Napa News: Press, 2nd & Brown
Aug29

Napa News: Press, 2nd & Brown

Napa is bustin out all over. Press Restaurant (587 St. Helena Hwy.) in St. Helena has turned over the stoves to former sous chef Jason Toji with the departure exec chef Stephen Rogers. Rogers and his wife (who was Press GM) are returning to Dallas to open a new restaurant called Gemma. Opening in late September is 2nd & Brown, the “boozy sister restaurant/bar” to Carpe Diem Wine Bar in downtown Napa. The cocktail spot...

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Pear opens in Napa
Dec11

Pear opens in Napa

Pear opens Dec. 11, 2012 in Napa, a Southern-inspired restaurant that replaces Tyler Florence’s short-lived riverfront bistro at 720 Main Street. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will feature a single menu with classics like macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, rotisserie chicken, collard greens, chicken and dumplings and chicken and waffles with pear-bourbon maple syrup. Chef-owner Rodney Worth owns several...

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Napa News: Rotisserie Closes, Ubuntu in Limbo, Quixote for Sale
Jun08

Napa News: Rotisserie Closes, Ubuntu in Limbo, Quixote for Sale

Much ado about Napa with three major shakeups reported this week. First up is the official shutter of celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie and Wine, according to Inside Scoop.The restaurant lasted only a year, going on “hiatus” last winter after several critical pans, a failing grade from the health department and the early departure of former Ubuntu chef, Jeremy Fox. And on the subject of Ubuntu–the...

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New Restaurants in Napa Valley: Spring 2012
May31

New Restaurants in Napa Valley: Spring 2012

[sh-slideshow-post id="24072"] Wanderlust seems to be catching, and we’ve got a bad case of it this spring. With the twin pulls of Auction Napa Valley approaching (May 31-June 1) and a downright instinctual need to get out of the office, it seemed, well, necessary to investigate the bumper crop of new restaurants just over the hills in neighboring Napa Valley.  From St. Helena to Napa, burger joints, pizza cafes, crepe shops and...

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Oenotri | Napa
Jun23

Oenotri | Napa

There’s a reason Napa newcomer Oenotri has been showered with critical praise. It’s just that good.  Despite humble beginnings (Cheesecake Factory), Curtis Di Fede and Tyler Rodde (co-exec chefs) have serious chops (Oliveto, Fat Duck) and are among the top salumists in the Bay Area (no small feat). The chefs cast a light on under-represented Italian regions including Siciliy, Campania and Puglia. The pizzas are...

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Bounty Hunter | Napa
Jun09

Bounty Hunter | Napa

Pull up a saddle at this downtown Napa winebar and bbq eatery. The scent of their back-door smoker and beer-can chicken sizzling on the grill perfume the block and pay off on the promise of some sweet fusion-que. One of my favorite picks for California-style barbecue, Bounty Hunter serves up great smoky ribs, pulled brisket and pork with their own chipotle, mustard & vinegar and sweet-hot red sauce. Kind of a surprise for a...

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