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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Road Food - Napa Valley

This week we share our favorite places in the Napa Valley area.

TIM:  My pick is Taylor's Automatic Refresher in St. Helena.  It's just a burger stand, but what a burger stand it is.  Of course, the burger is what I had.  A rather expensive ($8.95) double cheeseburger is made with two quarter pound patties of Neiman Ranch lean beef.  Garnished with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and their sauce, it reminds me a lot of an In 'n Out double-double but with twice as much meat.  On the side are their GREEN garlic fries, which are delicious.  You can eat at tables in front, covered tables on the side, or...our favorite...tables on the large lawn out back.  Being in wine country, you can also buy premium wine and microbrews by the glass.  Be forwarned that some of the wines can be more expensive than the food.  Still, the best thing I ate in the Napa Valley.

DARRYL: My wife and I really liked the breakfast at Dierk's Parkside Cafe, just south of downtown Santa Rosa.  Locally produced food is cooked to perfection in this little diner.  A sample of what we had...eggs benedict, very good...better than Hank's Creekside, the locally known benedict maker.  Eggs in saffron broth, a delightful take on chilaquiles; and sublime pancakes cooked with pears and walnuts in the batter.  Prices are reasonable for the quality, about $7-8 a plate.  Give it a try when you're in the neighborhood.

-Darryl & Tim

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