Searsucker: Upscale American Dining in San Diego

The Gaslamp area of San Diego is one of the top destinations in the city for both food and drinks. While there are a ton of options for great places to eat, for me Searsucker is one of the best for a nice upscale meal in downtown San Diego. The unique menu here and the relaxed atmosphere makes for an excellent night out, but do make sure to note that it can be pricey. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $20 – $30
  • Location: 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

The restaurant is located on Market St and Fifth Ave. You can valet park or you can find a parking lot or structure around the Gaslamp area.

The Restaurant

Searsucker is right in the middle of Gaslamp in a busy part of the city. The restaurant feels like a nice escape though with its wide open floor plan and high ceilings.

The menu starts with three unique takes on the traditional old-fashioned drink, including a peanut butter and jelly old fashioned with a small Uncrustable like sandwich on the rim and a cream soda old-fashioned.

The menu continues the eclectic style with everything from short ribs and street corn to octopus. I usually just get a few of the small dishes since that allows me to try lots of things on the menu. Here is what my wife and I got last time we were there.

Short ribs – One of the flagship dishes here, the short ribs are very tender and practically melt in your mouth. They are served with creamy horseradish, whipped potatoes which add a great flavor to the rich meat. The dish is topped with fried onions, adding a nice crunch to the meat and potatoes.

Duck Wings – This was my favorite thing I ordered as the wings are full of flavor and had moist, easy to pick apart meat. It had a nice, salty taste, paired with chili oil and finished with a batter the provided a nice fried crunch.

Octopus – I don’t have a picture of this dish so I added a photo of the cheese plate. The grilled octopus was prepared well so that it was soft and not chewy like it often can be. Served with avocado, cucumber, and cilantro, which are things I would have never thought to eat with octopus but which paired great. Another dish I would easily order again.

Corn – Served with chorizo and spices, this corn is fantastic. It’s spicy from the jalapenos but evened out with the mayo flavor from the corn crema, like what you would find in Mexican street corn. Honestly, I would order multiple of this dish as it was excellent.

Brown Butter Pear Crumble – The dish consisted of sizeable spiced ginger streusel pieces on top of the roasted pear middle, flavored with cranberry jam and cream cheese ice cream. Great dish to share if you are in the mood for something sweet and it has a fantastic flavor.

As you can no doubt tell I really like Searsucker. The unique dishes and fun atmosphere is a great find in the heart of Gaslamp for a fancy dinner. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Searsucker: Upscale American Dining in San Diego

The Gaslamp area of San Diego is one of the top destinations in the city for both food and drinks. While there are a ton of options for great places to eat, for me Searsucker is one of the best for a nice upscale meal in downtown San Diego. The unique menu here and the relaxed atmosphere makes for an excellent night out, but do make sure to note that it can be pricey. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $20 – $30
  • Location: 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Getting There

The restaurant is located on Market St and Fifth Ave. You can valet park or you can find a parking lot or structure around the Gaslamp area.

The Restaurant

Searsucker is right in the middle of Gaslamp in a busy part of the city. The restaurant feels like a nice escape though with its wide open floor plan and high ceilings.

The menu starts with three unique takes on the traditional old-fashioned drink, including a peanut butter and jelly old fashioned with a small Uncrustable like sandwich on the rim and a cream soda old-fashioned.

The menu continues the eclectic style with everything from short ribs and street corn to octopus. I usually just get a few of the small dishes since that allows me to try lots of things on the menu. Here is what my wife and I got last time we were there.

Short ribs – One of the flagship dishes here, the short ribs are very tender and practically melt in your mouth. They are served with creamy horseradish, whipped potatoes which add a great flavor to the rich meat. The dish is topped with fried onions, adding a nice crunch to the meat and potatoes.

Duck Wings – This was my favorite thing I ordered as the wings are full of flavor and had moist, easy to pick apart meat. It had a nice, salty taste, paired with chili oil and finished with a batter the provided a nice fried crunch.

Octopus – I don’t have a picture of this dish so I added a photo of the cheese plate. The grilled octopus was prepared well so that it was soft and not chewy like it often can be. Served with avocado, cucumber, and cilantro, which are things I would have never thought to eat with octopus but which paired great. Another dish I would easily order again.

