Restaurants & Bars

Trancas Steakhouse, Napa

Melanie Wong | Feb 1, 2004 06:36 PM

Recently I stopped here for lunch while running errands in downtown Napa, a first visit for me. The fast, friendly service and booth seating with tabletop talkers gave it a coffee shop feel, albeit with dark woods and nicer upholstery. Well, I guess most coffee shops don’t have a bottle of the wine of the week (Blackstone Cab) on each table tagged with the pricing for the bottle or a glass either. (gg)

The prime rib sandwich was spendy at $15, yet seemed almost fair for the 1/2” thick slab of rosy medium-rare cut overflowing the naked halves of a chewy and petite torpedo roll. The garnishes on the side – tomato, whole romaine lettuce leaf from the heart, thin slices of sweet red onion, and a shaving of dill pickle – were very fresh. No one brought me a steak knife, and it turned out I didn’t need one. The beef was extremely tender, I could cut it with the regular knife and actually with just a fork. Plainly seasoned, it had a nice roasted salt and pepper fatty crust around the rim. The hot jus, served in a cup, was tasty, and didn’t have the overly salty and artificial overprocessed taste that many do. I had to ask for horseradish, available here straight or creamed. The golden brown fries were very good, crackly crunch outside and creamy inside, with the right amount of salt and a deeper flavor that made me wonder if they were fried in beef fat. I almost didn’t miss the terrific pommes soufflés at the late Tonnelli’s Diner Restaurant in American Canyon, which had been my favorite prime rib sandwich stop in the Valley.

Trancas Steakhouse
999 Trancas St.



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