Where to go for Half Time

Brooke Lewy

By , Local Expert, Napa Valley
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There's no shortage of excellent restaurants spread throughout Napa that offer full lunch menus, sometimes with wine pairings. Dining at some of the more famous establishments midday can be a great way to enjoy your meal without crowds, or at gentler prices than at dinner time. You still get the great views and atmosphere. Redd, Auberge du Soleil, and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen are all good choices at the higher end of the spectrum. In the middle, Redd Wood and Tra Vigne both offer perfect pizzas and the Boon Fly Cafe will probably still let you sneak at bacon bloody mary. For something lighter, quicker or more casual, La...  Read more »

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    Oakville Grocery

    Local Expert Tip: "It can get a little zooey on weekends in the summer, call in advance and have them pack you a picnic so you can just grab it and go when you get there. "

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    Hog Island Oyster Company

    Local Expert Tip: "If it's busy, grab a seat at the counter. "

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    Ad Hoc

    Local Expert Tip: "Queue up at Addendum (the "footnote" to Ad Hoc) for lunch on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and choose from the barbecue, or the restaurant's famous buttermilk fried chicken."

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    La Esperanza Taco Truck

    Local Expert Tip: "Drive slowly through the intersection, sometimes it can be hard to spot the truck. "

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    Gott's Roadside

    Local Expert Tip: "While Gott's is known for it's burgers, they serve a killer breakfast from 7-11am, including a buttermilk fried chicken egg and cheese sandwich and egg and potato tacos. If you're there around lunchtime, also try the ahi tuna burger and the black and white shakes."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Redd's Asian influences carry through to Sunday brunch, where along with your eggs you can also get a plate of potstickers, hamachi sashimi, oh, and a lobster club sandwich."

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    Redd Wood

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask to take a peek at the back room behind the bar where they age their house made charcuterie."

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    Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

    Local Expert Tip: "The duck burger is the knockout dish to order here."

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    The Boon Fly Cafe - The Carneros Inn

    Local Expert Tip: "If you get hung up at a vineyard or you take a wrong turn on your bike ride and miss lunch, the Boon Fly Cafe offers a mid-day menu from 3-5pm with many of their lunch favorites. "

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    Tra Vigne

    Local Expert Tip: "There's nothing resembling the mad dinner rush at brunch-time, snag a table on the patio and order the wood oven baked eggs or mozzarella "al minuto," fresh cheese made just minutes before it arrives at your table."



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