Corn – Served with chorizo and spices, this corn is fantastic. It’s spicy from the jalapenos but evened out with the mayo flavor from the corn crema, like what you would find in Mexican street corn. Honestly, I would order multiple of this dish as it was excellent.

Brown Butter Pear Crumble – The dish consisted of sizeable spiced ginger streusel pieces on top of the roasted pear middle, flavored with cranberry jam and cream cheese ice cream. Great dish to share if you are in the mood for something sweet and it has a fantastic flavor.

As you can no doubt tell I really like Searsucker. The unique dishes and fun atmosphere is a great find in the heart of Gaslamp for a fancy dinner. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Sweet Maple: Millionaire Bacon in San Francisco

San Francisco is not hurting for good breakfast spots, but one of my favorite in the city is Sweet Maple. This unassuming eatery has what they call Millionaire Bacon and for my money, it is probably worth it. Add to that a full menu of items which includes standouts like a fresh crab benedict and you have the recipe for a fantastic, but pricey, breakfast in the city. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $15 – $20
  • Hours: 8 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: 2101 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Getting There

Like everything in San Francisco, I would recommend just taking public transportation or an Uber / Lyft. There is street parking around the restaurant but it is pretty hard to come by.

The Restaurant

Sweet Maple takes up the bottom floor of an apartment building and its large with tall ceilings. The line forms to the right of the building and you can expect to wait on the weekends. On the weekdays though it is usually not a long wait so that is when I recommend you go.

The menu here is pretty massive, but you will want to select something with Millionaires Bacon, which is the famous dish here. I usually just get the two eggs, bacon and toast as that is more than enough food for me. My wife is not a meat eater though so she switches it up. Here is what we ordered.

Millionaires Bacon – look up the awards it’s won as this is a well-loved slice of meat. More like pork belly then traditional bacon, with a nice thick quarter inch cut. The slices of bacon are cooked for over 4 hours in the oven with maple syrup and spices. The bacon has the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy and practically melts in your mouth with flavor. I love that they don’t skimp on the spice as you can see the pepper seeds on the bacon and get a good burn when you eat it

Crab Benedict – A healthy portion of crab with perfectly poached egg and a wasabi cream horseradish. It tastes so fresh and there is a ton going on with all the flavors. The dish has a good wasabi taste from the cream but without the normal clear you senses wasabi spice which is good. The asparagus and lemon complete the fresh taste of the dish. It’s a pretty expensive dish at $22 but it was worth the price if you like crab.

I always enjoy my time at Sweet Maple and I would easily come here again just for the bacon. Check it out if you have a free morning in San Francisco and let me know what you think in the comments.

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe: Great Breakfast in San Francisco

When researching breakfast spots in San Francisco, no doubt you will see Dottie’s True Blue Cafe pop up time and time again. Located in a not very nice neighborhood in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Dotties True Blue Cafe always has a line, and it is always worth the wait. I have been a couple of times, and I will still wait for the famous whiskey fennel sausage and the grilled cornbread with jalapeño jelly. If you are visiting on a weekday, I highly recommend heading over as the wait won’t be as long, here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $15
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 3 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Location: 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Getting There

I would recommend taking public transportation or an Uber / Lyft to get here as there is not too much parking around and it is not a great area to park at. Luckily it is only an 8-10 minute walk from Union Square, so if you are staying at one of the hotels there, then you can easily walk.

The Restaurant

There is pretty much no spot to wait inside, so you will see the line wrap around the outside of the building. Luckily it is bigger than it looks, with a room in the back you can’t see. That being said it is usually a longer wait for parties bigger than two.

On the weekdays it usually takes about 30 minutes to wait, but on the weekends it can be an hour to an hour and a half. You can review a menu while you wait, so you know what to order by the time you sit down.

The Food

Here is what we got:

Blueberry bourbon crumb cake (daily special) – The cake had tons of flavor with a creamy but light whip cream. You get a good bourbon taste with each bite, and it pairs well with the sweet blueberries.

