orGulstream you will be in amiliar watershere. Great outside, ambiance, steaks andfsh. Key point—no corkage ee. An incredibleflet mignon and a side can be enguled or just £20.
bringing your own wineyou picked up a ew hours beore at a Napawinery. And the grilled ostrich. Just do it.
Downtown St. Helena.Lodge-type eel. A smallish, fne-diningrestaurant with an attractive bar and excellenteats. We had great service, until right at theend, when we elt rushed to leave with veryobvious and pointed signals rom one o ourservers. Full disclosure, we were the lastgroup in the restaurant ater all, hence, it maynot be a great spot or un-rushed, late-nightdiners. Some o my local riends assure methis must have just been an isolated incident,
Last month,Keith Hoffmantook us on an extensive tour of Napa’s wine country.But despite all the wonderful bottles he uncovered, and uncorked, he still had to sink his teeth into something.
as they adore the place, as do I now. Excellentbeet salad with a goat-cheese ball that waslightly ried; antastic fsh; and simply preparedday scallops, resh and perectly cooked witha decadent sauce. Market also has a three-course dinner choice which changes eachnight. It’s usually extremely good and quiteaordable.
the s’mores dessert.It’s huge and includes sel roasting/charringmarshmallows right at the table, providing aunique treat and fre hazard all in one. Marketis now a must-stop or me.
. Fine-dining in St. Helena.Two words: mushroom bliss. Large place withgreat outside seating. So i the weather issuitable, be sure to request the patio or a verylively, cozy atmosphere. This che specialisesin mushrooms. The kind that might just blow
Enjoy Napa dining to the fullest: outside at the Rutherford Grill, and without a corking fee.
Martini House, it’s all about the mushrooms.