Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Quick Lunches in the Napa Valley
While the Napa Valley is well known for its many excellent restaurants, I find that many guests on my tours prefer a quick lunch, so they can spend more time visiting wineries. Here are some options for good, but quick, lunches in the Napa Valley.
Picnicking at a winery is a great option on nice days. While not all wineries permit picnics, there are enough with picnic grounds that you should be able to find a table to enjoy your lunch al fresco. Some nice wineries at which you can enjoy a picnic include Clos du Val, Regusci, Robert Sinskey, Rutherford Hill, Hall Wine - St. Helena, and Clos Pegase. A good list of wineries with picnic areas is available on the Napa Valley Vintners website.
Good places to pick up food for your picnic are Soda Canyon Store outside of Napa, Oakville Grocery, Dean and DeLuca south of St. Helena, and Sunshine Foods in St. Helena. You can also picnic at Oakville Grocery.
In Yountville, you can grab a quick panini or salad at Napa Style. Bouchon Bakery has salads, sandwiches, breads, and pastries to carry out. In Rutherford, you can get burritos to go at La Luna Market and Taqueria. St. Helena is home to Gott's Roadside, a great burgers and fries place. While service is usually pretty fast at Gott's, long lines are the norm on nice weekend days. Also in St. Helena is Giugni's Deli, where you can carry out sandwiches or eat them at one of the tables in the delicatessen. Lastly, Calistoga is home to Palisades Deli Cafe. Again, you can carry out the sandwiches or eat them at the restaurant.
As you can see, there are many options for quick lunches in Napa. If you would like to take a private Napa Valley tour that includes one of these quick lunches, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.