Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Seafood in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
In yesterday's sister blog, "Rick's San Francisco Journal," I wrote about seafood restaurants in San Francisco. Today I'll write about seafood in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country.
In Sonoma County, the best seafood restaurant is Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar in Healdsburg. Willi's features small plates of seafood that are meant for sharing. Being a Baltimore native, I am very picky about crab cakes and I think that Willi's are the best in the Bay Area. My wife summered in Maine when she was a kid and always craves a good lobster roll. She thinks Willi's is as good as it gets in the Bay Area.
In Napa, you'll probably want to head for Go Fish in St. Helena if you're craving for seafood. This is chef/owner Cindy Pawlcyn's third restaurant in the Napa Valley. (The others are Mustard's Grill and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.) The restaurant has cooked seafood, seafood-based salads, sushi, and a raw bar.
If you like oysters, you can head to Hog Island Oyster Bar in the Oxbow Market in the city of Napa for some raw and cooked oysters and clams.
Most restaurants in wine country have seafood dishes on their menus but if you want a restaurant that specializes in seafood your options are limited.