Black bean cakes – Served with two eggs any style and potatoes, these cakes are great with over easy eggs so you can mix the cakes, eggs, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Excellent nonmeat option since it comes with potatoes and cornbread. The cornbread is especially impressive as it has a nice flavor from the grill and the add-on jalapeño jelly takes it to the next level. The jalapeño jelly is homemade and it has an excellent sweet flavor with the taste of peppers but not the kick. I liked it a lot.

Whisky fennel scramble – The whiskey fennel sausage is one of the most popular items here. The sausage is baked in whiskey, which gives it a nice earthy taste that works well with the spinach and mushrooms. Also the eggs are super fluffy as well. Lastly, the side of potatoes has a nice rosemary, thyme spice to them. It’s above average for breakfast potatoes.

Dotties is one of those places I go back to time and time again in San Francisco, like my other favorite place in the city Brenda’s. If you are looking for a good breakfast spot then look no further. Let me know what you think when you go in the comments.

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe: Great Breakfast in San Francisco

When researching breakfast spots in San Francisco, no doubt you will see Dottie’s True Blue Cafe pop up time and time again. Located in a not very nice neighborhood in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Dotties True Blue Cafe always has a line, and it is always worth the wait. I have been a couple of times, and I will still wait for the famous whiskey fennel sausage and the grilled cornbread with jalapeño jelly. If you are visiting on a weekday, I highly recommend heading over as the wait won’t be as long, here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $15
  • Hours: 7:30 AM – 3 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Location: 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Getting There

I would recommend taking public transportation or an Uber / Lyft to get here as there is not too much parking around and it is not a great area to park at. Luckily it is only an 8-10 minute walk from Union Square, so if you are staying at one of the hotels there, then you can easily walk.

The Restaurant

There is pretty much no spot to wait inside, so you will see the line wrap around the outside of the building. Luckily it is bigger than it looks, with a room in the back you can’t see. That being said it is usually a longer wait for parties bigger than two.

On the weekdays it usually takes about 30 minutes to wait, but on the weekends it can be an hour to an hour and a half. You can review a menu while you wait, so you know what to order by the time you sit down.

The Food

Here is what we got:

Blueberry bourbon crumb cake (daily special) – The cake had tons of flavor with a creamy but light whip cream. You get a good bourbon taste with each bite, and it pairs well with the sweet blueberries.

Black bean cakes – Served with two eggs any style and potatoes, these cakes are great with over easy eggs so you can mix the cakes, eggs, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Excellent nonmeat option since it comes with potatoes and cornbread. The cornbread is especially impressive as it has a nice flavor from the grill and the add-on jalapeño jelly takes it to the next level. The jalapeño jelly is homemade and it has an excellent sweet flavor with the taste of peppers but not the kick. I liked it a lot.

Whisky fennel scramble – The whiskey fennel sausage is one of the most popular items here. The sausage is baked in whiskey, which gives it a nice earthy taste that works well with the spinach and mushrooms. Also the eggs are super fluffy as well. Lastly, the side of potatoes has a nice rosemary, thyme spice to them. It’s above average for breakfast potatoes.

Dotties is one of those places I go back to time and time again in San Francisco, like my other favorite place in the city Brenda’s. If you are looking for a good breakfast spot then look no further. Let me know what you think when you go in the comments.

Grand Central Market: Where to Eat, Drink & Park in Downtown LA

Downtown LA is a spot that has been experiencing a massive revival over the last few decades. One of the places this is most evident is at Grand Central Market, Downtown LA’s 100-year-old staple. This market has dozens of food vendors with some of the area’s most popular restaurants. On the weekend you should be prepared to wait over an hour to try places like EggSlut. However, even the crowds and the lines can’t take away from the fun open-air building, and I highly recommend you give some of the new food vendors a try. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Open seven days a week from 8 AM – 10 PM
  • Location: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Getting There

From the 101 Freeway heading north, you will want to get off on exit 2B towards Alameda St / Union Station. From there you will turn left on North Broadway, and the market is about a half mile down on the right.

Parking

Grand Central Market is located in the heart of Downtown LA and because of that, parking is usually pricey. There are quite a few lots around the market, but most range from $3 for 20 minutes to $15 for the day. I have found the best to be around $10 for the day if I am planning on walking around downtown a little bit.

Grand Central Market

The building that houses the market is a large open-air building with two levels. The upper level, closer to Hill St has mostly drinks with Golden Road Brewery and G & B Coffee.

