50 Things to Eat in Wine Country Before You Die
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), camomiosteria.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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), goosegander.com

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

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

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

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), boonflycafe.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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), rd-kitchen.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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), 1313main.com

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

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

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), glenellenstar.com

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

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

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

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

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), aventinehospitality.com

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), starkrestaurants.com/willis_winebar

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

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), thenoblefolk.com

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

39. Forno roasted octopus, Redd Wood // 6755 Washington St. (Yountville), redd-wood.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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), longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead/Restaurant

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

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

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