Places we love in Saint Helena
With the rainy weather upon us, the ladies of ACME wanted to share some of our current favorite dining spots here in Saint Helena. This is where we head when it is gray and drizzly and we don’t feel like cooking...
“Equidistant from my home and ACME HQ is the Michelin-starred favorite Terra, and my personal favorite local spot, Bar Terra. While their addictive ramen is legendary, I will take a Radicchio Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamico Vinaigrette and some Tempura Maitake Mushrooms alongside an icy martini any day of the week. Chef/Owners Lissa and Hiro create such a warm and welcoming environment, and I think it’s some of the best food in all of the Napa Valley. Great. Now I’m starving.”
“A favorite morning gathering place, friends, both visiting and local, will always hear me recommend meeting at Farmstead Café. Outdoors, under the beautiful and sprawling blue Spruce, surrounded by nature and aesthetically pleasing accoutrements including comfy Adirondack chairs and rustic picnic tables, this idyllic spot is exactly where I’d like to spend an hour or so in the morning, kicking off the weekend or prior to heading into the shop. A delicious macchiato or chai (tea), inspired and scrumptious pastries or a special panini make this hideaway tough to beat here in this land of many delights. Oh, and don’t worry, if the fog hasn’t lifted yet, they have you covered with heaters and blankets!” - Karen
Gotts Roadside AKA Taylor’s Refresher
“Being new to the Napa Valley and St. Helena I found an instant comfort in seeing Gotts as we pulled into our new hometown. Three years ago my husband and I got married here in Napa and hosted our pre-wedding out of towners at Gotts. It was such a hit because not only was the service and food amazing! There was an option for everyone. It is my go-to spot when I crave a tuna taco or a burger. I am a sucker for onion rings! Great simple wine selections to boot…can’t beat it on a crisp fall day. So grab your honey and go on a sweet date. The retro vibe will take you back in time.” - Niccole
“I cannot imagine Saint Helena without the phenomenal brunch at Archetype! The Howard Backen designed space is airy and bright, and makes me feel like I am vacation, too, along with the other diners who might be in town for a weekend wedding or wine tasting getaway. Chef Ryder Zetts knows how to make this Carolina girl happy, because his Cheddar Biscuits with Grilled Scallions and Sausage Gravy are always on the brunch menu, and are to die for. Toss one of their “punch with brunch” cocktails into the mix and the weekend is complete.” - Michele
Two Birds/One Stone
“New spot in the valley and a place that shot right up to my top three favorite restaurants in the area is Two Birds/One Stone. Located in the historic and iconic Freemark Abbey stone winery and less than a ten minute drive from ACME north on Highway 29, this is a refreshing menu specializing in California-inspired yakitori. You won’t see any goat cheese and beet salads here… Sang Yoon (Father’s Office gastropub and Lukshon restaurant in Los Angeles) and Doug Keane (Cyrus) have partnered to create an imaginative concept that is unique to the valley. I truly find myself craving many things from the menu throughout the week. Menu must haves: crispy chicken wings with a chili-yuzu glaze (no joke, I could eat three orders of these myself), deviled jidori eggs with gribenes, shichimi togarashi, & wasabi, and fried forbidden rice with lap cheong, a sunny side up egg, & chili oil. I could go on and on about all of the things I love here. Oh! And the wine list! All wines by the glass are local projects made especially for Two Birds One Stone with the bottle list being all imports with a strong emphasis on super food friendly wines from Germany and Italy. So do you get it yet? I love this place. Check it out…” - Angela
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