This is also where the popular Instagram neon wall is that was made by Bullet Whiskey.

Heading down the stairs will take you to the central part of the market. This is where all of the food is, and there are three rows you can walk up and down before making your decision.

Where to Eat

I have by no means tried everything here, and I would love to hear your recommendations below, but here are a few of my favorite spots.

Wexler’s Deli

If you are looking for a good Pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles, then look no further then Wexler’s. This small deli in the middle of the market has some of the best pastrami in the city. I recommend the MacArthur Park Sandwich which adds coleslaw, cheese, and Russian dressing onto the generous portion of pastrami.

EggSlut

EggSlut is the most popular spot in the market hands down. There is pretty much always a line, and people often wait an hour to try it. I went on a weekday once and was able to order without waiting and can say it was pretty good. I recommend the “slut” which is a coddled egg cooked in a jar over a potato puree that you can spoon it over the provided baguettes.

Ramen Hood

I love ramen, so I was cautiously optimistic when I tried Ramen Hood. While it is no Diakokuya, the vegan-friendly ramen they make here is surprisingly good. My wife especially enjoyed it since she is a vegetarian, but as a meat eater myself, I enjoyed the unique take on ramen as well.

PBJ.LA

As one of the newest entries into the Grand Central Market, PBJ.LA does one thing, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They have some entertaining takes on the famous sandwich though including the most popular called the Red Eye and which features espresso peanut butter with dark chocolate raspberry jam. Plus, the even cut off the crust for you.

Sticky Rice

Its hard to beat some good Thai food, and luckily Sticky Rice does that well. The best dish here is probably the panang, but even if you are looking for Thai staples like Pad Thai, you can’t go wrong with the offerings here.

McConnells

My last recommendation in Grand Central Market is McConnell’s Ice Cream. McConnells is a place I fell in love with when I had it for the first time in Santa Barbara. I still make it a point to stop there when I go on a road trip up the coast as well. It’s nice to have a closer shop to get my fix at though. I recommend the churros ice cream of any of the coffee flavors.

So there you have it, my recommendations for where to eat in Grand Central Market. I would love to know what you think I left off in the comments.

Grand Central Market: Where to Eat, Drink & Park in Downtown LA

Downtown LA is a spot that has been experiencing a massive revival over the last few decades. One of the places this is most evident is at Grand Central Market, Downtown LA’s 100-year-old staple. This market has dozens of food vendors with some of the area’s most popular restaurants. On the weekend you should be prepared to wait over an hour to try places like EggSlut. However, even the crowds and the lines can’t take away from the fun open-air building, and I highly recommend you give some of the new food vendors a try. Here is all the information.

Details

  • Open seven days a week from 8 AM – 10 PM
  • Location: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Getting There

From the 101 Freeway heading north, you will want to get off on exit 2B towards Alameda St / Union Station. From there you will turn left on North Broadway, and the market is about a half mile down on the right.

Parking

Grand Central Market is located in the heart of Downtown LA and because of that, parking is usually pricey. There are quite a few lots around the market, but most range from $3 for 20 minutes to $15 for the day. I have found the best to be around $10 for the day if I am planning on walking around downtown a little bit.

Grand Central Market

The building that houses the market is a large open-air building with two levels. The upper level, closer to Hill St has mostly drinks with Golden Road Brewery and G & B Coffee.

This is also where the popular Instagram neon wall is that was made by Bullet Whiskey.

Heading down the stairs will take you to the central part of the market. This is where all of the food is, and there are three rows you can walk up and down before making your decision.

Where to Eat

I have by no means tried everything here, and I would love to hear your recommendations below, but here are a few of my favorite spots.

Wexler’s Deli

If you are looking for a good Pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles, then look no further then Wexler’s. This small deli in the middle of the market has some of the best pastrami in the city. I recommend the MacArthur Park Sandwich which adds coleslaw, cheese, and Russian dressing onto the generous portion of pastrami.

EggSlut

EggSlut is the most popular spot in the market hands down. There is pretty much always a line, and people often wait an hour to try it. I went on a weekday once and was able to order without waiting and can say it was pretty good. I recommend the “slut” which is a coddled egg cooked in a jar over a potato puree that you can spoon it over the provided baguettes.

Ramen Hood

I love ramen, so I was cautiously optimistic when I tried Ramen Hood. While it is no Diakokuya, the vegan-friendly ramen they make here is surprisingly good. My wife especially enjoyed it since she is a vegetarian, but as a meat eater myself, I enjoyed the unique take on ramen as well.

PBJ.LA

As one of the newest entries into the Grand Central Market, PBJ.LA does one thing, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They have some entertaining takes on the famous sandwich though including the most popular called the Red Eye and which features espresso peanut butter with dark chocolate raspberry jam. Plus, the even cut off the crust for you.

Sticky Rice

Its hard to beat some good Thai food, and luckily Sticky Rice does that well. The best dish here is probably the panang, but even if you are looking for Thai staples like Pad Thai, you can’t go wrong with the offerings here.

McConnells

My last recommendation in Grand Central Market is McConnell’s Ice Cream. McConnells is a place I fell in love with when I had it for the first time in Santa Barbara. I still make it a point to stop there when I go on a road trip up the coast as well. It’s nice to have a closer shop to get my fix at though. I recommend the churros ice cream of any of the coffee flavors.

So there you have it, my recommendations for where to eat in Grand Central Market. I would love to know what you think I left off in the comments.

Smorgasburg LA: Weekly Food Event in Los Angeles

In LA there is no shortage of great food or fun events to go to on a weekly basis; however, Smorgasburg which happens every Sunday, is one of my favorites. This gathering of food, drink and shopping vendors takes over the five-acre site used for a weekday produce market and provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family that is free to get into and free to park at (up to 2 hours). Here is all the information.

Details

  • Every Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM, do check the website before going
  • Free parking for 2 hours
  • No cost to enter
  • No pets allowed

Getting There

Smorgasburg is located in what is now called ROW DTLA, which is a big industrial complex on the southeast side of Los Angeles. From 7th St heading towards LA, you will turn on Alameda St and will see signs that direct you to the parking structure. It can get busy during the lunch rush, but I haven’t had trouble getting a parking spot.

The Market

After parking, you will follow the signs until you reach the large open area with all of the vendors set up in the middle.

I would recommend taking the time to make one loop before selecting your food. There are over 30 different vendors here, so check out all of the options.

The most popular places are Shrimp Daddy, who sells fried shrimp in a pineapple boat and Lobsterdamus, which sells lobster dishes.

These are just a few of the places you can choose from though as there is everything from tacos and bbq to French macaroons and pad thai.

I ended up grabbing a pork belly, pomegranate taco from Little Llama and fried chicken in a waffle cone from Baldoria. I was happy with both of my choices but would still try something else next time.

Amie went with the Shrimp Boat from Shrimp Daddy and liked it but wished there was more food in it for the price.

We also tried an acai bowl from Amaze Bowls which was another popular spot.

Some of the food is gimmicky, and some of it is pretty expensive, I would plan to spend $20 a person if you come and try a couple of things.

Down the middle aisle, there are a half dozen shopping vendors selling everything from art prints to shoes. It was fun to check these out as well, and I picked up a nice LA map for my office.

On the way out we also stopped by Popdup for one of their grapefruit basil teas. This was a pricey drink as well, but it was delicious, and it came in a fun glass jar.

We stayed about an hour and a half here and even though I spent more then I was planning to, it was an enjoyable time. The sheer amount of unique food is hard to beat, and the fact that it doesn’t cost to get in or to park at makes this an easy recommendation in Los Angeles. Check it out and let me know what your favorite thing is that you ate in the comments.

Eight Noodle Shop in Downtown Napa

For the last year, I have been on a ramen kick, and I often go out of my way to try new ramen places when I visit new cities. On a recent trip to Napa, I found Eight Noodle Shop and knew I had to give it a try. They make a less traditional ramen with larger udon type noodles and crazy add-ins like salmon, but I can say it was a great dining experience that lived up to expectations, here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $15 – $20
  • Location: 1408 Clay St, Napa, CA 94559

Getting There

From Main St in downtown Napa, you will want to turn left on 1st St, then right on Seminary St. From here turn right on Clay St and the restaurant will be on the left. There is a parking garage across the street that you can park in.

