Monday, February 08, 2010
Best Eating Small Town in the United States
Yountville, in the Napa Valley, must be the best easting small town in the United States. With just over 3,000 residents, Yountville is home to one restaurant that has received three stars from the Michelin guide and three that have received one star. To receive one star is an honor. Three stars is as good as it gets in fine dining. The three-star restaurant is Thomas Keller's French Laundry. Keller also owns Bouchon, which has received one star. The other one-star restaurants are Redd and Etoile at Domaine Chandon, the only winery in the Napa Valley to have a restaurant.
Also in town are Bistro Jeanty for fine French cuisine Bardessono for California food, and Bottega for Italian cuisine. More casual places include Pacific Blue, Hurley's, and Cantinetta Piero. Just north of Yountville are Mustard's Grill and Brix. The former serves excellent American food and the latter is known for its California cuisine.
If this isn't enough, you can get excellent pastries at Bouchon Bakery, paninis at.Napa Style, and coffee at the Coffee Caboose.
Lastly, Yountville has a bunch of tasting rooms within a short walk of each other. They include Hill Family, Hope and Grace, Girard, Jessup, and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley.
Having all of this food and wine at hand, makes Yountville the perfect place to base your Napa Valley vacation. Staying in Yountville means you can have an excellent dinner and not worry about drinking too much wine as you can just walk back to your hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast.