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Favorite community for food in the northern Bay Area?

Harry V. | May 14, 200202:11 PM

Hello, folks. I am a Chicagoan who is considering a job offer that would be located in the city of Napa. I am trying to think about where we might like to live in the northern Bay Area, and food is certainly one of our biggest quality-of-life factors. So I was wondering which communities within a reasonable commute of Napa would you consider to be most favorable for chowhounding? I am thinking more of day-in, day-out restaurants than special-occasion places - we are always willing to travel to the latter.

I should mention that, if possible, we would like to avoid living in a recently-developed suburban area (I understand that suburban sprawl is starting to creep north of Vallejo). I like living in a big city but SF and Berkeley are probably too far from Napa for a comfortable commute. So my other ideal would be a smaller town that is removed from any hint of sprawl, having a little history of its own (not necessarily a grand history, just a place that has been a community for a while) and hopefully having at least a bit of its own local culture.

Please bear in mind that I have never been west of Kansas City in my life, and know little more of the individual communities of the Bay Area than what I can see on a map.

Thanks very much for any input you could provide.

P.S. I do believe I’ve heard that there’s at least one decent place for grub up in the town of Yountville. Any truth to those rumors? :)

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