The Restaurant

The restaurant itself is small with a half dozen tables inside and another half dozen outside.

We opted to sit outside which was great since the Napa weather is usually pretty nice.

My group decided to try a few of the appetizers, and the Korean Fried Chicken Wings were the standout. They had just the right amount of crispiness and a ton of flavor.

The edamame was also excellent with 5 spice salt that combined for a sweet/salty flavor.

For lunch, I went with the pork ramen, which had the thick udon noodles with pork belly and shoulder. The ramen base had a nice big flavor that I appreciated, and even though it seemed non-traditional, I really enjoyed it.

My friend Charles got the salmon ramen which I had never seen before. The salmon was cooked with a sweet glaze and finished in the hot ramen, and it was excellent. The dish was served with corn, and I was impressed with the small sample I tasted. Who knew salmon ramen would be good?

The rest of our group got some other dishes like the kimchi fried rice, and everyone was happy with their choices.

For dessert, we split the Okinawan doughnuts which were more like beignets then a donut but were delicious. They were like mini apple fritters and came with a caramel sauce.

All in all, Eight Noodle Shop is a great place for a meal in downtown Napa. I really enjoyed my time and am sure I will be back.

Disclosure: This meal was provided free of charge, but all opinions are my own. 

Oxbow Public Market in Napa

In Downtown Napa, one of the most popular spots to visit is the Oxbow Public Market. This collection of eateries and shops has a little something for everyone, with everything from cupcakes and oysters to a cocktail and a cheese shop. On the outside of the market they also have some of the Napa Valley’s most popular spots such as Gott’s Roadhouse and Model Bakery, its a one-stop shop in Napa that you should spend some time at, here is all the information.

Details

  • Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM
  • Popular on the weekends
  • Location: 610 & 644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

Getting There

Heading out from Main St in Downtown Napa, you will want to turn right on 1st St and cross over the river. Oxbox Public Market is only a few blocks down on the left. There is a large parking lot next to it that you can use, but it does get popular on the weekends.

The Market

The interior of Oxbow Public Market is two long walkways lined with shops and a few additional at each end. There really is something for everyone, but here are my favorite interior places.

Hog Island Oysters

I love good Oysters, and Hog Island is one of my favorite restaurants for them in California. You can read about when I visited the main shop near Point Reyes here and be sure to experience the oysters for yourself at the market.

Anette’s Chocolates

Anette’s primary location is in Downtown Napa, and you can do chocolate tastings there (more on that here). If you are looking for a quick chocolate fix though, the small counter in the market is an excellent place for that.

Fieldwork Brewing

Fieldwork Brewing company is a recent success story for Downtown Napa, as the beers they produce are starting to bring people just to try them. When they sell out of a beer, they make something different, so it is almost always a new collection of beers.

Napa Valley Distillery

I am a huge fan of specialty cocktails and the bitters that they use to make them. This store has one of the most extensive collections of bitters in California, and they are always happy to help you sample the different options.

Ritual Coffee

Located adjacent from the distillery, Ritual Coffee is an excellent stop for coffee aficionados like myself. They make a killer pour over, and they always have new bags of coffee to purchase and take home with you.

C Casa

If you visit Oxbow Market in the morning, then this is one of my top suggestions. C Casa has epic Huevos Rancheros that are worth the visit to the market just for them. Add to that the fact that C Casa also has excellent donuts and you have the recipe for a good breakfast.

There are plenty more spots to visit in the interior of the market, but I wanted to talk about two outside as well.

Gott’s Roadhouse

This famous Napa restaurant is located in St Helena, and it has been a popular in-between wineries stop for decades. I recommend the garlic fries or the ahi burger. It is fun to visit the location here and to be able to get the food without having to drive Highway 29.

Model Bakery

You have probably heard of this famous Napa Valley spot which sells English Muffins that people come from all over to get. You may ask, how good can an English Muffin be? To that I would say, they can be incredibly good, especially with a little butter and jam, or as the base of a breakfast sandwich. Get there early though as they often sell out.

So there you have it, my favorite stops at Oxbow Public Market. Let me know if I left off one of your favorites in the comments.