Yes, Napa is full of over-the-top dining options (see Ryan's favorites here). But it's full of hidden gems too ... you just have to know where to look. We pulled together our first list in 2014 and have now updated this list to include our 2016 favorites that are off-the-beaten path places so that you can be in the know. Tell 'em Round Pond sent you!
BUSTER'S SOUTHERN BARBEQUE , CALISTOGA
If you are looking for low key and down-home, this is the spot. A local favorite, Buster himself grills all their meats on their giant outdoor grill. Don't forget to get a side of his house made BBQ sauce--it's packed with flavor and a bit of heat!
THE FREMONT DINER, SONOMA
Diner food taken up several notches, with everything made from scratch with locally-sourced ingredients. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but the standouts are the chicken & waffles, almost-famous biscuits & gravy, and cheesy grits. Definitely stop by the next time you're in the valley!
1313 MAIN RESTAURANT & WINE BAR, NAPA
The Restaurant at 1313 offers an ambitious seasonal menu that highlights the hyper fresh bounty of their garden. The perfect place to go with friends for sips, snacks and a great time!
GENOVA DELICATESSEN, NAPA
Their recipes (and family) began in Genoa, a small port city in the Liguria region of Northern Italy. Using family recipes, they established the first Genova Delicatessen in Oakland, California in 1926. Homemade and kitchen fresh, they evoke the true quality of traditional Italian food.
VILLA CORONA COCINA MEXICANA, NAPA
Villa Corona has been a favorite local spot in the Napa Valley since 1983. Their menu includes a sampling of Mexico's most popular dishes the way they're meant to be: full of rich, flavorful sauces, tasty fillings, and farm fresh ingredients, including their own home-made tortillas.
SMALL WORLD CAFE, NAPA
A world of flavor awaits at Small World Restaurant, where the menu features the vibrant cuisine of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Among the favorites at Small World are falafels made from a family recipe, garlic-laced hummus, savory baba ganoush, grilled shwarma, and a tempting array of pita sandwiches and garden-fresh salads.
BISTRO JEANTY, YOUNTVILLE
The Bistro is the little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying French cuisine that changes with the season. To start, get the Crême de Tomate en Croute (tomato soup in puff pastry) or the Camembert au Four (the Camembert baked in the box with a truffled salad). Then don't miss the Sole Meunière (sole fillet with mashed potatoes, lemon caper butter sauce) and the Bœuf Bourguignon (short rib, roasted carrots, pearl onions & buttered egg noodles).
Do you have favorite spot that we missed?
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