The world famous donuts at Boon Fly Cafe. (Sarah Craves)

50 Things to Eat in Wine Country Before You Die


If you haven't tasted from the vast array of culinary offerings that Wine Country has to offer, consider this your crash course. From the world famous donuts at Boon Fly Cafe to the buttery English muffins at Model Bakery and everything in between, here are 50 brand new dishes you need to try in Wine Country before you die.

1. Gnocchi allo zafferano con le cozze (gnocchi with mussels), Ca'Momi Osteria // 1141 1st St. (Napa),

2. Clam chowder, Spud Point Crab Company // 1860 Westshore Rd. (Bodega Bay),

3. Glazed pork belly, Grace's Table // 1400 Second St. (Napa),

English muffins at Model Bakery are toweringly tall instead of squat, and brioche-like instead of dense and dry. (Jennifer Brant, via

4. English muffin, Model Bakery // 1357 Main St. (St. Helena),

5. Short rib pastrami, The Corner // 660 Main St. (Napa),

6. XOCO profiteroles, Basalt // 790 Main St. (Napa),

7. Polpo alla griglia (wood-grilled octopus), Bottega // 6525 Washington St. (Yountville),

The G&G burger features a grilled 10-ounce patty formed from a pre-ground blend of grass-fed chuck-eye and sirloin, topped with Gruyère and house-smoked bacon, with a side of duck fat fries. Add on bone marrow for $3 more. (Courtesy of Goose & Gander, via Facebook)

8. The G&G burger (with bone marrow), Goose & Gander // 1245 Spring St. (St. Helena),

9. Slow poached egg on brioche, Harvest Table // 1 Main St. (St. Helena),

10. Beef carpaccio, Kitchen Door // 610 1st St. (Napa),

11. Fig pizza, Pizzeria Tra Vigne // 1016 Main St. (St. Helena),

Every day in Wine Country should start with great coffee, fresh juices and house-baked Boon Fly donuts.(Courtesy of The Boon Fly Cafe)

12. World famous Boon Fly donuts, The Boon Fly Cafe // 4048 Sonoma Highway (Napa),

13. Yellowfin tuna sliders, Solbar // 755 Silverado Trail (Calistoga),

14. Peach prosciutto and burrata salad, Brasswood // 3111 St. Helena Highway N (St. Helena),

15. Petit plateau (1/2 lobster, 16 oysters, 4 shrimp, 8 clams, 10 mussels, seasonal crab), Bouchon // 6534 Washington St. (Yountville),

16. Quack 'n' Cheese (duck confit, caramelized onion, diced tomato, toasted bread crumbs), Carpe Diem // 1001 2nd St.(Napa),

17. Day boat scallop, Auberge du Soleil // 180 Rutherford Hill Rd. (Rutherford),

18. Hand cut fettuccine, Archetype // 1429 Main St. (St. Helena),

Ding's Crispy Fried Chicken sandwich is delicious and huge. (Courtesy of R+D Kitchen)

19. Ding's crispy chicken sandwich, R+D Kitchen // 6795 Washington St. (Yountville),

20. Natilla dessert (tres leches, vanilla bean, blueberry & guava compote, cinnamon churros), Napa Valley Bistro // 975 Clinton St. (Napa),

21. Monthly enchilada special, C Casa // 610 1st St. (Napa),

22. Bacon wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates, Sam's Social Club // 1712 Lincoln Ave. (Calistoga),

23. Oysters Bingo, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen // 1327 Railroad Ave. (St. Helena),

24. Beignets, The Parish Cafe // 60A Mill St. (Healdsburg),

25. French dip, Rutherford Grill // 1180 Rutherford Rd. (Rutherford),

The brioche toasted bun—rather than an English muffin—on 1313 Main's lobster Benedict is a stroke of genius. (Courtesy of 1313 Main)

26. Lobster benedict, 1313 Main // 1313 Main St. (Napa),

27. Chicken under a brick, Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria // 21021 Geyerville Ave. (Geyerville),

28. Coq au vin, Bistro Jeanty // 6510 Washington St. (Yountville),

Cauliflower is having a moment this fall. We're big fans of this version at Glen Ellen Star with tahini, almonds, and sumac. (Krista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

29. Cauliflower with tahini, almonds, and sumac, Glen Ellen Star // 13648 Arnold Dr. (Glen Ellen),

30. Grass-fed cheeseburger, Farmstead // 738 Main St. (St. Helena),

31. Shrimp etouffee, Evangeline // 1226 Washington St. (Calistoga),

32. Tempura calamari salad, Morimoto // 610 Main St. (Napa),

33. Petite summer quiche, Angèle // 540 Main St. (Napa),

34. Agnolotti rosso di pollo e caprino (sautéed white corn, toasted pistachios, white wine chicken broth, goat cheese, basil oil), Aventine // 14301 Arnold Drive #32 (Glen Ellen),

We're a fan of poppers in all forms, but foie gras poppers have to be the best. Check them at Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa. (Courtesy of Willi's Wine Bar)

35. Foie gras "poppers," Willi's Wine Bar // 4404 Old Redwood Highway (Santa Rosa),

36. Nashville style chicken with waffles, The Fremont Diner // 2698 Fremont Dr. (Sonoma),

Pair the salted caramel mud pie with Sightglass coffee or matcha-almond green tea at Noble Folk. (Courtesy of Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar)

37. Salted caramel mud pie, Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar // 116 Matheson St. (Healdsburg),

38. Raw fish of the day, OSO Sonoma // 9 E Napa St. (Sonoma),

39. Forno roasted octopus, Redd Wood // 6755 Washington St. (Yountville),

40. Chef's tasting menu, The French Laundry // 6640 Washington St. (Yountville),

41. Soft serve ice cream, Miminashi // 821 Coombs St. (Napa),

42. NY strip, Torc // 1140 Main St. (Napa),

43. Poutine with braised beef cheeks, Cook Tavern // 1304 Main St. (St. Helena),

44. Halibut in saffron cauliflower puree, El Dorado Kitchen // 405 1st St. W (Sonoma),

45. Plum upside down cake with Earl Grey tea ice cream, Harvest Moon Cafe // 487 1st St. W (Sonoma),

46. The Mister cupcake (Gravenstein apple cake, caramel drizzle), Moustache Bakery // 381 Healdsburg Ave. (Healdsburg),

47. House made onion rings, Fumé Bistro & Bar // 4050 Byway E (Napa),

The Farmstead charcuterie board comes with homemade pickles, of course. (Courtesy of Farmstead via Facebook)

48. Farmstead charcuterie board, Farmstead // 738 Main St. (St. Helena),

49. Chocolate-dipped fig kisses, The Girl & The Fig // 110 W Spain St. (Sonoma),

50. Caviar, Farm // 4048 Sonoma Highway (Napa),

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