Monday, February 4, 2013

3 Yummy Places to Eat in Napa

where to eat in napa
thomas keller macarons
I was in Napa last week pretending to be a wine connoisseur at a work conference. I spent all my downtime scouting out the best affordable places to eat. If you're ever in the area, here are the places I'd highly recommend. 


bouchon bakery yountville
bouchon bakery goodies
1. Bouchon Bakery. Technically, this little French bakery is just outside of Napa, but it's close (and good) enough that everyone should visit. :) Owned by Thomas Keller and located in Yountville, it never disappoints. You walk in, try not to order everything, and then sit outside enjoying the beautiful weather. I've had the macarons and TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo) before, but this time I also tried the Oh Oh (their version of a Ho Ho) and a decadent cream cheese danish. Everything was so good, but I really love those TKOs. 

ristorante allegria
2. Ristorante Allegria. This is one of those Italian restaurants that serves cozy homemade pasta dishes. It's right downtown which is nice for going on evening strolls after dinner. I had the best arugula salad with a papaya vinaigrette, a sausage rigatoni pasta, mussels and clams in a garlic wine sauce and the cheesecake (because I can never say no to cheesecake). I don't think you can go wrong with anything here. 

oxbow public market
model bakery english muffins
fatted calf porchetta sandwiches
 3. Oxbow Public Market. If you can't decide what you're in the mood for, this is a fun place to walk around since there are lots of different restaurants and laid-back shops all in one place. Choose from English muffins (billed as "the world's best" from The Model Bakery) or savory porchetta sandwiches from Fatted Calf or oysters or thin-crust pizza. I never eat English muffins because they're usually not that exciting, but these were perfect when lightly toasted and slathered with butter and jam.

Have you been to Napa? What are your favorite restaurants? A few people I know visit all the time for the wine, but since I'm not much of a drinker, I'm still discovering all the good spots! 

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