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.
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.
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.
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!