One of my favorite little towns in the entire USA, if not the world, is Yountville, CA. Yes, it is right smack in the middle of Napa Valley wine country (which clearly leads the charge as to why I love it) but is also home to the most michelin stars per capita – more than New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Paris. Yes, Yountville, CA is champion when it comes to foodie hotspots.
Here is a journey through breakfast, lunch, and dinner – three perfect meals in this sleepy California town. Let’s eat!
Bouchon Bakery: Thomas Keller takes his french bistro to the bakery and serves up some of the most buttery, rich, mouth-watering pastries you can imagine, paired with steaming hot, decadent coffee. It’s right in the middle of town, so it’s the perfect stop for a morning fuel-up before hitting the wineries. I also suggest you stop by in the afternoon to pick up a macaroon. They are absolutely unreal!
Hopper Creek Kitchen: This relatively-new outpost in the Hotel Yountville features creative, indulgent breakfast fare that rivals a 5-star dinner. The breakfast risotto is topped with juicy strawberries, lavender mint, apple vincotto and caramelized Asian pears. I mean, really. The farm-to-table cuisine is not to be missed.
Redd Wood: The sister restaurant to the famed “Redd” is laid-back and casual, yet still utterly stylish with an outstanding menu to boot. It’s a “pizza joint” – but if a pizza joint wore christian louboutin heels, skinny jeans, carried a snakeskin clutch and sported a pixie cut. Super cool without trying to hard. Plus, the chilled corn soup with basil pesto and the sausage, mushroom, spinach, pickled peppers, tomato, and smoked mozzarella pizza are TO DIE for.
Bistro Jeanty: This french bistro evokes a natural “napa valley” flair. It’s a white table-clothed, relaxed locale that serves the perfect french onion soup, coq au vin, and filet au poivre. Pair anything with a crisp glass of white burgundy and you are on your way to an idyllic afternoon.
Bottega Ristorante: Food Network chef Michael Chiarello serves classic Italian comfort food with an equally impressive wine list (some of which are sourced from his own vineyard!) Nearly every dish is accented with house-made ingredients, and the spare ribs, caramelized broccoli rabe (literally, the best I’ve ever had), and Black Pepper Bucatini alla Carbonara are must-haves. I don’t know if it’s possible to have a bad meal at Bottega.
Ad Hoc: If you are looking for a memorable dinner experience, this is it. Each day the Ad Hoc kitchen dishes up a 4-course meal and an edited wine list for adventurous eaters looking for a mind-blowing meal. You don’t make any menu decisions, you just sit back an enjoy the deliciousness. It’s almost like getting a glimpse into a dinner party at the home of one of the most heralded chefs in the world. You simply cannot miss this restaurant.
Happy Yountville dining, womanistas! And if you are heading out to Napa Valley soon, enjoy! I’m jealous!
xo, the Womanista