Four Must-Try Wine Country Restaurants
Four Wine Country restaurants to delight your taste buds.
Miminashi // Bob McClenahan
Chef Curtis Di Fede’s izakaya serves Japanese dishes with a seasonal twist in his restaurant, modeled after the pub-style eateries that are popular in Japan.
Small bite: Fluke sashimi scattered in sunchoke, sansho pepper, and lime.
Big bite: Sonoma-Carneros Paine Farm pigeon ramen with miso, fresh bamboo shoot, black garlic, and wild nettles in paitan (a milky white broth).
Signature: Whole animal yakitori, like hatsu (heart), tan (tongue), and kawa (chicken skin).
Star sip: Japanese whiskeys, sakes, shochu, and craft cocktails.
821 Coombs St., Napa, (707) 254-9464, miminashi.com. Lunch and dinner daily.
Savor the flavors of farm-to-table cuisine with Spanish influences at this riverfront restaurant, brought to life by the operators of El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma and REDD in Yountville.
Small bite: Spicy chorizo and clams with toasted noodles and a spritz of lime.
Big bite: Annatto-cocoa marinated black cod with baby carrots in a black garlic vinaigrette.
Signature: Chef Esteban Escobar’s slow-roasted pork shoulder with fava bean cake, braised cabbage, and tomatillo salsa.
Star sip: Blood and Sand cocktail of blended Scotch, orange juice, Cherry Heering liqueur, and Punt e Mes Italian vermouth.
790 Main St., Napa, (707) 927-5265, basaltnapa.com. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.–Sun.
Guiso Latin Fusion, Healdsburg
Camarones borrachos—sautéed prawns with butter, garlic, and guiso sauce with spiced rum—and other authentic Latin American dishes can be found in this cozy bistro.
Small bite: Golden pupusas stuffed with beans and cheese, pork, or vegetables.
Big bite: Pescado con coco—sautéed fish of the day in sweet coconut, papaya, and a white wine reduction paired with jasmine rice, shredded coconut, and spinach.
Signature: Paella brimming with chicken, prawns, mussels, chorizo, veggies, saffron rice, and beans in white wine–smoked garlic sauce.
Star sip: Any of the South American wines.
117 North St., Healdsburg, (707) 431-1302. Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun.
Chef Danny Mai takes a fusion approach to east and Southeast Asian classics in this pretty spot with an open kitchen.
Small bite: Shanghai pork-shrimp steamed dumplings decorated with sliced watermelon radish and scallions in shoyu chile sauce.
Big bite: Slow-braised beef ramen bowel with carrots, shiitakes, poached egg, and scallions.
Signature: Lamb Massaman curry with braised carrots, shiitakes, and cilantro rice.
Star sip: My Spicy Jalapeño cocktail sings with sake, jalapeño, lime juice, and basil.
335 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, (707) 395-0318, persimmonhealdsburg.com. Lunch and dinner daily.