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Napa Eats with 2 Year Old in Tow/Miscellaneous Issues

David N | Nov 16, 200106:02 PM

I thought I'd post this for "California" instead of for SF (as I suspect they know all this).

Had a very nice trip with wife and 2 year old son last week. Was impressed with lack of attitude regarding presence of child-we tried to show up at places early for dinner.


1. Pinot Blanc--Extremely friendly host who sat us at nice comfortable table. French Onion Soup was great-homey, rich, deep tasting broth burbling with cheese and a good crouton. Duck with mashed parsnips and salmon with watercress both very good. Baked apple with caramel sauce for dessert. Reasonably priced (top entree price $23).

2. Lunch at Tra Vigne--I know this place has gotten some bad notes on this site, but the food was awesome. I should note that it was packed with winemakers enjoying a Monday Lunch of salad and multiple fresh pastas. We split a series of dishes (which they happily do)--a salad of green apples and blue cheese, fresh hand rolled pasta with pancetta and roasted tomatoes, and swordfish with creamy grits and griboline(?) sauce. I don't like tiramisu particularly, but this one was rich, luscious, chocolatey--I could eat it every day.

3. Mustards--I also know this place has been criticized as inconsistent, but it was very solid--no misfires, although desert of mascarpone "ice cream" sandwich may have been a bit misguided. Baby beet salad (could have been a little more generous on the goat cheese), sea bass that was lusciously similar to lobster, and pasta with prawns tuna and spicy leek sauce were all fine and hearty.

4. Little Bites:

--Taylors Refresher--for their "big blue" burger, an orgy of an drippy oniony blue cheese burger.

--Oakville Grocery--for their vegetarian sandwich with artichoke hearts and feta spread.

All in all, a great eating trip. My wife, who is not a chowhound, even enjoyed our eating experiences.

Does anybody have any suggestions for dealing with a non-chowhound spouse?

Also, I'm a San Diegan and have been dismayed with the lack of San Diego postings. Are there any suggestions for stimulating the San Diego chowhound community?

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