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Cafe La Haye is a tiny yet popular eatery located close to a historic shopping and dining area. The cheerful space exudes an old world charm with its use of mirrors, large windows, and beautiful artwork decorating the walls. Seated here, you can relish food that takes inspiration from various cultures, but retains its American flavor. Try the delicate risotto or the well-made filet Mignon or the mouth-watering chocolate silk cake. A small bar pours glasses of delicious wines from a carefully crafted list, all of which pair well the farm-fresh food.
Locals and tourists alike flock to Brix Restaurant to watch the chef concoct his excellent dishes. With a panoramic view of the Napa hillside and a decor of warm Impressionist tones, the award-winning Brix Restaurant makes for an elegant night out. Featuring classic Californian delicacies with a twist of French-influence, the food severed here is always a delight to the palate. You can order a five-course tasting dinner that comes Japanese-style in a bento box. The on-site wine store offers an extensive and eclectic variety, running the gamut in price.
Popular wisdom holds that this is the restaurant that kicked off the latest round in the fine dining craze in the North Bay. That may or may not be true. What is a fact is that chef Cindy Pawlcyn, who has since been influential in the creation of many other Bay Area restaurants, started here and is still involved in kitchen operations at her flagship restaurant. The atmosphere at Mustards is upscale roadhouse with an airy dining room and walls that are almost entirely made of windows. The staff is lively and and efficient.
The Fig Cafe & Winebar is located in the tranquil little town of Glen Ellen in the heart of Sonoma County. This rustic and comfortable cafe serves up delicious brasserie cuisine. The menu may include items like Fig and Arugula Salad with chevre, pecans and pancetta, BLT Thin Crust Pizza or Duck Confit. Of course, the name implies its great wine list, featuring a tasty selection of mostly local wines as well a few wines from France.
Napa Valley is known for its world-renowned restaurants and wine but little is known about local diamonds like Gott's Roadside. Classic diner food - burgers, fries, onion rings, and shakes - is served. Diner food, however, takes on a new life: fresh, local meats and veggies are used to ensure maximum flavor and quality. Essentially it's a burger stand with a line around the corner. Service is quick and the time spent in line can be used to take in picturesque, quaint St. Helena. All seating is outdoor. In true Napa fashion, wine, as well as beer, is served. The food is reason enough, though the miles of scenic vineyards and rolling hills doesn't hurt, to make the drive up Highway 29.