Monday, March 27, 2006

Casual Dining in St. Helena

The restaurant I most frequently recommend to my guests for a nice, casual lunch in the Napa Valley is Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena. Cindy's is perfect for visitors who want a good meal, but one that will not take two hours and set them back a chunk of change.

Lunch entrees include a burger to die for, a Chinatown duck burger, tasty Cobb and chicken curry salads, and more substantial fare that usually includes fresh fish and a "Big Beefy Cab Dish." The restaurant has a fine selection of local wines, plus many non-alcoholic beverages for those who want a break from winetasting. The No Heat-O and fresh squeezed limeade and lemonade are favorites.

Cindy Pawlcyn, co-owner of the restaurant, has been cooking in the Napa Valley for over 20 years. She opened Mustard's Grill, one of the first quality restaurants in the Valley, in 1983.

Cindy's is located at 1327 Railroad Avenue (one block east of Main Street; thus, "Backstreet Kitchen," in St. Helena. I recommend calling ahead for a reservation at (707) 963-1200.

Want a Napa Valley tour that includes a stop for lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen? Then call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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